Apolitics: Washington Or Bust

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer apologized to WaPo and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer for having “overshot the runway.” Pfeifer had accused Krauthammer of falsely claiming that a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had been removed from the White House and sent back to the British Embassy . In a blog post on the White House Blog (yes, the White House blogs too) Pfeiffer produced a smoking gun: A Churchill bust that was still at the White House. The trouble was there had been two busts. Now there is only one. (See, and I would have sworn Bill Clinton took all available busts when he vacated the White House.)

What do busts have to do with cars?

While we are on the topic of apologies, Bob Lutz could join the White House, clear the air, and apologize to Krauthammer. On March 19, the cigar-chomping, journalist-charming Lutz accused his former friend Krauthammer of “deliberately not telling the truth.” Lutz did so in the capitalist tool Forbes. Krauthammer had called the Chevrolet Volt (see, we will get to cars eventually) an example of Obama’s misguided, interventionist energy policy. And he called the car “flammable.” Lutz was incensed and flamed Krauthammer. Octogenarian former Vice Chairman flames sexagenarian Washington insider! What is this world coming to.

According to a recent op-ed post by our dearly departed Op-Ed Niedermeyer in Investor’s Business Daily, the Volt still is an example of Obama’s misguided, interventionist energy policy. 1.2 million EVs by 2015? 120,000 Volts in 2012? GM will be lucky if the Volt will hit its very much down-revised goal of 20,000 this year. In the first 7 months, the Volt sold 10,666. Despite a presidential spokesman flogging the Volt at every occasion, the Volt is outsold by cars as ignore-worthy as the Mitsubishi Galant. You want proof that this sliver of a segment is misguided? The Leaf sold only 3,543. Mention EVs these days in the industry, and if you don’t happen to talk to a C.A.R.B. official, or a Terry McAuliffe who will sell you a factory in Inner Mongolia because he ran out of Brooklyn Bridges, and the answer will be a cough, or a rapid rolling of the eyes.

If the White House spokesman can apologize for overlooking a double bust and calling Krauthammer a liar, then Lutz can follow the example set at the very top, and apologize for calling Krauthammer a liar. Do it, Bob. America loves contrition. And it will serve a worthy cause:

While we all are apologizing, TTAC will apologize as well! What did we do? You tell us. Tell us what we should apologize for, and if Lutz apologizes to Krauthammer, we will apologize to whomever for whatever our most heinous sin may be.

You decide – we apologize.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Aug 04, 2012

    The pictures to go with this article are so epic my humidor spontaneously burst into flames.

  • Mike Kelley Mike Kelley on Aug 04, 2012

    Cars like the Leaf and Volt are just politically correct toys for people with more money than brains. How many working-class folks will pay $41,000 for a Volt when they can pay $16,000 and get a Mazda3 that performs better? The Japs use these eco-themed, clown cars as cover for the profitable gas-guzzlers they sell in large numbers to pay the bills (think Toyota Prius versus Toyota Land Rover or Sequoa).

  • Mike Beranek The more things change, the more they stay the same.https://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/heres-why-real-world-mpg-doesnt-match-epa-ratings.htmlhttps://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/08/the-mpg-gap/index.htmhttps://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/your-mileage-may-vary
  • Ravenuer So how many gas cars run short of their "range"?
  • SCE to AUX "The publication tested 22 cars at highway speeds of 70 mph"Since the EPA test protocol has an average highway speed of 48 mph, there's the problem. Same thing happens with ICE cars.Why not test them at 80 or 90 mph, since that's what people do?
  • Damon Great. You know more trivia about cars than the reporter. Here’s your cookie.Meanwhile that car is a dangerous monstrosity that nobody needs. Automated acceleration? Give me a break. It’s like the plane with the automated “crash into ground” feature.
  • MarkInMI 25 miles on 17kwh of electricity? At peak charging costs here of 22 cents per kwh, that's $3.75 worth of electricity. Even if you install a charger and sign up for their nighttime plan, that $2 worth of juice. You really are saving very little over burning gas after spending all that money the hybrid system and home charger -- it would never pay off.