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In case you were asleep earlier this week, it became pretty apparent the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration are (or is it now were) going to use the “sudden turn-around” in the fates of Chrysler (it paid back its loans this week) and General Motors (it’s got a long, long way to go) to beat up on Republicans for opposing it.  In short, the DNC and the White House sent out a new attack ad on Monday, highlighting the 2012 GOP candidates saying the auto bailout was a bad idea — it was, these companies should have been allowed to go into a properly structured Chapter 11 bankruptcy without taxpayer handouts — while pointing out the ‘turn-around’ at the two to say, “We Democrats cared about you and your jobs.  Vote for us!”

It’s not just the Republican presidential candidates who have really begun rolling out 2012 web videos: The Democratic National Committee has released its second ad since Monday. This time — rather than an attack ad — the DNC defended the government’s unpopular bailout of the auto industry and went after three Republican candidates over their tough-love approach to the issue.

After featuring clips of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty coming out against the government’s bailout of General Motors, the ad quickly defends the U.S. Treasury’s $50 billion, majority (61 percent) ownership, with a banner reading:

 

While Republicans and pundits disagreed …

 

President Obama made the tough choice to grant American automakers a lifesaving loan.

News clips follow, saying that GM repaid its loan, added 4,000 American jobs and invested $2 billion into the economy. Sunday was the first day the Treasury could begin selling the rest of its 500 million shares, and so far it’s recouped $23 billion of the original investment. The Government Accountability Office’s sobering analysis, however, foresees the publicly traded stocks floating listlessly as the economy continues to slag along.

Apart from focusing on prospective issues like the immigration debate, “Obama has already made it clear he will use the automotive rescue, begun under President George W. Bush in 2008, as one of the central pillars of his reelection campaign, especially in the critical battlegrounds of the Midwest,” according to Politico.

Well, if you’re going to be the party of the United Auto Workers, you might want to make sure the new Chairwoman is driving some “Detroit Steel.”  Because, apparently she doesn’t.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the DNC, ripped into Republican presidential contenders who opposed President Obama’s 2009 bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler.

“If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars; they would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes,” she said at a breakfast for reporters organized by The Christian Science Monitor.

But according to Florida motor vehicle records, the Wasserman Schultz household owns a 2010 Infiniti FX35, a Japanese car whose parent company is Nissan, another Japanese company. The car appears to be hers, since its license plate includes her initials.

The DNC and Republican presidential hopefuls have locked horns this week over the 2009 bailouts, especially as President Obama has looked to build some political report by taking credit for Chrysler’s rebound, to the extent that the automaker was able to pay back the remainder of its loans from the federal government.

How did the DNC respond to the news?  Not well.

“They can try to distract from the issue if they want,” said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. “But if Republican opposition researchers are snooping around garages, they should know that if Republicans — who said that we should let the U.S. auto industry go bankrupt — had their way, they wouldn’t find a single American made car anywhere.”

I’m sure the good people at Ford Motor Company, which didn’t take bailout money and is doing just fine, would probably say otherwise.

Since turnabout is fair play in politics, expect to know what Reince Priebus drives sometime next week.  For the record, I’ve never asked him because I honestly never cared.

Me?  I’ve owned and driven a Canadian-made 2004 Chevrolet Impala since Memorial Day Weekend of the same year.  It had 21 miles when I drove it off the lot, it has about 109,000 now; though for my next car I’m thinking of getting the new Ford Taurus in about three years.

Big fan of the way they redesigned it for its 2010 re-introduction.

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  • Kniercknier

    And if you are a Republican what about the fact that the shareholders of GM and Chrysler were shafter for this bailout

  • Anonymous

    Actually, it was their bond holders who got shafted. Not their stock
    holders. Bit of a difference there.

    And yes, that was wrong, but I’ll doubt you’ll see Dems point that out in
    their traditional “Class Warfare” talking points. They’re just happy
    playing the “Chrysler – GM Paid off Loans, Even Though They Didn’t” Shell
    Game.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/05/truth-behind-chrysler-s-fake-auto-bailout-pay-back