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Terri Lynn Land supported this guy's position on the auto bailout.
Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land appears to be struggling to bridge her 2012 support for Mitt Romney and his opposition to the auto bailout with her current candidacy for Senate in a state where that bailout saved a whole lot of jobs:
Land, a Byron Center Republican, had defended presidential candidate Mitt Romney's anti-bailout position two years ago and noted that GM had become known as "Government Motors." She declined to revisit the topic Wednesday during a brief exchange with reporters, which she cut short following the forum.

"I've always supported auto workers," Land said. "Detroit put Michigan on wheels. They're the backbone of our economy here in Michigan. It's great that the autos are doing well. I support the autos, and what I want to do is go down to Washington D.C. and make sure we have a competitive environment here in Michigan and that you don't over-regulate, you don't overtax and you don't over-burden Michigan families."

"It's great that the autos are doing well" ... which they are because of the bailout you were trashing two years ago. Land should maybe put some time into doing something other than dodging, ducking, and evading. This is a kind of big issue for the state! Voters are likely to be paying attention to her answers, if she ever gives a real answer. (Though maybe that attention is exactly why she's trying not to answer.) Land also had a non-answer on the Paycheck Fairness Act:
Land also responded to criticism over her opposition on the Paycheck Fairness Act, noting that the secretary of state's office had more female managers when she left than when she started.

"I support equal pay for equal work, I always have," she said. "I've always encouraged women to move ahead and be successful."

See, the Paycheck Fairness Act is about making sure that women don't have to have a good boss to have a chance at moving ahead. About giving them the tools to respond to discrimination when it happens. And it doesn't mean a whole lot, as a politician, to say you support equal pay for equal work if you would vote against a bill meant to ensure it. If you oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act, you support the status quo.

The fate of the auto companies and equal pay are big issues, and Terri Lynn Land doesn't have real answers. She says she supports them, but what's important to Michigan voters is not how she feels about equal pay or auto industry success, it's what she'd do about it. And her answers on that question don't measure up.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu May 29, 2014 at 07:22 AM PDT.

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  •  again taking a page from rick snyder's book (8+ / 0-)

    Don't talk about things you don't want to talk about. Cut the presser short rather than talk about them. Say nothing. Go "LALALALALALALALA!" a lot.  Say "I'm a moderate" with absolutely no evidence and say it a lot. It's working for ricky, but not so well for terri.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:07:51 AM PDT

    •  Terri Land (1+ / 0-)
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      is a National Republican Party Committeewoman and of course, supports and promotes the extreme RNC platform . . .which means she supports, privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Endorses a  Personhood Amendment, which would eliminate most forms of birth control including  the PILL.  Note:  she also supports DARK money in politics.

      Terri is as dumb as a box of rocks, yes, she's  following the strategy that Snyder used in 2010...say nothing and hope people dislike the other guy more than they dislike you.

  •  My daughter (10+ / 0-)

    is not very political.  She votes and she takes that seriously, but doesn't pay much attention at other times.  She saw the Land ad of "I am a woman and I know women don't want equal pay but flexibility." and flipped.  She actually called me wanting to know who "that woman" was.  She was very upset.  It is safe to say that Land will not be in her consideration.  (She is pretty liberal but has to check all candidates to see where they stand.  But always votes toward liberal, even if she doesn't know it.)

    •  My husband too. (5+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Loge, Pilotshark, Matt Z, METAL TREK

      My husband is about as apolitical as it comes (he says he leaves that to me...!), but the Land ad had him shouting at the television the first time he saw it.  When he saw the Land ad touting her climb from employee to manager (of the "family business"), his first reaction was, "It has to be a lie of some sort; her first ad proved that she can't be trusted."  I know a data point of one is meaningless, but I do wonder if her ads are doing more damage than good.  Here's hoping, at least!

      "Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." Plutarch

      by DoReMI on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:34:51 AM PDT

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  •  Women... (4+ / 0-)
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  •  I love it when they squirm (6+ / 0-)

    Today's post-Bush GOP is going to be squirming for a very long time. A lot of lies caught on the tee vee to dodge. Too many to count.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:20:36 AM PDT

  •  Oh, it's much MUCH better than that!! (6+ / 0-)

    Eclectablog wrote up a HILARIOUS piece about Land's "response" to a question about Net Neutrality:

    “I think the Internet should be free,” Land said. “It is a great source of information. I’m on Twitter and a fan of Twitter. I think that’s a very important part of this. It’s a way to actually interact with the community.”
    Read the whole thing; it's a jaw dropper.
  •  She brings absolutely nothing to the table. (5+ / 0-)

    My 9 year old daughter could have stood in front of a camera and said the following:

    "I've always supported auto workers"

    "Detroit put Michigan on wheels. They're the backbone of our economy here in Michigan."

    "It's great that the autos are doing well. I support the autos"

    "I want to do is go down to Washington D.C. and make sure we have a competitive environment here in Michigan and that you don't over-regulate, you don't overtax and you don't over-burden Michigan families"

    "I support equal pay for equal work, I always have"

    "I've always encouraged women to move ahead and be successful"

    Typical mindless, hollow talking points from an idea-bankrupt Repug.

  •  Here's her (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    facebook page;
    I think I'll go ask some of these questions....

    6% of scientists are republican. Scientists have no explanation why that number is so high.

    by fugwb on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:32:17 AM PDT

  •  She hasn't had enough practice lying & (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Matt Z

    she may be too stupid to memorize their talking points, or both.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:33:04 AM PDT

  •  Perhaps we should refer to Pubbies as (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Matt Z, METAL TREK

    having Mitch McConnell moments.  You know, Pubbies trying to be on both sides of an issue at the same time.  Land and McConnell both are trying their best to be against Obama and his efforts to help people while also having to acknowledge that Obama's efforts have clearly given people a better outcome than what Pubbie actions would deliver.

  •  which of Mitt's bailout positions does she support (1+ / 0-)
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    is the question?

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:41:06 AM PDT

  •  Of COURSE she likes cars (0+ / 0-)

    The more there are, the more her buddy Rmoney can put in his car elevator....but only if they're the right height!

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:54:37 AM PDT

  •  Just face it: she lives in Terri Lynn Land (0+ / 0-)

    Where "Corporations are People, my friends" and unicorns will gallop with leprechauns if we just repeal Obamacare. Oh, and all that job creatin' will happen if the One Percent keep sending their billions to their Cayman Islands accounts.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:57:59 AM PDT

  •  Trying out for the 2016 Summer Olympics nt (0+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:03:34 AM PDT

  •  Her latest ad bemoaning all them there regulati... (0+ / 0-)

    Her latest ad bemoaning all them there regulations with her assurances that she'll go to Washington and cut the red tape is a real hoot... Yep, just as I suspected: Total lightweight.

  •  I'm a strong proponent... (0+ / 0-)

    ...of pinning politicians down to specifics and details - as much as possible.  I hear the Big Spin all the time - often when I phone the office of my member of Congress (Charlie Rangel) or my two senators (Chuck Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand):

    Me: "Can you tell me the (Congressman's/Senator's) position on XYZ bill?"

    Staffer: "The (Congressman/Senator) fully supports (enforcement of the Clean Air Act, Net neutrality, diplomacy with Iran, Mom, apple pie, baseball, etc.) in concept."

    Me: "That's really great.  But the question was: 'What is the (Congressman's/Senator's) position on XYZ bill?"

    They sometimes seem to be rattled or put off by my bluntness.  Oh well.  Maybe they'd be more accustomed to it if more constituents had my attitude.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:58:38 AM PDT

    •  Congress-Critters (1+ / 0-)
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      I get the same feeling when I get the pro-forma email responses from my senator Dick Durbin to petitions I signed on Daily Kos.  It usually has nothing to do with the substance of the petition, but is a recitation of the history of (sometimes unrelated) legislation (of course being items that he has supported).  I would love to get a semi-personalized, intelligent response.

      •  Same here (0+ / 0-)

        I get those pro-forma emails from Gillibrand all the time.  And now that you mention it, yeah, sometimes I have no idea at all what the topic has to do with me, or with anything I've ever said or done.

        As for Schumer, I almost never hear from him - at all.  I can hardly even get any of his staff members on the phone when I want to!

        Those messages seem to be highly engineered to convey the least amount of information, in the greatest number of words possible.  I almost never even read them anymore.

        I really wish some of these members of Congress would get a clue!

        All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

        by Mystic Michael on Thu May 29, 2014 at 07:13:15 PM PDT

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