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Walberg driven by ideology over pragmatism

by: Eric B.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:48:53 AM EDT


I don't think anyone today argues that the bridge loans to the automakers turned out to be a good thing. I mean, I think the News has even stopped with its Obama Motors gibberish (although Henry Payne might still be muttering to himself over it in the dark recesses of his museum for half-formed thoughts). Tim Walberg?
JACKSON, MI – As he did during the 2010 campaign, U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg is declining to say how he would have voted on 2008 legislation to bail out the auto industry.

There's a very serious problem here, and it's that if you can't clearly, definitively say that based on hindsight that you'd vote in favor of something that's been an unqualified good for your home state and especially for your district it's the same as saying that you would have voted against it then and would still vote against it today.

This is the same Tim Walberg who was elected to Congress in 2006. He's clearly not interested in working for his constituents but instead serves his own personal ideology. That kind of person doesn't belong in Congress.

So, here's where the problem comes in. Tim Walberg doesn't belong in Congress, but he's there because his district as created as to make it safer for him by his own party. And, the other party failed to mount a serious challenge to him through a serious opponent. So, we're stuck with this turd for the foreseeable future. And, keep in mind that this is the same guy who earlier this year accused a sitting U.S. attorney general of conniving to have federal agents slain so he could confiscate firearms. 

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I think Haskell is as bad as the Munith Turkey Lady, and will probably lose even worse.

So, who are the Democratic politicians in the district?  In particular, are there any Democratic state senators or representatives who will be term limited out of office in 2014?

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!


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Nearly beat Walberg in a mid-term before the 2008 wave in which a lot of Democrats rode presidential coattails.  I don't think she was a good candidate, but Haskell is far, far worse than Sharon Reiner.

For this district, I'm not sure of the exact politician that should be ran, but the archetype has to be a Dem based out of Jackson, if only because it gives them a fundraising base.  This is definitely a competitive district.

I live in an even more red district (MI-8), and I can't for the life of me figure out why Dianne Byrum didn't decide to contest this district, again, who Rogers only beat by 111 votes.  I know this is a slightly different district, but there is enough of a Democratic base for this to be competitive, too.


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...Nearly beat Walberg in a mid-term before the 2008 wave in which a lot of Democrats rode presidential coattails."

I know.  I voted for her.  She was pissed that the DCCC didn't contribute anything to her campaign in 2006.  She was even more pissed that she lost to Schauer when he had establishment support and she didn't.  I'm sure that's why she became a Republican in 2010 and lost even worse in their primary.

"I don't think she was a good candidate, but Haskell is far, far worse than Sharon Reiner."

That's saying something.  We'll see how that turns out tomorrow night.  I'm looking forward to writing his political obituary, and I mean that literally.  I'm the Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner and his race is one I'm covering.  As soon as he won the primary, I wrote him off.

"For this district, I'm not sure of the exact politician that should be ran, but the archetype has to be a Dem based out of Jackson, if only because it gives them a fundraising base."

That's what Ruben Marquez is, and he lost the primary to Haskell.  What about Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin?

Also, there are other places for a fundraising base, such as Monroe (although that's where Haskell's from), the Washtenaw County cities of Saline (Gretchen Driskell, anyone?) and Chelsea (the current Mayor looks like a Republican, but former State House Rep. Pam Byrnes lives nearby), Adrian (the Lenawee County Commissioner who represents the east side of the city, Karol "KZ" Bolton, is a Democrat), and Eaton County (State Representative Theresa Abed).

And you're right; this district is competitive.  The Democrats just need the right candidate.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!


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