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I can't even express to you all how ANGRY I am that our Democratic votes are apparently worthless here in MI. I'll spare you the ins and outs of our ridiculous state party "leadership". But for someone who's worked a whole lot to organize his precinct, to get out the vote, and who has participated in county and state conventions, it just ticks me off that I can't vote for my candidate of choice b/c of stupidity at the higher levels. It's a mess, y'all. A freakin' mess.

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 15, 2008 8:23 AM

I really love the word mitten.

Posted by The General | January 15, 2008 9:02 AM

Is it pathetic that I actually know who that dude is? I think his name is Andy Cobb. He was in a Bass Ale commercial, but I was first acquainted with him in the 2000 Second City Etc revue. So was one Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame.

Posted by Ryno | January 15, 2008 9:17 AM


ditto that.

Some Mich-y questions:

1. how'd Hillary end up on the ballot alone? Tricksterism? Smarts?

2. are those jobs going to come back like Mitt says? Why don't the auto companies demand national health care so they can eliminate about $2000 per car in their costs and level the playing field with Japan and Germany ?
Are they just dumb?

3. Does anyone live in that upper peninsula thingy??
How does it feel to be so non-contiguous?

Pt. Roberts, Wash., doesn't really compare.

Posted by unPC | January 15, 2008 10:24 AM

@4--1. It's a complicated story about the ballot. It has to do with MI changing its primary date (the Rs and Ds in the state house did this together) and the idea being pushed by our Democratic elite--Senator Levin, Governor Granholm, Debbie Dingell (wife of Congressman Dingell), etc. Obama and Edwards took themselves off the ballot in deference to IA and NH. Stupid? Perhaps. But the Governor here is a huge Hillary fan. Huge. There's a lot of craziness.

2. Yes, the auto industry is dumb. Seriously. The industry's been propped up by important friends for far too long. These jobs aren't ever coming back. And MI is turning into a low-tax, low-service state like MS or AL. Good times, these.

3. Lots of folks live up there and love it. They call those of us on the lower peninsula trolls since we live "under" the bridge that connects us. I've never visited. It's faster for us to drive to Washington,DC, from where I am in southeast MI than to drive to parts of the UP.

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 15, 2008 10:45 AM

Half the population of Michigan has left since 2000 - something noone will admit in public.

(I used to live on Grosse Isle when I was 11 ...)

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 11:33 AM

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