Last week, Senate Republicans picked a fight with the U.A.W. on union pay scales — despite the fact that it’s the legacy benefits for retirees, not pay for current workers, that’s really hurting Detroit, and despite the additional fact that, in any case, labor amounts to only about 10 percent of the cost of a car. But the Republicans were fighting Big Labor! They were standing firm against bailouts!
is a punchline of a William Kristol column. Although it is only part of a larger ploy to get Obama blamed for fucking over the working class instead of Republicans, you have to admire the man's ability to depart from talking points in the service of a larger opportunism.