Running against TARP in Michigan
Thanks to this perceptive Reid Wilson piece on the difficulties facing Republicans who voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, I discovered this ad from Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. Once the obvious front-runner in the GOP primary, Cox suffered a bit after rival Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) hit the Obama administration over its handling of the failed Christmas Day terror attempt in Detroit. But Cox has battled back by, as the ad puts it, "leading the fight" for an anti-health-care lawsuit and hitting Hoekstra over his 2008 vote for TARP.
The last poll, a month ago, showed Hoekstra still leading.
One 2012 angle -- who'll have an easier time debating this in the Michigan primary, still set to be one of the first contests for the GOP nod? Someone like Mitt Romney or Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), who has a rhetorical record on TARP but no vote? A senator or member of Congress who voted against TARP? Obviously, a senator or member who voted for it starts with a ball and chain.