February 9, 2006

WHY VOTE FOR HIM IF HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE CULTURE?:

Who Can Restart Michigan's Engine? (George Will, 2/09/06, Real Clear Politics)

Michigan has a problem: Its prosperity is withering as America's automobile industry withers. So Gov. Jennifer Granholm has a problem: She is seeking re-election in this cold economic climate. Her likely Republican opponent, Dick DeVos, has a problem: People are appalled by the state's condition, but they like Granholm. As does DeVos: ``She's a really nice person.''

The result may be a rarity -- an outbreak of gentility in politics. Debates about economic policies involve splittable differences, so civility might actually be served by the seriousness of Michigan's crisis. The focus on traditional economic issues may preclude any preoccupation with the cultural questions -- abortion, guns, gay marriage, etc. -- that tend to embitter politics. [...]

A passionate advocate of school choice where schools are failing, DeVos knows he will be the object of passionate opposition from the teachers unions. But he says he operates on the assumption that this will be a close race, so if he wins, ``48 percent will have voted against me.''


School choice is nothing but a cultural question.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 12:05 PM
Comments

Is Granholm "nice" but incompetent? Or "nice" in public but mean in private? Different Republicans say different things. Michigan has been cratering ever since she took office, and somehow it's the Republicans fault. She has even protested editorials in the WSJ about Michigan's tax policies.

OTOH, Kathleen Blanco is hardly "nice" - Hannity said yesterday she is threatening D.C. with oil-grabbing (and lease-grabbing) if the feds don't start fully paying for Katrina relief (to her infinite satisfaction).

Put Blanco on TV and let the Dems defend her. At this point, she's basically Nancy Pelosi without the facelifts and the socialist friends.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 9, 2006 12:15 PM

One hopes that the GOP candidate in Michigan, DeVos, can deliver on vouchers when he wins; since, evidently, a republican Congress and President cannot.

Posted by: Palmcroft at February 9, 2006 1:17 PM

And because Hitler was a better dancer than Churchill the issue is settled in our Oprahfied world.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 9, 2006 1:23 PM
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