It is super funny that MSNBC is concerned with a tentative boycott proposed by some “conservative high-profile pundits”.
Really… Among all the problems that GM has, why would anyone be worried about this? I can guarantee you that there is a much stronger and powerful ‘boycott’ going on against GM for at least the last decade. That boycott is called the market.
GM is not selling cars because they suck. They suck because GM as a company failed. The natural way of things is that companies that fail should go away. What is happening now is that the government is simply funding the existence of a new company, built from the ashes of the old GM. You could still call it GM, but that really doesn’t mean anything. Most of the Union madness is gone. Most of the old and stupid contracts with dealers are gone. Most GM brands are gone!
Whether this new company will fail or succeed is a completely different issue. I personally just went through the process of buying a new car and chose a Honda. There was no comparison at all between what GM/Ford/Jeep could offer when compared to Honda/Toyota/VW. The new GM has to be a lot better than the old GM.
Of course conservatives will cry about the government handing out free money to these automakers. Liberals should be crying about that too! It is favoritism to the extreme. Maybe we did save some jobs in the short term but the consequences on the long term will not be fully understood until much later in the future.
In any case, whether GM will succeed again as a company or not is entirely up to them. Trying to blame ideological backlash is silly. If people bought cars based on ideology or patriotism we would never have had this problem in the first place.