In 2008 Michigan was cars and debt and blue all over. Since then, Michigan hasn't been the battleground for politicos it once was. Instead, something much bigger has been simmering on the horizon.
While I expect, along with the rest, that Michigan will go blue for Obama, one must look deeper into the results for for a glimpse into the political future. With a successful, yet deeply Republican state government working hand in glove with a Democratic regime, the results of this state's elections offer a view into the political crystal ball.
It's a crisp, mostly sunny morning in Michigan (the only drawback being a nippy 34 degrees). Unlike I had worried earlier in the week, the weather aftermath of Sandy will not be keeping voters away from the polls. Instead, I expect a good turnout from the state overall. There should be few surprises in the election results, but that doesn't mean they will be boring.
I expect to see a distinct shortage of young Obama-swinging voters from last year and that failure of at least 4 of the 6 state proposals on the ballot. Together, I predict these factors will reveal a strong Republican comeback brewing for 2014.
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Update 4:21p.m.: Have you frozen your tail feathers off yer waiting in line to cast your vote? I sure have. And while voting seems to be going off with only minor hitches, I have to say my experience at the polls did anything but inspire my faith in the American people.
While at the ballot box today, so to speak, I was apalled at the chaos at my local precinct. Those administering the ballots seems frayed and barely together, while voters were confused from end to end: Booths standing empty while voters, ballots in hand, stood bunched up in groups and appearing lost; folks milling about between booths asking friends and strangers alike for advice on who to vote for. I honestly kept asking myself "Is this legal?"
But what's done is done and since voter education can no longer be helped, let's look forward. Perhaps next year GOTV volunteers should be handing out this scorcard: