Posturing about auto bailout ignores reality

GOP presidential candidates are arguing about which one hated the auto-industry bailout more. Though that may play well with some GOP primary voters, columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson thinks it is disingenuous. “Specific bailout policies can be disputed,” Gerson wrote, “but one fact cannot: No president — Republican or Democrat — would have allowed the economic collapse of the upper Midwest in the midst of a national economic panic. A conservatism that prefers ideology to reality is not particularly conservative.”