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MI Morning Update 11-23-2008

709 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY

November 23, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We remain a center-right nation, and the GOP will remain a center-right party based on an optimistic conservatism.”
– Karl Rove

MORNING UPDATE:

MSU & UM…What an ugly day for Michigan football.

SUNDAY’S TALK SHOW SCHEDULE…below is today’s talk show schedule as compiled by the Associated Press.

HOW WE WIN…Forget the red state – blue state comparison.  We are a state and a country that responds to a commonsense conservative message and unfortunately today, our party has little credibility on that message.

Until our national leaders in Congress actually stand up for our center right principles, we won’t win. We need to put forth an agenda that effects real people with real problems – from Wall Street to main street.

We can’t just be the Grand “Old” Party but we need to also be the Grand “Opportunity” Party that leads us into the 21st century with innovative solutions based on our conservative principles.

STATE COMMITTEE MEETING…REMINDER…our next State Committee meeting will be held in Lansing Radisson on December 5th & 6th.

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THE SHOWS, FROM AP:

ABC’s ‘This Week’ – David Axelrod, senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Austan Goolsbee, economic adviser to Obama.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Former Secretary of State James Baker; former Commerce Secretary William Daley; Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

CNN’s ‘Late Edition’ – Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Forbes Inc.

CEO Steve Forbes; former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

‘Fox News Sunday’ – Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and John Boehner, R-Ohio; Axelrod

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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GM says board doesn’t see bankruptcy as option

By TOM KRISHER

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp.’s board of directors does not consider bankruptcy protection a viable option to solve the company’s financial troubles, but it has discussed Chapter 11 because it has a legal duty to do so, a spokesman said Saturday.

Century-old GM, an icon of American manufacturing, has been battered by a plunge in car sales as American consumers tighten their belts and shift away from the big moneymaking pickup trucks and SUVS that have long the staples of GM’s lineup.

GM, which has slashed jobs and closed plants since early in the decade, has warned that it could run low on cash by the end of the year unless it gets a taxpayer-funded rescue from the government.

The Waxman Democrats

By VICTORIA MCGRANE

John Dingell’s fall from power yesterday is an important inflection point in the history of the modern Democratic Party. The House purge marks the final triumph of the Congressional generation that came of political age during the 1970s over the last lion of New Deal liberalism, and it is symbolic of the party’s change in culture and policy priorities in the Barack Obama era.

Sitting chairmen are nearly impossible to depose, never mind one with the seniority and record of Mr. Dingell, who has served longer than anyone else in the House. The Democratic caucus nonetheless stripped him of his 28-year position atop the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has great power over the climate change and health-care bills that Mr. Obama hopes to pass next year. Instead, California’s Henry Waxman, who was elected by a reported 137 to 122, will do the honors. (We say "reported" because the vote was by secret ballot, which in a rich irony Democrats want to prevent for union organizing votes.)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed to be neutral, though it was clear all along that she was twisting arms on Mr. Waxman’s behalf. "I assume that not playing a role is playing a role," as Charlie Rangel, another venerable committee chairman, put it yesterday. Ms. Pelosi loathes Mr. Dingell’s independence — especially on environmental matters.


Pelosi dishonors Dingell’s legacy

By Nolan Finley

John Dingell is serving what is likely his final term in the U.S. House, finishing a career that spans a half century and in February will make him the longest serving congressman in history.

His name is attached to some of the most important pieces of legislation passed during that period. Big John has always ranked as one of the most powerful of Washington’s power brokers.

So how do his fellow Democrats celebrate this living legend? By humiliating him.

Democrats stripped Dingell of his committee chairmanship, handing it to California Rep. Henry Waxman, a sawed-off limousine liberal who shouldn’t be allowed to stand in Dingell’s shadow.


Ford has glimpse of a road to recovery

BY SARAH A. WEBSTER

Last week’s hearings on Capital Hill lumped Detroit’s automakers together as desperate enterprises so troubled that they must submit business plans to Congress to prove they are worth saving with emergency loans.

But ever so subtly, Ford Motor Co. is separating itself from its crosstown rivals, General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.

Still a troubled company that is hemorrhaging money — nearly $24 billion during the past three years — and losing market share, Ford is regarded as the healthiest of the three companies, as UAW President Ron Gettelfinger last week told Congress. The automaker also is making strides in fuel economy and the safety and quality ratings of its vehicles, and its new F-150 pickup — a company profit leader — is expected to do well after sales rebound from the toughest market in 25 years.


California schemin’: Is left coast plotting Michigan’s ruin?

BY BRIAN DICKERSON

Bipartisan fears of a 1929-style economic collapse have taken the steam out of the Red State-Blue State rivalry.

This is good news for the country and its president-elect, who is trying to gin up a consensus economic agenda from the limbo-land of interregnum Washington.

But it’s a serious setback for the Talking Heads of America (Motto: "Country second"), many of whom have staked our careers on the conviction that any complex issue can be reduced to a simplistic clash between two starkly distinctive archetypes (Fox vs. MSNBC, Wal-Mart vs. Neiman Marcus, Jennifer v. Angelina, etc.).

It really doesn’t work for us when Bill O’Reilly enjoys a friendly tête-À-tête with Jon Stewart, or when the senior Democratic senator from Michigan and the senior Republican senator from Ohio go to bat for the same Detroit Three rescue bill.

Richardson at Commerce, Summers as economic adviser

By MIKE ALLEN

Democratic sources report two major decisions by President-elect Obama: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) will be named secretary of Commerce, subject to final vetting. And Lawrence Summers, Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, will be White House economic adviser.

Summers had been considered for Treasury secretary, and Richardson wanted to be secretary of State. The latest decisions reflect Obama’s apparent desire to keep them in his policy fold, even if in less prestigious — and probably less influential — roles.

Summers’s appointment is scheduled to be announced Monday in Chicago, along with Timothy Geithner, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, for Treasury secretary.

Richardson ran for president during the Democratic primaries and comes equipped with one of the best resumes in Democratic politics, albeit one weighted down by a reputation for being a headline-seeker and independent operator.

Clinton-Obama détente: From top rival to top aide

By Elisabeth Bumiller

WASHINGTON: The thaw in the resentful relationship between the most powerful woman in the Democratic Party and her younger male rival began at the party’s convention this summer, when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave such a passionate speech supporting Senator Barack Obama that his top aides leapt out of their chairs backstage to give her a standing ovation as she swept past.

Obama, who was in the first steps of what would become a strategic courtship, called afterward to thank her. By then, close aides to Clinton said, she had come to respect the campaign Obama had run against her. At the least, she knew he understood like no one else the brutal strains of their epic primary battle.

By this past Thursday, when Obama reassured Clinton that she would have direct access to him and could select her own staff as secretary of state, the wooing was complete.

Pirates will infest Gulf if US quits Iraq too soon: minister

Iraq’s defence minister warned on Saturday that the Gulf would be infested by pirates and Iraq left at risk of attack by its neighbours if US forces leave the country too soon.

"Coalition forces are currently protecting the Gulf, and our navy will not receive its first ships until April 2009," Abdel Qader Jassem Mohammed al-Obeidi told a press conference in Baghdad.

If those forces "withdraw precipitously, our gulf will become like the Gulf of Aden, where there have been 95 acts of piracy," he said.

Obeidi was addressing journalists on his support for the controversial military pact that would allow US troops to remain in Iraq until the end of 2011, a deal now being considered by the Iraqi parliament.

The minister did not enlarge on his remarks or explain how the Gulf would become prey to pirates when one of its littoral states, Bahrain, is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.


Halperin at Politico/USC conf.: ‘extreme pro-Obama’ press bias

By ALEXANDER BURNS

Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

"It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. "It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."

Halperin, who maintains Time’s political site "The Page," cited two New York Times articles as examples of the divergent coverage of the two candidates.

"The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies," Halperin said. "The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn’t talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that’s ever been written about her."


Judicial conservatism is a house divided

By George Will

Of conservatives’ few victories this year, the most cherished came when the Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller, held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. Now, however, a distinguished conservative jurist argues that the court’s ruling was mistaken and had the principal flaws of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 abortion ruling that conservatives execrate as judicial overreaching. Both rulings, says J. Harvie Wilkinson, suddenly recognized a judicially enforceable right grounded in "an ambiguous constitutional text."

Writing for the Virginia Law Review, Judge Wilkinson of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Heller, like Roe, was disrespectful of legislative judgments, has hurled courts into a political thicket of fine-tuning policy in interminable litigation, and traduced federalism. Furthermore, Heller exposed "originalism" — the doctrine that the Constitution’s text means precisely what those who wrote its words meant by them — as no barrier to "judicial subjectivity."

The Second Amendment says: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Until June, the question was: Is the right guaranteed to individuals and unconnected with military service, or only to states as they exercise their right to maintain militias? The court held, 5-4, for the former view.