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MI Morning Update: DNC kicks off in Denver, Biden on Obama's inexperience

71 Days Until Election Day

August 25, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

DEMOCRAT’S CONVENTION…apparently the Democrats have suddenly developed a keen sense of morality… John Edwards has been banned from making a speech at the Democratic Convention for having an affair and lying about it…in his place, Bill Clinton will be speaking!

BIDEN ON BARACK OBAMA…in his own words, Joe Biden makes the case against Barack Obama.  He raises the question of experience…I think Joe Biden, in his own words, has made the best case he can of why we can’t afford to take the risk of voting for Obama.  See Biden in his own words here.

Clearly Obama’s youth and inexperience played a big roll is his selection of Joe Biden as his running mate.

MSU…I spent most of Sunday afternoon on campus helping my son and his roommates move in, put up some shelves, get some new/fresh carpet, etc.  It brought back a lot of great memories and hopes for your kids…now back to reality!

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Poll: Race for White House tied

By Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director
    
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — It’s a dead heat in the race for the White House. The first national poll conducted after Barack Obama publicly named Joe Biden as his running mate suggests that the battle for the presidency between the Illinois senator and John McCain is all tied up.

In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Sunday night, 47 percent of those questioned are backing Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominees, with an equal amount supporting his Republican opponent, McCain.

 

Poll: Obama, McCain still neck-and-neck in Michigan

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Barack Obama holds a slim lead over John McCain in Michigan, according to a new poll of state voters that shows a remarkably stable presidential race.

Obama leads 43 percent to 41 percent, according to the survey by Lansing’s EPIC-MRA research firm and provided exclusively to The Detroit News, WXYZ-Action News and three out-of-state stations. Those numbers are unchanged from EPIC-MRA’s last survey, in mid-July. Both polls of 600 likely voters have error margins of plus or minus 4 percentage points — meaning McCain is well within range of winning Michigan — something a Republican hasn’t done since 1988.

The latest survey of 600 likely voters was conducted Monday through Thursday, before Obama named Delaware Sen. Joe Biden his vice-presidential choice and just as the flap about McCain’s several homes was receiving intense attention.

 

Kilpatrick removal arguments due to Granholm today

August 25, 2008

Today is the final day for attorneys to submit arguments to Gov. Jennifer Granholm on whether she should order a removal hearing against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Granholm is expected to rule as soon as Tuesday on the City Council’s request that she proceed with a Sept. 3 hearing, which the council wants because of how Kilpatrick handled the settlement of a police whistle-blower lawsuit.

Sharon McPhail, the Kilpatrick administration’s general counsel, has asked Granholm to deny a hearing — or at least delay it until after the mayor’s other legal issues are resolved.

 

Detroit mayor to skip Democratic convention
‘Focus remains on serving citizens … not presidential politics,’ statement says. Bond hearing on assault charges scheduled today postponed.

Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will not be at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, ending speculation about whether his bond restrictions would be loosened at a hearing today — now postponed — to allow him to attend.

"As the mayor has stated before, his focus remains on serving the citizens of Detroit, not on presidential politics, therefore, he will not be attending the Democratic National Convention," Marcus Reese, the mayor’s spokesman for his legal team, said in a statement Sunday night.

A bond hearing scheduled today for Kilpatrick’s assault charges has been postponed until Thursday "to ensure we have the appropriate time to prepare for what we hope to be a favorable ruling that will remove the extreme requirements of a tricounty travel restriction and a tether," the statement said.

 

Great vacation, less legislating

August 25, 2008

It was a New York judge who observed in 1866 that "No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."

By that standard, Michigan has been a pretty safe place this summer. The state Legislature hasn’t met since the end of June. Anybody notice? Not much happening in Lansing, but then nothing has gone wrong, either.

Republicans have been complaining about the House Democratic majority not scheduling sessions, but that’s mainly about trying to make political hay in an election year. This schedule, or lack of it for most of the summer, is hardly unusual, especially in years when the 110-member House is up for re-election (except for those being term-limited out). Unless you’re from Greater Lansing, it can be hard to "work the district" if you have to be working in the Capitol.

 

Primary results reveal rough road ahead for incumbents

The Oakland Press

The late Lyn Nofziger, former political director for President Reagan, said he believed that "once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows."
 
The late Tip O’Neill, the Massachusetts Democrat and former speaker of the U.S. House, once observed that "all politics are local."

If you take those two sentiments and combine them with the Aug. 5 primary election results, any baby-kissing, hand-shaking incumbent who’s on the ballot in November should be shaking in his or her well-worn door-to-door shoes.

 

Uneasiness in Denver

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Democrats begin their national convention with a queasy feeling in the pits of their stomachs. Sen. Barack Obama has plunged in the polls, falling into a statistical tie with Sen. John McCain. The election that was supposed to be in the bag isn’t.

Democrats blame the plunge on negative ads. They plan to respond in kind. The first few days of their convention will feature nonstop assaults on the presumptive Republican nominee.

 

Clinton voters buck Obama’s bid
Refuse unity, plan protests outside hall

S.A. Miller
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

CHICAGO | Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for party unity at the Democratic National Convention, which opens Monday, is being challenged by angry supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who refuse to let heal wounds from a brutal primary fight that their candidate lost.

"You can actually feel this party splitting," said Diane Mantouvalos, co-founder of Just Say No Deal coalition, an Internet-based collection of more than 250 groups vehemently opposed to the impending presidential nomination of Mr. Obama at the party convention in Denver. "There is a lot of anger out there."

 

What Obama Has Yet To Learn About Slavery, Race And U.S. Exceptionalism

By THOMAS KRANNAWITTER | Posted Friday, August 22, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign from Springfield, Ill. He was to announce his vice presidential running mate on Saturday from Springfield as well. Why Springfield?

Obama is clearly trying to capitalize on the legacy of America’s most captivating president, Abraham Lincoln, for whom Springfield was as much of a home as he ever knew.

But in a 2005 feature essay in Time magazine, Obama distanced himself from what he called Lincoln’s "limited" views on race. So, it seems, Lincoln leaned more toward bigotry than justice, at least for Obama.

 

Obama, Ayers, and the Annenberg Challenge Cover-Up

Barack Obama and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers have worked closely together on education reform since 1995, and possibly since 1987. Obama has obfuscated and minimized this association in his public statements and on his website. Why the cover-up? We don’t know, since we aren’t sure what is being concealed.

It’s becoming known as the Annenberg Challenge cover-up and it’s become big news since the McCain campaign highlighted it in a press release late Wednesday.

 

Russia sees Georgia outcome as proof of its dominance

By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 25, 2008

MOSCOW — In this historic hub of expansion and empire, Russia’s military victory over U.S.-backed Georgia was cheered as evidence that Moscow has regained its global dominance — and proof that the rest of the world can’t risk standing in its way.

As Russian soldiers poured into neighboring Georgia this month and Russian warplanes bombed fleeing, ill-equipped Georgian troops, U.S. and European officials condemned Moscow. But the image of Russia that appeared over and over in media here was that of a country rising from its knees.

 

EU Leaders to Discuss Georgia As Russia Flouts West

By LEILA ABBOUD in Paris and GREGORY L. WHITE in Moscow
August 25, 2008; Page A6

France called a summit of European Union leaders for next week to discuss the conflict in Georgia, reflecting growing frustration among Western leaders as Russia defies calls to withdraw all its troops from Georgian territory.

Russia said late Friday it completed the pullback of its troops from Georgian territory to separatist regions that Moscow supports. But the Kremlin left hundreds of what it called "peacekeeping forces" at dug-in posts deep in Georgia, including near a vital port and transit corridor, as well as a military base.