MI Morning UPdate

36 Days until Election Day

September 29, 2008



“Who does he think I was talking about when I said ‘people on Main Street?'”

-John McCain, responding to Obama’s attack for not using the phrase “middle class” in the debate.

OBAMA IN DETROIT…same old rhetoric…but wasn’t it funny that the Obama campaign needed to bring Hillary Clinton into Michigan to connect with middle class families in our state?  Watching the news, the crowd reacted as if she were still the candidate.  Reagan Democrats and Independents are still in play here!

Let’s talk judgment…the “best” governor in the country…highest unemployment in the country, losing population, losing jobs, losing our college graduates, and need to bribe corporations (corporate welfare) to locate here?  Only Congress has lower approval numbers than our “great” Governor!

You can’t TAX yourself out of a recession…or regulate yourself into a job.

MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY…last night we had an “oovoo” internet video session with the new College Republican club at MTU.  Participants via “oovoo” included U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Hoogendyk, Youth Vice Chair Matt Hall, MI College Republican Federation Chair Justin Zatkoff, and myself as we kicked off their first meeting.  Thanks to John Niemela for his help in starting the club.  Best of luck and thanks for being part of our growing team!

MICHIGAN BEATS WISCONSIN…and so our Victory Center challenge came to an end this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who participated, helped make phone calls, knocked on doors, and put up our new lawn signs!

Michigan – 37,922 calls / 2,643 doors – 40,565 attempts
Wisconsin – 18,882 calls / 847 doors – 19,729 attempts

COMPROMISE…FINANCIAL BAILOUT/WORK OUT…House Republicans in particular, worked to get a package that not only helped provide liquidity on Wall Street, but reflected the concerns of Main Street and taxpayers.  Democrats tried to get a greater role for government and funding for ACORN, which was part of the reason we got in this situation in the first place.  This is NOT the option Republicans would have put forward, but political realities forced quick action and compromise.

MICHIGAN BLOGGERS GROW…Republicans and conservatives continue to build our blogger’s network…one of our newest conservative blogs is written by conservative GOP “grand dames” Lola Peterson, you can find it at: http://www.lolapete.blogspot.com/

CLIFF TAYLOR FOR SUPREME COURT…Chief Justice Taylor’s campaign continues to gain support statewide.  For the latest information on his campaign and to get more information go to:  www.CliffTaylor.com

HUCKABEE FOR HOOGENDYK…former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee will be in Michigan Wednesday, October 22 at noon from 1:30pm at Vladimir’s at 28125 Grand River Ave., in Farmington Hills.  This is a fundraiser for Jack’s U.S. Senate campaign, lunch is $100 per person or $500 for photo op.  For more information and/or to RSVP please contact [email protected] or call Liz at 248-363-1677

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…we are opening up new Victory Centers daily and need more and more volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, and put up lawn signs.  The response has been overwhelming, but Michigan will be the key battleground state and we need EVERY person willing to help in anyway they can.  Thanks again for all you do!  For more info click here.






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McCain as the Alpha Male

By David Broder

WASHINGTON — There were no knockout blows in the first presidential debate of the fall, but John McCain out-pointed Barack Obama often enough to encourage his followers that he can somehow overcome the odds and deny the Democrats the victory that has seemed to be in store for them.

It was a small thing, but I counted six times that Obama began a sentence with the words that McCain was “absolutely right” about a point he had made. No McCain sentences began with a similar acknowledgement of his opponent’s wisdom, even though the two did, in fact, agree on Iran, Russia and the U.S. financial crisis far more than they disagreed.




Bing’s mayoral bid focuses on basics

Stabilizing finances, city services are top goals, industrialist says.

Leonard N. Fleming / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Dave Bing, the Detroit Pistons legend and industrialist who moved back to Detroit to run for mayor, sat down with The Detroit News to talk about his vision for the city and defend himself against expected criticisms that he’s a longtime suburbanite.

It’s the first of a series of video interviews with mayoral candidates expected in the Feb. 25 special election primary to complete the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned this month. They’ll continue on Mondays.

Here are excerpts of the interview with Bing, who recently moved from Franklin and is expected to formally announce his candidacy early next month:




Kilpatrick’s exit helps Obama

Scandal posed a challenge to visits

Trips to Detroit have been dicey for Sen. Barack Obama in the last year.

The Democratic presidential candidate has mostly avoided direct contact with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, as he fought charges that he perjured himself in a 2007 police whistle-blower case.

But on Sunday, there was no attempt to avoid contact with Detroit’s mayor. The new mayor, that is.




Obama appears publicly with new Detroit mayor

9/28/2008, 5:31 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Barack Obama roared into Detroit on the platform of change he’s been pushing for months in his pursuit of the White House.

The Democratic presidential nominee and vice presidential nominee Joe Biden were welcomed by thousands in a city roiling in change of its own.

When Obama announced his intentions for the White House, Kwame Kilpatrick was holding court as Detroit mayor. But it was new Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. who took the stage Sunday afternoon outside the Detroit Public Library main branch, urging Detroiters and people throughout Michigan to support Obama and Biden.




McCain Controlled Agenda In First Debate

Friday’s debate was an enjoyable, engaging contest. These candidates have such sharply different styles – there were reasons to expect a good show. I for one was not disappointed.

Barack Obama’s initial answers to Jim Lehrer’s lead questions were strong. He typically contextualized individual issues into a broader framework. Overall, I think this made him seem knowledgeable, which is how he needed to come across, given that the subject of the debate was foreign policy. However, it also made him seem a bit professorial. Watching the debate sometimes reminded me of a college class, as if I should lean over to my wife to ask, “What was number two in his four-point plan on Afghanistan? I missed it.” It would be best for Obama to seem knowledgeable without seeming professorial – but above all he needs to seem knowledgeable.






Posted: 3:51 am
September 24, 2008

HOW did America wind up in its worst financial crisis in decades? Sen. Barack Obama explained it this way last week: “When sub-prime-mortgage lending took a reckless and unsustainable turn, a patchwork of regulators systematically and deliberately eliminated the regulations protecting the American people.”

That’s exactly backward. Mortgage lending took that “reckless and unsustainable turn” because of regulation – regulation driven by liberals and progressives, not free-market “deregulators.”




McCain calls gov’t officials handling bailout deal

by Beth Fouhy | The Associated Press
Sunday September 28, 2008, 9:41 AM

ARLINGTON, Va. – Republican John McCain placed phone calls to President Bush and Republican congressional leaders Saturday to help steer a bailout of failed financial institutions. His campaign and that of rival Barack Obama also sought to steer perception of the first presidential debate.

The two candidates sparred over foreign policy and the economy — including the $700 billion proposal to stabilize U.S. markets being considered by Congress — in a 90-minute televised forum Friday at the University of Mississippi.




McCain, Obama may skip bailout vote


DETROIT – The financial crisis is the only thing Barack Obama and John McCain talk about these days.

But neither nominee would commit Sunday to actually returning to the Senate this week to vote on the $700 billion bill aimed at preventing widespread economic collapse.

The dichotomy between their campaign trail rhetoric and their absence in the Senate is nothing new in this presidential race. Both nominees have spoken extensively in their travels over the last 20 months about bills on which they do not vote because they could not make it back to the Senate.




‘Un-American’ Bailout, Paulson Should Have Quit, Gingrich Says

September 28, 2008 12:46 PM

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley and Arnab Datta Report: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on Sunday described Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s request for billions of dollars to buy debt from struggling Wall Street financial firms as “un-American” and said the secretary should have stepped down.

Gingrich even expressed concern with Paulson’s connections to Wall Street.  The treasury secretary served as the chairman of a major global investment banking and securities firm before joining the Bush administration.





The Bilingual Debate: English Immersion

By Lance T. Izumi

In this installment of Education Watch, Bruce Fuller and Lance T. Izumi discuss the candidates’ positions on bilingual education. Go to Mr. Fuller’s post.

Lance T. Izumi, a senior fellow in California studies and the senior director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, is the co-author of the book “Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice.” (Full biography.)

Making effective appeals to Hispanic voters is a tricky business. Barack Obama’s education proposals are a case in point.