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MI Morning Update 11-7-2008

724 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY

November 7, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“At heart, we Republicans are flesh and blood and backbone, the proud servants of people. If we re-orient our vision, renew our purpose, and reaffirm our principles, the times will demand us — not as we were, but as we must be!”
-Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (MI)

MORNING UPDATE:

COX FILES EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR GOVERNOR…Gongwer reports that “Republican Attorney General Mike Cox became the first out of the starting gates for the 2010 gubernatorial election when he filed an exploratory committee for the post with the Department of State on Thursday.”

THE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE…here is a GREAT conversation about what the Republican Party could use new technology and the “new” campaign tools that are necessary to build our party. Join the discussion.
http://www.rebuildtheparty.com/

CONGRESSMAN McCOTTER ON THE PARTY…McCotter demands a return to First Principles, and he calls them the “enduring principles” of the Republican Party:

1. Our liberty is from God not the government.

2. Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil.

3. Our security is through strength not surrender.

4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.

5. Our truths are self-evident not relative.

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Detroit seeks Congress aid on retiree health care

By KEN THOMAS
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Detroit’s automakers appealed to congressional leaders Thursday for $25 billion more in federal loans, low-interest emergency borrowing and a share of the Wall Street bailout to help rescue an ailing industry battered by the economic crisis.

The talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., came as General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. were poised to announce billions more in losses and further job cuts Friday.

GM, Ford and Chrysler LLC pledged to work with the leaders "to ensure immediate and necessary funding to keep the auto industry viable and its transformation on track during this critical time," according to a GM statement.

Granholm to advise Obama on economy in transition

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former U.S. Rep. David Bonior of Mount Clemens are among 17 people appointed to help advise President-elect Barack Obama on the economy during the months before he’s sworn in.

Granholm and Bonior will meet with Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden Friday in Chicago, where the Transition Economic Advisory Board will weigh solutions for the ailing financial and automotive sectors and how best to stimulate the economy and implement the incoming administration’s economic plan.

Although Michigan has led the nation in unemployment for nearly three years, largely because of the ailing auto industry, Granholm was tapped several times by the Obama campaign during the presidential election to speak about the need to create new alternative energy jobs. She has been mentioned as a possible energy secretary in an Obama administration.

UAW chief urges $25 bln in U.S. auto health care support

DETROIT, Nov 6 (Reuters) – United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger on Thursday urged the U.S. government to provide another $25 billion in loans to struggling U.S. automakers so that they can meet their health care obligations to over 780,000 retirees and their dependents.

"The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve can help immediately by taking steps to provide liquidity to auto manufacturers so they can get through the difficulties caused by an across-the-board decline in auto sales," Gettelfinger said in a statement released by the union.

Gettelfinger joined the chief executives of General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Chrysler LLC in meetings on Thursday afternoon in Washington with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to plead the case for urgent aid to the embattled auto industry.


The Bottom Line

By Newt Gingrich

The results of the 2008 election caused me to wonder if McCain ever really had a chance in the first place. Truthfully, about mid September, I realized that if there was indeed a shot for a Republican to win the Presidential race, it was lost. (Mid-September was the start of the HORRENDOUS financial bailout.)

Tuesday night, when I was on the air at the Christian Broadcasting Network, I didn’t bash President Bush, but I did point out that there were some failed policies that have ultimately led to the political blood bath that Republicans suffered last night. The American people are responding in anger and disgust for what has happened over the past 3-4 years. It’s not entirely Bush’s fault. Some things could not be helped, but a leader is not judged by what happens but on how he/she responds to what happens.

I believe Bush is a sincere person whose actions were based on what he felt was the right thing to do, but he was loyal to a fault to some people who advised him and/or served in his administration, and it has unfortunately ruined his legacy. Even yesterday an Obama supporter told me that he believes that Bush was sincere, but that the people around him ruined him. While this isn’t true for all Bush advisers, it is unfortunately true for many of them.


How to Block the Liberal Agenda

By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

Washington, meet Barack Obama. Barack Obama, remeet the Republican senators who are now going to help define your presidency.

Democrats won big on Tuesday but not big enough. The voters’ rebuke of the GOP was brutal, though not so cruel as to hand Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the 60 votes they needed to grease a sweeping agenda. The GOP still owns a filibuster, and that is as big a factor in this new "era" as is our president-elect.

Democrats, who now officially own 55 seats, are still salivating over that distant 60. But Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is holding on, and Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss is positioned to win a run-off. Norm Coleman in Minnesota is in for an ugly recount, but he starts with a lead. If Mr. Reid goes postal on the McCain-supporting Joe Lieberman, Republicans could also find themselves with occasional help from the liberated Connecticuter.

DeMint urges GOP to expel Stevens

By GLENN THRUSH

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is pushing his party’s leadership to expel Sen. Ted Stevens from the Senate during this month’s “lame duck” session, according to people familiar with his plans.

DeMint, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, is said to be angry with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for tolerating a convicted felon in the GOP caucus.

McConnell called on Stevens to resign last week after the Alaska senator was convicted on seven federal felony counts. McConnell said there was “zero chance” Stevens wouldn’t be expelled from the Senate if he didn’t resign – but he also made it clear that Stevens would have a chance to appeal his conviction first.

Progressivism’s Achilles Heel

By Jonah Goldberg

Behold the cultural contradictions of progressivism.

Barack Obama’s victory was a huge win for self-described progressives. Arguably the most liberal presidential nominee in American history, Obama has given some very old ideas an aura of new coolness. Congrats on all that. Hope it works out for you.

But something interesting happened on Election Day that didn’t get much attention. Bans on gay marriage were on ballots in several states, and they all won. In fact, gay marriage bans have ultimately passed in all 30 of the states in which they were on the ballot.

The ban in California was particularly intriguing. Proposition 8 would have failed in the Golden State if it were up to white voters, who opposed it by a 51-49 ratio. What carried it over the top was enormous support from black voters, with about 70 percent of them backing it. Hispanics also supported the ban by significant, though smaller, margins. In Florida, where a similar ban required a 60 percent margin, Amendment 2 just barely passed, getting 60 percent of the white vote. The cushion came from blacks, who voted 71 percent in favor, and Latinos, who voted 64 percent in favor.

Center Holds

By Rich Lowry

Republicans are consoling themselves by telling anyone who will listen that we still live in a “center-right country.” They’re right. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’ve lost the center.

According to exit polls, Barack Obama won moderates by a whopping 21 points on Tuesday, 60-39 percent. That more than doubled John Kerry’s 9-point margin over George W. Bush among moderates in 2004.

The ideological composition of the electorate was remarkably unchanged from 2004. The percentage of self-identified conservatives and moderates — the center-right — held steady. Conservatives were 34 percent of voters and moderates 44 percent, with liberals the smallest slice of the electorate at 22 percent. John McCain underperformed Bush by 6 points among conservatives, but getting trounced in the country’s great middle doomed him.

Does Green Energy Add 5 Million Jobs?

By JEFFREY BALL

Calls for a clean-energy system in the U.S. have long met with sticker shock. Now, the cost of making the transition — hundreds of billions of dollars — is being touted as a selling point.

President-elect Barack Obama and his energy advisers have been making the case that a multibillion-dollar government investment in everything from wind turbines to a "smart" electrical grid is just what’s needed to help revive the economy. The lure is millions of government-subsidized "green jobs."

On the campaign trail, Mr. Obama argued that spending $150 billion over the next decade to boost energy efficiency would help create five million jobs. The jobs would include insulation installers, to make houses more energy-efficient, wind-turbine builders, to displace coal-fired electricity, and construction workers, to build greener buildings and upgrade the electrical grid.


Palin and the GOP

Love Sarah Palin or hate her — and there seems to be little in between — the Alaska Governor has become a national political figure. She could have a big political future, assuming she and the many Republicans now trashing her learn something from their recent misadventures.

Last August we advised John McCain not to select a relative unknown like Mrs. Palin, in part because we remember the way Dan Quayle was treated. The media haze GOP candidates in a way they never do Democrats. (See Joe Biden, unreported gaffes of.) Any national-campaign novice was bound to be chewed up. Mr. McCain nonetheless decided to take one of his celebrated leaps off the high bar. (Our track record this campaign was perfect: If we proposed it, Mr. McCain did the opposite.)

In the event, Mrs. Palin’s contribution to the McCain ticket was mixed. Her bravura convention speech defied the early media mockery and made her an instant hero among rank-and-file Republicans. Her reform credentials and social conservatism inspired a GOP base that was angry with its wayward party and wary of Mr. McCain. The exit polls show that conservative turnout was strong, and Mrs. Palin deserves some credit for that.