Michigan, is of course, home to lots of unionized Big Three workers. Who don't really care for CAFE and the Democrats' green positions. So what do the Democratic contenders for the nomination drive, since after all, Republicans are the ones who want to burn down the rain forests, despoil the Artic Wildlife Refuge with oil spills, poison the rivers, etc?
Lest we not forget this gem from Al Gore that the internal combustion engine was a "mortal threat to the security of every nation that is more deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again likely to confront."
: Wants CAFE expanded to 36 MPG for both SUVs and cars, up from ~21 MPG today (I think). Let's see, he has
Well, we have a couple of Chrysler minivans," begins Kerry the seasoned politician, who long ago learned to buy American brands only. "We have a Jeep. . . and a PT Cruiser up in Boston. . .and we have some SUVs. . . and an old Dodge 600 that I keep in the Senate. . . and. . . ." And suddenly, Kerry the Average American Buyer is Kerry the Blueblood with more cars than he can count. And that's not his only political faux pas. His PT Cruiser is built in Mexico. Oops.
When prodded about whether he buys anything other than Chrysler products, Kerry is quick to add: "Oh yes, I also have a Chevy. A big Suburban." Stop the presses! The King of CAFÉ owns the most notorious gas-guzzler in the U.S. fleet, GM's super-sized 13-mpg SUV! The moral high ground is lost.
: "I drive a Mazda Miata and a Mercedes E320," states the general. Both foreign-made. Both good cars. Both political disasters: Neither soccer moms nor NASCAR dads drive Miatas or Mercedes.
: Dean apparently favors government regulation of autos because he himself is incapable of self-restraint. Dean admits he owns "two Ford Explorers." Miles per gallon: 15. Stop me before I SUV again
I was expecting a Subaru Outback or something. You see a gazillion of those up in Connecticut and Mass.
: The real tree-hugger of the bunch, he's big on hybrid vehicles. But he drives a pedestrian gasoline sucking Ford Focus.
Which actually isn't so bad compared to the rest of the group. It's made in America, at least.
: is the only candidate who didn't answer the car question (perhaps Michigan is too far north for the avowed southern candidate), but his press clippings are littered with jaunts in minivans and SUVs. An owner of four homes, Edwards's multimillionaire-lawyer lifestyle suggests a commitment to conspicuous consumption. No wonder fuel-economy issues rank well down his issue list. Like his overall green agenda ("Preserve clean air. Keep water pure.") his auto stance is also vague and perfunctory: "Edwards supports increased fuel efficiency standards for cars."
What's in your garage? My Camry and my sister's Civic are both pretty fuel efficient. The Grand Caravan average 26.6 MPG on the way up to Connecticut this Christmas. But Mom's POS
Lumina is a hog and the F-150 with ancient 5.0 is a real gas guzzler. Plus it costs over $50 to fill the dual tanks. Ouch.
Greg doesn't have to respond, M5s are so worth it they're obviously exempt (although maybe one would drive Howard Dean into another YEEEAAAAARGH rage).