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Michigan Liberal endorsement policy

by: Eric B.

Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 14:46:04 PM EST


With the campaign swinging into high gear here, I suppose it's time to outline Michigan Liberal's official endorsement policy.

Here it is ... Michigan Liberal will not do endorsements.

There are lots of good reasons for that, and topping the list is that it would be impossible to do them fairly.  On top of me, there are two other people who have ownership shares in the sight, and we have a number of other people who are involved whose assistance in endorsing candidates wouldn't just be helpful, but most welcome.  Crafting an actual, official endorsement would require getting all of us together (preferably in person) and actually arriving at a decision.  Not just who to endorse, but in what races we wish to give an endorsement.  And, because I'm a firm believer in personal contact, I'd insist that we actually meet any candidate we were considering endorsing, live and in the flesh.

On top of that ... some of the candidates gave us money.  I speak specifically of state Sen. Mark Schauer and candidate for the 2nd Congressional District Scott Killips.  I want to avoid two things here -- endorsing someone who gave us money, because it might look like we take bribes; and avoid endorsing someone running against someone who gave us money, which will make us honest, but would justifiably make angry someone who is a member.

This doesn't cover individual posts, obviously.  I endorsed a vote for Ron Paul in the primary the other day.  Others who do things at Michigan Liberal -- Laura, Jon, and the front page crew -- may endorse their own candidates, ballot issues, or whatever.  They are free to do their thing, whatever thing it is.  In fact, I pass that invitation to any as such who read this.  Lay out your biases for all to admire and appreciate.

(For more, go below the fold...) 

Eric B. :: Michigan Liberal endorsement policy

I say this because this week, I plan more of our "In our crosshairs" posts highlighting races around the state that Michigan Liberal will focus on this year (if, at the end of it, a race you are keenly interested in isn't one, please raise your hand and ask to be heard).  Unlike last week's race, involving state Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford Taylor, these races will have avowed candidates.

If there is one thing I learned through hard experience in the newspaper biz, it's that writing straight news sucks.  And, it's boring.  And, everyone hates you because they think you're biased against them anyway.

So, I'm not going to bother to attempt it, and plan to write as I might were I writing something that reflected how I personally feel about something.  Coincidentally, that's precisely what each post will be ... a reflection of how I feel about something.

Perhaps there are some of you who wonder ... how can he write only to reflect what he thinks and not have it be de facto Michigan Liberal policy?

The answer will require that you and I take a trip back in history.  The year is 2003, and I'm sitting in my cubicle at 711 W. Pickard here in the city of Mt. Pleasant.  My son's mother is in Salt Lake City, covering CMU's improbably first-round win in the March Madness tour, and my son is at home with a girl named Nicole, who'd go on to first work in the governor's appointments office and then to hike the Appalachian Trail.

It was during that week that we invaded Iraq.  Like probably people in newsrooms across the United States, I stifled my personal opinion on the war and put on the front page pictures and stories from Iraq, most of which were obviously biased in favor of the thing.  I even ran a photo of Marines pulling down that statue of Saddam, even remarking at the time to our city editor Rich Harrold (who now works in Holland) that it was probably staged (I don't remember his response, but I'm pretty sure it was snide).

The point of this is to illustrate that there is Michigan Liberal policy, and there are things I think.  For instance, it's Michigan Liberal policy that you are free to tell me that I stink.  I may personally agree or disagree based on the merits, which I might share as my personal thoughts.  That means, when I write at some point in the future that I think Mark Schauer would make a great representative, it means only that I think Mark Schauer will make a great representative.  It is not meant to imply anything further (although you are free to infer to your heart's content, and render such accusations as you see fit).

One final pre-emptive clarification.  Some candidates have joined the Act Blue network.  I plan to include direct links to their Act Blue pages for the ease of prospective donors.  I plan to include as many of these as there are candidates who have created an account.  I thought about including links only to candidate pages, but it seems like we're punishing people who've reached out to the netroots by creating that easy way to donate, while rewarding those who haven't taken a very easy, very fundamental step.  An Act Blue link isn't a sign of endorsement, excepting that it endorses putting some effort into connecting with people who spend a lot of time on the Internet.

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Endorsements (4.00 / 3)
northernlib's bi-partisan cabinet & other endorsements

Hillary Clinton for President
Wes Clark for Vice-President
Bill Richardson for Secretary of State
John Dingell for Secretary of Commerce
Ron Paul for Secretary of the Treasury
Dennis Kucinich for Secretary of Peace (formerly Defense)
Jennifer Granholm for U.S. Attorney General
Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary
Al Gore for Energy Secretary
John Edwards for a combined Labor/HHS/HUD Dpt. Secretary
Barack Obama for Ambassador to Kenya (but never Pakistan)
John McCain for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary
Rudy Giuliani for Department of Homeland Security Secretary
Mitt Romney for Ambassador to Utah
Joe Biden for whatever the hell he wants
Fred Thompson for a post that requires little effort
Bill Clinton for Ambassador to the United Nations
Debbie Dingell for DNC Chair
David Boyle for MDP Co-Chair
Black Earl as Boyle's Co-Chair
Eric B. for ATF Director/Drug Czar

Those appointments ought to produce a bit of real change.


Love your selections but...... (4.00 / 2)
Ron Paul for Treasury??????

Let's see for Fred Thompson.... a post that requires little effort....he could have George W Bush's job.(Without the title of President of course.)

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson


[ Parent ]
Gold Standard (4.00 / 2)
Ron Paul is all about his constitutional Gold Standard.  After all, the Swiss economy seems to do rather well with it and Ron's ideal America would be a lot more like Switzerland.

[ Parent ]
Switzerland and the Cuckoo Clock (4.00 / 3)
"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." - Harry Lime, The Third Man

[ Parent ]
The Swiss (4.00 / 4)
To their credit, they did give us Toblerone, Thabo Sefolosha, and pocket knives.

[ Parent ]
And don't forget (4.00 / 4)
Swiss cheese and swiss chocolate.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson


[ Parent ]
Does I get heavily armed thugs that I can turn into a private army? (4.00 / 1)
If so, I'd like to endorse your endorsement of me for ATF director.

Among the Trees

[ Parent ]
Giuliani? (4.00 / 1)
For Homeland Security?

Are you going for a coup or rampant malfeasance?


[ Parent ]
Rampant Malfeasance (4.00 / 1)
Of course, we take away the Patriot Act from Giuliani.  Fighting Islamic Terrorism seems to be his bread and butter.  He loves talking about Islamic Terrorism, but remember he has nothing against Muslims.  One wonders if her refers to Timothy McVeigh and the guy who bombed the Olympics and abortion clinics as Christian terrorists?  To Giuliani, is the IRA Catholic Terrorism?

Can you tell me what rampant malfeasance means?  I'd like to use it in future posts so I sound smart like you?  :)


[ Parent ]
I endorse Black Earl for President. (4.00 / 1)
Please vote uncommitted, and we'll send our delagtes to denver to vote for a true people's champion.

Black Earl for Preident 2008.  Whaaaaaat a rushhhhhhhh!



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