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:
Republican presidential hopeful and Michigan native Mitt Romney claims he's a gearhead. In fact, he claims he can name any 50s or 60s car based on nothing more than a peek at a square foot of one. Now it's time for him to prove he actually can.