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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Republicans Hate GM, Democrats Heart Toyota

Jalopnik asks, "Why Do Republicans Hate American Automakers?", and talks about how some Republican pols are badmouthing GM and Chrysler, including recent presidential election loser John McCain.

Anecdotally, however, I can tell you that many Republicans are solidly "buy American" types, from a variety of different backgrounds.  There are rural farmers and hunters who love their full size American trucks.  There are patriotic war veterans who won't drive any "Jap" cars.  And, believe it or not, there are even Republicans who are pro-UAW (though a minority, for sure). 

I have personally noticed that there are lots of liberals who drive non-UAW assembled vehicles with pride.  Many times I have noticed a car (in metro Detroit, no less!) sporting stickers such as "Obama", "End This War", etc., and as often as not, this car is a Toyota or Honda.  It seems the liberals don't necessarily love the American auto makers either, at least not when it comes down to choosing a car to own.

When was the last time you saw an NRA sticker on a Prius?


Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Prius with the, "I'm a Grosse Pointe Democrat," sticker on the back.

Anonymous said...

Look at any High School parking lot where the (so called)teachers park, you will not see one American car.

Anonymous said...

Some Toyotas are UAW. The Corolla and the Tacoma pickup, as well as the Matrix and Pontiac Vibe, were made in the Fremont plant, which is union (but T is closing them).

Anonymous said...

I, as a right-leaning indy, marvel at so many Republicans hatred of the UAW. I mean, I can see it, smell it, and taste the stink, but not to the detriment of the U.S. economy and their neighbor's livelihood.
I simply don't care that some Pac rim cars are U.S. made. I'm buying American even if it's assembled in Canada or Mexico and designed in Germany, stubborn cuss that I am.

unparalled60 said...

I personally own a Honda but i bought it not because i'm a democrat or whatsoever. I bought it because of fuel efficiency. That's all.