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In Mich., GOP Stalwarts Shore Up the Base

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

By Al Kamen
When the McCain campaign abruptly pulled out of Michigan two weeks ago, some Obama aides and top Democrats in the state's congressional delegation dismissed it as a ploy and argued the GOP would be back in the state full-time, big-time.

And indeed, since that stunning announcement Oct. 2, it's not as if the Republicans have disappeared. The Republican National Committee has been running ads there and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still fixin' to head over to shore up the base and work those swing voters.

The Michigan GOP was not particularly gracious in reaction to Sen. John McCain. "He's a general who left the battlefield in the middle of the fight," said L. Brooks Patterson, an Oakland County executive and GOP leader. "I'm disappointed in his behavior; he's thrown a lot of good Republican candidates under the bus." The resentment has continued even though recent polls confirm the wisdom of McCain's move.

The great fear, of course, is that McCain's retreat -- and incumbent Sen. Carl Levin's (D) ridiculously huge lead in the Senate campaign against Michigan state representative Jack Hoogendyk -- could produce a GOP turnout more like that of an off-year election, while Democrats come out in high numbers. And there are concerns about drops in fundraising. All this could mean massive losses in down-ballot races at the state and local level and a loss to Democrats of maybe a couple congressional seats.

But not to worry. Big-name Republicans have stepped into the breach, coming to the rescue, as one recent state party e-mail put it, to "fire up the troops and raise money for our party." Native son Mitt Romney was there recently for a two-day tour doing events for the state organization, various Republican candidates and for Rep. Tim Walberg (R) , who's in a hotly contested race.

Romney even came by the state headquarters in Lansing after an event for Walberg, the e-mail said, and "thanked everyone for their efforts, encouraged folks to never give up and left us with a surprise check for $50,000 towards our statewide efforts!" There was chatter that Minnesota governor and former vice-presidential wannabe Tim Pawlenty might come by to help, as well, the party said.

President Bush is headed there tomorrow for a meeting in Grand Rapids with business leaders and then off to nearby Ada for a closed door fundraiser to help GOP congressional candidates.

And don't forget that Mike Huckabee will be heading to Michigan next Wednesday for a luncheon fundraiser for Hoogendyk in Farmington Hills -- $500 for a photo op. He's also going to be at the other end of the state that day for a speech at the Benton Harbor Economic Club.

Sound like some folks are already prepping for the 2012 campaign?

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 14, 2008; 4:18 PM ET
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See the winner of best Sarah Palin Impersonator

Want to see what Happens when MTV hosts the debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 4:53 AM | Report abuse



YOU win!

Sarah quietly goes to the Cabinet or Staff,


THE Economics/Business/ Executive supremo;

Steps IN!

WHAT?, was that about Michigan?




New Mexico?




In General?


I mean "Rev. Wrong" sorta Damn!

Get Mitt IN there Already!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 15, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Republicans led the effort to destroy the US manufacturing base. They're shameless to show up in blue collar states.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

When asked how living in the state closest to Russia gave her foreign-policy experience....

Palin responded with this blathering stupidity...

"It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America. Where—where do they go?
It's Alaska. It's just right over the border.

It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.

They are right next to—to our state."
. "It is from Alaska that we send out those …"

[Ridiculious.....Unless Putin's head is 900 miles wide and can fly...]

peeeuuu Palin has been given a set of talking points by campaign advisers, simple ideological lies that she repeats and repeats as long as she can.

"Domestic Terrorist..."

She sounds like a retarted parrot...

But if forced off those pathetically rehearsed lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly, moronic...

Couric asked her a smart question about the proposed $700 billion bailout of the American financial sector.

peeeuuu Palin had tried to get her empty skull and longhair around the problem in this crisis is that credit and liquidity in the financial system has dried up, and that that's why, in the estimation of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, the government needs to step in to buy up Wall Street's most toxic liabilities.

And peeuuu Palins further non-sensical rantings...

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

What does that mean?
I'll tell you what that means...she is a fraud an "empty bag" with no tricks inside it.....

....A heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States...

...Please remember that tirade above when you cast your vote November 4th...

10/14/2008 4:20:42 PM

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 14, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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