Monday, June 1, 2009

I Call Thee, Chryslergate!

In the time-honored (and horrifically uncreative) fashion of appending -gate to Washington D.C. scandals, I give it this name.

Here are some current updates on the state of affairs with the data analysis of the Chrysler dealer closings:

On the "No, really, it's just coincidence" side, we have....
The McComb Daily, which in essence said their analysis of 10 McComb County dealers (of which 3 were closed) proved that there was no bias nationwide. Such extrapolation is ridiculous. Their "statistical analysis," to put it politely, is slipshod and essentially anecdotal.

They did have this little quote, though:

According to the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, the National Auto Dealers Association membership gives 69 percent of its contributions to Republicans. Some calculations indicate that the tilt toward the GOP is even more pronounced among all auto dealers.
See my previous post on this topic.

Gateway Pundit reports that a letter in support of the closings, signed by some Chrysler dealers, has a majority of Democratic contributors among them (note that quote above). You can read the whole letter here.

The New York Times has a roster and map of closed dealerships here.

On the "We think something smells stinky" side, we have....
Directorblue points out several anecdotal examples of Democrat-supporting dealerships remaining unscathed, with their competitors eliminated, but also has this quote from WND [World Net Daily] that:
The listed franchise owners [The 789 Chrysler dealers to be closed] contributed at least $450,000 to Republican presidential candidates and the GOP, while only $7,970 was donated to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign and $2,200 was given to Sen. John Edwards' campaign.
Any mathematician worth diddly can tell you that's statistically significant.

They also have a clever analysis (but still not statistically airtight) of ratios of dealers contributing to whom here.

Red State has a nice summary here, including a link to this Mark Levin quote:
Notice, Mark didn’t compare Obama to any notorious dictators of the past. Let’s hope and pray that there is never a justification to do so. But, the potential is right there staring us in the face. Some choose not to see it. They need to open their eyes real fast!
Ain't that the truth! See my review of Levin's latest book here.

Gateway Pundit has maps and a bunch of interesting links here. See this link also.

That should keep us all busy reading for awhile. More to come.

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