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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Big Al: Plus Or Minus?
Oh my, the right wing boo-birds and magpies were out in force when Big Al Gore showed up in the Motor City to bless Barack Obama for president earlier this week. Former White House political mastermind Karl Rove squawked on the FOX News channel that if you were an autoworker in Detroit and saw Gore with Obama rubbing elbows, you would not be impressed given Gore's comments about the U.S. auto industry and it's carbon-burning and gas-guzzling contribution to the global warming crisis. If Rove is right, why in the heck did the Obama gang pick Motown for the embrace? Either they didn't think about it, or they did think about it and concluded there was more up than down to the joint appearance. Regardless, it once more thrust Michigan into the national political lime light for the second time in as many months. Obama, who has been on a fence-mending mission in Michigan, first pulled the John Edward's endorsement out of his hat in Grand Rapids and then the Gore embrace at the Joe. What the right-wingers missed in their instant and negative analysis is that Gore brought something else to the party. Obama has stirred up the youth vote in this country and feeding them Mr. Oscar and Nobel Prize winner Gore only serves to cement the young vote for this ticket. B.O.'s goal is to get more of them to the polls than senior citizens who are backing the 71-year-old GOP nominee John McCain. Traditionally seniors have been the largest voting block in the nation. But Obama hopes to flip that age equation and he's calculated that having Gore at his side will do just that.