MI Morning Update: McCain MI Grassroots leadership grows, Granholm talks about energy at DNC

69 Days Until Election Day

August 27, 2008


HILLARY SPEAKS…rocks the convention hall.  But it’s always about "Hillary"…if only she could write her own history…and if you listened to her "promises" on behalf of "the one"…hold onto your wallets folks…there is NO free lunch.

CLINTON-OBAMA…I have to admit, I thought this combo would have been the Democrat’s "dream team"…now Biden’s own words will be more powerful than much of what we could say.  If a Republican had been nominated who said the kinds of things Biden has, could you imagine the press coverage?  There’s no media bias???

GRANHOLM HOSTS TOWN HALL ON ENERGY…the only alternative energy Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is an expert in is the hot air she creates trying to blow us away in five years. Too bad she can’t bottle that.  9.1% unemployment and a single state recession over the last 6 years.

MCCAIN GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP GROWS…over 180 grassroots leaders from around the state, covering many municipalities and coalition groups is coming together for John McCain.  Volunteers have made over 46,000 contacts this past week as we fill our Victory Centers with volunteers.  Join us, every day counts!

VICTORY PROGRAM IN FULL GEAR…. as thousands of volunteers across the state start filling our phone banks, begin door-to-door activities to identify Republican voters and McCain supporters statewide.  Please join us at your local Victory Center soon…and often!  Thanks again for all you do.

MCCAIN STRATEGIST EXPECT 15 POINT BOUNCE FROM CONVENTION…Director of Strategy, Sarah Simmons said…" After naming his running mate, Senator Joe Biden, our campaign believes Senator Obama will receive a bump in polling numbers after this week’s Democratic Convention in Denver…On Thursday, Obama will give a great speech, as has been his trademark. The press will sing his praises and remark on his historic address and Obama’s place in history. For example, The Associated Press today published an article comparing the historic nature of the addresses – a week before Obama’s speech. This coverage will be impenetrable and will undoubtedly impact the polls."  I expect this lead to last most of the fall and fade towards Election Day.

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.

TONY SNOW FAMILY TRUST…Tony Snow, President Bush’s spokesperson, Detroit News writer and conservative activist passed away leaving a young family.  Friends have started a "trust" to help pay for his children’s college education.

OFF TO MINNEAPOLIS…today we head out to the Republican National Committee.  The RNC members are to meet early and go over the rules and other procedures to finalize plans for the actual convention next week.  I’ll be blogging from there.



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Kilpatrick’s aide: I shredded SkyTel file
Another walks out on deposition date

August 27, 2008

In the span of 24 hours, one witness canceled sworn testimony on short notice, one walked out moments before she was to be questioned by lawyers, and a third one admitted shredding documents.

Tuesday was just another day in the continuing effort by lawyers for the Free Press and Detroit News to learn more details about last year’s secret $8.4-million settlement of police whistle-blower lawsuits that spawned the text message scandal confronting Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.


Kilpatrick scandal casts pall over Granholm, Michigan Dems

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

DENVER — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is casting a cloud over the Democratic National Convention for the Michigan delegation, even though he isn’t here.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm dodged questions here this morning about her decision to go ahead with a Sept. 3 hearing on the ouster of the mayor. She considered motions filed by both sides Monday and Granholm decided early today to hold the hearing as scheduled.

But as she walked into the Michigan delegation breakfast today, the governor ignored questions about her ruling. Aides referred reporters to the governor’s web site, which eventually contained documents about the decision to move forward on the request by the Detroit City Council to remove the mayor.


Both parties see Oakland as must-win
Voters carry state along with them

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

DENVER — When the Obama camp and Michigan Democrats huddle during strategy sessions, one of the hot points inevitably will be: How do we keep Oakland County in the party fold?

Once a solid Republican stronghold, Oakland has gone for the Democrat in the last three presidential elections, and has taken Michigan along with it. Increasingly, Democratic Oakland is now seen as the battleground county in the battleground state, to paraphrase a John McCain description. McCain, viewed by some as a moderate, figures he has a good shot at retaking the county in November.


Poll: McCain has edge among Macomb voters
‘The Reagan Democrats are back’

By Chad Selweski
Macomb Daily Staff Writer

John McCain holds a seven-point lead over Barack Obama in Macomb County thanks to disaffected Democrats who are uncomfortable with Obama’s minimal national security credentials and who are disappointed with his economic policies.

That’s according to a comprehensive study of Macomb County voters based on a countywide poll and six focus groups conducted by one of the nation’s premier polling firms. The report, released at a Denver press conference just prior to Monday’s opening of the Democratic National Convention, put Macomb County voters in the national spotlight again.


Obama, Biden’s Son Linked by Earmarks
Candidate Got Funding for Nursing Program

By James V. Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy
Wednesday, August 27, 2008; Page A16

Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show. Obama succeeded in getting $192,000 for one of the clients, St. Xavier University in suburban Chicago.

Obama’s campaign has taken a hard stance against the world of lobbying in the nation’s capital. Obama said he limits his own efforts to get money for pet projects — a process known as earmarking — to those that benefit the public. He has posted his earmark requests on his presidential campaign Web site to encourage transparency.


Congressman Calls Pelosi’s Abortion Remarks ‘Scandalous’

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

WASHINGTON –  Anti-abortion advocate Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday for controversial statements she made over the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion.

In an interview with FOX News, McCotter said Pelosi is "free to join other faiths" if she disagrees with the church.

Pelosi said Sunday that "doctors of the church" have not been able to define when life begins and that "over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy" in a televised appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press.


Pro-Life Catholic Lawmakers Take Nancy Pelosi to Task on Abortion Comments

by Steven Ertelt
August 26, 2008

A group of Republican members of Congress who are Catholics are taking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to task for her recent comments concerning the Catholic Church’s abortion position. The lawmakers say Pelosi misrepresented the views of the Church on abortion and its position on the beginning of human life.

As LifeNews.com noted, Pelosi admitted in an interview with "Meet the Press" that she didn’t know the answer to the question of when human life begins. Yet, she claimed, "as an ardent, practicing Catholic, [abortion] is an issue that I have studied for a long time."


When does life begin?
Obama’s answer will be his downfall

Carl A. Anderson
Monday, August 25, 2008

In November, as we look back on the results of the 2008 presidential contest, I suspect that we’ll conclude that Aug. 16 was the day that Barack Obama lost the race.

At the Saddleback Civic Forum on the Presidency, evangelicals had their chance to meet Mr. Obama and to compare his brand of Christianity to theirs. When Mr. Obama said: "Jesus Christ died for my sins, and…I am redeemed through him," the evangelical audience was on the same page.


Fixing the Primaries
Change is a long shot.

By David Freddoso

The same bipartisan complaints arise every four years: Our current primary process is a poor way to choose presidential nominees. It gives undue weight to some states, and not enough importance to others. It is too expensive, consuming resources needlessly and benefiting only campaign consultants. It produces nominees who are badly damaged from bloody internecine contests. It produces nominees who are chosen based on petty, parochial considerations in blessed early states (ethanol, Yucca Mountain, etc.) rather than serious deliberation on issues or character.

In 2008, the presidential primary sequence also produced an enormous national race to the bottom of the calendar. State parties scrambled for the earliest dates possible, some willing even to sacrifice convention delegates in order to have their say before anyone else. As other states honed in on their territory, the traditional early states of New Hampshire and Iowa threatened to hold votes in December. 

Russia’s Aggression Is a Challenge to World Order

August 26, 2008; Page A21

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Georgia, the United States and its trans-Atlantic allies have rightly focused on two urgent and immediate tasks: getting Russian soldiers out, and humanitarian aid in.

But having just returned from Georgia, Ukraine and Poland, where we met with leaders of these countries, we believe it is imperative for the West to look beyond the day-to-day management of this crisis. The longer-term strategic consequences, some of which are already being felt far beyond the Caucasus, have to be addressed.


Guns Silent, Moscow and Tbilisi Open New Front in Denver


WASHINGTON – Just hours before the Democratic National Convention was gaveled open on Monday, several party leaders sat down with the delegation from Georgia. But for these Georgians, the term "battleground state" had an altogether grimmer meaning.

They came from the small former Soviet republic that fought a brief and disastrous war with Russia this month, and they were in Denver to plead their case to representatives, senators, delegates and any other political figures they could buttonhole.

A competing set of envoys from Moscow likewise made the rounds at the Democratic gathering, hoping to repair some of the damage to American-Russian ties. The Georgian and Russian governments plan to send representatives to the Republican convention in Minnesota next week as well.