When even your damage control is out of control, you’re in the catbird seat for the slow-motion crash that is the American automotive industry. Waiting desperately for a click of my mouse — aside a CBS web report indicating that Richard Armitage “feels terrible” “every day” about having “let down the President” and “Mr. and Mrs. Wilson” (!) — is a Ford advertisement, one which you may have seen lately, too. The headline? BOLD MOVES. The text? “A video documentary series that takes you INSIDE FORD as it attempts one of the largest corporate turnarounds in history.”
The drama! The passion! The — wait, attempts the turnaround? Video documentary? A click on this link takes you to a full-blown publicity campaign — sorry, internet documentary — “documenting the future of Ford.” (I knew it wasn’t a documentary.) It’s replete with exhortations to “tell a friend,” “blog it,” (!!) and “engage, debate, and get involved in what’s happening at Ford right now.”
Well, foax, here’s my officially-encouraged e-debate involvement: Ford’s spin is not only transparent but useless to the point of harm and probably also achingly expensive. The whole approach will never, ever persuade me to buy a Ford that I otherwise wouldn’t buy. The Mustang sells itself, guys. Ponder that one. Please. As for this “bold” campaign? Two words: blog fodder.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online