Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Michigan Reflections

For the first time in my life I feel some relief that I don't live in Michigan. Strange feeling given that it is my birthplace and beloved home. For those who don't know anything about Michigan politics, Granholm's election was no surprise. She led in polls from start to finish. Frankly, most expected her to win by more. And Michigan has never been a Republican state. Engler was somewhat unique, but his base was never thought to be transferable. And the timing couldn't have been better for Granholm. She was elected to a statewide office several years ago and was able to run for an open governor seat. Everyone knew she ran for State AG for the purpose of having a state-wide office from which to launch a campaign for governor in a state democratic party starving for leadership. (After all, they ran Feiger last time.)

I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Granholm shortly after she was elected to State AG. Partly because of our shared HLS connection. It was patently obvious within seconds that she was going to be a force in Michigan politics and knew it. She's smart, engaging, enthusiastic, and personable. Pretty, young, and female. Truly dedicated to the idea of public service. (And don't discount the importance of her husband.) Too bad she is wrong on the issues. But it is going to take a similar suited candidate to defeat her. The Republicans need to understand that. All said, though, she doesn't walk into the greatest of situations. Michigan (like all shrinking population, industrial Midwest states) has some serious problems.

P.S. She's not eligible to run for President. I would predict a grooming to take Levin's Senate seat should he decide to retire someday.

P.P.S. In other news -- and unimportant to probably all who read this site --, my one-time college student government foe, Richard Bernstein, won his campaign for a seat on the Wayne State University's Board of Governors. Rick's an intriguing character. Oh the stories I could tell.

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