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Next Monday is the first of several just a few debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Dick DeVos (R-Amway) and it's a good time to start, for a couple reasons.

According to the WSJ/Zogby poll released this week, Gov. Granholm is at 49.9% while DeVos is at 40.8%. As they say in politics, all you need is 50% plus one -- and J. Grho is inching closer and closer to that. It's the best lead she's had since the start of the year. That poll was mostly conducted after the "intelligent" design report was breaking, and might reflect some of that. I wouldn't be surprised if the next poll was even better -- that is to say, worse for him.

So, the first debate is Monday Oct 2 at 8pm Eastern. In Michigan it will be on MSU's WKAR, on public TV around the state and should be available to Fox affiliates. For those of us outside Michigan, keep an eye on C-SPAN, since they usually run big debates, often live but if not, certainly taped. If live, it'll also be on the web.  

More information on the debates after the jump:

  • Tuesday  Oct 10, WOOD-TV and NBC affiliates. Panel format with questioners from WOOD, Detroit's WDIV, and the Detroit Free Press.

  • On Thursday Oct 12 they will both be at Detroit's Economic Club, but there won't be any TV and it doesn't sound like it's an actual debate -- they'll just be giving speeches.

  • Monday Oct 16, WXYZ in Detroit, Chuck Stokes moderating. This one can be seen on CBS and ABC affiliates around Michigan.

The expectations for DeVos SHOULD be high. He's been a front man all his life, on the doing motivational speaking for Amway (although most everyone who attended them were destined to live in a van down by the river). I believe he was also trained in debate, and has appeared with Gorbachev in public speaking situations. So he's an experienced pro, right? Hah. If you've seen his pathetic YouTube videos, you would never know it. For awhile he was doing "video blogs" supposedly "from the road" -- and they're nothing short of godawful. Truly, unintentional comedy.

And if you look at the videos uploaded by his team, you'll notice that commenting and rating has been disabled. Weak! That's a Dick DeVos government for you -- no feedback wanted.

Originally posted to Interrobanger on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 01:02 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I hope the Gov. knocks his block off. (0+ / 0-)

    I couldn't stand having DeVos around.  She has a tendency to be "feminine".  I really hope she doesn't do that.  We need her to call a spade a spade and kick ass.  

    The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison

    by dkmich on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 01:12:39 PM PDT

    •  I'm optimistic (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dkmich, maybeeso in michigan, Erevann

      That she'll do just that.  DeVos has only been able to hide from his record for so long, and now that people are starting to learn the truth about his shipping jobs overseas and his leadership at Scamway, the stage is set for Granholm to show she is a strong executive and he is just a shady, overmatched businessman.

      •  If she goes (0+ / 0-)

        "professional and feminine" she is dead meat.  

        The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison

        by dkmich on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 01:28:33 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Go Guv Granholm! (0+ / 0-)

          I'm sure she will be aggressive and on the attack to keep the spotlight on Dick.  Hopefully, he will provide some opportunities to strike.  Given that he's still claiming that eliminating the SBT (courtesy of Who Got the Gravy?) is still the key to fixing everthing, I think Granholm will have plenty of chances to pin him down on his weak arguments.  I am looking forward to Monday when Governor Granholm can explain the success of her jobs plan in getting MI back on track.  

  •  DeVos is an exceptionally bad public speaker (2+ / 0-)
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    loretta, maybeeso in michigan

    With all the millions Daddy gave him, couldn't he find a decent voice coach? He sounds whiny, and his body language in his ads suggests that he's angry over the fact that he has to go through an election to get what he wants.

    "I came to the conclusion long ago that all life is six to five against."--Damon Runyon.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 02:20:55 PM PDT

  •  Scamway (3+ / 0-)

    I've reposted this for you all so you can have a laugh and e-mail it to your friends:

    Dick DeVos for Governor
    Has Michigan lost all its sense?
    An Amway distributor whom all should ignore
    And all that it misrepresents?

    Amway and Christians, corndogs and war
    America has lot’s to export
    The best of the worst for the world to abhor
    Is this what we have to support?

    We’ve all heard the pitch of the Amway brigade
    Selling hard the American dream
    If he wins will the governors office crusade
    His new diamond pyramid scheme?

    Or sign up your neighbor for tax refund cash
    Bring your mom who’s on Medicare
    Then Social Security is something to trash
    Cause you’ll be an Amway millionaire!

    If you get 10 people that you can promote
    And they each get 10 people more
    That guarantees a Republican vote
    Then you can join Alticor!

    Multi level government
    Now there’s an idea to explore!
    But if you’re at the bottom 90 percent
    Your checks won’t be coming no more

    Cause that’s just the way Big business works
    And Government now will too
    Infested with greedy scum sucking jerks
    Selling votes and expensive shampoo.

  •  Great (0+ / 0-)

    I posted on the Detroit Free Press a few weeks ago and created a mini-ruckus

    It was fun while it lasted.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

                           Groucho Marx

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