Podcast: Lieberman's Got Edge

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
podcast lieberman s got edge

So Jonny tells me that he's returned from a first class junket to The City by the Bay and by the way his new best bud ace auto scribe Dan Neil's coming over to his for a poker night. Suddenly I'm feeling like I'm on the outside of the carniverse looking in. Then Andrew Dederer submits a rant condemning The Big Two Point Five for insularity that makes Rhode Island seem like it won the genetic sweepstakes– instead of earning itself the ancient and not-so-venerable nickname "Toad Island." I suppose commentator Humourless is more than a little right: the internet subordinates physical geography to psychological geography. But that does not make me feel 100% clued-in, nor does it excuse The Big Two Point Five for their bunkering. Ever, since I began the GM Death Watch, I've tried to get The General to write a rebuttal. To say my requests have fallen on deaf ears is like saying that TTAC's scribes won't get access to the GM press fleet until cold fusion (the nuclear event, not the Nebraska-based Ford sedan) becomes a practicable proposition. Surely by now there's someone with power within The Big Two Point Five who reads our stuff, who wants to "set the record straight" (a.k.a. spin the company line like an F5 tornado). Yes but– if a domestic mover and shaker took on his or her critics in this e-venue, they would face The Wrath of Khan: the humorless bastards within their organizations who brook no breach of corporate omerta. Well guess what? The new media will win. The truth will out. And when it does, I'll be the first to say I told you so. of course, none of my neighbors will give a damn. Which is exactly how it should be.

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  • Ar-Pharazon Ar-Pharazon on Oct 20, 2006

    Well, perhaps I didn't see the complete list, but I have read all the posts in the three versions of the article, which I assume is where the list is coming from. Frankly (no pun intended), I'm surprised that you say Fusion/Milan/Zephyr are the tops for FoMoCo . . . I didn't read that at all! Certainly Freestar, Crown Vic, and 500 have all gotten more mentions based on my rememberances (I didn't count them). The only mentions of Fusion et al came from a few jabs at the Zephyr for being 'badge engineered' and a few indictments of the entire Mercury brand. What counts do you have? Nonetheless, in comparison to others and given the amount of negativity shown (by posters) in all the Ford Death Watch articles, I'm still pleasantly surprised at the relative lack of FoMoCo vehicles cited. OF course this is probably a jinx, so I probably shouldn't post it . . .

  • Ed S. Ed S. on Oct 20, 2006

    Between my father and I we have put over 700K miles on three generations of Carmry (each of three cars had over 200K miles!). I have a fond place in my heart for the Camry as a utilitarian form of transportation. Since I gave up my 3rd-gen Camry for a Mazda Protege5 I have longed for the refinement and calmness that come with owning a Camry. But I don't miss the fact that the Camry, when pushed hard, was like a chubby 9th grade girl in the shuttle run; lots of huffing, leaning, and bouncing while moving very slowly. This new Camry gives me hope that with the V6 and some help from TRD I can have the best of both worlds; Toyota relaibaility and refinment, AND sporty composed handling.

  • Joeypilot Joeypilot on Oct 20, 2006

    Terry Parkhurst: The picture is of a 1960 300-F.

  • Terry Parkhurst Terry Parkhurst on Oct 20, 2006

    Thanks "Joeypilot." I am glad you could tell the difference. Some of the 300 cars had four-speed manual transmissions - rare option indeed. I wonder if the car in the photo is one of those. It sounds as if you might have seen the car pictured in person.