Archive for ‘Michigan’

December 6, 2008

Jennifer Granholm . . . nude?

Erick says somebody e-mailed him nude pictures of the Michigan governor and he can’t tell if they’re PhotoShop fakes or not:

I’m willing to call them fake because there are no indecent acts with union bosses in any of the photos.


October 5, 2008

Palin on Michigan: ‘I wanna try!’

Blown out by Obama’s attack ads in Michigan — see here and here — the McCain campaign hoisted the white flag Thursday, a move that I argued amounts to concession of Republican defeat nationwide Nov. 4. Sarah Palin offers to fight it out in Michigan:

Sarah’s a gamer, but McCain’s high-profile support of the unpopular bailout bill has doomed him. He performed poorly in the Sept. 26 debate, and even if he were to perform better in Tuesday’s debate, his bailout stance turned independents decisively against him.

There simply aren’t enough undecided voters left to persuade. Of 11 national polls published since the first debate, five show Obama at 50% or better, including both the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls — and none show him below 48%. John McCain has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

This election is over and, despite my profound respect and deep admiration for Mark Levin, denial is not a strategy:

“If we don’t engage now, four and a half weeks out, then when are we going to engage? When it’s too late?”

Mr. Levin, sir, “we” are not responsible for the blunderheaded peregrinations of a candidate whose response to the mortgage crisis was to suggest that SEC Chairman Chris Cox be fired and replaced with Andrew Cuomo (who has “respect” and “prestige”).

Good candidates win elections. Bad candidates lose elections. If conservatives are to be true to their rhetoric of responsibility and accountability, then we must agree that John McCain is responsible for his own campaign.

The McCain campaign has spent something like $200 million to lose this election. If you’re going to insist on blaming someone other than the candidate for his defeat, why not start by blaming the advisers, consultants and top staffers who’ve enriched themselves as architects of this debacle?

Don’t blame me for being the bearer of bad news. I’m a journalist, and it’s not my job to pretend that a train wreck is anything other than a train wreck.

October 2, 2008

Team Maverick hoists the white flag

They’re surrendering Michigan. And Allah is right, Pennsylvania’s next. It’s over. Get used to saying, “President Obama.”

Earlier today, I started to do a poll roundup, then got distracted and didn’t finish it. Why bother now? Crazy Cousin John has already given up.

That’s why he was so bitter and sarcastic in that Associated Press interview. Last week’s idiotic gesture — “Suspend the campaign! Cancel the debate! Pass the bailout!” — blew up in his face and destroyed all rational hope that he can win on Nov. 4. So now he’s looking around for scapegoats, and any reporter (or columnist) who gets within range will do.

Pathetic. Three weeks ago, McCain led by 3 points in the Real Clear Politics average (and one poll showed him +1 in Michigan). A week later, when the polls started to slip, he freaked out and tried to blame the mortgage meltdown on SEC Chairman Chris Cox. When that didn’t work, and with his poll numbers slipping even further, he decided to take ownership of the unpopular $700 billion bailout.

Look, I’ve been following politics since 1968 when I was (believe it or not) a staunch 9-year-old Hubert Humphrey booster. I know a losing campaign when I see one and, having more than a few friends who are political operatives, I know what goes on inside a losing campaign.

The top people inside a losing campaign know the final score long before it becomes apparent to outsiders. Ask anybody who was involved in the Bob Dole ’96 campaign. After Labor Day, they were just going through the motions, playing out the season, collecting a paycheck.

The top folks at Maverick HQ — who in early September were thinking about what their positions might be in the McCain administration’s transition team — are now on Travelocity, booking their Caribbean vacations for the second week in November. They will furiously deny this of course, but the ability to lie through one’s teeth with apparent sincerity is a prerequisite to being a professional political operative.

Do not be deceived, then, by “here’s-how-we-can-win” talk coming from Maverick HQ or the Republican talking heads you see on Fox News. Do not get your hopes up by letting Hugh Hewitt or Sean Hannity draw you into their miracle-comeback fantasy talk. Ain’t gonna happen.

Alas, I am a sucker for miracle-comeback fantasies. So if, at any point in the next 32 days, it should appear that I’m being sucked into an optimism vortex, please remind me of this post, where I append this time-capsule note to my near-future self:

Hey, idiot, get a grip! That latest tiny bump in Maverick’s poll numbers in Ohio and Colorado is a glitch, a statistical anomaly, and is insufficient cause to ignore every previous indicator of the impending Obama landslide. And why the heck should you care, anyway, since you swore a blood oath on Feb. 7 that you were going to vote Libertarian this year? Or did you forget that, too, you moron?

I feel better now. There is peace in pessimism.

August 14, 2008

Barack Kwame Kilpatrick Obama

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm says “it would be incredibly cynical and wrong” for the GOP to take advantage of the scandal surrounding Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been charged with conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, and felony assault.

Kilpatrick is a Democratic super-delegate whom Barack Obama has praised as “doing an outstanding job”:

(Via Hot Air.) The Kilpatrick scandal is apparently one reason Obama hasn’t been able to pull away in Michigan — polls show him leading, but barely outside the margin of error.

It’s easy to see how Kilpatrick being front-page news would tend to heighten racial sensibilities in the state. If Obama throws Kilpatrick under the bus, it would alienate some black voters. But as long as Kilpatrick is on the bus, it tends to alienate some percentage of white voters in Michigan. Team Obama’s hope is that the Kilpatrick scandal will go away without requiring Obama to take a stand.

UPDATE 9/4: Kilpatrick pleads guilty, resigns.