Photoshop credit: George at Elegant Memories
There have been several interesting and informative blog posts published recently on the Chrysler dealership closure “hit list.”
Is Obama capable of such Chicagoland thug tactics? Of course he is, and I’ve pointed out many cases of it over the past two years.
But I would caution against getting carried away with “Nixon enemies list” rhetoric until a thorough vetting of the dealers on the list is done — which may take a while, but can definitely be expedited through the same kind of crowd-sourcing that has already taken place.
Fact is: Some of the GOP dealers on the list don’t deserve a whole hell of a lot of sympathy. Or my tax dollars.
Here are two examples from my own cursory review of the Republican donors listed by other bloggers:
Then there’s Illinois/Missouri car dealer James Auffenberg, Jr., who was recently acquitted by a Virgin Islands jury in a massive tax and wire fraud case — but still may face civil action to collect millions in alleged unpaid taxes.
It’s unpopular to say, but there are probably many dealerships on the list that deserve to be closed down.
One more point about the political correlation: It may just be that more Republican-leaning businessmen than Democrat-leaning ones gravitate toward the car dealership business to begin with, which could explain the apparent disproportionate partisan impact.
In any case, it’s too early to start painting them all as victims of a politically motivated witch hunt.