Yes, it’s true! Ex-President George Herbert Walker Bush gave the much maligned Chevy Volt to his son, Neil, for his birthday. The Volt, a electric/gas hybrid developed and built domestically by General Motors is a symbol of a recuperating manufacturing sector and the auto industry bailout. As such, it has been attacked repeatedly by the right for the sole purpose of undermining President Obama.
But there is a growing number of non-insane conservatives that are bucking the trend. Some, like Lee Spieckerman, owner of SpieckermanMedia have actually gone on Fox to debunk the garbage flowing from the mindless critics. According to the Huffington Post:
Spieckerman said he believes electric cars and plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt are vital to the nation’s future, allowing the country to wean itself off oil and use homegrown fuel sources like coal, nuclear and natural gas to power electricity plants, which then would power cars. If you could do that while also expanding the production of oil in the U.S., he thinks that could even push down gas prices.
Another conservative, Bob Lutz, former high muckity muck at GM and self-admitted global warming denier had this to say:
I am, sadly, coming to the conclusion that all the icons of conservatism are (shock, horror!) deliberately not telling the truth! (we on the left have known this for decades, welcome to the real world – FLS)
This saddens me, because, to this writer, conservatism IS fundamental truth. It only damages its inherent credibility with momentarily convenient fiction. (we’re waaaay past damaged credibility – FLS)
So, Mr. Krauthammer joins the list of right-wing pundits I no longer take seriously. After all, how do I know they’re telling the truth when the subject is one I’m not as familiar with as the Volt? (that’s easy: if their lips are moving, it’s probably a lie – FLS)
But the crown jewel of push back, by far, is former president, George H.W. Bush. The purchase is pure symbolism. Poppy Bush is still a multimillionaire, Neil is by no means middle class and neither would ever need worry about gas mileage. The was a very deliberate message that conservatives should support the Volt for everything that it represents and that conservatives claim to believe in. But I think it will fall on deaf ears as the current drop of conservatives don’t believe in anything at all except opposition to Obama. They are heavily invested in cutting off their nose to spite their face and the ghost of Ronald Reagan himself could not change the path they’ve chosen.
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