Articles of Interest 7-13-7008 Obama to the right, Representative Candidates, McCain HQ

114 Days until Election DayJuly 13, 2008MORNING UPDATE:
SUNDAY TALK SHOW SCHEDULE…below, check it out.
OBAMA CONTINUES TO MOVE “RIGHT”…as he moderates and changes his positions on key issue that some of the “left” are letting him get away with, while others try to hold his feet to the fire.  Obama is NOT that “different”, he’s willing to say whatever it takes to get elected.  A risky proposition America can’t afford…in more ways than one. http://migop.blogs.com/blog/2008/07/obama-flip-flop.html
STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES…have you met your local candidate yet?  With term limits and other moving on, we as Republican activists need to encourage and support our “farm team”.  Find a local candidate to support…it’s a team effort!
McCAIN HEADQUATER & VICTORY CENTER GRAND OPENING…we will officially open our headquarters this Monday, July 14th at 5pm and would be honored if you all would join us and also invite your own organizations.  Governor Mitt Romney will be among our special guests who will be there to help kick off our grassroots campaign here in Michigan.
When:  Monday, July 14, 2008 at 5 PM
Where:  McCain Great Lakes Regional HQ and Michigan Victory Center
31440 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI  48344
RSVP to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> or 248-579-4578
HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT DONE YET…the “The Denver Group” organizes to have her name placed into nomination at the convention.  Let the games begin! WHAT WILL OBAMA COST US…here is an interesting study. TONY SNOW…R.I.P…a great guy who once wrote for the Detroit News and served our President well.
FOX News Sunday (FNS): Host Chris Wallace talks to the man with a plan for windmills and such: billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens.
This Week (ABC): Host George Stephanopoulos talks to Arnold (R-California) about McCain vs. Obama.
Meet the Press (NBC): Host Tom Brokaw communes with surrogates: RNC Victory 2008 Chair Carly Fiorina and Obama ’08 co-chair Claire McCaskill.
Face the Nation (CBS): Host Bob Schieffer talks Iran with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Sallai Meridor; then he chats with Dick Lugar and Carl Levin,
Late Edition (CNN): Host Wolf Blitzer talks to surrogates: Jon Kyl and Chris Dodd. He talks to potential veeps: Mark Sanford then Janet Napolitano. Then he mingles with his usual cast of thousands.
John McCain’s Statement On The Passing Of Tony Snow…"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Tony Snow. He was a loving father, husband, friend and truly one of America’s most gifted commentators. Whether he sat behind a radio mic or stood behind a White House podium, Tony Snow always sought to give the American people new insights into our government, political process and leaders. He asked the tough questions and took them as well. Even when diagnosed with cancer, his fight served as an inspiration to all Americans.  In the coming days, we will celebrate the life of a truly great and generous man."
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Why We Don’t Shut Up and Fall In Line
by HillBuzz
Tonight, we had an interesting talk with a good friend who asked us, point blank, why we maintain this blog. "She lost, do something else."
We don’t see it that way, with all due respect to our friend.
Here’s something the media is missing, something our good friend missed. We aren’t doing this because of Senator Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. She suspended her campaign. She called her staff home. She sent her supporters into winter quarters. We get it. End of game. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Glow Fading?
By Jonathan Darman
A month after emerging victorious from the bruising Democratic nominating contest, some of Barack Obama’s glow may be fading. In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the Illinois senator leads Republican nominee John McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent. The statistical dead heat is a marked change from last month’s NEWSWEEK Poll, where Obama led McCain by 15 points, 51 percent to 36 percent.
Obama’s rapid drop comes at a strategically challenging moment for the Democratic candidate. Having vanquished Hillary Clinton in early June, Obama quickly went about repositioning himself for a general-election audience–an unpleasant task for any nominee emerging from the pander-heavy primary contests and particularly for a candidate who’d slogged through a vigorous primary challenge in most every contest from January until June. Obama’s reversal on FISA legislation, his support of faith-based initiatives and his decision to opt out of the campaign public-financing system left him open to charges he was a flip-flopper. In the new poll, 53 percent of voters (and 50 percent of former Hillary Clinton supporters) believe that Obama has changed his position on key issues in order to gain political advantage.

Obama says ‘little doubt’ country in recession
Glen Johnson / Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Barack Obama said Saturday there is "little doubt we’ve moved into recession," underscoring the country’s need for a second economic stimulus package, swift steps to shore up the housing market and a long-term energy policy to reduce reliance on foreign oil imports.
The Democratic presidential contender also said removing U.S. forces from Iraq won’t be "perfectly neat," yet a call from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a withdrawal timetable supports his position more than the longer term presence favored by rival John McCain or his fellow Republican, President Bush.
Bush and the Arizona senator have chided Obama for proposing to withdraw U.S. forces within 16 months of taking office. McCain, a Vietnam War veteran, has even suggested it exhibits naivete by his rival, a freshman senator from Illinois.

Michigan wary of McCain trade message
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Jim Zawacki, chairman of a metal-stamping manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was apologetic but firm as he doled out some “straight talk” to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, at a town hall meeting this week.
Though Mr Zawacki has donated $1,000 (€628, £502) to the Arizona senator’s campaign, he said he disagreed with Mr McCain’s commitment to free trade and challenged his suggestion that Michigan’s staggering 8.5 per cent unemployment rate could largely be fixed by retraining displaced workers at community colleges.

McCain sees himself in Teddy Roosevelt mold
By Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper
HUDSON, Wisconsin: Senator John McCain, in a wide-ranging interview, called for a government that was frugal but more active than many conservatives might prefer. He said government should play an important role in areas like addressing climate change, regulating campaign finance and taking care of "those in America who cannot take care of themselves."
"I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said, referring to Roosevelt’s reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy.
The views expressed by McCain in the 45-minute interview here Friday illustrate the challenge he faces as he tries to navigate the sensibilities of his party’s conservative base and those of the moderate and independent voters he needs to defeat Senator Barack Obama, his Democratic rival.

The young don’t vote — why should 2008 be different?
Polls show that young Americans prefer Democrat Barack Obama for president by a pretty solid margin over Republican John McCain. But if Obama expects to be carried into the White House on the strength of the youth vote, he’ll need more than polls. Millions of young people don’t vote.
It’s an odd thing, really, how so many in the generation that fights the wars take a pass on picking the people who start them. The generation that will be paying taxes for the most years abdicates on selecting the authors of tax policy. The kids who will be stuck with the bills don’t seem to care who runs them up.
In 2006, a nonpresidential year, just 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted nationwide, 21.3% in Michigan. In the 2004 presidential contest, voting among 18- to 24-year-olds was up around 42%, with Michigan at 44%. Meantime, voters age 55 or older consistently show up in the 60%-70% range.

Text Message Scandal Costs
WWJ Reporting
Southfield (WWJ) — The Detroit Free Press reporting that the Wayne County prosecutor’s office is expected to spend an estimated 200-thousand dollars this year on the text message scandal case involving Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The cost could reach a million dollars by next year. Prosecutor Kym Worthy reported the figures to the board of commissioners this week. At least one county commissioner, Kevin McNamara of Canton says he’s unwilling to spend more money on the case saying the prosecutor seems to have a "slam dunk" case against the mayor.
He says he’d rather spend more money in other areas.

Constitutional reform plan tampers unjustly with court
Maybe this should be a rule of thumb for judging ballot proposals: When the title reads more like a teenager’s text message than a serious proposal for change, be worried.
And so it is with Reform Michigan Government Now! (Why didn’t they just stick "OMG!" at the end?)
This proposal, if it survives legal and technical challenges to make the fall ballot, would be constitutional change by blunt force, a hurried, sloppy approach to sweeping and meaningful alterations to the structure of government in this state.

Mortgage Giants’ Problems Could Mean Higher Loan Rates
By Nancy Trejos
Washington Post Staff Writer
The crisis at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, once the unwavering giants of the mortgage finance industry, could make getting a home loan even more difficult at a time when lenders are already tightening their grip on credit, industry experts and financial advisers said.
If you’re thinking of buying or refinancing a home, expect to see a rise in mortgage rates, the experts said. But if you already have a mortgage, even one backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you should have nothing to fear as long as you have no pressing need to refinance, they said.
A spike in rates could also drive homeowners into foreclosure as hundreds of thousands try to refinance out of adjustable-rate mortgages that are scheduled to reset this summer.

U.S. Considers Increasing Pace of Iraq Pullout
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.
Such a withdrawal would be a striking reversal from the nadir of the war in 2006 and 2007.
One factor in the consideration is the pressing need for additional American troops in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and other fighters have intensified their insurgency and inflicted a growing number of casualties on Afghans and American-led forces there.