Obama's fading appeal in Ohio and Michigan has to this point been propped-up by the widespread misconception that 2009 auto bailouts 'saved' the auto industry, while Romney said he'd rather have 'let them go bankrupt'- he's been attacked by the Obama campaign relentlessly for it.
The truth is they went bankrupt anyway, but with favored parties benefiting (illegally), and to the long-term detriment to the US automotive industry. What Mitt meant was that GM and Chrysler should have went BK by-the-book, and without government aid, thus losing the UAW influence that's put them in the hole they're still in thanks to Obama's skirting of BK laws and his handing a large chunk of shares to the UAW. Why didn't the government at least retain those shares, WE paid for the bailout?
Rather, the crippling, overpaid UAW remains, and with a FREE 20% of GM and a couple seats on the board, great. The bailout $ did nothing but prop-up the union, and they should have followed THE LAW and went through a Chapter 13 re-organization without all that taxpayer money (borrowed from China, where GM is stealthily moving to anyway). They'd still be producing cars today, and probably at a far greater profit level without $56/hour average salary and boundless legacy costs that got them in this mess in the first place.
News this week that favored Obama photo op Jeep might shutter it's Toledo, Ohio facility and move all production to China should bring some chills to those who still buy into Obama-as-savior meme, doncha know.
The GOP nominee is now going all-out in Ohio- and is well-positioned to put this race away nationally as polls still show a trend towards Romney
Does Axelrod already know it? A recent AP piece stated that -although confident re. the state- 'even if Obama loses Ohio, his campaign sees another pathway to the presidency by nailing New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.'--- now why would they wanna go and say a thing like that?
As for the residual rump of hopenchange, RS McCain at American Spectator is having a hard time feeling much empathy anymore for those who can't or won't see the damage they've wrought with their unrepentant, blind loyalty to this regime: