After Peter DeLorenzo’s fusillade, Autoblog’s TTAC upbraiding comes as something of a relief. As we’ve been picking on Sam Abuelsamid for some time (in the most morally self-righteous sort of way), I suppose it’s only fair that he takes his shot at our generally, shall we say, “skeptical” attitude towards a Detroit bailout. Of course, he can’t mention us by name… “Those cheering for Detroit’s demise may want to reconsider,” the headline chides, ever-so-gently. Bless. “Many analysts and commentators have seemingly been cheering for the imminent demise of the Detroit-based automakers. Something that needs to be realized amidst all this talk of low-interest loans and bailout money is how interconnected the auto industry is and how it affects our economy as a whole.” Not to offend Sam’s delicate sensibilities, but I don’t recall many commentators– here or otherwise– saying “fuck ’em.” But hey, he did say “seemingly,” and we like that kind of humility. And it could be, yes, wait, it is, time for an Autoblog Cassandra Watch! “Yes, the Detroit 3 have made a lot of stupid product decisions over the years and wasted a lot of money, but allowing the free market to pull them under will create a ripple effect that reaches more than just the shores of the Detroit River.” Nasty free market! Don’t you just HATE IT? Well, some people do. They may want to reconsider. You know; take a look around and ask themselves, well, how did I get here?
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