Ed Driscoll

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Brick

Tesla, the “green” automaker for those whom its fellow lefties in Occupy Wall Street would dub the “One Percent,” now claims that the batteries in its current line of electric cars are no longer susceptible to “bricking.” That’s the issue that was originally claimed back in February by Gawker-owned Jalopnik.com, which reported that the batteries inside Tesla’s electric cars would require an expensive replacement not under warranty, if they were allowed to run down to zero.

The brain of 80 year old Bay Area Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), whose mental batteries have never seemed 100 percent charged, may have finally bricked itself however:

Chronicle: You got Silicon Valley in your district, or a slice of it.
Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA): Do I?*
Chronicle: Solyndra’s down by your way, as a matter of fact.
Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA): Yes.
Chronicle: What specifically are you going to do in the next term to work with the tech sector?
Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA): I wish I had big enough expense allowance to get one of those new “S’s” that Solyndra’s going to make down there, the electric car. My 10 year old is after me. He no longer wants a Porsche. He wants dad to have an “S” sedan. They sound wild. I guess they run $60,000-$90,000.”

Video of the sclerotic San Francisco Democrat’s gaffe at the Tatler. I only hope Pete’s civil for a change if he calls in to complain.

On the other hand, as the Weekly Standard notes, for President Obama, Solyndra has become an un-company, having scrubbed the crony corporatist start-up from its latest “green” “energy” campaign ads. Not surprisingly, the virtual clean-up was far more successful than Solyndra’s own efforts to remove its toxic after-effects.

* Pete’s apparently not too sure of geography these days, either.