Folks, I’m going to be straight with you here. I think we all know that it’s going to take a miracle for McCain to win Michigan (I won’t say it’s impossible – I’ve learned my lesson once before).
And I’m still hearing McCain and Republican Party people saying, “We can win Michigan!” Well, true, we can, but I don’t think we will (I will say that things could change after tonight’s debate – tonight’s debate will be McCain’s best debate).
First, my appeal to Obama supporters (especially those of you who have registered at your college – I know up here at Central Michigan University, around 5,000 students have registered to vote putting their permanent address as Mount Pleasant): Don’t just vote straight party ticket. I don’t do this, and I’m a hard core Republican. Either 1) Don’t vote for the races that you don’t know anything about (county races) or 2) Do some research and vote for the best candidate.
I’m not trying to keep you from voting for Obama – I realize that you’ll vote for him. I don’t like it, but I’ve accepted it. But people like the Register of Deeds, Sharon Brown, and the County Clerk, Joyce Swan, who have been in office for years, and have perfected the jobs that they do. Having a bunch of college students (most of whom will leave the county in 4-6 years) elect 2 people who have no clue what they’re doing over 2 competent public servants is WRONG! But do you know why it might happen? Because Students for Obama and the College Democrats here at CMU are telling people to vote straight party ticket Democrat. Now, I’ve gone up and asked the Students for Obama President, Matt Sous, if he’s doing this and he’s told me no. But I’ve heard him encourage students to vote straight party ticket while he’s getting people registered to vote. So again, I implore students (all over the state): look into these local races. Don’t vote straight party ticket (don’t even do it if you’re going to vote for all Democrats – just vote for them individually).
Now, to my Republican friends: I’ve heard people now saying, “Now that McCain’s out, I don’t need to vote.” HOLD IT! There’s still races for the House of Representatives, as well as State Senate and House. There’s races in the counties and in the cities (but like I said before, don’t vote stupid – don’t just vote party – vote candidate).
People like Representative Joe Knollenberg (9th District) still need your votes. These are still close races. Go out there and vote for McCain/Palin, even IF we’re going to lose (and again, we may not). Go out there and VOTE on these other issues. We also have 2 very important ballot issues. Don’t give up your right to vote, the right that our troops have died for just because you think that the Presidential candidate that you support might lose!
This election is far from over. Tonight’s debate (which I will live blog) will probably go well for McCain (he does well in town hall settings), and he could rebound. Who knows. I don’t think he’ll win Michigan, but stranger things have happened.
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