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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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

History Re-Do Maybe

It's an unusual battle cry for a bunch of Democrats, but hey, if your
guy is on the ropes, you do what you have to do.
Hence you are hearing from the Virg Bernero camp, "Remember John
Engler."
Frankly a lot of Democrats would rather forget their old nemesis,
but as the saying goes, "If Engler can do it, so can the Virg."
This, of course, a reference to where Mr. Bernero is today compared
to the pickle John Engler was in visa vie his race against Gov. Jim
Blanchard in 1990.
The popular wisdom then was crystal clear: Blanchard could not
lose.
Ah, but he did which is why Bernero-ittes are clinging to the hope
that history will repeat itself in two weeks.
John Truscott was there in 1990 and rode around with the GOP
challenger Mr. Engler who pulled off the upset of the century.
J.T. ain't (sic) buying the analogy with Bernero now.
"It was a completely different dynamic," he reflects. Blanchard's
support was "thin" and Engler knew how to exploit that. Rick Snyder
does not appear to be "thin" as he boasts a twenty point lead.
But Blanchard had a hefty lead as well that grumbled the Saturday
before the election, the Bernero folks recall.
Former House Speaker Lew Dodak supports Bernero and is a believer
in a history re-do. "It's always a possibility. The race will tighten
(and) get down to one, two, or three points and at that point in time,
it's anyone's election."
Dodak's lobbying partner is the former GOP House Speaker Rick
Johnson and he thinks his buddy is off base.
"I disagree with that and I say that, because that was John Enlger
and this is Virg Bernero."
That's just another way of saying, "I know John Engler and Virg
Bernero is no John Engler."
Yet, funny thinks can happen in the run up to the voting.
Does it look like a Snyder win?
You bet.
But they said the same thing about a Blanchard victory twenty
years ago.

2 Comments:

Blogger marv rein said...

I believe the UAW and the Democratic party is/are the same,,fighting 4 $10 bucks jobs,,fighting 4 people who can NOT learn,,as the democrats,teacher union,can NOT teach our children,,just the ABC's,math..and stopping showing how to put Rubbers on pickles,

October 20, 2010 at 3:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please see today's MIRS. Jocelyn Benson sounds like she favors allowing Dems to hand pick a state senator for Kalamazoo AFTER the election, rather than letting voters know who they are getting. Seems reckless for an SOS candidate to say. Benson would rather let her party pick a candidate than the people!

October 20, 2010 at 6:20 AM 

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