Several weeks ago, Republican image consultant Brian Kirwin received a curious request from a state elected official. The official had always wanted to buy a Ford Mustang, but he was concerned that its flash might turn off voters still slogging their way through the worst recession in a generation. "Is this going to look bad?" Kirwin recalled the official asking. Perhaps a more modest set of wheels like the fuel-efficient Ford Fusion -- which can get up to 47 miles per gallon -- might be a better choice?
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