Remember Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign in 1992? The Democratic strategist, James Carville, hung a sign in Clinton's campaign headquarters that had the following three points -
- Change vs. more of the same
- The economy, stupid
- Don't forget health care.
You know, both Granholm and DeVos could both be using those three points in their campaigns this year. Especially now that a recent poll from the Detroit News shows that 79% of Michigan voters polled say the economy (stupid) is the top challenge facing Michigan. Also, 64% believe that Michigan's economy is getting weaker with only 9% thinking it is getting stronger.
One of the poll's scariest numbers (at least to me) was that Education was in second place (behind the Economy at 79%) with 4% believing that it is the most serious issue affecting Michigan. Without a proper education how will the future Michigan workforce be any better prepared for a rapidly changing economy than our current workforce?
Will it be Governor Granholm or her challenger Dick DeVos that creates a solid plan (with hard facts and figures) and gives Michigan voters enough hope to garner their votes this November?