Bailout Watch 194: Terry Box is Insane

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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.

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  • Luscious Luscious on Nov 16, 2008

    Do you really have a Clover coffee machine at home? That's some serious, hard-core coffee, what, $1100 a machine? I'm sticking to the proletarian French Press. This is one of my favorite weekend pastimes, reading TTAC on a weekend, coffee in hand, reading about how GM is's SUCH a WONDERFUL way to wake up in the morning ...racist black men and "his people" included :)

  • Dr. Remulac Dr. Remulac on Nov 16, 2008

    Even if at $1.50/gallon and even if the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse become the next big thing, aren't they still in deep doo-doo? Don't they still sell the GMC Acadia and the Saturn Outlook? When will we see the Pontiac derivative of this product?

  • Fallout11 Fallout11 on Nov 17, 2008

    Back in the 1980's, Church's chicken had a series of commercials where people wore Kentucky Fried Chicken chicken buckets on their heads, which blinded them to delicious Church's chicken. "Don't be a buckethead" the commercials exclaimed. Sadly, these commercials suddenly seem prescient again. Mr. Box, please remove the bucket covering your head.