Friday, November 13, 2009

Hoekstra and Stupak; Doin' Michigan Proud

Last post I was all, "Yay, Kalamazoo!" (Michigan!) This post I write with cheeks aflame after the Hoekstra/Stupak twofer this week.

Let me kind of give you the run down. Stupak represents Northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula. The UP is mostly white, rural, (forested anyway) and is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Independent minded Yoopers are a stubborn bunch. Absolutely nothing would surprise me from a UP native, which Stupak is. Hoekstra represents Grand Rapids, about an hour north of Kalamazoo. Southwestern Michigan has a strange Jekyll/Hyde thing going on. Grand Rapids is about as conservative as they come; lots of Dutch Christian Reformed Church types. Move south, and you run into Kalamazoo, home of the fine folks who brought you "equal protection under the law" for gays and transgendered people. Leave the cozy confines of Kalamazoo in any direction, and you immediately trip over the Republicans. In other words, in a Michigan game of Hide and Seek, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor are "home."

Our governor, Jennifer Granholm, is a Democrat, and was Biden's Palin stand in while he prepared for the VP debates last year. This is doing our Governor a great disservice. She is smart, fiscally minded, and hot. Hoekstra wants to take her place. With the prevalence of anti-incumbent voting, an R may very well take her vacant spot. And, if it helps the rest of you, perhaps Michigan could take one for the team, elect him and keep him stuck in Lansing, where he can do less damage. We are a generous people.

"Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice" is our state motto: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you." What, had Florida already taken, "Look, Water!?" No "Live Free or Die" here. No, just a "pleasant peninsula." And with our sights set accordingly low, we offer the country Hoekstra and Stupak. You're welcome.

1 comment:

  1. You're slaying me, CEP! Too funny! Granholm is a good gal - whipsmart and very sharp...hope she doesn't succumb in the upcoming race. And frankly, I wouldn't want to subject anyone to having these two short-sighted wingnuts as their representatives. My sympathies, Girlfriend. The clips illustrate your point beautifully. What sad, strange little men.

    We Californians have a motto: "Eureka!" We're taught that it's what was said when gold was discovered. I highly doubt it - I imagine more of a "Hot Damn!" response from our 49ers.
    "Eureka?" Really? Just sayin'...

    Thanks for the terrific post. Keep the faith, Sistah!