“The less our elected officials have to focus on ideology and partisanship the more they can focus on governing with common sense.”
Obama won the presidency in 2008 because he appealed to centrists; independents, moderate Democrats and even some moderate Republicans. As Mark Murray pointed out recently in his NBC News blog, Democrats need 60% of the centrist vote to win the presidency.
Obama accomplished that by campaigning on “common sense.” He branded himself as a pragmatic centrist who offered change. First, he rejected the ideologically driven agenda of his predecessor George W. Bush. And second, he proposed common sense solutions such as middle of the road financial reforms, a pragmatic national energy policy, and new education standards and funding.
While he hasn’t officially announced, Newt Gingrich acknowledged yesterday that he is seriously considering a presidential run in 2012. It seems more likely than not that he will be a presidential candidate. Over the past year Gingrich has been traveling the country making numerous stops in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire and he has been increasingly vocal in his opposition to President Obama’s agenda.
President Obama’s secret service code name is Renegade. It’s a fitting name for someone who burst upon the national political scene within a few short years, overcame the most powerful political dynasty in the Democratic Party, and fought the establishment to win the presidency. In every way, candidate Obama was a Renegade.
The Detroit Free Press examines if Andy Dillon can succeed as a centrist.
Andy Dillon: Speaker of the state House of Representatives
Virg Bernero: Mayor of Lansing
Alma Wheeler Smith: State Rep. from South Lyon
Rick Snyder: Businessman from Ann Arbor
Mike Bouchard: Oakland County Sheriff and former U.S. Senate candidate
Mike Cox: Attorney General of Michigan
The horse race to Election Day has begun and it looks like this could be one of the most interesting elections in the country. Term limited Governor Granholm has no apparent successor. Lt. Governor Cherry was the obvious choice to be the Democratic nominee; however, he withdrew his campaign amid poor polling and a difficult political environment for incumbents and Democrats. As an incumbent Democrat who was part of the Granholm administration, Cherry's prospects for success seemed unlikely.
Good politicians do what’s right, not what’s popular.
Liberty is never established in a new nation until those in authority have peacefully ceded power to a rival faction.
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
"Game Change" is about the 2008 election. The most obvious question is "What could be new in this book - the campaign was already covered in incredible detail for nearly two years by bloggers, national media, local media - anyone with a camera and/or a link to the Internet. The answer is that most of the material concerns previously unreported personal details rather than much in the way of national policy or any sort of analysis of the electorate.