100 Days until Election Day

July 27, 2008 

MORNING UPDATE:

SUPER SATURDAY A BIG SUCCESS…as Republicans statewide came out to various Victory Centers and county headquarters to kick off the campaign season.  We had folks working the phones, others knocking on doors, delivering yard signs and literature statewide.  Thanks to all who participated.

OBAMA…if the Europeans like him so much…shouldn’t we begin to worry…more?

MEDIA BIAS…FOR OBAMA…SHOCKING…The New York Times’ refusal to publish John McCain’s rebuttal to Barack Obama’s Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias I have ever seen. But true proof of widespread media bias requires one to follow an old journalism maxim: Follow the money.

Two hundred thirty-five journalists donated to Democrats, just 20 gave to Republicans – a margin greater than 10-to-1. An even greater disparity, 20-to-1, exists between the number of journalists who donated to Barack Obama and John McCain.

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McCAIN NATION… Through the McCain Nation online headquarters you can create events, upload and invite your contacts, send out invitations, get maps and directions, and much more.  Lets go Michigan; lets show them what we’ve got…more information below.

GOP TOOLBAR…download it, use it, it’s free…and every time you use the Yahoo search on a sponsored site, the Michigan Republicans pick up a contribution.  See the details below.

 

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McCAIN NATION…

Yesterday, the McCain campaign announced…. Today we’re launching a new feature called McCain Nation and we want you to be the first to know. McCain Nation is a powerful online tool, built exclusively for our supporters across the country to plan events to help spread John McCain’s message.

Through the McCain Nation online headquarters you can create events, upload and invite your contacts, send out invitations, get maps and directions, and much more. You can also search for events in your area and ask hosts to attend. Connecting with other McCain supporters on the ground is crucial to our grassroots strategy and will be key to our victory in November.

Please follow this link to join McCain Nation today and host an event for John McCain! Our first national event will be held on Thursday, August 14th at 7pm ET, and we’re asking you to start planning your event right away. McCain Nation events across the country will have the opportunity to interact with a prominent McCain campaign official as part of the first national event day. Event hosts will also receive a host package and have exclusive access to other resources.

If you’re unable to host an event, you can also visit McCain Nation to search for events in your area to attend. And if August 14th doesn’t work out with your schedule, you can plan an event at a date and time that works best for you and your guests through the online headquarters.

Please visit the McCain Nation website today. We look forward to a successful national event day on August 14th.

Thanks for your support!

GOP TOOLBAR…FREE…HELP THE GOP…I am excited to announce a revolutionary new tool allowing you to stay connected to the Michigan GOP and raise valuable contributions, without spending a dime! We are facing one of the toughest elections in history and we need your help to make a victory possible. You can make a difference by downloading and using the new Michigan GOP Toolbar. The Michigan GOP Toolbar will help you raise money for the Michigan Republican Party through regular online activities such as searching and shopping! You will also receive all the breaking news, updates, and messages from the Michigan GOP! Show your support by joining thousands of other Michigan party members in raising valuable contributions for our party for free! Track your personal contributions in real time and learn that together we can make a difference!

THE BOTTOM LINE… Every time you perform simple searches on the web using your toolbar (powered by Yahoo), you’ll be raising funds for the Michigan Republican Party. The best part is, once you register, you can track these donations right from your toolbar so you can see exactly how much you’ve contributed.  It’s easy and it costs you NOTHING…. it’s FREE.

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.

 

Time to tell Kilpatrick he simply must go so city can move onCity and state leaders have to speak up to end this mess

BY STEPHEN HENDERSONJuly 26, 2008

To what end are we all being forced to watch the tragic self-immolation of Kwame Kilpatrick? What purpose is being served by the mayor of Detroit holding hostage the business of the city and the attention of the region, if not the entire state?

Plainly, his increasingly destructive chain of behavior leads nowhere good for anyone, him least of all. The endgame is clear and inevitable: Kilpatrick must leave. The city must move on.Only the delusional can believe Kilpatrick will emerge from his morass of criminal charges and suspicions to remain mayor, as if nothing had ever happened. Too much trust has been broken. Too many of his actions over the past six months — the tirades, the self-serving accusations and, last week, the escalation to irrational and dangerous behavior — have tossed accelerants onto his incendiary circumstances. He has gone from suspect to thug, from public problem to public menace.

Yank Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick before city falls

Nolan FinleySaturday, July 26, 2008

Enough, already. The escalating disaster that is the Kwame Kilpatrick administration must end now. One more day is one too many. The Detroit mayor placed what should be the final stamp on his ruinous tenure when he got himself involved in a physical dust-up with a Wayne County Sheriff’s detective trying to serve paper on Kilpatrick’s favorite city contractor, Bobby Ferguson.

It doesn’t matter whether the mayor’s belly bumping rises to criminal assault. He had no business interfering with an officer of the law, and his city-paid bodyguards certainly had no justification for screening a county process server. Kilpatrick acts like a thug, hangs out with convicted thugs like Ferguson and has projected an image of thuggery on the city of Detroit.

Democrats, Republicans pull out the stops at campaign events

Santiago Esparza / The Detroit NewsSaturday, July 26, 2008

The election teams for presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain ramped up their efforts in Michigan Saturday, while also getting behind local candidates and reminding people to vote in the upcoming primary, which is just 10 days away.  The Republican Party opened offices in Grand Rapids, Farmington Hills, Macomb Township, Traverse City, White Lake Township and Brighton.

Volunteers at the Farmington Hills GOP site called potential voters and reminded them that their vote counts, and questioned them about issues they believe are important this year. About two dozen or so volunteers used a new telephone system that allowed them to input data so it was immediately updated. "We are also knocking on doors," said Sarah Lenti, a spokeswoman for the GOP volunteer offices, which the party calls Victory Centers.

McCain needs a veep with Michigan appeal

Detroit NewsSaturday, July 26, 2008

Candice Miller for vice president? Not a chance. The Republican congresswoman is an effective worker for her Macomb County district, but she hasn’t established a national presence.

And yet Miller’s name shows up on a list of 15 potential GOP vice presidential possibilities compiled by the American Spectator’s Quinn Hillyer, who cited her proven ability to appeal to Michigan voters as a two-time secretary of state.

That Miller makes anyone’s radar screen speaks to the importance of Michigan to Sen. John McCain’s presidential hopes. Whoever the Republican Arizona senator selects as his running mate must resonate with Michigan voters and be in touch with their issues.

Cheeks Kilpatrick in a fight for survivalSon’s troubles make tough race more challenging

BY KATHLEEN GRAYJuly 27, 2008

It was an unfamiliar position for Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick last week in Detroit, as the veteran congresswoman stood before the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, pleading for their help. "I need your help. I want your prayers," she told the pastors. "I want to continue to serve. So I ask you to send me back when you go to vote."

It’s a pitch she’s been making more often in recent weeks as she faces her toughest re-election challenge since she won the seat in 1996. Kilpatrick is in a fight for survival in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, facing two challengers — state Sen. Martha Scott of Highland Park and former state Rep. Mary Waters of Detroit — who agree with Kilpatrick on most issues. But in this race, it’s clear that the biggest issue is not so much what the congresswoman has or hasn’t done in Washington, it’s the implosion of Kilpatrick’s son, Kwame, the embattled mayor of Detroit.

First, Lose Three Straight Elections Britain’s Conservatives are finally emerging from the wilderness. Republicans can learn from them.

by Fred Barnes08/04/2008, Volume 013, Issue 44

David Cameron, the Conservative party leader, had the look of a defeated man last October when Martin Bright of the New Statesman spotted him walking, alone, across a hotel lobby. The occasion was the Conservatives’ annual conference in the seaside town of Blackpool in northwest England. "The mood was really glum," Bright says. Cameron was white-faced. "He looked like a ghost."

Cameron had been Tory leader for two years. He’d embraced new issues like the environment and diversity and even "social justice"–new issues for Conservatives anyway. But in spite of all the changes and reforms and the aggressive outreach to both elite and lower middle class voters, the party appeared no closer to ousting the Labour government. Conservatives had last won a national election in 1992, and then only in a squeaker.

Obama’s audacity of hubris

REX MURPHYJuly 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM EDT

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus. That may turn out to be a problem.

Barack Obama was touring the geopolitical capitals of the Middle East and Europe all this week. He travelled less as a mere nominee for the U.S. presidency (even that is not yet officially secured) than as some combination of emperor and rock star.

Trailing in his charismatic wake was a whole legion of the top stars of the U.S. press corps. All three news anchors of the big networks were with him. When John McCain travels abroad, as he does and has done frequently, Mr. McCain is lucky to attract the attention of the local stringers. And back at home, during what was undeniably Obama Week in American journalism, when Mr. McCain touched down on a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., there was not a legion, not even a clutch of reporters, but one lonely local newsperson to witness the arrival of the other nominee.

Obama’s excellent adventure

Oliver NorthJuly 27, 2008

"What’s this guy running for, ‘Emperor of the world?’ " asked the sunburned fellow at the next table where we stopped for lunch. Mr. Sunburn was holding a copy of the Charleston Post and Courier and pointing to a headline, "Obama pledges to work for peace." The inquiry, addressed to those sitting beside him elicited only shrugs, so he answered his own question. "Just doesn’t make any sense to me."

The Obama Machine’s, "Hope & Change World Tour" has left more than a few people perplexed. Some – like the gentleman beside us at the restaurant – are American voters who wonder why the presumptive Democrat nominee is campaigning in foreign countries for president of the United States. Others seem baffled by the places and people chosen for meetings and photo-ops with the candidate. Apparently, among the mystified are members of the media who should have been asking tough questions. A brief look at what actually took place during this 10-day soiree only adds to the confusion.

George Jonas on Robert Kagan: The biggest threat to liberalism? Liberalism itself

July 25, 2008, 6:37 PMGeorge Jonas

Robert Kagan’s fine study, The Return Of History And The End Of Dreams, had me persuaded before I turned a page. I’ve never been a dreamer, and had reservations about the significance of the Soviet Union’s collapse even during the euphoric days of "the end of history." It was unlikely, I wrote in 1994, that the defeat of Nazism and communism would signal the end of the totalitarian impulse in human beings.

Fascism and communism didn’t come to us from Mars. As they hadn’t been imposed on humanity by extraterrestrial forces, they had to have been created by an impulse inherent in human beings. This being so, I wrote, we couldn’t expect their demise to provide us with more than temporary relief.

Senate Gives Final Approval to Sweeping Housing Bill

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORNJuly 27, 2008

WASHINGTON – Hoping to stretch a safety net under the nation’s tumbling housing market, the Senate on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a huge package of legislation that includes a program to save hundreds of thousands of families from losing their homes to foreclosure.

The legislation is the latest in a series of extraordinary interventions this year by the Bush administration, Congress and the Federal Reserve as they seek to limit shockwaves in the housing sector from rippling across the American economy and the world financial system. In the process, the central bank and taxpayers have taken on what critics warn are incalculable liabilities and risk.

The bill grants the Treasury Department broad authority to safeguard the nation’s two mortgage finance giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, potentially by spending tens of billions of dollars in federal money to prevent the collapse of the companies, which own or guarantee nearly half of the nation’s $12 trillion in mortgages.

 

Local investor Ovshinsky pursues energy answers

BY CAROL CAIN July 27, 2008

Sen. John McCain is hoping to trigger the development of a new advanced auto battery with his proposed $300-million prize to its creator. The incentive is being offered in the spirit of helping to ease the country’s dependence on oil.

The idea is part of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s plan to deal with rising gas prices amid global warming.

The GOP presidential hopeful’s suggestion is sure to get attention in the Motor City where discussion and work on alternative energy sources like batteries are increasing.