The Republican Party – Grass Roots vs Establishment? It’s more complicated than that.
Crossposted on Republican Michigander. This applies mostly to Michigan, but could apply to your state as well. You don’t have to look far to know that there’s a rift in the Republican Party right now. A lot, although not all, of the grass roots do not like Mitt Romney. A lot, although not all, of the establishment in the party support Romney. There’s still hard | Read More »
Did 100,000 democrats actually cross over 3-1 for Santorum in the Michigan primary? I doubt it.
One of the big pushes from Romney surrogates in Michigan is that due to sites like Daily Kos and a Santorum robocall, that 100-120,000 democrats voted in the Michigan primary to create mischief like the case with McCain in 2000. The source that is used is exit polling from CNN. I do not begrudge the surrogates for using exit polling as a source. On a | Read More »
Election Reports from the ground level
I don’t know what’s going on in Arizona today, and I’ll be finding out throughout the day what’s happening here in Michigan. From what I can tell, there’s so far VERY low turnout in Michigan. I’m in a 51-49% Dem precinct in Republican leaning Green Oak Township (Livingston County). I was voter number 25 at 9AM not counting absentees. There was some grumbling over the | Read More »
As Senator Rubio says, Pick a Better Establishment. We can.
Back when Mr 29%, Charlie Crist still claimed to be a Republican, Marco Rubio made a similar quote to activists when he was going against Goliath. “Pick a better establishment.” Crist had the establishment support and Rubio just had people. People won. The worst thing that can be done right now is for all of us to say that we’re done and go home. We | Read More »
Areas to watch in Michigan for Election Day Results
Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Here’s the current score. 0-0. All of the state level seats are up for contest, except some trustee and judicial seats. We’re playing offense on the state house a mix of offense and defense on the state senate, as well as the statewide and congressional seats. All of the areas are important, but there are a few counties | Read More »
Pride comes before the fall. Forget the polls. We haven’t taken any seats yet.
As many know, I’m a Michigan State grad and fan. One of my favorite moments was how a calm but angry Coach Mark Dantonio defiantly took on all comers in the press conference after the MSU loss to Michigan in 2007. This loss happens to be his last loss to Michigan. Go State. I don’t know Coach Dantonio’s politics and I don’t care what they | Read More »
The Michigan Republican Convention 8-28-2010
It was a long, long, long, long, day today. I didn’t get much (any) sleep for today, so this may come off as a little ornery. Today was the Republican convention. It was a little different than most conventions and probably has the most contentious floor fights since a couple of the Youth Chair fights a few years back. The nominees are as follows: Lt | Read More »
In depth analysis on MI-01 Benishek/Allen race (geography matters)
I wrote a long column on Michigan’s 1st district back in April . It’s a district unlike any other in this country. It’s a district pundits pretend to understand, but are clueless about. It is a conservative, but not republican district. It takes the right kind of Republican to win there, and if it has any leaning, is “conservative democrat” for one with populist, pro-life, | Read More »
Michigan – Anyone but Rick Snyder in the Primary.
It’s no secret who I’ve voted for this primary. Mike Cox. I have my positives and negatives on all the candidates who are running, except there is one candidate who I hope loses this August. Rick Snyder. I’m not sure I can even support him in November. That is how much I am against Rick Snyder. I will have a real tough time being able | Read More »
Michigan – Anybody but Rick Snyder in the primary
It’s no secret who I’ve voted for this primary. Mike Cox. I have my positives and negatives on all the candidates who are running, except there is one candidate who I really hope loses this August. Rick Snyder aka Rick Michigan. I’m not sure I can even support him in November. That is how much I am against Rick Snyder. I will have a real | Read More »
Don’t let Soros and the “Secretary of State Project” take over your state.
FYI to all on Redstate. This was Cross Posted on Right Michigan and my blog. It applies mostly to Michigan, but there’s a good chance your state is targeted as well. A organized group of far leftists are trying to take all secretary of state positions in this country. In 2010, The Secretary of State Project is so far targeting Michigan, California, Iowa, South Dakota, | Read More »
Detailed Profile of 1st Congressional District (MI-01)
Michigan’s 1st District – Congress Incumbent – Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) – Not running for re-election Years in office as of 2010 election – 18. Cook District Numbers – R+3 Barone’s numbers 2008: Obama – 50% McCain – 48% 2004: Bush – 53% Kerry – 46% 2000: Bush 52% Gore 45% The 1st District is the largest district in Michigan in terms of area. It covers | Read More »
How to modify and/or repeal Obamacare – Don’t get mad. Get even.
“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way” – The Untouchables I’m not into the Chicago way, but I am Irish by blood, and we never stop fighting, either in politics or other matters. I’m not interested in online petitions. They are a waste of | Read More »
Today’s Census mailing – Waste of tax money by executive branch
I’m sure you all have seen the ads from Census 2010. It’s well known that every 10 years, we have the census. Soon the forms will be coming to be filled out. I checked my mailbox and thought it came in today. Nope. Instead, I got a $0.44 first class mail telling me the census form will be in approximately one week from today. Thanks | Read More »
(MI-03) – Vern Ehlers to retire. 49-48 McCain seat, 59-40 Bush seat
Vern Ehlers, longtime moderate congressman for the Michigan 3rd district has announced he will retire at the end of his term. This is going to be an interesting race to watch. John McCain only got 49% in this district. However, Bush got 59-60% twice in this district. There’s already one challenger for the seat, as State Rep Justin Amash announced a primary challenge the day | Read More »
53 Congressmen support the Chicago ban on all handguns
I’ve been following the Chicago 2nd and 14th Amendment cases. You can find all the original research at <A href=”http://www.chicagoguncase.com”>ChicagoGunCase.com</a>. I posted some commentary about the case at my own blog <A href=”http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2010/01/update-in-mcdonald-v-chicago-and-list.html”>here</a> and <A href=”http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2009/12/scotus-to-hear-mcdonald-2nd-and-14th.html”>here</a>. In short, Otis McDonald and others are suing to remove Chicago’s handgun ban as a violation of his 2nd and 14th Amendment rights. On Redstate, I’m going to stick | Read More »
(MI Governor, 2010) Cox has highest lead in general election poll (45% Cox, 30% Cherry)
<a href=”http://woodtv.triton.net/news/epic%20poll%2010209.txt”>Wood TV in Grand Rapids has the poll</a> Now this is real early, but the results are so far promising. EPIC/MRA, a democrat leaning polling firm, has all GOP candidates leading Cherry in the General election except Rick Snyder. The taps were posted by Wood TV in Grand Rapids. Some interesting results. Direction (US). 35% – Right Direction 58% – Wrong Direction Direction (Michigan) | Read More »
Nov 3 Bellwether Special Election – MI State Senate District 19
While most of the hype for 2009 is for the elections in Virginia and New Jersey, we have several important elections here in Michigan. The big one here is the 19th State Senatorial District race. This one is up for grabs. The 19th District covers all of Calhoun County, which is slightly democrat leaning in most years, but was won by Bush in 2004. It | Read More »
Washington Establishment gets right hook
I’ve said for almost four years that the Republican Party is at a crossroads, mainly due to fiscal issues. It can follow the lead of the Republican Study Committee, Mike Pence, Jim DeMint, and Jeb Hensarling in its opposition to deficit spending, or it can follow the lead of Ted Stevens, George W Bush, and Charlie Crist in their support for big spending policies. The | Read More »
Rocky Raczkowski for Congress – 9th District (MI)
We have some good news in the 9th District. Rocky Raczkowski is running against Gary Peters. Rocky’s a good candidate who has a history of winning tough races. He won three times in Farmington Hills against democrats in a democrat leaning district won by Gore, Kerry, Granholm, and Obama. He even beat Aldo Vagnozzi, who later won the district three times himself. I was at | Read More »
Obama talks fiscal responsibility, but delivers a $1.75 trillion dollar deficit budget (With yet another bank bailout)
I’ve come to understand that whenever Obama promises something, it is time to expect the opposite. Nowhere is that more apparent than when it comes to fiscal responsibility. This budget does not deliver whatsoever when it comes to that. I knew it was a joke when he talked about slashing the deficit in half in four years. That’s unacceptable. It needs to be balanced. Period. | Read More »
Obama appoints Michigan Governor Granholm to Economic committee
We now have an economic team to screw the country like they screwed Michigan. Of all the individuals that could be picked to Obama’s economic team, we have this: From the Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former U.S. Rep. David Bonior will serve on a panel of financial luminaries and corporate experts advising President-elect Barack Obama on the nation’s hard-bitten economy, | Read More »
Self-destructed – from 06 to today, and the way to climb back
Going into yesterday, I told those that asked me that I gave McCain a 40% shot to win. I thought he had a shot at Pennsylvania. If he didn’t win there, he had to run the table. I didn’t think that could be done. My realistic odds were closer to 30% than 40%. Part of that was the McCain campaign’s doing. Most of it was | Read More »
Proposal 2 is bad news. Vote No. (Michigan)
A lot of hype and claims are being made about Proposal 2. I was leaning against when I saw the ballot language, and I’m staunchly against this now after I real the actual language. You’ll find a lot of sites and reasons, scientific and otherwise attacking this proposal, but I’m going to stick with something I’m more familiar with. Language. Here is the ballot summary | Read More »
Barack Obama was ACORN’s Attorney
I should have caught this a long time ago. ACORN’s workers have several convictions of vote fraud, and was also tied into the housing loan scandals through intimidation tactics. I missed the obvious when looking for a redmeat tie between ACORN, Obama’s work as a community organizer and these scandals. Obama was a “community organizer” and doesn’t mention the name of it. I focused on | Read More »