The Michigan Republican Party is trying to cast Democrat Jim Marcinkowski as a flip-flopper on the issue of abortion in new automated phone calls to residents of the 8th Congressional District.
Marcinkowski, the deputy city attorney for Royal Oak, is challenging three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton.
Marcinkowski, a former CIA agent, used to be a Republican, and even ran for the state Legislature as a member of the GOP.
The short phone calls remind listeners of that: "Running for the Legislature, he said he was pro-life with no exceptions ... Running for Congress, he says he's a pro-choice Democrat."
The calls urge people to call Marcinkowski to "ask him what he'll be tomorrow."
Apparantly, State Party is calling robocalls and giving Marcinkowski a case of the same medicine that unions have used against Mike Rogers. Personally, I hate robocalls and will not use them if I run for any office, but they are cheap, and that is why so many pols use them.
Now one thing I hear from the democrat is this perception of how the GOP is moved to the right. That's a pile of horse manure so high, that it dwarfs Mt. Brighton. While there is hyper-partisanship, both parties have moved heavily to the left.
The Republicans were at their height in 1995. That's when they were at their peak. That is the group that brought us the Contract with America. These were the main stances of a majority of that group and I'll compare that with today's stances. Ask yourselves where the move to the right is.
1994 GOP - Eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy
Today's GOP - No Child Left Behind with Ted Kennedy, Energy and Education departments still alive and kicking.
1994 GOP - Balanced the Budget, tried to make a balanced budger law
Today's GOP - Defecit better than last few years, but still unacceptable.
1994 GOP - Strongly Pro-life
Today's GOP - Strongly Pro-life
1994 GOP - Second Amendment movement in high gear
Today's GOP - Second Amendment movement successful
1994 GOP - Split on NAFTA/Trade issues
Today's GOP - Mostly pro-NAFTA/GATT (I still oppose it)
1994 GOP - Lead the way on Welfare Reform (and even Clinton after vetoing it twice followed the winners)
Today;s GOP - Not an issue.
1994 GOP - Term Limits
Today;s GOP - Not a federal issue (Found Unconstitutional)
1994 GOP - 3/4 vote for tax increases
Today's GOP - No federal tax increases, but spending is up.
1994 GOP - Tax cuts
Today's GOP - Senate RINOS fouled it up.
1994 GOP - Tort and Social Security Reform
Today's GOP - Tort Reform is talk and no action. Bush tried on Social Security. Senate Fouled it up.
1994 GOP - Opposed Gay Marriage
Today's GOP - Same
1994 GOP - Government out of Health Care
Today's GOP - Perscription Drugs.
As for the democrats - they call this a move to the right and think we need to spend MORE! Their votes on these are ALL more leftist than the leftist votes by the Republicans. I'd like to see the Republicans move to the right for once - and if we want to keep the house, we better move to the right, or the conservatives will stay home.
As for Marcinkowski - he just moved further to the left to get his 15 minutes of fame. He's only famous because he's a buddy of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.