July 25, 2005


State GOP sows seeds in hope of 2008 victory: Republican workers raise funds and point out the vulnerability of Gov. Granholm, senators. (George Weeks, 7/24/05, The Detroit News)

Republicans, after the 1991-2002 reign of Gov. John Engler, control the Legislature and the Michigan Supreme Court. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Attorney General Mike Cox are well-positioned for re-election on the GOP ticket.

But no Republican presidential nominee since 1988 has carried Michigan, and the state's political Big Three are Democrats: Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. We're deep blue on the national political map.

Republican National Chairman Ken Mehlman, at the conclusion of his two-day Michigan cheerleading and fund-raising blitz last week, vowed that "seeds of success" have been planted to oust "the vulnerable" Granholm and Stabenow in 2006 and deliver Michigan for the 2008 presidential nominee.

George Bush actually reached the 50% mark among Catholic voters in MI but the GOP will have to stretch that into the 60s.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2005 12:00 AM

Stabenow and Granholm appear vulnerable but the GOP will need good candidates to defeat them. Levin is a senator for life.

Stronger GOP effort plus the implosion of the AFL-CIO may help the GOP take Michigan.

Posted by: AWW at July 25, 2005 7:05 AM

I'm not sure the "implosion" is a great thing for the GOP. If the UAW has one campaign going and the Teamsters have another (assuming the Teamsters stay Democrat), that might lead to more people canvasing and two lines of attack ads on the tube rather than one.

Better candidates would help and better candidates may well be in the pipeline. Keith Butler looks promising for getting rid of Stabenow.

Posted by: Mark Byron at July 25, 2005 7:47 AM


The rumors have been kicking around that Levin is quitting.

Granholm is vulnerable, and she is acting like it, too: her staff has been attacking the Wall St. Journal for publishing an editorial by MI Republicans outlining the tax burden in her state, and her insistence on increasing it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 25, 2005 9:31 AM

The Teamsters supported Richard Nixon as part of the Silent Majority in the 1960s. I don't know anything about Michigan politics now, but assume that the Teamsters have gone hard Left like AFL-CIO and government unions.

The AFL's outrageous demands on the American car makers could send Ford and GM to the graveyard. The union would implode if that happens.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 25, 2005 10:31 AM

The union leadership doesn't care. They're too tied to the money nipples of political action.

Posted by: ratbert at July 25, 2005 11:14 AM

I don't know anything about Michigan politics now, but assume that the Teamsters have gone hard Left like AFL-CIO and government unions.

Not completely hard Left. They do oppose environmentalism anywhere it could cost them jobs-- they support ANWR drilling, for example. The groups here want to concentrate on bread-and-butter wage increases, featherbedding, membership drives, killing scabs, and the like, whereas the mainline AFL-CIO is willing to sacrifice a lot of that in order to concentrate on toeing the Democratic party line, even if that means supporting things only peripheral to union causes, anathema to their members, and so on.

Posted by: John Thacker at July 26, 2005 12:36 AM