Bailout Watch 194: Terry Box is Insane
It pains me to write this. The Dallas Morning News scribe Terry Box has long been one of my favorite automotive journalists. He may not return my phone calls, but, unlike a number of reporters, he doesn’t hang up when he hears my voice. He’s been known to take automakers behind the woodshed for their failures, both administrative and vehicular. And I’m told he’s armed (as in fire-armed). But mine is not to question why; it’s to ask WTF? When I read the headline of Terry’s piece, I nearly ejected Clover coffee on my keyboard: “Enclave could ride to GM’s rescue.” Surely Box means an Enclave in the foil hat wearing sense of the word; you know, like Dan Qualye, John Snow, Nancy Pelosi, Rick Wagoner and some Rothschild or another. Nope. Buick. “I don’t know that the Enclave can save GM, which as you know is in deep, deep, uh, distress. But the Enclave and its jeans-wearing cousin, the ’09 Chevrolet Traverse, may be two of GM’s best shots at driving out of the ditch it’s in.” Uh, I think we’ve already past that point, Terry. A loooooong time ago. Anyway, his rational: the Buick Enclave and its twin-under-the-skin Chevy Traverse are better than the GMC Yukon. It’s this automotive relativism that’s got GM where it isn’t today. I’m surprised to see Mr. Box living in same.