UPDATED: Speak Softly and Bring In Luca Brasi

Did the White House negotiate the Chrysler deal Corleone style or is that just what the Chicago Way looks like?

Instapundit has a short roundup on White House thuggery surrounding the Chrysler situation.  It perfectly evokes a classic exchange between Michael, Tom, and Sonny in The Godfather:

Michael Corleone: That’s a terrific story. And we have newspaper people on the payroll, don’t we, Tom?
[Tom nods]
Michael Corleone: And they might like a story like that.
Tom Hagen: They might, they just might.
Michael Corleone: [to Sonny] It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.

No doubt that’s how the White House would justify it, too.  Whether the White House Press Corps would go along with the plan is a different story (Alinksy’s Rule 9 comes to mind), but how many wouldn’t mind being used by the Administration?

It could also be said that this thuggery might be part of a pattern: “Welcome to the extortion economy. With the financial crisis as cover, the federal government has spent the past eight months dictating terms to American business – terms that defy common sense, economic logic and moral justification. And the government has been doing it with brass knuckles.”

Not unlike Luca Brasi’s, I’d bet…

UPDATE: The Sundries Shack and The Other McCain (on their headlines sidebar) link.  Thanks!

MORE: WHITE HOUSE DENIES! (H/T: Instapundit)  Would [troubled] car czar Steve Rattner ever stoop so low so as to make such threats?

ANOTHER ONE: Much more at The Other McCain: You Report, We Deny.