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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.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Can't Have It Both Ways

To be sure, it's a trite line but in this case it seems to fit.
It appears that GOP candidate for governor Rick Snyder wants it
both ways. He wants to run as the consummate outsider with no links to
Lansing.. But in the next breath, if he wins the nomination, he will
likely select someone who was or is, what else, a consummate Lansing
insider for lt. governor.
Which is it?
Either he values political experience or he doesn't but it looks
like he does want it both ways.
Now, of course, the Ann Arbor business guy and non-career
politician wont't say anything about this on his run up to the August 3
primary. Because maybe even the public might want to know how he could
reconcile his loathing of politicians and yet consider one to help him
run the government.
His internal decision, based on a source familiar with his
thinking, is spot on. Since he knows very little about how Lansing
works he's pretty wise to seek someone who has been around the
legislative block.
If any of this sounds vaguely familiar, it should. The state has
just been there and done that with the current governor.
There's a good reason Jennifer Granholm was pressured by organized
labor to select John Cherry as her running mate. He had what she
lacked.
She had the charisma but Cherry had the experience.
Snyder has neither but appears willing to concede that someone
might be smarter than him when it comes to weaving your way around
legislative road blocks. He gets points for reaching that conclusion.
But he should share all this with the electorate before it decides
whom to support. However if he does, it takes the edge off of his
campaign strategy that he is not "one of them."
He's onto something when he plays that card with citizens who are
fed up with career politicians.
But he may appear slightly out of sync with his own thinking if he
wants a running mate who is not like him. Which is why "Mom's" the
word inside the Nerd camp.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snyder's yesterday's news, Skoop. Fun for the insiders and writers, but the voters will shun him.

Looks like our buddy Hoekstra is slipping as well. Be interested in the next polling numbers. It appears the establishment wants Cox, but we'll see what the people want. I think Dillon can beat any of them, but who knows?

July 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM 
Anonymous William Laimbeer said...

Yo sKKKoop, trannies have it both way. Your rebuttal please.

July 11, 2010 at 9:16 PM 

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