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May 26, 2011 4:25 PM A reversal of fortunes in Lordstown, Ohio

By Steve Benen

As part of the coverage of the comeback of the American auto manufacturing industry, it was good to see this report on CBS News last night.

If you can’t watch clips from your work computers, the segment shows a GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where thousands of workers were being laid off two years ago, and where thousands of workers are now being hired. It’s a story the Obama administration is no doubt thrilled to see, not only because of Ohio’s electoral significance, but because it’s a piece of a larger puzzle that shows the White House got the industry rescue right and Republicans got it wrong.

I especially liked the perspective of Lordstown Mayor Michael Chaffee, whose town is heavily dependent on the local GM plant, and who told CBS, “It was hard to turn a television on and see U.S. senators talking about letting the industry go away.”

Republicans, I think he’s referring to you.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • Molly Weasley on May 26, 2011 4:28 PM:

    We drive by the enormous Lordstown plant every time we drive from Chicago to the East Coast on I-80/90. Over the years, it's gone from having an overflowing parking lot to almost an empty lot to a lot that's filling up again. It's great to see.

    Thanks, President Obama, for being willing to save those jobs. Suck on it, GOP.

  • John R on May 26, 2011 4:48 PM:

    How about an eminem dem ad like the superbowl one., with all those Repubs who said let it die followed by eminem
    Suck on it, GOP

  • Mimi on May 26, 2011 4:50 PM:

    Thanks, Steve - that's a beautiful clip - choked me up.

  • slappy magoo on May 26, 2011 4:53 PM:

    yeah, but I got an anonymous chain email that says Obama's long form birth certificate has digital artifacts, so I don't know who to trust. I'm just going to stay home and not vote come Election Day 2012.

    At least, that's what the Republicans hope we all think.

  • Trollop on May 26, 2011 4:53 PM:

    Total Victory Lap! Suck it R-tards, you people couldn't manage a 7/11!

  • jsacto on May 26, 2011 4:53 PM:

    Like a vampire whose watch battery ran out while a little too far from home one night, GOP policies tend to suffer greatly from applications of cleansing sunlight. Too bad the general American populace can't be bothered to pay any attention.

  • T2 on May 26, 2011 5:16 PM:

    jsacto, the results this week in western New York suggest that maybe the populace is starting to catch on. Its hard to do, given our Media's "fair and balanced" mindset that allows a GOP lie to be be presented as a "point of view".
    Truth is that the US Auto bailout, which admittedly I was dubious about, has been a tremendous success for Obama and for the country.

  • Stephen LaBonne on May 26, 2011 5:37 PM:

    This is going to be a VERY potent 2012 issue in the industrial Midwest.

  • Cha on May 26, 2011 6:33 PM:

    It not only makes the Obama Admin happy it's also a big fat thrill for those of us out here in the country who care what happens to it.

    Yeah, Mayor Michael Chaffee is talkin' to the republicons and anyone else who thought they should be abandoned.