Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

I had been pretty sure for awhile that Jennifer Granholm would pull ahead in the race against Dick DeVos in Michigan, even if I did have my fingers crossed. Well, I see two polls this week that make this point pretty clear. Separately they have been discussed here and here. The other good news is that Granholm is starting to make an issue of Scamway, and that isn't the only questionable company in the family.

Results from Republican outfit Strategic Vision:


1. Do approve or disapprove of Governor Jennifer Granholm's overall job performance?
Approve 47%
Disapprove 45%
Undecided 8%

4. Do you approve or disapprove of President Bush's overall job performance?
Approve 34%
Disapprove 58%
Undecided 8%

16. If the election for Governor were held today, whom would you vote for Jennifer Granholm, the Democrat or Dick DeVos, the Republican?
Jennifer Granholm 48%
Dick DeVos 43%
Undecided 9%

Debbie Stabenow looks strong, too. And this one from the Wall Street Journal:

Jennifer Granholm 50.8%
Dick DeVos 43.6%

And as I've argued before, Granholm doesn't need to get into a tit for tat about whether the state is better or worse than X. The more she goes out as her self, and from time to time reminds voters of just what DeVos's true background is, she will continue to improve. If you haven't seen "See Dick Run" from the Michigan state Dems, I recommend it. Maybe nothing you don't know, but information Michigan voters need.

But Scamway isn't the only company in the DeVos family portfolio deserving closer scrutiny. Consider Blackwater, which is run by DeVos's brother in law, brother of crazy ex-Republican chair Betsy DeVos. It's a Halliburton you don't hear about, making a war profiteer's killing, as it were, sending mercenaries to Iraq and even to New Orleans, where they have claimed the U.S. government has given them authority to use lethal force. Got that? But there's a lot more to say about that, maybe I will soon.

Meanwhile, Granholm has been under siege by a man who might just be the wealthiest ever to seek office in American history. The Granholm campaign should be commended for standing firm against unfair attacks and the governor should be praised for leading in difficult times. We could all learn a thing about that kind of perseverance. And I think the polls above show the people of Michigan are recognizing how great a governor they have, even if the political pundits are late to the game.

DeVos is a disaster in waiting for Michigan - and for America. Granholm is not in the clear yet (standard disclaimer) but she's looking strong now, and she'll keep getting stronger going into the fall.

Tags: Amway, Blackwater, Dick DeVos, Jennifer Granholm, Mercenaries, Michigan, outsourcing, polls, Scamway (all tags)

Comments

8 Comments

I think you can remove the question mark

these polls are great news and appear to be the start of a permanent upward trend.  It wasn't a surprise that DeVos had pulled within the margin of error since he had dished out $13 million worth of lies and evasive ads not mentioning the words 'Amway' or 'Republican.'

I just saw her latest ad about protecting families,

http://www.granholmforgov.com/site/PageS erver?pagename=protecting_families&J ServSessionIdr006=tz2uuzpbm1.app5b

With more ads touting Granholm's record and revealing DeVos' past and his family's ties to the Adminstration and Blackwater (thanks for the info) things should be copasetic in MI.  

by Pat Healy 2006-08-31 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: I think you can remove the question mark

Well, as my standard disclaimer goes above, I don't mean to say it's not worth watching anymore. The numbers are definitely encouraging -- but I definitely wouldn't say "copacetic." I'm hoping that trend is permanently upward, but staying vigilant on this race is the best way to make sure that happens.

by Interrobanger 2006-08-31 09:49AM | 0 recs
Don't do it. Don't listen to them.
Don't Remove that question mark yet!  This is the race in Michigan that means more to Michiganders than ever.  The party infrastructure here is just not up to par and our candidates are suffering.  While gains might be made in the legislature I am not confident at all in a near take over, our good Governor is the only thing standing in between Republicans and the huge "sucking noise" as jobs leave Michigan.  Republicans also currently hold the Secretary of State position and is talking of voter roles "purges".
As a Michigander I can't think of this race without chewing down a few Alkeseltzer.  Well... gotta go grab some now...
by maddogg 2006-08-31 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

Politics gives inherited money a second definition of regression to the mean (more average abilities, nasty disposition).  Not only is there Amway heir DeVos but kleenex/kotex heir Jim Sensenbrenner.

Why do you need to be so nasty when you started life on third base?  Ask W, another inherited creep.

by David Kowalski 2006-08-31 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

Could it be that daddy and grandpa did all the sacrificing for you?

by spirowasright 2006-08-31 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

I want to say you're right, but I'm not quite ready to uncross my fingers. It just feels like it'll be a 50-50 race up until Election Day, but I think Gov. Granholm'll pull it out. DeVos has money, but no real substance, and people are just starting to realize that.

Of course, I'm hoping the Granholm-DeVos race will drive up Democratic turnout too. We've got SoS and AG races, some ballot initiatives, and at least four congressional races (MI-07, 08, 09, 11) that could be exciting, even if they aren't on most lists as competitive. Not to mention the state House and Senate...

by Fitzy 2006-08-31 12:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

No kidding.  This race is far from over and basically a tie.  I don't think for a second that Granholm is up by all that much, if at all.  She really needs to prevent the teachers' strike in Detroit from extending into next week.  

That would be bad any way you slice it.  

by Eric11 2006-08-31 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Granholm's Lead Stabilizing in Michigan?

I think it's slightly in Granholm's favor and wasn't trying to express complacency in my earlier comment.  However, the signs are looking up.  We need more attention shed on DeVos for his; lack of ideas on how to improve MI and his record/past with Alticor and his other failed ventures.  I think Governor Granholm has done a commendable job under most difficult circumstances, but even if anyone undecided voters disagree with me, once they learn about DeVos they won't vote for him.  

I enjoyed this Bray column from yesterday's Detroit News suggesting the entire DeVos criticizing Bush episode was staged to make DeVos look more influential to the voters.  

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art icle?AID=/20060830/OPINION03/608300321&a mp;SearchID=73255445301742

Well after all Dick should get something for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he donated to the Bush campaigns.  Now if we can only get him to say the word Republican.

by Pat Healy 2006-08-31 01:44PM | 0 recs

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