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March 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Why the GOP Has Auto-Bailout Blues

It’s been clear for a while that the long Republican primary fight is  damaging the GOP in ways that won’t be easily repaired before the fall election.  Michael Scherer has nicely laid  out the potential effect on the Hispanic vote. Rick Santorum’s derision of  contraception and colleges must be reminding suburban women of what they dislike  most about the GOP. And the constant crossfire of name-calling and attack ads  has driven up the candidates’ disapproval ratings to painful levels.

Tuesday’s results in Michigan suggest there’s another issue to add to this  collateral-damage list: the auto bailout. Perhaps the most striking fact from  the exit polls there was the fact that four in ten primary voters said they  supported the Obama Administration’s 2009 intervention to rescue the big  automakers. I’m not aware of specific polling on that question in Ohio, the big  prize in next week’s Super Tuesday extravaganza, but the number is likely to be  about the same; Ohio is second only to Michigan in its economic reliance on car  makers.
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