McCain OKs CA's EPA Trump Card

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
mccain oks ca s epa trump card

Looking for a campaign bounce before Obama sweeps the media away for his world tour, McCain is confronting the stagnant economy right at its rotten core. But touring the GM Design Center Dome at Warren, McCain may not have uncovered anything energizing for his campaign to latch on to. In fact, early reports seem to indicate that the Senator from Arizona is hardly bending over backwards for the General– or should that be forwards? At an early-morning town hall meeting at GM's technical center, McCain reversed his position on California's emissions regulation, saying "I guess at the end of the day I support the states being able to do that." The gaffery didn't end there. The Detroit News reports that McCain got to visit GM's Volt display, where he was joined by the top brass (CEO Rick Wagoner, Bob Lutz and pals). McCain thought it would be a great place to tout his "Lexington Plan," which includes a $5k tax incentive for buyers of zero-emissions vehicles. But without even entering the "long tailpipe" debate, McCain forgot to remember that the Volt actually has an internal combustion engine. Which means that it ain't exactly zero emissions. Luckily, GM employees have become accustomed to disingenuous pronouncements from their higher-ups. "It'd be nice to have a friend in Washington," said Don Jamison, 49, a GM bumper systems engineer. "Of course, he's politicking for votes, so he's going to be telling us all kinds of things." Roger and me that.

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jul 18, 2008

    Orian, Yes, we all have to be flexible and open to new information. The problem with pervasive flip flopping is that it indicates a lack of courage to stand up for a core opinion/belief you hold, even when it's not popular to do so. Obama has done this on a regular basis and as a result, unless you're at the Obama trough, you've got to question what the guy really believes. The lack of a paper trail on him should also set off some alarms, but unfortunately, his supporters are clearly not open minded enough to ask those questions. Same thing can be said for GM's non-existent leadership. That's a company with such little vision because it's insulated itself from reality. Talk about groupthink. Organizationally, it acts like a child with arrested development.

  • RogerB34 RogerB34 on Jul 18, 2008

    If the Feds cannot draw the line between State and Federal rights, USA will become the State of California.

  • Ttacgreg Ttacgreg on Jul 18, 2008

    If we play this "democratic republic" game by the rules, that would be the Constitution of the USA, then just WTF can a Commander in Chief and the highest ranking cop in the nation do to "save" the 2.8's ass? He can enforce the laws Congress enacts. Of course I forgot, people in this country think they are actually electing an emperor for a term of office, and it sure appears like that is what we will be getting. I hope and suspect Obama's reported backgroud in Constitutional law will make him perhaps a bit more of a rule player, but his FISA vote leaves me quite doubtful at this time. Additonally I have NEVER seen a politician like McCain just say anything at any given moment, and something else the next, and then display utter ignorance (about so many things) the next, and get such a pass from the TV press. Apalling. So this is face of amorality and decline. Too bad we cannot imitate Switzerland instead of the Roman Empire.

  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Jul 19, 2008
    McCain reversed his position on California's emissions regulation, saying "I guess at the end of the day I support the states being able to do that."... "As goes California, so goes the nation"...which IMHO could be a good thing in this case, provided it is handled properly. But as all things political, I have my doubts...Now my wife wants a divorce because I agreed with something Johnny boy said.