May 28 -- It's great that with all the change in the auto industry some things are constant.
Take Ralph Nader. Nader was in rare form last week in front of what should have been a hostile crowd in Washington.
The father of safety regulation in the U.S. spoke to the association representing import-brand car dealers, who are mostly Republicans.
Nader hasn't mellowed a bit. He openly criticized the free trade movement and efforts to permanently kill the estate tax, two very hot issues for those dealers. He also advocated mass transit.
But it didn't matter. The dealers were polite, and even applauded a couple of times.
What got the most applause? When Nader said dealers are some of the best whistle blowers about vehicle safety defects.