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I Think the Santorum Surge In Michigan Will Continue

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Huh — apparently Mittens wants to remind people of the fact that if he (God forbid) had been president, GM, Chrysler (and, hence, subsequently Ford, along with countless smaller suppliers) would have gone bankrupt although they were all viable companies. His argument now is that the bailout was just too successful. I hope he makes this a major campaign theme!

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  • Malaclypse

    The pensions of union workers and retirees at Delphi, GM’s parts supplier, were left untouched, while some 21,000 non-union salaried employees saw their pensions slashed and lost their life and health insurance. And so on and so forth across the industry.

    Wow, that is what passes for an argument on why being in a union is bad?

    I wonder is Romney things that his deferred compensation agreement is just as violable as he thinks union pensions should be? They are different why, exactly?

    • Malaclypse

      is Romney things

      if Romney thinks…

      I blame teachers’ unions for the error.

    • “Ressentiment forever; solidarity sucks” is the official motto of the Republican Party.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, that is what passes for an argument on why being in a union is bad?

      Yes. Its been a pretty constant argument that unions only maintain or gain at the loss of non-unionized workers, and moreover, that the benefits gained by unionizing are only short-term transfers from non-unionized workers.

      It would be a very big knock against unionization to say that it is a zero-sum game for labor. That isn’t necessarily true, but that’s the way its playing out.

  • firefall

    Who the gods would destroy, they first make Republican?

  • jon

    Santorum seems to be squirting up all the charts. Obama might have to insist on having both his arms tied behind his back, so it seems more of a contest.

    As for that editorial, I can’t believe what Romney was thinking. He essentially said that it was a shame hundreds of thousands of jobs weren’t lost, and hundreds of companies bankrupted. But what he chooses to focus on is the nuking of the pensions of auto company managers – the people who have been working diligently for decades to make a wreck of the US auto industry.

    Maybe Romney was trying to say that he’s so well positioned, that he doesn’t need to win Michigan.

  • His position is quite popular with Michigan Republicans-

    http://twitter.com/#!/ppppolls/status/169406865300668416

    • Anderson

      Yah, I had to figure that was the idea. But surely there was some way to signal to them without an op-ed that will be quoted in the general election.

      • ploeg

        I’m thinking that Mitt is willing to let Michigan go in the general.

        Besides, with YouTube and camera phones, probably the best way to go under the radar anymore is by publishing an op-ed in a newspaper.

      • Malaclypse

        Exactly. “If it were not for unions, companies like mine could have gutted everybody’s pension during a managed bankruptcy” is a hell of an argument.

      • SamR

        And having this position for Romney would be bad in the general:

        https://twitter.com/#!/ppppolls/status/169407023031660545

        I’m surprised its not worse, frankly. 36% of Michigan thinks “how dare you rescue us”?

        • Linnaeus

          Because that segment doesn’t see themselves as having been helped at all. It’s “those” people, who really should be happy with bread and water or something.

  • Mudge

    Romney couches the auto bailout in terms of a Bain Capital takeover. No unions, no pensions. The only thing missing is Romney’s huge fee.

  • mds

    I’m with Wannabe Speechwriter’s presumed point: This is unlikely to hurt him in the primary, and may even help, since he’s attacking the well-paid union jobs that are anathema to the GOP base. So don’t write Mitt off, no matter how much Santorum is rising everywhere.

    Oh, in the general election, “Down with well-paying American jobs” will probably be a bad thing, but he’s already gone there repeatedly. And whoever eventually wins the nomination (*cough*Romney*cough*) will be running as the standard bearer of the party that threw a massive tantrum over a goddamned car commercial.

  • pete

    Mr Bain commits (or solo mitts) a Kinsley gaffe.

  • You really don’t get the depth of fantasy in Republican economics, do you?

    If the layoffs and collapses had happened, those who most profited from the bankruptcies would have been able to create new, better union-free jobs and greater profits for everyone! Those losers who still work for and get paid by GM, etc., don’t realize that they missed the opportunity of a lifetime: Free Market Tranfiguration!

    And ponies. With sparkly horns.

    • Every time your cheese gets moved, an invisible hand makes even more cheese!

      • Davis X. Machina

        And U3 is a measure of how many Americans have finally had an opportunity presented to them to unleash their latent entrepreneurial talent….

        • If only taxes were low enough to motivate them into action!

          • Jeffrey Kramer

            If only the fascists at EPA and OSHA would go away and give people the freedom to choose asthma and amputations, think how many more jobs would be created for child labor!

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