It appears that the chatter about Ford CEO Alan Mulally possibly leaving early to take over as CEO of Microsoft is losing air pretty fast. What's pretty interesting is that it got any traction in the first place.
He ate in the corporate cafeteria rather than the executive dining room. He sent birthday presents to colleagues when they were on business trips. He wrote personal handwritten notes to hundreds of Ford employees who displayed these like badges of honor in their cubicles.
A lesson other car-makers have learned the hard way is that buyers want a car that makes a definite statement, which knows its place in the market. A perpetual question mark like Mercury has absolutely no chance of survival.