Oh, sure, Mitt Romney gets himself in trouble when he talks about money and dogs, but the real gaffe trap for the presidential candidate is cars. His wife's multiple Cadillacs, his car elevator, even his inexplicable praise of the height of Michigan's trees was prompted by a story about a car. Romney made another questionable car comment Monday, when he said he'll "take a lot of credit" for the survival of the American auto industry, because what he proposed for it and what actually happened both contain the words "managed bankruptcy." But the key difference is that what Romney predicted would happen to Detroit in 2008 is the opposite of what came true.
The taxpayer bailout of Chrysler and General Motors is widely considered to have been crucial to their survival; Romney argued that the bailout would doom them to failure. Romney literally opened his 2008 op-ed in The New York Times like this:
"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed."
Maybe Romney's campaign is betting that because both Romney's proposal and what actually happened involved bankruptcy, voters won't notice. But it's a pretty easy one for Democrats to factually dispute.