POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Immaturity on the left
Fighting the inevitable is a waste of time
Published: March 6, 2013
Democrats, as a result, have no strong challenger to run against the governor they loathe. Their top potential prospect right now is Mark Schauer, a former one-term congressman from the Battle Creek area who got tossed out in 2010.
The party does control both U.S. Senate seats, but neither of the incumbents would dream of giving up their jobs to try to become a term-limited governor. Three of the five Democratic congressmen are well over 80. The other two are a freshman from Flint (Dan Kildee) who took his octogenarian uncle’s place this January, and third-termer Gary Peters.
Peters likely plans to squat in his safe seat till Carl Levin retires or is transported to the throne of heaven.
Incidentally, know how many Michigan governors have been defeated for a second term since the state’s current constitution was ratified a half-century ago?
That number would be … zero.
But this is different, you say? People are really mad this time, over right-to-work most of all? Yes, they are … now.
But the election is more than a year-and-a-half away. I’ve been watching how things work for a long, long time.
Sadly, I think I know what we’ll see.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for the Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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