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Monday, January 25, 2010

Independent Schwarz

There's no way to prove this, but if moderate Republican John Schwarz had run against Democrat Jennifer Graholm in 2002, she might not be finishing two terms in office this year.
The former Battle Creek state senator and ex-Congressman was moderate in his dealings with both political parties, he had experience that was well beyond that of then Attorney General Granholm and if given the chance, the voters might have gotten beyond her charisma to see a guy who had the right resume to be governor with no need for on the job training that she obviously required.
But Dick Posthumus got the GOP nomination and now Schwarz is left to flirt once more with running for governor but as an independent candidate.
He's been here before, lots of times.
"The climate for an independent is about as good as it's ever going to be," he correctly surmises as the voter anger and dissatisfaction with republicans and democrats is off the charts.
That's why Schwarz reveals, "I think about it every other day. Persons have asked me to consider it and we talk about it, yes."
"Money is the question," he again correctly deduces.
Ross Perot had money, ran as an independent for president and got 19% of the vote and helped to elect Bill Clinton president the first time.
Former wresller Jessie Ventura got himself elected governor in Minnesota and he was as independent as you can get.
In other words, it can happen but Schwarz needs guys like Phil Powers, who talks a good game about changing the culture in Lansing, to open his check book to launch such a bid.
Time is running out. Schwarz is not getting any younger but his ideals and approach to government are not out dated and could have appeal to an electorate that wants a government that works for them and not the two political parties.
But Schwarz is still a realist and says there's only about a 50-50 chance his flirtation with an indepenent candidacy will turn into something more than just that.


Blogger Republican Michigander said...

Could this joke just go away. Please.

I'd vote for Granhom's third term before I vote for Schwarz. People like him are the problem and helped get us into this mess in the first place. Stay retired, Joe.

January 25, 2010 at 10:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Scott Brown's win help the argument for Independents? He is described as post partisan; he did not play up his Republican status much while campaigning nor in his acceptance.

Do you tweet this column? I just found and love it! Why doesn't Oakland Press put on RSS feed?

January 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just feeding his narcissism by putting Joe's name out there. Yes we really need a real old guy who confuses himself with God and hits on young women. Schwarz loves to see his name in print. The day Phil Powers actually writes a check commesirate with his inherited wealth John Engler will be a world class marathoner. Phil will just tell everyone how much more "helpful" he can be by not making a donation. Things are bad enough in Michigan, a bunch of egotistical septuagenarian rich white guys will only drown us.

January 25, 2010 at 3:39 PM 
Blogger marv rein said...

seems,like someone else is on the pipe,other then the P-man,till michigan understands,,people who ran this state in2 the ground,,r not the people we need to save the state.

January 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Schwarz is a statesman. It is no surprise he would piss off a few zealots along the way. Beholden to none, honest to all. Schwarz would have given us the straight dope as governor but we were not willing to hear it in 2002. Maybe we are mature enough to hear it eight years later. I hope he keeps giving it to us.

January 26, 2010 at 11:03 PM 
Blogger metrichead said...

I second that comment. Schwarz already has my vote. Even if he isn't running.

January 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM 
Blogger Robert said...

I wonder if Joe has an opinion on the State Bank concept that Neil Munro wrote about this past week

February 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM 

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