The growing scandal of GM and Chrysler dealerships being forced to close due to pressure from the Obama administration, now has an official name. Right Blogger Doug Ross of Director Blue blogspot has dubbed it "Dealergate."
Wall Street Journal
James Taranto of the WSJ has picked up the story, just hours ago. Their story is titled: "Beat the Dealer - Is Obama administration turning Chrysler into a patronage machine?"
The article comments about Ross's findings:
This situation certainly bears watching. If Ross's suspicion is unwarranted, we're sure Obama's many online defenders will be along soon with data to debunk it. If he's right, though, it could complicate the bankruptcy proceedings by giving the jilted dealers a basis on which to challenge their termination. It would also demonstrate that political intervention in private business is an invitation for the most brazen sort of corruption.WND
World Net Daily is now healining the story: "Chrysler's 'hit list' targets GOP donors
Dealers who give to Republicans much more likely to be shuttered"
Michelle Malkin is now featuring the story: "A look at protected Chrysler Dealerships"
Earlier Malkin had been skeptical of the story. Now she comments: "Bloggers are doing excellent work digging into the Chrysler dealership closure list."
The news site Washington Examiner covers the story, titled "Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings," and includes this intro:
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.NewsWire GTS
And from the Newswire: "Anger Growing About Politically Targetted Chrysler Dealer Closings" From the article:
The evidence is growing that the President and his Auto task force used the Chrysler dealer closings as a way to reward his supporters and punish his detractors. Through the great investigative work of blogs such as Redstate, Joey Smith, Gateway Pundit, Reboot Congress and Libertarian Republican this is what we know so far...Editor's Note - LR Blog will be publishing a groundbreaking interview tomorrow from a Dealership affected by the closings.