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Over on the other side of the political spectrum, New York Times columnist David Brooks is warning that all this government meddling in private industry will invite nothing but heartbreak for everyone involved. GM, writes Mr. Brooks is a thoroughly dysfunctional workplace , and by forcing the company to "serve two masters" – the market and the administration's environmental goals – the White House is wading into a quagmire that Mr. Brooks compares to the Iraq war. (Yes, he really says that.)

At the Atlantic, blogger Marc Ambinder suggests putting Detroit native Mitt Romney in charge, because what's needed is "forceful, even ruthless, leadership" from someone unafraid of "bringing the hammer down – repeatedly" and "jack[ing] up the stakes." Plus, installing a Republican would give Obama some political wiggle room to turn the company around swiftly. Mr. Ambinder doesn't get into exactly what GM should do, only that it should do it right away.

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