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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.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Covering politics can be an illusive game. Because politicians
sometimes like to keep stuff from the public, when you cover a story,
you are never really sure that what you see on the outside is really
the full truth.
Which is way election days are so rewarding. At the end of the
day, you know the story. Count the votes, see who got the most and
report it.
But on the eve of this election, the candidates are more
concerned with turn out because with out that, they will be counting
fewer votes.
This year, the Republicans have clearly been more geeked than
the Democrats about voting and from the President down to Virg Bernero,
that concern is off the charts.
Mr. Obama has been traversing the country, desperately trying to
recapture the "magic" of his presidential campaign two years ago. It
did not appear to be working as all those young and dedicated voters,
who could hardly wait to vote for Mr. Obama, are this time, still young
but not so dedicated. The Democratic fear is, the Republicans will win
everything except maybe dog catcher.
On the state side of things, the Get Out the Vote effort by both
parties continues with phone calls, rally's, and bus tours by the major
The Rick Snyder campaign, which was masterfully run, has only
one fear: His supporters will wake up Tuesday morning and decide they
don't have to vote cause he has the thing locked up.
By the same token, the Virg Bernero folks could do the same
thing based on the supposition that he can not win.
While the polls suggest that contest is over before it begins,
remember what they always say, the polls don't vote, citizens do and
one can still hear Mr. Bernero lecturing everyone, "The only poll that
counts is on Election Day."
He and Mr. Snyder can certainly concur on that.


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