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Monday, September 20, 2010

If It Happened to a Democrat...

Posted by Dan Savage on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM would be all over the Drudge Report, Fox News, and conservative blogs—and twelve hours later it would be all over the front pages of every newspaper in the country, it would lead every network news broadcast the next day, and then go into full rotation on CNN for the next 24 hours: three Republican lawmakers/hypocrites strolled into a GM auto plant and were loudly booed by the assembled real 'murkins...

General Motors recently announced that, thanks to federal efforts to keep the American auto industry from going under, it would be able to rehire 483 workers at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to manufacture “three variants of Ecotec four-cylinder engines.” The $438 million arrangement will start producing engines for the Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models by 2011.... the plant recently held a ceremony to welcome back the new workers to begin production of the Ecotec engines. Attending the ceremony were three local Republican legislators, Sens. Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Ironically, all three of these lawmakers opposed the plans to save General Motors and other U.S. auto companies. This didn’t stop Corker from taking credit for the federal rescue, anyway. At the event he claimed he “contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country.” Jalopnik reports that “irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker.”

Imagine the media frenzy if it Sen. Franken or Boxer or Reid had been booed by a crowd of autoworkers.


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