MI Morning Update
McCain Needs MI to Win - Newsflash: Dems Control Congress - Find Out How and Where to Help
58 Days until Election Day
September 7, 2008
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?"
"One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let’s be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.
The other kills her own food."
The Times Online UK article
"I NEED MICHIGAN TO WIN"…said John McCain at the rally on Friday. We have a great team with McCain-Palin and Republicans, Independents, Reagan Democrats, and yes, Hillary Democrats are coming over. See how you can help below.
DON’T BE FOOLED…SAYS OBAMA…saying the "Republicans and John McCain have controlled everything" as he starts to freak out over the message of reform and change coming from the McCain-Palin ticket!
P.S. The House of Representative and the U.S. Senate have been controlled by the Democrats for years…and they have done NOTHING. The Democrats control Congress…news flash to Barack Obama…ahhh, he hasn’t been there long enough to figure it out yet…now that’s experience!
MSU FOOTBALL SATURDAY…I spent most of the day at MSU. We had a big tailgate before and after the game. All but "one" person thought the Palin pick was great and I couldn’t get over how it appeared to be brining home "soft" Republicans from both the right and the left of our party…not to mention Indpendents and Hillary Democrats.
WHERE TO VOLUNTEER AND PICK UP SIGNS…STICKERS…see the list of Victory Centers below. I have included the name of the Victory Center Director, their phone numbers and contacts. Each center has reported increases in activities, volunteers, and drop in for signs and stickers. Republicans are fired up…and Independents and Hillary Democrats are joining us too!
FOR THE LATEST NEWS, COMMENTARY & INFORMATION:
Check…out…our…online Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………
THE REST OF THE STORY:
VICTORY CENTER LOCATIONS….McCAIN-PALIN SIGNS ETC:
Here is where to call and come volunteer, make calls and/or pick up a lawn sign or sticker:
Brighton… Phil Kraft …(517) 993-7334…firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent… Chris Bradley…(517) 610-1260…email@example.com
Livonia… …(517) 610-1446…firstname.lastname@example.org
Macomb… Janice Nearon…(517) 610-9046…email@example.com
Traverse City… Brandon Darin…(517) 610-9877…firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalamazoo… Cassandra Basore…(517) 993-7128…email@example.com
Genesee… Mike Tellgia…(517) 610-1507…firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa… Chad Fauske…(517) 993-7313…email@example.com
Ann Arbor… Justin Zatkoff…(517) 610-1516…firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson… Nicholas Diggs…(517) 993-7121…email@example.com
Lansing… John Witt…(517) 993-7128…firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyandotte… Pricsilla Parness…(517) 993-7288…email@example.com
Farmington Hills…Matt Chisholm…(517) 214-6106…firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY’S TOP STORIES
The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.
A Wavering Democratic Stronghold
By JOEL MILLMAN
September 6, 2008; Page A1
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — If John McCain becomes the nation’s 44th president, it may be thanks to Michigan — a prize the Republicans think they can claim for the first time in nearly 20 years.
On Friday, Sen. McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, arrived in this auto-plant town in Detroit’s suburbs to begin their final election sprint. The goal: Persuade disaffected voters like Howard Mitchell that Republicans still deserve their support.
Mr. Mitchell, a 28-year-old video technician at an auto plant in nearby Pontiac, would seem a promising target for the Democrats this year. In 2000, he bucked his Republican neighbors and voted for Al Gore for President. And while he backed George W. Bush in 2004, today he is angry about Michigan’s weak economy and nervous about the handling of Iraq. Mr. Mitchell says he wants change.
But the race is tight, as both campaigns consolidate support
UTICA, New York – Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups, as the race for the presidency enters a key stage and voters begin to tune in to the contest, the latest Zogby Interactive poll finds.
The McCain/Palin ticket wins 49.7% support, compared to 45.9% backing for the Obama/Biden ticket, this latest online survey shows. Another 4.4% either favored someone else or were unsure.
GOP does little to fill in blanks
BY TODD SPANGLER • FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF • September 7, 2008
WASHINGTON — If this year’s presidential election turns on the economy, the Republicans are in big trouble — and they seem to know it.
Amid the touting of John McCain’s credentials to keep the nation safe and excitement over vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin at last week’s Republican National Convention, there was a glaring absence of talk about the faltering economy, the jobless rate in states like Michigan and the wave of home foreclosures sweeping the nation.
Contrast that with what the Democrats and their nominee Barack Obama did at their convention in Denver the week before: Michigan’s governor hosted a town hall meeting on the economy and at least three people from Michigan — all union members — talked from the main stage about the challenges they and their families are facing.
9/6/2008, 5:22 p.m. EDT
By DAVID EGGERT
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Democrats on Saturday chose candidates for the November statewide ballot but not before focusing on the very top of the ticket – a tight race between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said it’s "mind-blowing that there’s even a race in this state.
"If people are going to vote their pocketbook, their interest, it wouldn’t even be a question," she told nearly 1,000 people at the Democratic state convention.
Charlie Cain / Detroit News Lansing Bureau
LANSING — With a pivotal presidential race entering the stretch run, Michigan Democrats gathered for their annual convention Saturday and dished out equal parts of praise for their nominee Barack Obama and scorn for Republican John McCain.
Speaker after speaker attempted to paint McCain as being joined at the hip with President Bush, whose approval rating has fallen into the low 30s as he winds down his eighth and final year in office.
Sen. Carl Levin, a 30-year Senate veteran and chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a McCain win would continue polices that grant tax cuts to the rich and big oil companies, keep tens of million of Americans without health care insurance, and spend billions of dollars monthly on a war in Iraq.
Here are some tips for your upcoming duties
BY TOM WALSH • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST • September 7, 2008
Ken Cockrel Jr. hasn’t called me yet for advice on his new job as Detroit’s incoming mayor.
No offense taken. I’ll share anyway.
Don’t overthink this thing, Mr. Incoming Mayor.
Sure, Detroit has lots of problems. And you won’t get much help from outgoing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s gaggle of mostly sycophant appointees.
That’s OK, this stuff is not quantum physics.
BY MITCH ALBOM • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST • September 7, 2008
Keep walking, Kwame. Out the door, off the stage and into a jail cell. You had a chance, on what could have been the most honest night of your life, to truly stand up, to change the image of who you are and perhaps begin to change yourself. Instead, you put cops at the door, blocked reporters you didn’t like from coming in, then bathed in sycophantic applause before leaving in a gush of phony bravado, like an ego-mad athlete being tossed from the game.
"You done set me up for a comeback" were your final words, because you couldn’t resist, as the curtain came down, one more grab of the spotlight. Instead of fessing up to a series of lies that paralyzed this city, cost it millions and turned it into an international embarrassment, you exited like a poor victim, swinging at some vast, invisible conspiracy, as if people in this state had nothing better to do than to mount an exhausting, eight-month campaign against you — full of your own text messages. As if it were other people who had extramarital sex in hotel rooms, fired cops, traded city money for silence and lied under oath, while you stood innocently on the sidelines.
Sep 7 12:13 AM US/Eastern
Battered by weak sales, declining market share and miserable credit ratings, Detroit’s Big Three automakers are now turning to the US government for help.
General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC will be launching a campaign in the coming days to secure at least 25 billion dollars in federal loans to help get past the current economic malaise.
"This isn’t a bail out," said Greg Martin, Washington spokesman for GM, the largest US automaker which has been awash in speculation for months that it is running short of cash.
Sneering power-women and the foul whiff of aristocratic disdain.
By Victor Davis Hanson
There is something ignoble about these elite, affluent, and well-connected observers in smug fashion savaging Palin, when – especially in the case of the sneering power-women – we should all at least grant that Palin is intrinsically bright, energetic, savvy, and independent to have come this far at all, given the slanted and insider rules of the game she’s in.
So pause to consider: If we wished to ensure that a bright, ambitious, and capable woman would not make it in contemporary national politics, as practiced by most successful contemporary office-holders and adjudicated by the New York-Washington media, then we would insist on the following ten requisites:
Movement conservatives are dominating Republican National Committee elections throughout the country, and this conservative resurgence might portend a much-needed philosophical realignment of the Republican Party’s largest campaign and fundraising organization. In the past six months alone, roughly 25% of the RNC members have been replaced. Six states — Alaska, California, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah — saw complete turnovers of their delegations.
The RNC’s re-organizational meeting on September 5 in Minneapolis will feature a new class of emerging conservative leaders who challenge both established Republican cultural stereotypes and the moderate Republican establishment. Three new committeewomen, all presidents of their states’ chapters of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, were elected from Alaska, Iowa and Texas. Alaska’s Debbie Joslin had a tough race but prevailed with the help of Ron Paul delegates. Kim Lehman of Iowa, a leader in National Right to Life, will fight to maintain the Republican pro-life platform. Out of Texas, Cathie Adams replaced her term-limited predecessor in a tough fight with a candidate from the more moderate Women’s Federation.