In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
What Are The Troops Saying?
As the string plays out to its ultimate conclusion with Barack Obama getting the Democratic nomination for president, the troops inside the Michigan Democratic ranks are grinding out the pros and cons of that decision and sharing it with super delegates. One of those "supers" has agreed to share some of the emails with the understanding that his or her identify would not be revealed and likewise for the email senders. A man from Dearborn backing Obama complains about his party breaking the rules to leap frog Iowa and New Hampshire and "put the voices of Michigan voices at risk…I am not happy that I didn't get to vote for the candidate of my choice. I am not happy with politicians who took this right away from me." Actually, it was Obama who removed his name from the Michigan January 15th balloting. "Super delegates were not created to follow trends," this e-mailer from Lansing lectures. They must "lead with their conscience" this Clinton supporter goes on. As for the argument that Obama is "drawing new voters into the fold," this person says Clinton is doing that with Hispanic voters and "Obama does not have a monopoly on hope," this young black man concludes. An Ada woman argues, "Obama is smooth and uplifting, his resume hardly qualifies him for the job for which he is applying. The Republicans wlll crush him… Clinton has taken the heat from the Republicans for over 15 years and is still standing…" A man from Sanford issues an ultimatum: Vote for Obama or, "I will be voting Republican again." A disgruntled man from Ann Arbor lectures this super delegate: "Why are you sitting on your hands while Hillary Clinton tries to destroy Obama's chance in November? It is very disturbing to watch you let her do this, when you have the power to end it." But a West Bloomfield writer suggests, "If you are endorsing Obama, there is time to re-think this. He will not be able to do what is necessary. He needs more time. Maybe 2016." And finally an impassioned writer from Ann Arbor notes that he is a 54-year-old former McGovern backer and made his first-ever ten-dollar donation to Obama. But did not stop there. He made more donations and e-mailed his friends and raised another $800. Then he convinced two brew pub owners, two fiction writers, a poet and three sets of musicians to do a "Yes We Can" gig which netted $1,270 for a grand total of $3,270 this one person raised. "In my political life, Barack Obama is the first candidate I've been willing to vote "for" instead of voting "against," he explains.