4 Days Until Election Day

October 31, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."

-Thomas Jefferson

MORNING UPDATE:

EARLY MORNING… FIGHT TO THE FINISH TOUR CONTINUES…I was up at 5:00am Thursday to be the "guest host" on Michael Patrick Shiels’ Big Show.  Our guests included Congressman Tim Walberg, Chief Justice Cliff Taylor, John Truscott and callers from around the state.  We then headed down to Jackson, visited our Victory Center there and then stopped in at the Walberg for Congress headquarters to thank folks for their efforts. We then headed down to various Victory Centers and campaign headquarters throughout Wayne and Oakland counties. Mark Brewer and I met on Michigan Matters to debate the issues of the day and later that evening in front of the Grosse Pointe News sponsored debate.

Victory Centers have recruited thousands of volunteers for our 72 Hour Program…as the polls nationally close, people are coming out of the woodwork to pitch in and help…thank you!

Republicans are going to fight to the finish.  Despite the chances pundits and the media are giving us, Republicans are running strong campaigns in Michigan. From now until Election Day, I will join Republicans from across Michigan to make phone calls, knock on doors, rally support, and keep the Democrats in check. We have to make sure we are turning out every Republican voter and continue spreading our message to undecided voters.

VBLOG TOUR AROUND MICHIGAN…please take a few minutes to check out our vblogs from various Victory Centers as we completed our "Fight to the Finish Tour" throughout Michigan.  Michigan Republican continue to be excited and ready to fight for our principles and ideals.  Check the various vblogs here:

DIANE HATHAWAY’S PRIORITIES, WEAK ON CRIME…Diane Hathaway’s lack of judgment is highlighted in new radio and TV ads that we recently released.  Apart from being soft on sex offenders, Hathaway seems to be lax on potential terrorists as well.  Last year a man dressed in camouflage and holding a loaded AK-47 was arrested in a park.  The same man had a personal website glorifying Islamic terrorists and declaring his "personal Jihad" on America.  So how much jail time did he do?  Incredibly none.  Providing another stunning example why she is not ready to serve on the state’s highest court, Hathaway let this man off on probation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJIM378R8LY (TV)

http://migop.blogs.com/blog/2008/10/chief-justice-cliff-taylor—tough-on-crime-right-for-michigan.html (RADIO)

GARY PETERS TELLS MICHIGAN SCHOOLS, "SCRATCH OFF AND LOSE…Michigan Republicans started dropping a new piece of literature today all across the 9th Congressional District, which highlights how Gary Peters failed our schools as Michigan’s lottery commissioner.  While Peters wanted to drastically expand gambling all across Michigan, he didn’t want over 90% of that money to go to Michigan schools.  In fact, while Peters was commissioner, the percentage of lottery revenues going to schools fell by 14%.  Just another reason in the "whole LOTTO reasons" to re-elect Congressman Joe Knollenberg.

SCHAUER’S LIES REVEALED…Congressman Walberg and a reporter from the Jackson Citizen Patriot have called Mark Schauer out on his new ads, which are loaded with lies and hypocrisy that attempt to distort Congressman Walberg’s record.  In one ad, a Jackson Citizen Patriot writer points out Congressman Walberg is attacked for supporting free trade with Peru, a position also held by Nancy Pelosi.  In another, Schauer appears in front of "unemployed workers", but are actually actors!  One person appearing in the ad wrote on his personal blog "I play an unemployed Michigander for Mark Schauer".  As it turns out, the same person claims to be gainfully employed as a marketing specialist.  With all of the Michiganders who are unemployed because of Schauer’s tax hikes, did he really need a stand in?

We also released a new television ad attacking Schauer for his addiction to tax increases and his propensity to cave in to the special interests and how Tim Walberg has been on the front lines fighting against both of them and standing up for our values.  The ad entitled "feeding frenzy" describes, in no uncertain terms, what kind of Congressman Michigan’s 7th District will get in Mark Schauer.  You can view the ad here.

MICHIGAN MATTERS…taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Sunday on CBS Detroit Channel 62 at 11 a.m.   Watch Democrat Chairman Mark Brewer and myself on our final appearance before the election.

BAILOUT BUZZ…and Requests for Handouts.  U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Hoogendyk Calls for Action in Favor of the Market…"Those who pay taxes do not have the kind of representation — such as lobbyists — in Washington that Wall Street and special interests groups have. We are now reading reports of a ‘feeding frenzy’ in Washington as lobbyists line up to get some of the $700 billion," said Hoogendyk.  Read more here

JOIN US…DON’T BE FOOLED…IT’S CLOSER THAN THE PRESS IS PITCHING…GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…as we reorganize Victory Centers and Call Centers around the state, volunteers continue to make calls, knock on doors, and make contributions to fight for Republican candidates up and down the ticket.  Please check this link for a Victory Center near you.  We need you now, more than ever.

TEAM "BRAIN DRAIN" ANNOUNCES  "GET OUT THE BRAIN DRAIN" ….GOTBD is coming to your city…Please join Republican Youth from across Michigan SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1st and SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2nd in two convenient locations for our final push! All Party activists young and old are welcome to help us defend our most valuable natural resources: Our college graduates.

PLEASE JOIN US BOTH DAYS FROM NOON TO 8PM FOR CALLS, DOORS, and Conservative COMRADERIE.  In West Bloomfield: Amy Peterman’s Office Near the corner of Maple and Orchard Lake Address: 5640 Maple Road, #304Candidates: Pat Dohany, Amy Peterman, Gail Haines, Shelly Taub, David Law RSVP: Anthony Markwort: [email protected] 517-243-5961 In Downtown St. Joseph: Candidate Contact CenterAddress: 513 State St., St. Joseph, MI 49085Candidates: Sharon TylerRSVP: [email protected] 517-331-5631

TWITTER…we are on our Fight to the Finish Tour as we hit Victory Centers and campaign headquarters for our final push to Election Day.  Follow the excitement on Twitter and our blog…we’ll be posting updates regularly. www.twitter.com/sanuzis

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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Al Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush "humiliated": Web video

Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:15pm EDT

DUBAI (Reuters) – An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated," without endorsing a party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to an Internet video posting. "O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him," Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.

Libi, a top al Qaeda commander believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history. The remarks were the first from a leading al Qaeda figure referring, albeit indirectly, to the U.S. elections. Muslim clerics often end sermons by calling on God to guide and support Muslims and help defeat their enemies.

 

McCain rolls out ‘Joe the Plumber’ on campaign stop

Thu Oct 30, 3:31 pm ET

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AFP) – Republican John McCain campaigned alongside Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher here Thursday as he attempted to woo voters in the pivotal battleground of Ohio. McCain appeared alongside Wurzelbacher in an informal rally at a town square gazebo in this midwestern town as part of a two-day bus tour of Ohio, a state he almost certainly must win to claim the White House.

Wurzelbacher was adopted as the de facto mascot of McCain’s campaign after he quizzed Barack Obama over his tax plan, claiming the Democrat’s policies would leave him worse off if he tried to buy his own business. McCain has used the burly shaven-headed Wurzelbacher to support his claims that Obama is a tax-and-spend liberal determined to hit ordinary working class Americans in the pocket.

 

US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain   Oct 30 01:02 PM US/Eastern  For five years Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighbourhood near Rasheed Street, a prominent commercial artery running through the heart of the Iraqi capital. During that time American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week’s US presidential election.

"McCain would be best for Iraq because he would ensure stability," said Ali, 66, an expert on the Sumerian era. The personal qualities and political platforms of McCain and his Democrat rival Barack Obama are of little import to Ali, however. His focus is on Iraq and its neighbours such as Iran. "The Iranians believe that if Obama is elected he will not take action against them despite their nuclear ambitions. That worries me," said Ali, sitting on an old bench in Al-Zahawi coffee shop.

 

Win or Lose, Republicans Will Revisit the Party’s Image

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

WASHINGTON – No one knows better than Senator John McCain that his affiliation with the Republican Party has been more of a liability than an asset in the presidential race, and as it comes to a close, many Republicans are plunging into a fierce debate over how to rehabilitate the image of their party. An idiosyncratic "Theodore Roosevelt conservative," Mr. McCain is better known for bucking the right than for leading it.

For months, some Republicans have been preparing for an internal battle to turn the party back toward its Reaganite roots even if Mr. McCain wins, in part by running their own candidate against his choice to head the Republican National Committee. Others, planning for the possibility of Mr. McCain’s defeat, are stepping up efforts for a radical reinvention of the party, including repudiating what many call the "hubristic" Bush administration foreign policy and embracing certain market-based expansions of federal government like the administration’s Medicare prescription drug benefit that many once called liberal.

 

Obama and the Politics of Crowds The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease.

By FOUAD AJAMI

There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right.

As the late Nobel laureate Elias Canetti observes in his great book, "Crowds and Power" (first published in 1960), the crowd is based on an illusion of equality: Its quest is for that moment when "distinctions are thrown off and all become equal. It is for the sake of this blessed moment, when no one is greater or better than another, that people become a crowd." These crowds, in the tens of thousands, who have been turning out for the Democratic standard-bearer in St. Louis and Denver and Portland, are a measure of American distress.

 

Dining at the Taxpayer Buffet

OCTOBER 31, 2008

It was probably inevitable given the allure of $700 billion, but the speed with which the business and political classes are lining up for a stake from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (the Tarp) is still remarkable. It’s as if they think the taxpayers have graciously laid on a buffet and anyone seeking cheap capital can tuck in.

General Motors and Chrysler are looking for a little extra cash to smooth over their potential merger, never mind that Detroit’s auto makers were only just blessed with $25 billion in taxpayer loans. State governments also want a chunk, notably those that have been most spendthrift. As recently as fiscal 2007, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer raised spending by 11%. Now, with Wall Street’s implosion, current Governor David Paterson is predicting a deficit of $47 billion over the next four years. But why should Pensacola pipefitters finance welfare benefits in Buffalo?

 

Michigan voters to stay on rolls, appeals court rules

BY ED WHITE October 31, 2008

Michigan must not throw registered voters off the rolls, even if their cards were returned as undeliverable, an appeals court said Thursday. With the election just days away, the court refused to stop an injunction ordered by a federal judge in Detroit. The case involves 5,500 people who have registered since January 2006, just a fraction of the state’s 7.47 million voters.

The appeals court said Michigan voters are properly registered when applications are approved and names are added to the rolls — not when they receive a card in the mail. Suspending the injunction "would cause confusion, leaving recently registered voters who have not received their original voter ID cards unsure of their status and of what they need to do in order to exercise their right to vote," the court said.

 

Supreme Court: Clash of ideologies

Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News

The costly contest between incumbent Cliff Taylor and challenger Diane Hathaway for Michigan Supreme Court is a clash of ideologies: conservative versus liberal, business and religious interests versus labor and lawyers. But it’s also basic, bare-knuckles politics.

In recently filed campaign finance reports, Republican Taylor reported $1.8 million and Democrat Hathaway $370,000. His spending included $1,265,000 for TV ads; hers hadn’t invested a dime in TV time. Neither report tells the whole story. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which analyzes campaign spending, says that through Oct. 27, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee spent $1,783,000 for television advertisements on the two candidates’ behalf.

Those investments illustrate the importance that political insiders place on a race far down the ballot. The candidates are nominated by the political parties, but run as non-partisans — so voters may not know their political affiliation.

 

Govs push fed aid for Big 3Granholm, five others lobby for quick funding; Obama says he’ll be personally involved in helping industry if elected.

Robert Snell, Mark Hornbeck and Christine Tierney

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and five other governors called on Washington on Thursday to take "immediate action" to help the country’s struggling auto industry amid a growing awareness and fear of potentially huge job losses.

"While all sectors of the economy are experiencing difficult times, the automotive industry is particularly challenged," the governors said in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke asking them to make more credit available to car buyers.

The governors were joined in their plea for federal assistance by lawmakers and top auto industry and United Auto Workers officials as concerns mounted about the potential impact of General Motors Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Chrysler LLC — or worse, a failure of one of Detroit’s automakers.

 

Auto merger a major shock to ailing Mich.

Friday, October 31, 2008 Daniel Howes Six governors, including Michigan’s Jennifer Granholm, are petitioning the feds for "immediate action" to address the liquidity "crisis" bearing down on Detroit’s automakers. A second study this week predicts a General Motors Corp. acquisition of beleaguered Chrysler LLC would deal another devastating blow to a state economy preparing to enter its sixth year of recession. The toll, according to Grant Thornton LLP: 24,000 jobs and the closure of seven of Chrysler’s 14 manufacturing operations.

Nowhere would a GM-Chrysler tie-up hit harder than in Michigan, the sickest economy in America. The near-certainty of historic change has pushed Granholm to personally seek answers from GM Chairman Rick Wagoner, to appeal to the federal government and to assemble five response teams focused around talent, community impact, supplier diversification, real estate and communications.