Friday, June 30, 2006

Tigers could be political X factor

Here's something that could be interesting this year. The Tigers may affect the election.

From the Lansing State Journal

Tim Skubick: Tigers could be political X factor

You're going to laugh at this, but don't. The Detroit Tigers could affect the race for governor this fall between incumbent Democrat Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos.

After watching another late-inning comeback against St. Louis the other night, a light bulb went off. These guys are for real - and if they still are playing ball in October, they could be an indirect factor in who runs our state after Jan. 1, 2007.

Normally during a race for governor, the general public does not tune in until October, about a month before the November vote.

But if the Tigers are involved in a hot pennant race and the team actually makes it to the World Series, (remember that admonition about laughing), citizens may not tune in at all.

It is guaranteed the media will give the baseball story banner headline treatment day in and day out. If you don't believe that, just look at a week's worth of newspaper headlines and see how many deal with sports and not real news.

As a result, the governor's contest will be shoved from the spotlight. Anybody who wants any news will have to go on a scavenger hunt. The candidates' inability to break through all the chatter about the Tigers will hurt both of them.

Not only will the media tune out, but the general public will, too. Given a choice between hearing about her "Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow" and his "The Michigan Turnaround Plan" or the latest home run by Pudge Rodriguez, you know which one Joe Six Pack will pick.


Communications guru said...

Check out the newest Livingston County blog at We need to get some sanity in Lansing to address the serious structural problems facing Michigan and it’s economy. It’s going to take someone like Mike McGonegal, who has the experience, know how and the passion to change things. He is capable of listening to both side of the political spectrum, and he will work with the party on the other side of the aisle to find solutions to our problems, something his opponent is incapable or unwilling to do.

Republican Michigander said...

Kevins, I thought you said that I kicked you off the blog (which isn't true). Obviously I didn't since you're still posting here.

Paleoconservative said...

Dan is the man!

anonymous said...

Mike McGonegal, just what we need - another government type who has no experience working in the private sector. Why can't we get more candidates that actually know what it is like to survive in the real world?

Communications guru said...

I don’t like posting on non-free speech zones like this one, but the last post was so untrue I had to post to correct it.
Mike McGonegal has worked for the past 28 years in sales and marketing for companies manufacturing a variety of products, including heating and air conditioning, aerospace systems, industrial products, elevators and escalators, aircraft engines, fire and security systems and fuel cells. He knows what it’s like to “survive in the real world.” That experience has been primarily in the automotive industry, so he has a pretty good idea about the problems facing Michigan. However, he has also been a civil servant, so he brings experience in both worlds to the table.
However, you’re statement that “…another government type who has no experience working in the private sector. Why can't we get more candidates that actually know what it is like to survive in the real world?” applies perfectly to his opponent, who has never worked in the private sector.

Mark Twain said...

I looked at the website

The author uses a lot of words but says nothing.

MESSA said...

I just want to say that even last season, if I had heard this story, I would not have believed it!

This season is awesome!

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Bless you boys!