In rapid fire succession, this writer was recipient of three emails from divergent but known conservative friends–one a former journalist–with an apparent widely circulated though un-sourced report alleging that politics determined which Chrysler dealer franchises got the axe in the reborn company’s bankruptcy proceedings earlier this year.
According to this lengthy email rant, all but one of the 789 dealers whose franchises were discontinued under the new Chrysler LLC bankruptcy were picked not by company analysts but rather by White House Democratic Party henchmen because they had donated to the Republican Party.
“Why was there neither rhyme nor reason as to which dealerships of the Chrysler Corporation (sic) were to be closed,” the email message asked rhetorically. A few lines later, it answered its own question this way: “Amazingly, of the 789 dealerships closed by the federal government 788 had donated money exclusively to Republican political causes while contributing nothing to Democratic political causes.”
Let me be blunt. The preceding statement is pure 100% bunk, a cheap partisan trick planted either by extremists of the Right or by super-clever Leftists trying to make it look that way. Now I’m a long-term Centrist and I say Fie on Both Their Houses.