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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Does It Hurt or Help?

In recent days some of Rick Snyder's detractors have been slapping
the RINO tag on the Ann Arbor biz guy…you know Republican in Name Only.
And an endorsement from a former Michigan governor could play
into the hands of those opponents, but Snyder is supposedly ready to
take that risk.
There are strong indications that the last of the Michigan
moderate Republican governors, William Milliken, is poised to plunk for
Snyder. No one will confirm it at this hour, but by the time you read
this, it could be a fact.
The highly popular and revered ex-governor has never lost his
passion for politics and has made news in almost every election with
his endorsements often times for Democrats such as John Kerry and
Barack Obama.
Which is exactly why ultra conservatives were never fond of the
state's longest serving governor in the first place. However, he was
noted for winning elections by usurping the right wing of his party
with cross-over Democrats, independent voters and more moderate
It worked time and time again much to the chagrin of those
conservatives who could hardly wait to send Milliken back to his
beloved Traverse City.
By snaring the possible endorsement, Snyder hopes to work the
same magic. In fact his own campaign telegraphed the strategy in an
internal memo the other day.
It noted that Snyder is "much more strongly positioned with
ultra traditional Republican voters, independents and even cross-over
Democrats than any of the other candidates in the race."
Does the Milliken impending blessing hurt or help?
With Snyder he was probably not going to get the anti-Milliken
and die-hard right-wingers anyway. So this is a roll of the dice to
pick off another segment of the state GOP that longs for those moderate
days of old. But you can't tell how many of them are out there?
The Milliken tap on the head may not be the deciding factor,
but like Mom's ole chicken soup, for Snyder, it can't hurt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skoopy.... Milliken left office 28 years ago. Any voter under the age of 50 has ever been able to cast a vote for him (the last opportunity was 1978). A huge part of the electorate would have no awareness of the "glory days" of Pretty Boy Bill's pragmatic leadership. He's ancient history to way too many voters. His endorsement would have ZERO impact.

July 22, 2010 at 5:59 AM 
Anonymous Kelly Rickland said...

hey anonymous... i also remember the "glory hole" days of pregnant leadership.

July 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ill make it hurt if that helps, skoop.

July 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong, Skoop.

Older voters, those most likely to vote in a Republican primary, will remember Milliken, and it will be predominantly a negative memory.

Our roads first started going to the dogs under Bill Milliken, who had better uses for that money I guess. And the revenue sharing started pouring into certain chosen constituencies as well, including to Milliken's clandestine buddy Coleman Young.

If he's soliciting a Milliken endorsement, then Snyder is an even bigger doofus than I thought. This is literally the kiss of death.

July 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You zeal for cliched, insider-jargon and bad writing has again gotten the better of you.

To "plunk" is to vote for only one candidate among several seeking the same office, i.e, city council.

If there were 5 city council race in a city-wide election, to "plunk" is to vote for only one.

Milliken cannot, therefore, "plunk" for Snyder in the Republican primary.

He, can, of course, endorse him and vote for him, too, but he cannot "plunk."

July 24, 2010 at 3:01 AM 

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