I know this happened a couple of days ago, but I've been mulling this over and have the following observations...
First, how clueless do you have to be to take a private jet to beg for money? It is indicative of their sense of entitlement and hubris that they would be so unconscious of their image here...their PR people should be fired, at a minimum. Apparently they are still doing business as usual, utterly unconscious of the fact that the world is changing dramatically around them.
Imagine the powerful image had they decided to DRIVE from Detroit, a convoy of maybe 15 cars, driving straight through to DC. What a message! It wouldn't have changed my mind, but it might have made me feel a little softer towards them, believe that they were really doing everything they can to save their respective companies.
The UAW didn't do themselves any favors, either. It's obvious that something big has to give on their end, but they just won't budge. Sorry, no sympathy there from me.
However. They are obviously getting their money. Harry Reid stood up and said that they hadn't done so many things, how could we give them more money? What he was doing was setting the table for a bailout in the next six weeks or so. The big guys go back to Detroit, fill the in the boxes that Reid & Co. laid out for them. Then when they come back they'll say, "We did just what you wanted, see?" And then Washinton will cut their checks. Watch for it.