By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Democratic Rep. John Dingell knows cars, probably more than most lawmakers. He represents Michigan's car-industry-rich 15th District, home to Ford and the plant that makes the battery for the new Chevy Volt. He doesn't play favorites. His Michigan vehicle is a Ford Escape; in Washington, it's a Chevy Malibu. But he's in the market for a new Michigan car and took time at this week's Washington Auto Show to shop around. He tells Whispers that American makers "don't have to take a back seat to anybody." Which means, he adds, "I'm going to buy a new car, and it's going to be American." Word is he's leaning toward a Mercury Milan, though he's a big fan of the Volt.