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Circumspice/Open Thread

by: matt

Wed Nov 01, 2006 at 17:52:59 PM EST

  • Only six days to go and things just aren't looking so good for Republicans in the Legislature. So lousy, in fact, they've decided it's finally time to bring in the lawyers. The Senate Republicans are filing suit in a superficial attempt to block Democrats from spending money in the final 6 days of the race. I say superficial beacuse in the event this gets anywhere, most - if not all - of the money will already be spent. At issue is whether a 1995 letter by Republican then-Secretary of State Candice Miller establishes that candidates may contribute in excess of $20,000 each to the caucus campaign fund.

  • Political Wire.com wonders aloud whether U.S. Senate Republicans think by zeroing the national efforts on Sen. Stabenow they'll do better that if they spread their cash between some of the other less hopeful races.

  • I love this lead from the Battle Creek Enquirer:
    First lady Laura Bush's stop in Battle Creek five days before the Nov. 7 election has no political implications, according to the Republican National Committee.

    And if you believe that one, the committee also has a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. (emphasis added)
    #1 among the "political implications" that the RNC says doesn't exist?  How abou this: the real possibility that CD07 Republican candidate Tim Walberg could lose to an organic farmer from Munith who he outspent 25-1. Eddie Sarpolus has this one right:
    "No one wastes the first lady's time by sending her to (Battle Creek), unless there is some political usage,"
    And to think, if you would have told me a month ago the NRCC and Laura Bush would have to come in to bail out Walberg, I would have urged you to seek counseling. BTW, Brooklyn, Michigan is located smack in the middle of CD07. Not sure if there are any bridges for sale there, though.

  • Sounds like President Clinton will be in Detroit on SATURDAY morning - not Friday, as originally planned. Also, our old buddy Gov. Howard Dean will be a mere two blocks from Michlib World Headquarters on Friday night for a Jim Marcinkowski funder. More info on Gov. Dean's visit by calling (517) 579-7228 or email info@vote-jim.com

  • The guys at Kos are up in arms about Democratic officeholders criticizing John Kerry for his mis-statement. Count Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin (an early Kerry supporter) as among those the Kossacks are presumably pissed at. According to the GRP, Levin says Kerry ought to apologize and that he doesn't represent the view of the Democratic Party. Yes, Kerry made a verbal gaffe - and it's clear he doesn't really think our troops are dumb. All the same, his moment has passed. Time for him to just sit down. But hey, the Republicans need something to whine about. The blame Clinton thing is getting really stale. So now I guess we'll blame the previous (and failed) presidential nominee instead. Whatever, guys.

  • This from Booth's Sharon Emery today:
    The mantra for Democrats in the 1992 presidential election was "It's the economy, stupid." This time around politicians of all stripes should be looking at spreading the wealth: "It's the inequality, stupid."
    Whoah! Careful, Sharon. You can get sent to Guantanamo for saying things like that!

  • Remember Betsy DeVos? The DFP's Rochelle Riley does. So does Hector Solon, who breaks it all down here.

  • Michigan's Congressional Democrats say the National Association of Manufacturers is unfairly skewing its endorsement criteria to benefit Republicans. Now the head of NAM - a fellow named John Engler - has (in his own uniquely Engleresque way) issued his response. All of this has got me thinking: I wonder how life will change for Gov. Engler when he's forced to instead deal with a Congress run by Democrats? Perhaps HE is the one who is going to need some "special help" after school (see the ex-Guv's response)? Energy and Commerce Committee CHAIRMAN John Dingell (D-Dearborn) - would you be willing to give poor Mr. Engler a hand?

  • Leland High School in Leland, Michigan will serve as the headquarters for Michigan's student/parent mock election tomorrow. The event will be webcasted at Absolute Michigan (one of my favorite sites) tomorrow (Thu.) beginning at 9AM. Go check it out here and see what the next generation thinks about this whole democracy thing.

  • To nobody's surprise, John L. Smith will be leaving as coach of the MSU football team after this season. That's four coaches that have come and gone since I started at MSU (and traded in my maize and blue for green and white) in 1994. As Kermit the Frog used to say, "it's not easy being green."
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I know it's an open thread Matt, but I wish you hadn't mentioned the Levin/Kerry thing.  That just adds fuel to the most ridiculous fire ever (...of this week). 

Last week's fire had libs all upset that the NJ gay marraige ruling would dominate the media for "values voters" and result in doom for the mid-term elections.  ... aaaaand didn't happen.  Same as with this big brou-ha-ha.

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If it'll make you any happier
Bush today said Rumsfeld and Cheney are sticking around for the rest of his second term.

So much for the odds of a Republican Congress reconciling the president and the realities of Iraq.

Among the Trees

[ Parent ]
I think we may just have a chance to impeach if we can take out some of the crazies from the Senate (see Santorum, Burns, etc.) and replace them with people ready to stand up for the United States Constitution and holding the Executive Office to the letter of the laws of our land.

[ Parent ]
How'd I forget George Allen?
Umm.. and George Allen - big dufus he is. 

I have a dream... that I wake up in 2007 to an America that has been returned to working Americans and taken away from the corporate pieces of paper that the Republicans have spent so much time protecting and working hard to treat better than human beings.

[ Parent ]
Levin and Hillary wouldn't like that.  Bad, bad Democrat you are imagine.  Levin can't support Lamont because Lieberman is his pal and crony; but he can attack Kerry because Kerry is what?  The enemy.

No, this is the last straw for me.  I am done with Stabenow and Levin.  Before I was just not going to vote in the Stabenow race.  Now, I'm going to vote for Bouchard.

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Engler and NAM
I bet it wouldn't be a hard thing to find some climatologists who'd spend time after school with Engler and his gang of clods at NAM.  If you spend much time reading it, you'll find some pretty embarrassingly shallow attempts to attack the phenomenon of climate change.

Among the Trees

Amos Williams appearances on Wednesday, November 2
He'll be campaigning with Jesse Jackson at the following location:

9:15 a.m.
Get Out the Vote Rally
Fellowship Chapel
7707 W Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48235

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Fat Marks Barbershop
3545 E. 7 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48234

1:00 p.m.
GOTV Rally with Senator Debbie Stabenow
UAW Local 652
426 Clare St. Lansing, MI

4:00 p.m. 
GOTV Rally
Divine Grace Ministry Church parking across Street
755 Fuller
Grand Rapids, MI

6:00 p.m. 
Press Conference/Meeting of Minister
Divine Grace Ministry Church
755 Fuller
Grand Rapids, MI

9:00 p.m. 
University of Michigan
College Dems GOTV Rally
Michigan League Hussey Room
911 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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

First person I ever voted for...
Jesse Jackson, '84 Caucus.

[ Parent ]
Thanks for the John L. News....
I'm so deep in election stuff (just got off the phone making calls for MoveOn) and moved out of Michigan for several years now and MSU having passed on fielding a competitive football team for another year (it was over after the ND game for me), I didn't even hear the good news!

Happy trails John L. - maybe you and Denny Hastert can go into retirement business together!

First lady has cooties... pass it on
Laura's code name is smelly socks.

What happened?
What happened to the election day counter?  Did it stop working when it went to single digits?

Badaboom Badabing!
I took it down because it kept returning a broken image link for a couple of days. Tried it again today, though - and it works! The counter is back!

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never." - Winston S. Churchill

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