It's unfortunate for Mitt Romney, but the people of Detroit aren't the genial amnesiacs I suspect he hopes they are. Romney's 2008 New York Times editorial titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" started with this exciting statement:
If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
For those in Detroit who may have forgotten, the UAW and its allies have kindly decided to remind people by placing placards on proud American cars spelling out the title of his editorial, in a highly visible location from where Romney is speaking in Detroit today.
Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, it's no secret that the American auto industry is by no means gone, and the UAW's certainly reminding us of that.