“The auto industry declined while [Dingell] was chairman, ranking member and chairman again. He said we should do nothing to modernize the auto industry. That kind of protection is why we lost out to the Japanese and why Detroit chose the wrong kind of cars to make.”

— an unnamed “aide to a [Henry] Waxman supporter,” challenging the conventional wisdom that John Dingell’s chairmanship of the House Energy Committee has been good for automakers