MI Morning Update 11-9-08

November 9, 2008

722 Days until Election Day


"Knowledge of our past is one of our most treasured possessions, for only with an accurate picture of where we have been can we see where we must go."

– Ronald Reagan


SUNDAY TALK SHOW SCHEDULE…see below for today’s shows.

JOHN REIKCKER…former National Committeewoman Ranny Reikcker’s husband John lost his battle with cancer and peacefully passed away in Midland.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Ranny and the rest of their family.






Check…out…our…online Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………







ABC’s ‘This Week’ – Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chief of staff to President-elect Obama.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Valerie Jarrett, adviser in Obama’s transition team; Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian.

CNN’s ‘Late Edition’ – Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; Tony Blair, Middle East envoy.

Fox News Sunday’ – Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Eric Cantor, R-Va.




The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.




Can Washington save the Big Three automakers?

Nov 8 01:52 PM US/Eastern

With the Big Three US automakers teetering on the edge of insolvency, it appears Washington may finally be ready to come to Detroit’s rescue.
Only hours after both General Motors and Ford Motor Co. announced large third-quarter losses — and stressed that they are both rapidly running out of cash — President-elect Barack Obama focused on the industry’s plight during his first news conference since Tuesday’s election.

"I have made it a high priority for the transition team to work on additional policy options to help the auto industry adjust," Obama told reporters gathered in Chicago.


Democratic leaders ask Bush to help ailing automakers

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The top two congressional Democrats warned Saturday in a letter that Detroit’s Big Three automakers were "at risk" unless the Bush Administration moved quickly to extend government financing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., also said in the letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the government should get equity stake in the automakers in exchange for loans.

"The letter from Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi is a very positive step," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in a statement Saturday. "We in the Michigan delegation have recommended strongly that their suggestion … is the preferred way forward."


Ideas should still matter to Republicans

Graciously conceding as vice president in 1980, Walter Mondale spoke of voters wielding "their staggering power." This year’s energized electorate did that, thereby proving, among other things, that bad governance is good for turnout, a fact that should give pause to people who think high rates of voting are unambiguous indicators of civic health.

In 2000, George W. Bush won 11 million (29 percent) more votes than Bob Dole won in 1996; in 2004, Bush won 11.6 million (23 percent) more than in 2000. This year the Republican surge receded. It is difficult running against Washington while one’s party controls the presidency. And given that the morning news on Election Day was that October car sales and manufacturing activity were at their lowest levels in nearly 20 years, the evening news was unsurprising.


Exit poll: Fewer Michigan voters identify with GOP

11/8/2008, 2:40 p.m. EST
The Associated Press

(AP) – Michigan Republicans have lost ground in more ways than one. In addition to their setbacks in the election, an exit poll showed fewer of the state’s voters identifying with the GOP than at any time since Bill Clinton won re-election a dozen years ago.

In a statewide survey for The Associated Press and television networks, 41 percent of voters described themselves as Democrats, 29 percent as Republicans and 29 percent as independents or members of other parties. Four years ago, when John Kerry narrowly took Michigan, the split was 39 percent Democratic, 34 percent Republican and 27 percent independent.


Fix budget process to end repeated spending slashes

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s announcement that she will make dramatic cuts in the current state budget, which only went into effect last month, points to a continuing problem with the budgeting process — it is repeatedly unrealistic in its revenue assumptions.

The governor said she would make the cuts next month, after the University of Michigan makes its forecasts for the state and national economy Nov. 20-21. That’s a mistake. The longer any cuts are postponed, the deeper they will have to be. Spending trims should start now.

When the proposed budget was first unveiled in February, we argued that its total of $400 million in additional spending over the prior year was unrealistic in light of the real possibility of a national recession.


GOP gears up for 2012

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 11/9/08 6:56 AM EST 

Votes are still being counted in some races in last Tuesday’s election, but no matter: talk of the potential Republicans field in the 2012 presidential election is already underway.

Too early?

Too bad – just look around.

Two potential candidates will be in Iowa before month’s end, multiple prospects – almost certainly including Sarah Palin – will make high-profile appearances next week at the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) meeting and Newt Gingrich’s name has already being floated in a Bob Novak column.


An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage

By Deborah Howell
Sunday, November 9, 2008; Page B06

The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.

My assistant, Jean Hwang, and I have been examining Post coverage since Nov. 11 last year on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates’ backgrounds and horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants. We also have looked at photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4. Numbers don’t tell you everything, but they give you a sense of The Post’s priorities.

The count was lopsided, with 1,295 horse-race stories and 594 issues stories. The Post was deficient in stories that reported more than the two candidates trading jabs; readers needed articles, going back to the primaries, comparing their positions with outside experts’ views. There were no broad stories on energy or science policy, and there were few on religion issues.


Bush Says Smooth Transition for Obama Is Top Priority

By Dawn Kopecki

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said Barack Obama represents “a triumph of the American story” and promised his “complete cooperation” in the handover of power.

“Ensuring that this transition is seamless is a top priority for the rest of my time in office,” Bush said today in his weekly radio address. Bush, a Republican, ends his second term in office on Jan. 20, when Obama will be sworn in.

Obama, the first black elected president, will inherit the deepest U.S. recession since Ronald Reagan’s second year in the White House, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and tensions with Russia over U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Europe.


Obama to Face Big Policy Decisions on Iran, N. Korea and Mideast

By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 8, 2008; A04

President-elect Barack Obama stepped carefully yesterday when he was asked about the unusual letter of congratulations that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent him — the first time an Iranian leader has congratulated the victor of a U.S. presidential election since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"I will be reviewing the letter from President Ahmadinejad, and we will respond appropriately," he said, leaving open the question about whether he will reply. President Bush chose not to respond to a rambling 18-page letter he received from Ahmadinejad in 2006, but during the campaign Obama indicated he would be willing to meet with Iranian leaders.

"Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable," Obama said yesterday. "And we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening."


Obama and Russian president Medvedev chat on phone

CHICAGO — President-elect Obama spoke to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday as the future American leader had another round of phone calls with counterparts in other nations.

A Kremlin statement said Obama and Medvedev "expressed the determination to create constructive and positive interaction for the good of global stability and development" and agreed that their countries had a common responsibility to address "serious problems of a global nature."

To that end, according to the Kremlin statement, Medvedev and Obama believe an "early bilateral meeting" should be arranged.