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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Michigan Right To Life Ad Makes The Stakes Very Clear.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 10:42:08 AM EST
    Tags: Mike Cox, Rick Snyder, Governors Race, Michigan Right To Life, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Bouchard, Dividing the Vote, Republicans, Democrats, RTL, Endorsements (all tags)

    As you know, I am a supporter of Mike Cox for governor.  Why I am is based on a number of issues, but as previously mentioned a primary one is his ability to stand on an issue as a matter of principle, no matter the initial popularity of it.  We are a better state for his involvement in issues such as race, public safety, over reaching insurance non profits, and to be sure, one that is close to many hearts.. the right to life.

    So I was pleased to hear a really great radio ad the other day by the Michigan Right To Life PAC.

    The Michigan Right To Life PAC explains why it has selected only ONE candidate to endorse, why that candidate is Mike Cox.  As an aside, it is interesting to contrast the explanation provided by RTL of MI to that of the NRA when it provides cover for its endorsements. (Of course I use the word 'cover' to describe NRA endorsements, because they often shoot themselves by hawking BAD legislators and politicos with a unique single mindedness)  The Right To Life Pac in its ad, actually uses its weight to suggest people consider the alternate outcome that could result which is quite contrary to their goals.  But not in this case from the election of a 'typical' supporter of abortion on demand usually sponsored by the Democrat party..

    read on..

    However, before I continue about the ad, I think it is appropriate to at least give a little background. On their website, the Right To Life Pac explanation begins with:


    "As in all elections and with all endorsements, come many questions. Following is background and information to aid those with questions.

        In each election cycle, the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee through an established set of criteria has the responsibility of making endorsements for public office. We work toward the day that all candidates in both political parties meet our criteria for endorsement. Unfortunately that day is not the reality of today's political landscape.

        Every candidate campaign has its own set of unique circumstances and the RLM-PAC must work within those circumstances and realities. This year's primary race for governor is no exception. In the Democrat primary for governor, neither candidate is prolife by our established standards. In the Republican primary for governor, the RLM-PAC was faced with a different situation. Four of the five candidates who filed for the election had been endorsed by the RLM-PAC in past elections - Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox, Tom George and Pete Hoekstra. The fifth candidate, Rick Snyder, had no past association with the RLM-PAC.

        The RLM-PAC by-laws call for any candidate to complete a questionnaire and be interviewed by a committee, in the case of the candidate for governor by the state board of the RLM-PAC. Four of the candidates completed those requirements. Rick Snyder refused to fill out a questionnaire and refused to meet with the RLM-PAC state board, which is composed of volunteers from throughout the state.

        Through his public statements and public records, it was soon apparent why candidate Snyder refused to go through the RLM-PAC process. He knew that because of his public record of financially supporting human embryonic stem cell research and his public statements regarding his exceptions to protecting innocent human life, that he would not meet criteria for endorsement. "

    They begin with an explanation that essentially sets up that they must say to Hoekstra, George, and Bouchard "sorry guys, its not you.. but a situation regarding one of your 'Republican' Counterparts has put us in a corner how we must respond."  In other words, though they might normally approve of the three, it is the reality on the ground that an unusual situation has arisen that moves them to a single endorsement.

    Snyder created an environment within the Republican selection process that could not be ignored:


    "The RLM-PAC's by-laws require that when there is a multi-candidate race with several credible and electable prolife candidates and one or more electable non-prolife candidate, that a choice for endorsement must be made. The reason: to attempt to unify the prolife vote so it does not splinter thus allowing the candidate who will not care about the life issues being elected. This year's Republican gubernatorial primary met those requirements."

    Huh.. go figure.  By-Laws that actually make sense..  A considered approach to the effects of a multiple candidate race and how it might affect the outcome in favor of one who would be hostile to their cause.  This explains the Radio ad content which has as its core message, and ACTUAL CONTENT:

       "A Split Vote between Cox and Hoekstra would mean a sure victory for PRO-Abort Rick Snyder"

    Indeed..  Especially given the fact Snyder is willing to actively pursue DEMOCRATS to work the other side of the sheet in this election cycle.  Having hit his maximum RINO 20%, he realizes he needs to bump a couple points and balance the Cox and Hoekstra (presumably the two front runners) votes with each other, and assuming a small base that will stick with Bouchard, he might be able to win with very few votes to spare.

    The ad also addresses the fact it will only require a couple of points to determine the winner of this contest.  I would say that the Snyder Nerd camp has already broken out their protractors months ago, and when they saw a spike in the lead of Cox over Hoekstra, it was to the defense of Hoekstra in a televised ad by Snyder that balanced it back out.  An ad that had NO redeeming value to Snyder other than to show he wanted Cox to play nice with his good friend Pete.

    A move motivated by one reality, but NOT truly that in defense of a "friend."  IMO, Pete's a good and decent man, but he means nothing to Rick.  Nothing.

    RTL recognizes it, and Snyder recognizes it..  Snyder CANNOT win on his own merit.  He must divide the rest to make the bar lower.  Breaking the opposition into smaller parts is the ONLY way for his candidacy to advance.  He has reached his peak support, and he must attain a handicap of sorts to make his maxed out (but normally low) numbers work.

    The Right To Life PAC in its radio ad, makes it very clear they understand how Rick could win with such small numbers.  They make it clear that they believe we need to coalesce behind Mike Cox for governor, not JUST as a matter of he is the best person to represent their view on the sanctity of life, but also as realists to understand that if we do not, we might well be faced with TWO pro-abort candidates come November.

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    Virg Bernero's ads... (none / 0) (#1)
    by rdww on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 12:15:26 PM EST
    ... have been useful here too.  He makes no bones about his battle against "anti-choice" activists.  People should know that Michigan's own Pol Pot is running for governor.

    not true (none / 0) (#3)
    by Tom McMillin on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 05:45:40 PM EST
    I understand the situation...but to make this statement:

      "A Split Vote between Cox and Hoekstra would mean a sure victory for PRO-Abort Rick Snyder"

    is simply not true.  "a sure victory"?  i hate to say it, but that is simply um...an untruth...and I know we all don't want Snyder --- but the "pro-life" vote could be "split" and Pete could easily win...or I guess Cox could too.  If Snyder were polling in the 40+% range, it might be more appropriate to make such a statement - but he's not.

    • Darn it... by JGillman, 07/27/2010 09:25:20 PM EST (none / 0)
    Jason . . . (none / 0) (#5)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 12:20:53 PM EST
    . . . you and Nick are in error in believing that Mike Cox would be the best choice for the Republican nomination for Governor this cycle.

    Endorsements are great things, but endorsements aren't votes.  On top of that, some of these endorsing organizations are being a little disingenuous in their advertising, if not factually incorrect.

    Not to worry though, I'm drafting an article about all of that.  It's not a Cox hit piece, but I can't promise that I'll be nice.

    JGillman? (none / 0) (#8)
    by maidintheus on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 09:47:12 PM EST
    If the candidates care about the citizen and the state, what are some of their options to this problem?

    bump (none / 0) (#16)
    by maidintheus on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 09:28:32 PM EST
    Because I want to talk about our own business ;)

    Good morning! (none / 0) (#17)
    by maidintheus on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 05:38:51 AM EST
    Start the day with a prayer.

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