720 Days until Election Day
November 11, 2008
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"We’ve got to be everywhere…we have a goal of having a Democrat in every precinct in America, not every county, but every precinct in America."
Howard Dean, DNC Chairman on his 50 State Strategy
THE MORNING UPDATE:
REPUBLICANS LAUNCH…REPUBLICANS FOR A REASON…check out the RNC site that is similar to what we did with our calendar last year…asking for input from the grassroots as to why you are…or the reason you would like to be a Republican. Let your voice be heard!
OBAMA SUPPORTS PUBLIC EDUCATION…I think it will be very interesting to see what public school the Obama’s send their children to in Washington?
HEADWINDS AGAINST REPUBLICANS…let us remember that sixty-two percent of the nation thought the economy was the No. 1 issue, and 93 percent thought the economy was bad. Two-thirds of the nation thought the war McCain championed was a mistake, and 80 percent to 90 percent thought the country was on the wrong course. I don’t think the McCain/Palin ticket, nor any other could have overcome these factors given the "Obama factor" as well. 2006 and 2008 were "national" elections where "anti Republican" tsusami’s hit us almost across the board, especially since some of our Republicans stopped acting like Republicans and damaged our brand.
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It’s over, folks.
No matter what comes of the increasingly frantic Detroit bailout talks in Washington, or General Motors Corp.’s desperate bid to keep its critical cash hoard from disappearing, or Chrysler LLC’s next move to avoid bankruptcy, or Ford Motor Co.’s flimsy insistence that its predicament is not as bad, the credit crisis of ’08 has ensured that Detroit as we know it will never be the same again.
Why is that so hard to understand?
11/10/2008, 2:21 p.m. EST
The Associated Press
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) – Mayors from four Detroit-area cities are seeking federal redevelopment funds to counter drops in property tax revenue if auto plants close.
The leaders from Sterling Heights, Warren, Dearborn and Livonia met Monday to draft a proposal that will be given to Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office and Michigan’s congressional delegation, among others.
They say in a news release that $238 million in annual property taxes to their communities come from major auto plants and parts suppliers.
Shares hit 59-year low
BY JUSTIN HYDE and BRENT SNAVELY • FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITERS • November 11, 2008
As Washington officials squabbled Monday over a $50-billion auto industry bailout, Wall Street cast an alarming vote on the future of General Motors Corp., driving the company’s shares to their lowest value since 1949.
President-elect Barack Obama used his first post-election visit with President George W. Bush to raise the prospects of a rescue plan for the industry. Michigan’s congressional delegation urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to use his powers under the $700-billion financial industry bailout to provide immediate loans to automakers, a request that the Bush administration did not appear ready to grant.
By Jackie Calmes Published:
November 11, 2008
WASHINGTON: The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President George W. Bush to support immediate emergency aid.
Bush indicated at the meeting that he might support some aid and a broader economic stimulus package if Obama and congressional Democrats dropped their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia, a measure for which Bush has long fought, people familiar with the discussion said.
by RandallThompson | November 8, 2008 at 8:28 PM
Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey wrote in his book, Armey’s Axioms, "When we act like them, we lose. When we act like us, we win." Such words seem appropo after the 2008 general election. However, there is so much more to those words today than when they were written.
I cannot tell you how many times during the Bush Administration, political staffers at the state and federal level would seemingly say the same thing, ‘I didn’t sign up for this.’ From the ill-executed war in Iraq to the prescription drug plan to the recent government bailout, many Republicans – both grassroots and professionals alike were caught off-guard by the brand of conservatism and, thus, the brand of Republicanism being executed at the highest levels of our government. And, worse yet, it was for the world to see. But, in his defense, President Bush didn’t do it alone. He had a lot of help.
By Nick, Section News
Posted on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 01:33:05 PM EST
This is what we’re up against.
On Sunday morning, amidst worshiping congregants and following unifying prayers that our President-elect be granted wisdom as he prepares to lead our nation through difficult global, social and economic challenges, the Michigan left declared open war on peaceful church goers.
They did it with banners, chants, blasphemy, by storming the pulpit, by vandalizing the church facility, by potentially defiling the building with lewd, public, sex acts and by intentionally forcing physical confrontations with worshipers.
By SCOTT RASMUSSEN
Barack Obama won the White House by campaigning against an unpopular incumbent in a time of economic anxiety and lingering foreign policy concerns. He offered voters an upbeat message, praised the nation as a land of opportunity, promised tax cuts to just about everyone, and overcame doubts about his experience with a strong performance in the presidential debates.
Does this sound familiar? It should. Mr. Obama followed the approach that worked for Ronald Reagan. His victory confirmed that voters still embrace the guiding beliefs of the Reagan era.
During Reagan’s campaign, the nation suffered from high unemployment and high inflation. This time around, data from the Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed that Mr. Obama took command of the race during the 10 days following the collapse of Lehman Brothers — when the Wall Street meltdown hit Main Street. Before that event John McCain was leading nationally by three percentage points. Ten days later Mr. Obama was up by five and never relinquished his lead.
By HENRY OLSEN
This is not the first time that conservatives and Republicans have stared into an electoral abyss. After Barry Goldwater’s crushing 1964 defeat, most political observers thought the only future for the GOP was to become a centrist party only slightly to the right of Great Society Democrats.
Ronald Reagan didn’t agree. In a trenchant column penned in the Dec. 1, 1964 issue of National Review, he argued that Americans had rejected only a false vision of conservatism as a radical departure from the status quo. Conservatives, he said, had only "lost a battle in the continuing war for freedom." Voters would rally to the conservative banner once they realized that Democratic liberals were the true radicals.
By AVI ZENILMAN | 11/9/08 7:03 PM EST
John F. Kennedy famously said that "victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan," an adage born out over the last three days as reporters’ inboxes have overflowed with e-mails from advocacy groups boasting of their role in Tuesday’s sweeping Democratic win.
Unions, Hispanic groups, the Netroots, progressive organizing coalitions, single women, working women, youth, the religious left – to name just a few – all claim to have played a vital role in electing Barack Obama.
And each says he owes them for that role.
By Holly Rosenkrantz and Kristin Jensen
Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — President-elect Barack Obama met with President George W. Bush at the White House as his aides consider ways to undo many of the policies put in place by the U.S. leader during the past eight years.
During a private meeting in the Oval Office, Obama and Bush spoke about the “broad health of the auto industry” and the prospects for a second economic stimulus package, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters traveling with the president-elect back to Chicago. He declined to provide any details about the discussion.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, also got a tour of their future home hosted by the president and first lady Laura Bush.