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The Primary Goings-On In Michigan

Tuesday, 10.15.08   Posted By: Millie

John is in New York this evening, covering of course none other than the Michigan primary. He spoke with Melissa Long earlier today. He had been in meetings all afternoon and she mentioned she was glad he got caught for a moment to sit down for an interview!


John discussed the implications of a win for Romney – something crucial for him to essentially stay viable in the race. Melissa brought up a question that I had wondered about, too. How come people have not been focusing on the results of Wyoming, which Romney won??


John replied that Romney’s camp indeed has been touting that win. He added, however, that it’s a small state, and there are a “modest” number of delegates. He additionally pointed out that all the unprecedented changes to the primary calendar are also contributing factors as to why some states get more focus and attention than others.


Also discussed was McCain’s previous Michigan win in 2000, as well as what a win will mean for him tonight. John says McCain will be in “temporary command” of the Republican race if he emerges as the winner. The bottom line for any of the candidates, though, is that a win tonight means a boost in the polls and a much-needed gain in momentum.

John also touched on what’s ahead down the road after tonight, as larger states start holding their primaries and caucuses. He noted that candidates stumping in larger states will be spending much more as far as commercials are concerned, because they (the commercials) get aired in larger television markets. This means candidates with less cash in their pocketbooks will be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting their message out in larger cities.


Tonight’s results will *technically* be only from the GOP side, due to a controversy about Michigan moving its primary date up and the DNC’s subsequent decision to not allow democratic delagates to *count*. This decision leaves me scratching my head. Why is it that other states have also moved up their primary dates, yet it is not an issue with them? Why only so far in Michigan is this causing problems?

The loophole here is that Democrats can vote for Republicans tonight, essentially voting for one GOP candidate over another, just to keep their least desirable Republican candidate from getting more votes.

Despite all these issues tied up in Michigan tonight, John said a “deal” will have to be made later on down the line as to whether or not the Michigan democratic delegates will be counted after all at their convention later on in the year.

All of this controversy is still a bit confusing to me… Our groupmembers Joan and Jeannemarie both live in Michigan, so I asked them for their take on what is going on.

Here’s what Joan had to say:

I didn’t vote because I just can’t make myself go “Red” and only having Hillary (for all intents and purposes) on the Democratic side, well, it didn’t seem right for her to “win” Michigan simply by default. She kept her name on the ballot, but she didn’t do any “stumping” around here for a vote.
I enjoy watching my state get all this attention. But the way reporters are talking about it – did it not really sink in that we have such a high unemployment rate? They’d quote the numbers, but it doesn’t feel like until they “got it” until they started talking to actual Michiganders and heard our stories. It seems that now it has really hit home how tough we have it.
John Roberts interviewed three unemployed people in Warren, MI this morning. One woman was leaving Michigan for a job in Georgia to try to keep her house here in Michigan. She was unemployed from GM. CNN has been showcasing the Detroit area. They haven’t even touched other cities such as Flint or Lansing. Michigan is hard hit everywhere.
As Chris Lawrence reported this morning, everything seems to have a six degrees of separation with the car industry, and the American car industry isn’t what it once was.


And here’s what Jeanmarie had to say:

As a lifelong Democrat I should be excited about this year’s presidential primaries which feature the first viable female and African American candidates. While I am proud to be a part of the party where this is occurring I cannot help but be disheartened by the fact that those of us in Michigan will have little or no say in who our nominee will be.

For those of you unfamiliar with the controversy, Michigan – a state which leads the country in unemployment and is in dire need of fresh ideas – decided that it was tired of arriving late to the presidential nominating party. As a highly populated, diverse, Midwestern state we were tired of having election decisions made in large part by states that looked nothing like us and which did not necessarily share the problems of the industrial midwest. To try to have a greater say in the process the leaders of both major political parties in the state decided to move our primary date up. The fact that Democrats and Republicans in this state came together on this issue shows how important it is to us Michiganders.

The national powers that be, however, would have none of it. Instead of listening to the concerns and desires of states like Michigan the DNC decided that we should be punished like misbehaving children. How dare we try to voice our opinions and have a say in our future – father knows best. Thus, we were told by our national party that the Democrats would lose all of their delegates to the convention and none of the major candidates would campaign here.

For a state that has been crucial to the Democrats’ success in the past and to all of its loyal Democratic voters this was a slap in the face. As a result I find myself without a voice in the process and my loyal Democratic vote worthless. To make my vote count in some way, I decided to cross party lines for the first time in my life and vote in the Republican primary. My aim in doing so was to do my part to help ensure that the candidate I found the offensive of the viable Republican candidates did not win a majority of Michigan’s Republican delegates.

A number of my Democratic friends have done the same. As difficult as it was for me to sign my name and check a box labeled “Republican” next to my name I had to do it. It is important to feel that you are a part of the process and for me, this election cycle, it was the only way I could feel engaged. I am still a staunch Democrat and that will not change. Come this fall I will campaign for my party’s nominee as I have always done. I cannot change the decision of the DNC this election cycle but will make my voice heard next time they come calling for donations. If my vote doesn’t matter to the DNC, then neither should my money.

Jeanmarie Miller, Flint, Michigan.

Thanks to both Joan and Jeanmarie for their insight!




Filed under Election 2008

The Madness Moves To Michigan

Monday, 01.14.08   Posted By: Millie

Well, tomorrow is another big primary day, this time in Michigan. Will there be another pizza party this time around to celebrate the occasion? I don’t think so, because unfortunately… well, unfortunately we are still plumb tuckered out from the events of the last one!!!


Maybe we’ll have to wait on holding our next big shing-ding until the November 4th election…

Tomorrow is Michigan’s turn in the campaign primary spotlight. Because the results from Iowa, Wyoming and New Hampshire left the standings in the race so wide open, Michigan should be another nail-biter. In fact, I get the feeling that every state will be a nail-biter… all the way up to Super-Duper Tuesday next month, when the bigger picture should finally solidify somewhat.

John has been reporting from Michigan in the last few days, covering the candidates as they stump across The Great Lakes State.

Here he is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, among a throng of people awaiting the arrival of Mitt Romney:



We don’t have to go far to get some insider information about the issues at hand in Michigan. Our very own Joan lives in Michigan and she blogged back in October about her state’s economic problems, as well as some of the treasures it has to offer.

You can check out her previous post here.

We’ll have some highlights of the Michigan primaries here at Johnthenewsking as soon as the results come in. Until then, have a great start to your workweek and check back with us later on in the week for posts from our new contributors!



Filed under Election 2008

Breaking News And A 360 Review

Thursday, 12.27.07

I woke up this morning and as is my usual routine, I turned on my ‘puter to check out what is going on over at cnn.com. Imagine my sadness when I realized that breaking news was splashed all over the webpage about Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the subsequent crisis situation brewing in Pakistan.


I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in international policies and politics, but I know enough to realize how much of an impact this is going to have in the face of current mid-east turmoils and upcoming elections in Pakistan.

Anderson Cooper’s 360 web page does mention this story will be covered tonight. Will John be providing the coverage for 360 or will Anderson? Don’t know that yet but we shall of course find out soon. However, ATA mentions that Anderson is cutting his vacation short to come back to work in light of today’s developments.

John blogged this morning about learning today’s news while he was getting ready to report on election politics for American Morning. He also blogged about how tight security is in Pakistan, specifically recalling a time when he traveled to the country in March of 2000 with President Clinton.

Like most everyone, I’ll be staying tuned to CNN throughout the day for updates and analysis on today’s tragic turn of events.

Last night, John hosted AC360 from New York. It had been a while since he subbed for Anderson, as he has been on the road for an extended period of time this month. But it was great to see him back in the studio after all those weeks in the freezing snow.


The program started out with the horrible Christmas tragedy at the San Francisco Zoo. A tiger escaped his habitat, killing a zoo patron and injuring several other bystanders. A good chunk of the program was devoted to covering this story.


As John said, “Who would ever imagine such a thing?” He spoke with the communications director of the Miami Metro zoo, Ron McGill, about this tragedy.


McGill stated that at this point, there is still so much speculation and here-say about what actually happened, as well as what caused all this to happen, so we should wait for all the facts to come out before drawing any definite conclusions about the safety of the exhibit as well as the safety of other similar exhibits around the country.

Next up was the first of two 360 bulletins with Erica. She discussed her upcoming New Year’s Eve plans with Anderson Cooper in Times Square. John slid in this this tidbit: “Sounds like fun. I’m sneaking on a quick snowboarding break with Hannah and Noah King, but we will tune in.”


(Of course this isn’t them but I would imagine that’s what they are gonna look like having fun out in the snow!!)

Next up was a round table discussion with Dana Bash and Gloria Borger, who were both in Iowa, and with David Gergen who was in Boston. Topics discussed were Huckabee’s hunting practices and his “likability” over Mitt Romney, as well as more woes for Romney (his conservative credentials are apparently “under attack” by several leading conservative organizations.)

We had a quick Raw Politics with Bill Schneider (Should the time Hillary Clinton spent in the White House count?) and then a return back to Gloria and David for more analysis and commentary.

Next, John had this to say for a lead-in to a piece by Jeffrey Toobin about how caucuses operate: “By now you’ve probably heard the word ‘caucuses’ more times than Britney Spears had mocha frappuccinos”. He then quipped , “The caucuses might sound like much mumbo-jumbo to you, until now. Trust me and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.”

Yup, we trust ya John, we trust ya Jeffrey!


For Toobin’s crash course on this Iowa political tradition, check out his “Caucus 101” report right here.

After a second 360 bulletin, the shot of the day was aired: a van crashed into a mini-mart in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The incident was caught on tape from four different camera angles. Here is one of them:


John signed off for the evening requesting viewer’s shot ideas. I’ve never sent in one myself but who knows? Maybe I will someday come across something CNN will deem interesting enough to air.

We’ll be checking in tonight to see if John will again be hosting 360, and of course at the same be watching out for new developments in the Bhutto assassination story.

Have a great Thursday, folks! One more day and then the weekend will be here!


Filed under Breaking News, Guest Hosting

Working Hard, Even Right Before X-Mas

Monday, 10.24.07

Somehow I figured reporters like John King would at least get some days off before Christmas, but it just goes to show that campaign news never takes a break.

A report which John filed from New Hampshire aired this afternoon – he discussed the chilly reality that Mitt Romney’s campaign is having to sort out some major issues.


Among them were: Romney conceding that he proposed laws that never went into effect, his claiming of an endorsement he never received, accusations leveled at him of flip-flopping, his backtracking from stating he witnessed his father march right along with Martin Luther King and dealing with “critics who call him loose with the facts and forgetful of his own record.”

Yikes. Romney has a lot of thorny PR issues to deal with… Maybe Jeanne K. should hook up with his people and give ’em some pointers… lol!!

Here is John speaking with Mitt Romney in chilly Milford, New Hampshire:



Kitten just submitted a few great screencaps hot off the press. (Thanks my dear!! We’ve missed your super-sharp stills!) Here are some images from today’s Situation Room:

I don’t know about you guys, but I am really looking forward to January, when the picture of who is really going to be the front runner will start to become just that much more in focus.
Wherever (and however) you are celebrating this Christmas Eve, I hope that everyone will have a fulfilling and joyous holiday! Thanks for visiting today and see you soon.
Johnthenewsking will return the day after Christmas.



Filed under Election 2008, General Discussion

A “Rebel Endorsement”

Tuesday, 12.18.07

Doesn’t today’s post title conjure up this image?


Actually, the post title is from a phrase CNN used to describe a recent political endorsement, a story reported on while John guest hosted The Situation Room yesterday:


An unusual endorsement, one that CNN called a “rebel endorsement”, is that of 2000 VP candidate Joe Lieberman officially supporting John McCain. Lieberman, the former Democrat (now turned independent) made this decision citing the fact that both he and McCain want to appeal across party lines. They also have the same stance on major issues, such as supporting the surge in Iraq.

Amazingly, Lieberman even took the time to make some swipes at the Democrats about their position about the war! (Umm, I wonder… how is that exactly appealing across party lines?)


Yesterday John also opened up discussion about a new foreign policy spat between Huckabee and Romney. Huckabee stated in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine that President Bush has an “arrogant bunker mentality” Huckabee clarified that he didn’t say Bush was arrogant, but that the policy was arrogant. Romney, however, used this latest twist to add fuel to the fire that is a war of the words on the campaign trail.


John led a round-table discussion of this “arrogant” issue with Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger and JackCafferty:



On the Obama-Clinton side of the campaign, the issue of the day was: who has more experience? Well, actually that issue has been around for quite some time, but it, too, has a new twist: Now Bill Clinton himself is going on the record speaking about this topic. He is making some television rounds, saying Obama is compelling and attractive, but he is only a “symbol” of change, whereas Hillary is the “agent” of real change.


All in all, just another day in the life of the 2008 campaign, wouldn’t you say? Have a great one and see you soon!



Filed under Election 2008, Guest Hosting

How Many Days Until The Iowa Primary?

Hello everybody! Now that you have thoroughly over-listened listened to that slideshow song, it is time to move on!! (If you still are hearing it and you want to turn it off, click on the volume icon located at the bottom-left of the slideshow screen.)

John reported yesterday and today from none other than Iowa. Gee.. I wonder why? Could it be that the Iowa caucus is only, say, about three weeks away?


Here he is, walking along with Mitt Romney during a lunchtime stroll through a downtown Des Moines skywalk:



Despite earlier promises, Romney’s aides said this was a photo-op only and it was not going to be a time for him to discuss his attack ads against Mike Huckabee. (Romney and Huckabee are going neck and neck now in Iowa, and the recent attack ads on each other are causing some friction.)

Two weeks after the YouTube debate, the Republican candidates are back at the debate helm today, this time for a meeting sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television. This debate is noteworthy because it will be the the last time the Republican candidates will appear together before the Iowa caucuses on January 3. (The Democratic candidates will be debating tomorrow afternoon).

This is slightly OT, but it is amusing enough to share. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a HUGE Seinfeld junkie. So, when I saw this hat yesterday:


It reminded me of this hat:


Enjoy your middle-of-the-week hump day everyone and see you tomorrow!


Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

Back In DC For A While… Plus, Some Mighty Impressive Underwear

Saturday, 11.10.07

John is currently back in Washington – however not for long, though, because the upcoming debate in Las Vegas is scheduled for Thursday night and more than likely CNN will be sending him there. Here he is back at the DC bureau.


John was in the studio, voicing-over his story about Mitt Romney’s recent meeting with students, faculty and alumni of Bob Jones University, an ultra conservative college campus. Romney was appealing to this group for support as a conservative presidential candidate despite a major religious difference: Romney is Mormon. He is attempting to overcome skepticism in the evangelical community – some think that Mormonism is cult!

The event was closed door (no media allowed) but CNN did get some exclusive audio of the event. I wonder why media wasn’t allowed?


Amazingly, Rick Beltram, chairman of the of Spartanburg County GOP in South Carolina, stated that if Romney wasn’t a Mormon then he would be the clear front runner in the GOP race. Hmm… Suffice it to say that Millie is going to have to refrain from stepping out of her social/religious/political opinion box today.


This next segment is off topic but it is so cute that I decided to add it here at the blog. This morning, Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes interviewed twin brothers Justin and Jerod Serovich.


If you haven’t heard of them, they are the 3rd graders who invented a new form of underwear: “The Rip Away 1000”, wedgie-proof drawers that come loose when ripped apart at the velcro seams. They first gained attention for this invention after appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and have since been making the rounds on television news programs.

As if the invention and clever name aren’t funny enough, this morning’s CNN interview was hilarious! The boys were too cute and wonderfully unabashed in front of the camera. There was even a live demonstration!



TJ Holmes was trying to remain composed throughout the interview but you could tell these two young entrepreneurs just totally cracked him up. The inclusion of a scene from the movie “Just One of The Guys” was also a hoot. Here’s that clip:

Just when you get tired of the same old news being reported, you get to see something like the story about these two boys and it really puts a smile on your face!! Priceless!


Filed under Election 2008, Just For Fun