July 7, 2005

KERRY-LITE:

2006 Michigan Senate race is about to heat up (Thomas Bray, 7/06/05, The Detroit News)

Michigan's Deborah Stabenow, one of the four or five U.S. Senate Democrats judged most vulnerable in next year's elections, may have gotten just a little more vulnerable.

Her No. 1 issue since election to her first term in 2000 has been attempting to lower the cost of prescription drugs by opening the U.S. market to Canadian drugs. Because of price controls, Canadian drugs are often cheaper. But the Canadian government itself is drafting regulations to block cross-border sales.

That could leave Stabenow with a thin record to run on.


Heck, their presidential nominee had as little to show for his Senate career and he's been there longer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Sadly, Stabenow looks like she'll win by default. There are no serious challengers on the horizon it seems. Look at the people mentioned in the article. Two ministers, one of whom is Black, and neither of whom has any drawing power outside of his narrow constituency. The CEO of the company that makes the world's worst pizza. The wife of the guy Stabenow beat last time.

And here I thought we had slim pickings in NJ.

Posted by: bart at July 7, 2005 8:20 AM

States in the Northeast and Midwest with large industrial urban centers over the past 30 years have tended to have lower and lower profile Republican candidates -- until they win. No one in New York outside of their own home areas knew who the heck Al D'Amato or George Pataki were before they won their election.

Not that either was or is a shining beacon of the Republican Party, but given the normal Democratic trends of those types of states, and the Democratic dominance in those states' big media centers, anger with the party's incumbents often flies under the radar and isn't picked up by the press until the "unknown" challenger is in a position to win. In Stabenow's case, running for re-election where you'll be on the same ticket as the governor of the state with the nation's second-highest unemployment rate could be problimatical if that situation doesn't change by next November.

Posted by: John at July 7, 2005 9:27 AM

Butler is the only one who has a chance, as slim as it may be, to defeat Stabenow. She's been as much of a "do nothing" as spence Abraham was 6 years ago,. Butler, and even Zandstra are as well known as Debbie was 6 years ago.

Thankfully, our pickings here aren't as in some states. Now, if only the GOP here had some energy in its turbines.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 7, 2005 1:34 PM

Butler is the only one who has a chance, as slim as it may be, to defeat Stabenow. She's been as much of a "do nothing" as spence Abraham was 6 years ago,. Butler, and even Zandstra are as well known as Debbie was 6 years ago.

Thankfully, our pickings here aren't as slim as in some states. Now, if only the GOP here had some energy in its turbines.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 7, 2005 1:34 PM

Al D'Amato and George Pataki both had one thing going for them, access to tons of ready money. The Nassau County GOP machine was flush with cash in those days.

Does any of these guys have access to a similar ATM?

Posted by: bart at July 7, 2005 3:37 PM
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