It’s Valentine’s Day and Michigan Democrats just aren’t feeling the love as Michiganders continuously “swipe left” on their candidates.
The headlines have been harsh. While Brandon Dillon and the rest of the Michigan Democratic Party establishment seeks to coronate Gretchen Whitmer through dirty tricks and legal challenges to progressive darling Abdul El-Sayed – apparently they didn’t learn their lesson from the Clinton v. Sanders fiasco at the DNC - as their presumptive gubernatorial nominee, other prominent Democrats – led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan – were actively trying to recruit a Whitmer alternative over concerns about her ability to actually win outside of a leftist enclave like East Lansing.
Unfortunately for them, there are already SEVERAL Whitmer alternatives in the race. First, there’s Shri Thanedar, the first-generation Indian immigrant turned self-made millionaire, who sank nearly $6 million of his own cash into the race. Then there’s Abdul El-Sayed, who hired Bernie Sander’s campaign team to boost his progressive bona fides, and wants to be the first Muslim governor in the nation - if he can make it to the ballot, of course. And finally, there’s Bill Cobbs, an African American businessman and former Xerox executive. Faced with this diverse cavalcade of options, why do Duggan, the UAW and the NAACP keep trying to recruit the likes of Gary Peters and Dan Kildee?
With one side suggesting that everyone needs to get in line behind Gretchen Whitmer, and the other suggesting that they need someone else (anyone else!) to rally the troops behind, it’s beginning to look a lot like 2016 all over again. We can’t blame Democrat voters for being dissatisfied with uninspiring candidates and lackluster name ID. But if they ever do get tired of swiping left, may we suggest they look to the right?
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