Republican candidates squabble in first debate

| Thursday, April 22, 2010
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So much for Ronald Reagan's famous dictum: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."

The five Republican candidates for governor engaged in their first televised debate Wednesday on the campus of Michigan State University. There was lots of ill-speaking and the atmosphere was less than collegial.

News reports suggested it went pretty much the way you might have expected: Cut taxes (especially business taxes) and spending, particularly Medicaid for the poor.

Attorney General Mike Cox, who appears to be positioning himself as the candidate of Tea Party devotees, accused Ann Arbor entrepreneur Rick Snyder of outsourcing jobs to China while he was president of Gateway.

Cox apparently appreciated how effectively Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm tarred her Republican opponent, former Amway chief Dick DeVos, with the same charge in the 2006 campaign.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the winner of this year's election: It's going to be a middle-aged white guy.

Actually, that's a pretty safe bet. Seven of the eight Democratic and Republican candidates fit that description. The eighth, state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, a Democrat and an African American, is considered a long shot.

1 comment:

Alan Stamm said...

The witty, caustic blogger posting as 'Woodward's Friend' at suggests that "if we mash up the candidates’ applause lines from yesterday’s debate, we get a single hyperbolic run-on sentence:

"Michigan needs a leader and fighter because this election must be about the next generation, and that begins with the people of Michigan who are ready for an era of innovation because, currently, we are not the education state."

In other words, as you suggest: A 'choice' of somewhat indistinguishable middle-aged white guys.

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