MI Morning Update 1-22-09


January 22, 2009


"You have in Saul Anuzis one of the greatest state chairs in the Republican process."
– Newt Gingrich (yeh, I kind of like that quote)


REAGAN BEAT OBAMA… According to Nielson Wire, early 37.8 million Americans watching at home viewed President Barack Obama’s oath of office and inaugural speech between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET on January 20, 2009.  This is the most viewed inauguration since the record of 41.8 million viewers who watched Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration.

The North Oakland Republican Club… will hold a forum tonight to help create a roadmap for the Republican Party. The panelists are Akindele Akinyemi, Dennis Lennox, Greg McNeilly and Randall Thompson. This forum is highly anticipated and will be attended by Attorney General Mike Cox, party leaders and candidates for the MIGOP leadership positions. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Pontiac Country Club, 4335 Elizabeth Lake Road, in Waterford. The forum is free.

For more information, call NORC at 248.866.2562.

UNEMPLOYMENT TOPS 10 PERCENT FOR 1ST TIME SINCE 1985…Michigan’s unemployment rate increased to 10.6 percent in December, state officials said Wednesday, marking a full percentage point increase from the rate in November. The rate jumped into double-digit territory for the first time since 1985 as the state was emerging from a deep recession. The national rate was 7.2 percent.

 MRP STATE CONVENTION…Just a quick note to let you know that the Michigan Republican’s website has been updated with State Convention information.  I’ve included the information below, but for your reference in directing potential delegates to the site, the address is: http://www.migop.org/event.asp

CPAC 2009 Timeless Principles, New Challenges…Register today for the largest gathering of conservative grassroots activists in the country! The American Conservative Union Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. The 36th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held on February 26-28, 2009

TRACK RNC RACE FOR CHAIRMAN…here is a basic tracking site that allows you to follow who has publicly committed to various candidates for RNC Chair:



Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………



February 20 & 21, 2009 | Lansing Center 
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Tentative Schedule of Events | *Subject to Change*                

Friday, February 20, 2009

Times: 6:00pm – 7:45pm | Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14
            8:00pm – 9:45pm | Districts 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15

Location: Various rooms | Lansing Center, Lansing

Purpose: Election of congressional district officers / executive committee members
               Election of state committee members
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Exhibit Halls A, B & C | Lansing Center , Lansing

Purpose: Election of state party leadership
                       State Chair / Co-Chair
                       Administrative Vice Chair
                       Coalitions Vice Chair
                       Ethnic Vice Chair
                       Grassroots Vice Chair
                       Outreach Vice Chair
                       Youth Vice Chair
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Obama expected to order Guantanamo shutdown today


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year and halt military trials of terror suspects held there, a senior administration official said.

The executive order was one of three expected imminently on how to interrogate and prosecute al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters believed to threaten the United States.

The official said the president would sign the order Thursday, fulfilling his campaign promise to shut down a facility that critics around the world say violates domestic and international detainee rights. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the event has not yet been announced.

Summoning the U.S. Up from Childishness

By George Will

WASHINGTON — Wondering if his publisher liked the manuscript of "Les Miserables," Victor Hugo sent a terse note: "?" His publisher replied as tersely: "!" That was the nation’s response to Barack Obama’s inaugural address, even though — or perhaps because — one of his themes, delicately implied, was that Americans do not just have a problem, they are a problem.

"The time has come," he said pointedly, "to set aside childish things." Things, presumably, such as the pandemic indiscipline that has produced a nation of households as overleveraged as is the government from which the householders insistently demand more goods and services than they are willing to pay for. "We remain," the president said, "a young nation." Which, even if true, would be no excuse for childishness. And it is not true. The United States is older, as a national polity, than Germany or Italy, among many others.

Obama’s first words — "I stand here today humbled by the task before us" — echoed the first paragraph of the first inaugural address. George Washington, although elected unanimously by the Electoral College, confessed "anxieties" and adopted the tone of a servant "called" to crushing duties:

Senate confirms Clinton as secretary of state

By Tom Brune

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will start her first day as secretary of state today, taking on a perilous portfolio that includes two wars and a crisis in the Middle East, after the Senate confirmed her in a 94-2 vote Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton won the easy confirmation after it was delayed a day by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who wanted a full Senate debate on the potential for conflicts arising from her husband’s fundraising from foreign sources for his foundation.

Once she cleared that hurdle, Clinton wasted no time moving on to her new job.

Kennedy Drops Bid for Clinton’s Senate Seat, Citing Personal Reasons


Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state’s political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.

Ms. Kennedy on Wednesday called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, to inform him that she was no longer interested.

“I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate,” Ms. Kennedy said in a statement released by her public relations firm.

The Obama presidency: Here comes socialism

By Dick Morris

2009-2010 will rank with 1913-14, 1933-36, 1964-65 and 1981-82 as years that will permanently change our government, politics and lives. Just as the stars were aligned for Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan, they are aligned for Obama. Simply put, we enter his administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. We will shortly become like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, or Sweden — a socialist democracy in which the government dominates the economy, determines private-sector priorities and offers a vastly expanded range of services to many more people at much higher taxes.

Obama will accomplish his agenda of “reform” under the rubric of “recovery.” Using the electoral mandate bestowed on a Democratic Congress by restless voters and the economic power given his administration by terrified Americans, he will change our country fundamentally in the name of lifting the depression. His stimulus packages won’t do much to shorten the downturn — although they will make it less painful — but they will do a great deal to change our nation.

Geithner Apologizes, Calls for ‘Dramatic’ Action


WASHINGTON — Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama’s pick for Treasury secretary, told lawmakers that "substantial" and "dramatic" action will be needed to resolve the financial crisis but said the Obama administration was still determining how best to tackle the problem.

At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Geithner also apologized for failing to pay some past employment taxes, saying he made careless but unintentional mistakes and corrected the errors. (See the full text of Geithner’s prepared remarks.)

Despite his tax missteps and his role in helping craft the Bush administration’s financial rescue, Mr. Geithner faced relatively tame questioning from lawmakers, most of whom wanted assurances that Mr. Geithner won’t continue the previous administration’s approach.

Repeating Our Economic Errors

By Steve Chapman

We all know how we got into this economic mess. We spent too much, borrowed with abandon and acted like the bills would never come due. So what’s the prescription for getting out? Spending more, borrowing more and acting like the bills will never come due.

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. This alleged cure deserves special scrutiny because it invites our policymakers to redouble the very policies that caused the crisis. Congress and the new administration are all too eager to abandon restraint so that we can overcome the consequences of excess.

Take mortgages. The current recession stems from the popping of the real estate bubble, which came about because too much money went into housing. But now the Obama administration and House Democrats are pushing to assure more investment in housing.

Is Dissent Still Patriotic?

By David Harsanyi

Do all Americans truly have a yearning to fundamentally "remake" our nation? There must be a subversive minority out there that still believes the United States, even with its imperfections and sporadic recessions, is, in context, still a wildly prosperous and free country worth preserving.

Some of you must still believe that politicians are meant to serve rather than be worshipped. And there must be someone out there who considers partisanship a healthy organic reflection of our differences rather than something to be surrendered in the name of so-called unity — which is, after all, untenable, subjective and utterly counterproductive.

How about those who praised dissent for the past eight years?

COLEMAN: ‘I will be ahead’

By: Nicole Muehlhausen

On Wednesday morning, a three-judge panel will consider a motion by Democrat Al Franken’s campaign. They want Sen. Norm Coleman’s contest of the U.S. Senate recount results dismissed.

In a one-on-one interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Coleman said he’s convinced the case is far from over.

While Franken attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C., his attorneys were busy in Minnesota preparing for the first hearing in the Senate recount.

"I certainly wish that I was ahead in votes rather than behind right now, but I believe in the end we’ll be where we were on Election Night. That I will be ahead," Coleman told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

MasterCard, Visa sound alarm in massive data breach


Visa and MasterCard have begun notifying member banks around the nation to contact patrons whose card accounts may have been compromised in the Heartland Payment Systems data breach — which could turn out to be the largest such incident yet reported.

Robert Baldwin, Heartland’s President and CFO, said that Visa and MasterCard are “instructing many card issuers” to offer fraud-monitoring protection, replace cards, or do a combination of both for customers whose card purchases were processed by Heartland. “We’re heartsick over this,” Baldwin said.

Visa and MasterCard wouldn’t elaborate, citing an ongoing FBI criminal investigation.