Skip to comments.Gingrich's gun rack quip about Volt shot full of holes (projectile vomit alert)
Posted on 02/25/2012 4:12:30 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican
Newt Gingrich on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 in a campaign speech in Cobb County
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently went gunnin for greenies.
Gingrichs target is the Chevy Volt, an electric car that also can run on gas. During a recent Republican presidential campaign swing through Georgia, he revved up crowds by calling it the car that rich, liberal environmentalists think you ought to drive.
President Barack Obama would make you ditch your gas guzzler at the side of the road for the Volt, if he had his way, Gingrich warned.
"This is an administration that is deeply opposed to Americans having the right to choose the kind of car or truck they want to drive," the former Georgia congressman told a crowd in Cobb County on Saturday. "And I keep trying to get across to my liberal friends: You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt."
Slow down there, Mr. Speaker. You cant put a gun rack in a Volt?
Is Gingrich taking us for a ride?
We realize this is not a pressing policy issue. And Gingrich was obviously trying to inject a little humor in what has been a demolition derby of a campaign.
But PolitiFact Georgia decided it was time for a little detour from our typical GOP primary coverage.
We set the Truth-O-Meters sights on Gingrichs high-voltage claim.
We contacted the Gingrich campaign for a comment, but did not get a reply by the time this article went to press.
The Chevy Volt is a $40,000 electric car. The midsize sedan can travel about 35 miles on battery power alone, but if you need to go a few hundred miles farther, the gas tank kicks in.
To charge the Volt, you hook the battery to an orange cord stored under the trunk carpet. The other end plugs into an electrical outlet.
Chevy designed the Volt with so-called "early adapters" and green technology fans in mind, company spokesman Robert Peterson said. Owners tend to have high incomes and are concerned about the environment and U.S. energy dependence.
Chevy manufactures cargo nets, floor mats, a sunshade and an ashtray for the Volt, but nary a gun rack, Peterson said.
"Its not something we normally consider," he said. He lent us a Volt for our fact check.
Car experts werent sure a gun rack would fit.
"You certainly CAN put a gun rack in a Volt, if you're talking about a tactical shotgun with a dash-mounted rack, as in a police cruiser," said Dan Neil, Pulitzer-winning car columnist and author of the "Rumble Seat" column in The Wall Street Journal. "A window rack, like in pickups? No, that would be difficult."
Gingrich took his gun rack quip on the road. He repeated it in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday before a crowd of 3,000 at Oral Roberts University.
We heard Gingrich say it again as we sat behind the wheel of a borrowed Chevy Volt, listening to the Sean Hannity radio show. We were hunting for a gun rack, and the Volt did its best to help. It started with the push of a button, and greeted us with a melody that sounded like a harp on Auto-Tune. A screen showed us the location of nearby stores.
The Volts pearly center console glowed under buttons lit up in cobalt blue. We felt as if R2-D2s younger, sexier brother was our co-pilot.
Local gun store salesmen told us we could get a truck accessory store to customize a rack. We found a video online that showed a Volt owner rigging one up with plastic piping and plywood.
We dont think these were what the former House speaker had in mind. PolitiFact Georgia opted to test products we could buy off the shelf. We returned to the newsroom parking lot with three gun racks and a stick as a gun stand-in.
The stick was a precaution. We didnt want our co-workers to get the wrong idea. It was about 40 inches long, or roughly the length of a shorter shotgun.
The first contraption suspended guns on two racks behind the Volts seats. They hooked onto the cars rear headrests and handily balanced the stick.
It was designed to fit two long guns.
The second used two camouflage neoprene slings to cradle up to two guns behind the cars front seats. They fit, but not well. The slides of the Volts heated seats were in the way. We tied the slings bottom attachments to the front seat belt anchors instead.
Thats four long guns.
The third rack was designed to show off guns in the cars rear window. The kit came with two plastic hooks with long adjustable bases. Each end was shaped like a wedge.
They fit snugly in the space between the upholstery and window, but were about 8 inches too short.
It was nothing that duct tape and PVC pipe couldnt fix, but no self-respecting Georgian would display his guns that way. We checked online and found window racks that we think would work.
How do we rule?
Gingrich said you cant put a gun rack in a Chevrolet Volt. We installed two gun racks that tote four guns combined.
Our own research shows Gingrichs claim is a lemon. We give him a False.
Exit Volt. Open hatchback. Lookie here, a rifle rack! Admittedly short. Mounted in the functional equivalent of a trunk. So who's selling the lemons, PolitiFact?
Yep. That is a gun rack.
What the idiot leftist tired to pass off as a gun rack was all over the board. I even saw one that was made out of PVC pipe & fittings with nylon cord. But in their feeble minds, it was a gun rack.
Typical leftie thought from a useful idiot.
...I wonder where the electricity comes from...oh, I know! The wall!
I was just thinking....how come these Volt cars aren't Diesel...what good is an environ-weenie car if you can't run them on Algae or Waste Cooking Oil?
Definitely not the "smug" car the weenies are portraying it to be...you should be able to fuel it with $26/gallon Algae too.
“And I keep trying to get across to my liberal friends: You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt.”
Um....Isn’t this statement figurative? What kind of complete moron would waste time trying to literally disprove it?
Greetings Texas Fossil:
A useful rifle rack wouldn’t fit the back window of our 1998 Ford Ranger, either.
It’s not the gun rack you can’t get in a Volt. It’s the yeehaw.
This journalist totally missed the point of the statement.
Newt was pointing out that no sane HUNTER would drive a volt into the woods (they’d be afraid of starting a forest fire) and no sane Police Officer would use such a car (noticed I said ‘sane’) to chase the bad guys.
Mariano the Morono...that's who :)
ROTFL. What has this world become. Wimps and typical snotty people who have no real connection that people want to pick a larger vehicle vs a crappy green car. We want the freedoms of choosing which vehicle to buy. Newt’s point exactly.
Wait, wait, wait... What? They make an ashtray for the Volt?
What kind of complete moron would waste time trying to literally disprove it?
Probably your everyday, average, run of the mill RuPaul/0bama supporter.
The Volt will die of it’s own inefficiency.
Admittedly in this article it only goes 35 miles on a charge.
I have to wonder how far it will go with an air conditioner running or the heater on.
After 35 miles it runs on gas. Chevy says when running on gas it gets 35 mpg, but I have heard figures in the 25 mpg class.
The thingtakes 6 hours to charge, you can look for big electric bills. Probably higher than 30 miles on a gallon of gas will cost.
It is a complete and utter failure.
The lefties are not short on ignorance. Even ignorance of their ignorance.
After the electric charge peters out it still keeps going on gasoline. It’s not like the car strands you. But it’s still a gimmick that is way more expensive than it’s worth. (Unless you like the fact that it is super silent when running with electricity, something that could be used to advantage for stealth surveillance.)
If Volt came in a diesel model, market as mountable under the bed, in the spare tire hanger.
Chick is a smarmy idiot. she could have ended the engineering machinations and installed a vertical gun rank which would hold most long guns.
Just bolt the thing to the floor or the back thread driver seat or passenger seat.
He name is Willoughby? Fitting for a rat.
A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
In this case, a committee of union thugs, treehuggers, bureaucrats and other communists.
A whole 35 miles on a charge? It was supposed to go 70 miles.
This in a world where an electric car can get 100 miles on a charge.
Remember the EV-1 from the 1990s that GM made? Even that went farther on electricity.
Just jettison the electric battery pack and remengineering the Dolt to be a gas burning car. It might get 35 mpg on the highway like my Hyundai Sonata does.
The funny part is what if you forge charge it over night and happily get inthe car drive 25 miles and voila......Nova