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Like professional wrestling, except with more colorful characters and less believable story lines

by: Eric B.

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 13:00:00 PM EDT


You can tell that this weekend's Michigan Republican Party convention is going to be great when the selection of delegates prompted this sort of news copy.

Waterford Township sent at least six uniformed police officers and an undisclosed number of plainclothes officers, which the county party will pay for, Thienel said.

“The tea party people have advocated throwing chairs if they don’t get what they want,” Thienel told The Detroit News before the meeting.

It's hard to know if he's serious or if he's posing for the cameras, so to speak, and playing to the Tea Party's reputation for getting on with others ... but, damn, doesn't it sum those people up nicely? As Charles Pierce notes, we have to assume that he's talking about the chairs themselves and not the people occupying them.

Presumably, when Mr. Thienel says that the Tea Party people advocated "throwing chairs," he meant furniture, and not the people sitting in them, as in, "The Chair rules that Delegate Crackbottom is out of order and should get down off the damn chandelier."

Keep in mind that this is coming out of Oakland County, which is not just our most prosperous county but also supposed to be the most refined one in the state.

And, of course, what will these people be asked to decide this weekend, besides to leave the furniture alone?

“Brian is an outstanding lieutenant governor,” Snyder said Tuesday evening after addressing supporters at a new Republican Party office in the Ann Arbor area. “I believe he’s the best in the country. He’s a strong voice in our administration, and he’s made a difference on a lot of important things.”

Calley will be challenged Saturday by tea party organizer Wes Nakagiri, who contends the lieutenant governor has not done enough to move the Snyder administration in a more conservative direction.

Yes, our current lieutenant governor was most effective in getting lawmakers to pass an expansion of Medicaid while his boss was in Israel. Of course, with the loon crowd who want him tossed off the ticket, not being able to move the governor's agenda through the Legislature, which is what he was sold as in the first place, is probably not a reason to bounce him off the ticket, since Medicaid expansion is one of the reasons Nakagiri thinks that unless he's given a job of serious importance in government -- a job he is otherwise unqualified to hold -- the Republic will implode into a neo-Roman supernova.

This all is great, especially if you don't live in this state where you have to deal directly with the fallout of this clown show.

Eric B. :: Like professional wrestling, except with more colorful characters and less believable story lines
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My gut tells me we are going to be sorely disappointed in how orderly their convention will be.  But, I really want to see some chaos. lol  

It sounds from all reports that Calley is going to cruise, but Nakagiri is pushing hard as hell to make him work for it.  He's saying a lot of his support is silent so as not to attract negative attention of the establishment.  We'll have to wait and see, but I think he's probably just blowing smoke.


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He's saying a lot of his support is silent so as not to attract negative attention of the establishment.  We'll have to wait and see, but I think he's probably just blowing smoke.

Could be - but denialism is such a hallmark of the tea party that we can't know for sure. (See: McDaniel, Chris)

I think the more interesting thing at the Republican convention will be the U-M Regent race. Like Calley, Ron Weiser is being accused of being a RINO. Unlike Calley, Weiser is in greater danger of losing.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: McCann (D) seeking recount for state Senate in Kalamazoo County


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These people are a joke. (0.00 / 0)
Will they also hold their breath until they turn blue?  

No, not blue. Nor purple... (4.00 / 2)
... for those are the colors of RINOs!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Looks like the convention won't be live-streamed (0.00 / 0)
Four years ago, the MI GOP advertised on its website that the convention would be live-streamed, but there was no picture or sound. The party blamed technical problems, but the real reason was that the convention turned into an embarrassment thanks to the Tea Party's antics.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.


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