Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Conspiracy Theory: Chrysler Dealerships Selectively Closed Based on Owner's Political Party Affiliation

Oy vey! Here's the latest conspiracy theory:
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Republicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.
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Did anyone tell these people that nearly 80% of car dealers give money to the Republican Party and are therefore likely owned by Republicans? The statistics mean that we should see substantially more Republican-owned dealerships among closed sites. Get the information on OpenSecrets.Org (which allows the reader to search for campaign donations by industry).


Igor said...

Want to loose car dealership or other job. Donate money to RNC or any opponent of Obama.

Next he start shipping people to Siberia or North Alaska work camp!

Since Obama refused to release her certificate,

I Igor produce Barrack Milhaus Hussein Obama Birth Certificate at

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Igor - "facts" are irrelevant?

Brad said...

I think you're correct that it's getting overblown a bit but the appearance of favoritism towards the UAW with regards to the bankruptcy probably opened things up to suspicion. This wasn't a typical bankruptcy and it never looks good when politicians have their fingerprints all over something like this.

gcotharn said...

I agree with Brad re suspicion after the UAW favoritism. I will add that Pres. Obama's Chicago political background - such as his having been specially sponsored by Emil Jones, such as having been fed bills to take credit for in the Illinois Senate - raises suspicion. The Chicago political operatives who voted in the Iowa Caucus raise suspicion. David Axelrod's astroturf campaign against Sarah Palin (Trig; alleged racial slur in a diner, et al) raises suspicion. Barack's dealings with ACORN raise suspicion. Barack's actions since being sworn in raise suspicion: "I won"; crying world ending crisis in order to scare rush through legislation; ruthlessly not keeping his campaign promises. There's plenty of reason for suspicion.

More importantly: the blogosphere is doing investigative work on the Chrysler deal which needs to be done. On the right blogs I read, I've been seeing warnings for days: don't jump to conclusions about the Chrysler closings, just move through and investigate. I don't think it's legitimate to publicize some fringier jumping to conclusions. I think the blogs which drove the investigative work ought be commended, not painted as conspiracy theorists.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Thanks for the new posts. I myself suggested that the magnitude of the banking industry's contribution to members of Congress, including many Democrats, could have explained the differential treatment of banks and car makers. But this could not explain differential treatment at the level of dealers. The dealers would have benefited from trillions given to the auto manufacturers, but this did not happen. The reason why it didn't happen has nothing to do with party affiliation. Auto makers donate to Dems too.

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