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Dick DeVos, the Republican candidate for Michigan governor, came out as a creationist earlier this week: "Intelligent design issue continues to be issue in governor's race."

Republican candidate Dick DeVos has for the most part kept his gubernatorial campaign focused on the economy and off of himself.

But when he said in an interview earlier this week with The Associated Press that he'd like to see intelligent design taught along with evolution in science classes, it fired up blogs, party activists and editorial writers for days.

This has caused a lot of media stir and thrown the party stalwarts into a stir: "BRIAN DICKERSON: Republican strategists cringe as the real DeVos stands up" Apparently they didn't really want to fight the war on more than one front, I guess.

I was wondering when a social issue would come to the fore, because DeVos has been running exclusively until now on getting more jobs and business to Michigan. This is pretty much the first significant coverage of something other than jobs in the mainstream press. A few commentators have noted the contributions made by his family and his wife's to religious right organizations such as the American Family Association. But he's been harping so much on the jobs agenda, which is perceived to be Governor Granholm's weak point, that his right-wing ties haven't seemed to make a lot of impact till now.

Recently, DeVos has been trailing Granholm in the polls after having the lead in the spring. The election is November 7.


I hadn't seen this come up in my friends list yet, so I thought I'd do my part to inform the populace.


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Sep. 23rd, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Who's running the conversation? Dick is.

Democrats have been, from the start of this race, following the normal strategy of just reacting to whateve issue the Republican's raise. After all, that's been such a winning strategy for so long!

alex the bitter
Sep. 25th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
In my heart of hearts, Granholm should win because she hasn't been campaigning for a year already. Sure, it's made her look like she's late, but I'm so damn tired of political campaigns lasting forever and a day -- I'm glad she was busy being governor between January and August of this year.

But yes, it's time to start putting ideas out there and trying to lead the debate. I too think the Democrats are still too un-self confident when it comes to acting instead of reacting.
Sep. 23rd, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
I was wondering how that little issue would fly back in the homeland of Michigan! I've tried to follow the campaigning from my lair in Chicago, and after recalling a brief "Hello, good to meet you, Assistant U.S. Attorney Granholm" many years ago, I decided that her campaign needed some cash from a loyal expatriated citizen. Do all you can to help her out and show what a right-wing wingnut DeVos really is...and don't forget that one of the best things that would help the Governor is having a FRIENDLY Legislature uncontrolled by the Repub right-wingers....
Sep. 25th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
The pundits seem to consider his statement supporting intelligent design a mistake, but I don't think there are any polls yet that indicate what voters think. I like to think Michigan is not a fertile breeding ground for creationism, but I could be deluding myself.
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Sep. 25th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Where's a benevolent dictator when you need one?
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Sep. 26th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Good point. I like efficiency. Why spread hate out over many people when you can devote maximum hate on one despot? At the very least, it'll get you thrown into the deepest pits of the despot's dungeons that much faster.
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