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Where politics and faith dance in the shadow of the windmill.

The problem in a word

Well, two: “single women.”

“I am available to share a platform with Congressman Amash. My campaign isn’t about battling the Republican incumbent. My campaign is focusing on messaging to women, especially single women, what they appropriately expect government programs can do to help them and those who depend on them.” – Bob Goodrich, Democratic candidate for the Third Congressional District.

This might have had a chance against a Brian Ellis who wanted to be a truer-than-true Republican, less so with Amash with his maverick reputation, who has invested significant energy on the National Security Administration (NSA) and away from social conservative issues.  Counting on single women for victory is not unlike the imagined path to deficit control through austerity measures alone. There are no magic bullets here, only the hard work of coalition building.

 

 

 

Filed under: Democratic Party, Politics, , , , ,

The Things They Do

No analysis this evening, but in passing two items today certainly caught my attention.

First there was the continuing puzzlement over Peter Hoekstra. Now campaigning with . . . Herman Cain? This, to prove that he’s not a racist. I suppose it works, but this seems so tone deaf. Again, it seems to be a conscious play for the Tea Party. A move to the sectarian right may make a sort of sense for the GOP nomination, but even here it smacks more of weakness than of self-assuredness.

Of course, self-assuredness has not been a problem with Justin Amash. On the Facebook feed he proudly announces that he voted against the payroll tax cut. Oh, really? Again there is much to admire in the actions from principle, but it is something of a free vote on two points. First, the Third is a fairly safe district (underscore the word “fairly”, as this could change), and second, Amash’s own circumstances leave him reasonably immune to the impact of the legislation. It is always easier to stand for principle when it is some one else’s money at risk.

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Trevor Jumps In

Word  today is the entry of Trevor Thomas into the race for the Third District. He released an introductory video this morning as well as  kicking off the campaign by filing paperwork. The formal announcement will be next month. At this point, the media coverage or lack of it will need to be the story. The bloggers picked it up (DailyKos, Blogging for Michigan/ Eclectablog, and Empty Wheel) — all good. So did the Battle Creek Enquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. The slow response in Grand Rapids indicates something of the hill that needs to be climbed for a successful campaign.

The announcement video is a low-key affair, in the style of the Chrysler Super Bowl footage, if not shot in as robust fashion (oh, those folks from Wieden + Kennedy are very, very good). Thomas links to West Michigan and especially the links to the Wyoming auto plants where his parents worked — a part of Kent County that has been shuffled off to the Second District, now represented by Bill Huizinga.  Perhaps more importantly, he links to President Gerald  Ford

It’s time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put politics aside to do what was best for our country.On the video he works to claim the heritage of Jerry Ford.

As a matter of record, this is the stuff of piety but not fact. Representative Jerry Ford was every bit the Republican. This is a the sort of newbie mistake, trying to say that you are just like the other guy, but not.

From the footage, the message — this suggests a campaign still in the formation. For Thomas to offer a progressive vision that takes hold, he will need some help. And certainly more discipline.

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