Michigan Activists Fail Miserably in Snyder Recall Attempt

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Governor Scott Walker isn’t the only governor in the rust belt targeted for recall. In the neighboring state of Michigan, 2010 brought a conservative Republican to the Governor’s doublewide, primarily because the state’s finances were in comparable shape to Wisconsin’s. A long string of Democratic/union controlled governors will do that to a state.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been a target of leftist fools since the day he was sworn into office facing a multibillion dollar state deficit and a should-be-bankrupt Detroit breathing down his neck for a state bailout.

Governor Snyder has faced not one, but two recall movements in his struggle to get Michigan out of the huge hole left by Jennifer Granholm their previous governor.

The first recall attempt, begun shortly after Snyder was sworn into office, fizzled for lack of signatures. However, when the Union goons decided to recall their neighboring governor, Scott Walker, new HOPE was breathed into those seeking CHANGE in Michigan. The national publicity of the neighboring recall movement was all the drooling fools in Michigan needed, they were sure they could tie Snyder’s recall to Walker’s because, after all, they’re both fire breathing, child starving, racist conservative Republicans.

The eclecta blog, which advertises itself as “Progressive News and Commentary”, hyperventilated this headline on May 30 (yeah, two weeks ago):

Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Rick Snyder hits the ground running




The article is simply breathless with anticipation…

Michigan Rising, the group working to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, has hit the ground running.

According to spokesperson Bruce Fealk, the group already has tens of thousands of petitions in the field in the first few weeks of their signature-gathering drive.

As of this week they have distributed more than 50,000 petitions in 57 of Michigan’s 83 counties. […]

Michigan Rising will also have a booth at this weekend’s Motor City Pridefest, which brings in nearly 100,000 people to Hart Plaza in Detroit on Saturday, June 2…

So, they had 50,000 petitions and were going to be in the heart of blueness in front of 100,000 people. I’m guessing that out of those 100,000 folks showing up at Hart Plaza there were probably a dozen or so who voted for John McCain in ’08. Note that they will need 1,000,000 signatures on those petitions to get a recall election and the goons in Wisconsin had no problem getting a whole lot more than that.

“Wow!” you’re saying. “Another recall election? This is going to be a busy summer.”

Not so fast.

From the Michigan Rising website this morning:

As of June 4 we have 2,079 signatures counted on 655 petitions. That does not include the weekend soft count from Hart Plaza and any count reported from Grand Rapids, which could add an estimated 500 signatures, and the weekend’s unprocessed mail-ins, which could bring the total to 4,000 signatures. Our Benchmark number for June 1 is 200,000 signatures. In the first 30 days, we have collected less than 2% of that number.

It’s the definition of “fail.”

Fifty thousand petitions, 655 with signatures on them and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say the number might go up to 900 when the mail-ins are counted. That would be 1.8% of the printed petitions that have a signature, 98.2% of the people who got a petition to collect signatures weren’t even motivated enough to sign the damn things themselves.

More “fail.”

They went to Hart Plaza with great fanfare. Anything but a died-in-the-wool ”progressive” of Michael Moore’s ilk needs a passport to get there. They’re expecting 500 signatures. That would be 0.5% of the 100,000 expected attendees.

Now I’m no expert on Michigan. But I do know a couple of things. First of all, Snyder has balanced the state budget without increasing taxes.  Second, he’s held the Mayor and City Council in Detroit to account for their financial mess.  Now they’ve got a reasonable plan going forward with scheduled reviews. The alternative was imposing a city manager who would strip the Mayor and City Council of all authority and would rewrite all their contracts.

I’m guessing the good people of Michigan are reasonably happy with the fact that their taxes haven’t gone up and the city of Detroit isn’t an albatross around their necks. Kinda like the good folks in Wisconsin are pretty happy with Governor Walker’s results.


It looks like Governor Snyder won’t be facing a recall.  He’s up for reelection in 2014 – same as Governor Walker – and I’d be willing to bet my brother-in-law’s last dollar that both will be reelected in a walk.

What do you think?