Friday, August 11, 2006
Jack Lessenberry on Walberg
In the Toledo Blade today, columnist Jack Lessenberry shares his observations on the 7th District race, Schwarz's loss, and Tim Walberg.
I always hate it when bloggers quote from a newspaper article and then include no original commentary or thought. But I think Jack Lessenberry, a talented writer, captures the situation quite well.
Below, some excerpts:
LANSING, Mich. - Jim Blanchard, the former governor of Michigan, is as partisan a Democrat as they come. But last week, he did something he once would have found impossible to imagine.(emphasis added)
I disagree that it's a "solidly Republican district," not with Tim Walberg as the nominee. But it is nonetheless remarkable that Blanchard came out against Walberg in the primary.
Later in the editorial...
Twenty years ago, when Jim Blanchard was re-elected governor and Joe Schwarz, then a young physician, was first elected to the state Senate, the idea that a narrow ideologue could defeat a respected congressman would have been unimaginable.and
And if there is any remaining doubt that there is no room for moderates in the Michigan GOP, across the state, in prosperous Oakland County, another Republican congressman faced a different kind of challenge. If Joe Schwarz was too liberal for the Seventh District, 73-year-old U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg was seen as too conservative for his, especially on cultural issues.Godchaux, of course, lost by a wide margin, showing again that the Michigan Republican Party is dominated by the fringe elements that supported Tim Walberg.
Lessenberry closes with a nice little twist.
Electoral Footnote: The Club for Growth may think taxes are evil, but most millage requests around the state were approved in this week's voting, suggesting that even cash-strapped voters will pay up for services they need and approve.Clearly, Tim Walberg and the Club for Growth's narrow vision for government isn't what the voters really want.
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