By on November 16, 2009

Say what? (courtesy:NYT)

The Detroit News reports that Senator John McCain (remember him?) has declared Chrysler unlikely to survive. Mr McCain, who was serving as grand marshal of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at the Phoenix International Raceway, even went as far as to argue

No, I don’t think we ever should have bailed out Chrysler and General Motors. We should have let them go into bankruptcy, emerge and become viable corporations again. It was all about the unions. The unions didn’t want to have their very generous contracts renegotiated so we put $80 billion into both General Motors and Chrysler, and anybody believes that Chrysler is going to survive, I’d like to meet them.

The Detroit News goes on to recount some of McCain’s more anti-bailout Tweets. “‘Chrysler finally filing for bankruptcy! Wish they would have done it months ago as I called for — could have saved taxpayers $26.7 billion!’ he wrote May 1. “UAW eventually owning 55% of Chrysler stock and the U.S. Gov owning the rest — if that isn’t socialism, what is?” he also wrote.  And you thought Bob Lutz was the only septuagenarian blogger.

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22 Comments on “Quote Of The Day: McCain Calls Out Chrysler Edition...”

  • avatar

    Too bad McCain wasn’t so highly compromised during his presidential run, and could have spoken so frankly.

    • 0 avatar

      Actually, he did speak frankly on October 31, 2008:
      MCCAIN: Well, we’ve already done that to $25 billion, and we’ve delayed getting them the money. I would do whatever I think needs to be done to help our automotive industry. We’ve got to make this transition to flex fuel, battery powered, hydrogen automobiles. And, obviously — and, also, I would provide tax credits for people who buy these new automobiles. We’ve got to keep this industry alive. There’s no doubt about that.

      The problem isn’t that McCain hasn’t spoken frankly – it’s that he flip flops and, and conveniently forgets to mention that if GM and Chrysler had gone bankrupt, as he now says they should have, they’d be gone today. 

      Of course, this IS the guy who was stupid enough to give his party (not to mention our country) the gift who keeps on giving – Sarah Palin. Par for the course.

  • avatar

    @86er: Agreed.  McCain voted for the TARP bailout (Bush), and somehow the auto bailout is different?  I like his statement, but that talk would have been better earlier.

    • 0 avatar

      This raises an interesting point: are politicians allowed to change their mind?
      A lot of people voted to invade Iraq and implement some (in terms of civil rights) questionable policies.  Are they allowed a mea culpa?  Part of me says yes, you should be allowed to admit mistakes so that government and the people can come to make changes.
      On the other hand, we call that kind of thing “flip-flopping”; it could be construed as a lack of leadership.  But when do you cross the line from being a leader to being a pigheaded idiot?

      • 0 avatar
        John Horner

        It would be fine if he said he changed his mind, but usually these guys simply count of people forgetting what they said before. McCain’s latest rantings are just him saying what the conservative base wants to hear. I’m not sure even he knows what he really believes is best.

      • 0 avatar

        They’re allowed to change their mind, but they’re not allowed to say “I thought this from the beginning” when what they said earlier is opposed to what they’re saying now.
        Now, of course, he’s probably saying that his weaselly statement earlier of “I would do whatever I think needs to be done” and “immediately” means that now he can say he would have done nothing and let them go bankrupt, but that doesn’t exactly jibe as ‘doing something.’

  • avatar

    What’s McCain talking about?  As I recall, the union did get its contract changed, very substantially.

  • avatar

    McCain is a national hero for his service.  I’m not military, but I’d salute him for what he’s done for my country.

    But having said that, I think he’s been in government for far, far, far too long.  Time for retirement.

  • avatar

    If only we could actually take what politicos say at face value, then his words might actually be worth something. He’s just trying to get some attention since people have largely forgotten him due to his unfortunate choice of running mate for the presidential campaign.

    • 0 avatar

      “Unfortunate” is one way to put it.

      Kind of like “Bay of Pigs was unfortunate.”

    • 0 avatar

      Sorry, but he was a loser long before he chose his running mate. His flip-flops were based on poor political calculations that revealed a lack of principles. He was the Bob Dole of this election cycle, wanting to run for President because he thought it was due him.

  • avatar

    Dis her if you must, but at least she’s not “old politics”.  The real problem is that we have too many professional politicians.

  • avatar

    Senator McCain;  meet  Sergio Marchionne.  Signore Marchionne, meet Senator McCain.

  • avatar

    This raises an interesting point: are politicians allowed to change their mind?

    Supporting the bailouts seemed like the right thing to say when he needed votes in the Midwest.

    Now that he’s dealing only with the voters of Arizona, it’s quite easy for him to “change his mind.”  His mind goes where the minds of his employers go, and his employers are voters who aren’t directly impacted by the auto industry.

  • avatar

    “anybody believes that Chrysler is going to survive, I’d like to meet them.”

    That was a little ride on the Straight-Talk Express.    Ouch.

  • avatar

    “…anybody believes that Chrysler is going to survive, I’d like to meet them.”
    Even someone as repellent and nauseating as John McCain was as a candidate can sometimes speak the truth.  But, then again, it’s not as if he’s predicting something that eludes anyone who is even half-way grounded in the real world.

  • avatar

    I think MacCain and Dieter Zetsch need to sit down and have a heart to heart about the fate of Chrysler. Anyone know a good psych ward?

  • avatar

    McCain’s been more consistent on this than you think.

    He basically cost himself the Michigan primary when he said that the auto jobs lost weren’t coming back.  Mitt Romney talked some sunnier talk and won.

    I would do whatever I think needs to be done to help our automotive industry.

    That is very subject to interpretation.  He could always say, whatever I think, short of a bailout.

  • avatar

    Move along, nothing to see here. McCain has been exercising “questionable judgement” instead of leadership since his Keating 5 days.

  • avatar

    How refreshing to see a guy  married to a 100-million-dollar heiress criticizing UAW workers for making too much money.

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