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.

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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.

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