Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
November 4, 2012
One of the funniest things I saw this election season was a tweet from the actor/writer Albert Brooks in answering the “who would you rather have a beer with?” question:
Well, I’d rather have a beer with Mitt Romney because he doesn’t drink and I could have both of them.
Brilliant. That would be my answer (if I had thought of it first). It’d be a better way of saying, “Ya know, I’m not really crazy about Romney.” Why? Well, putting his actual platform aside (which is what a lot of us Americans do), I don’t like him for the very same reason I never much liked Bill Clinton back in the 90’s — he seems a professional office seeker willing to do or say anything to achieve the next elected level. (To be honest, their well-coiffed full heads of hair may also adversely affect my bald man sensibilities.)
Even so, I really wasn’t looking to unload on him the Sunday before election. I had a couple of other ideas that were presidential-candidate-neutral. (I address Michigan-centric issues, so most ideas don’t involve presidential candidates.) Then last week, Governor Romney made his bizarre automobile-industry statements while campaigning in Ohio. And even after it was clear to all that what he said was either totally false or at the very least extremely misleading, his campaign just seemed to double-down on them. I couldn’t let that go.
That said, please go out and vote tomorrow! Read as much as you can read; know as much as you can know. And if you can help it, keep your feelings about personalities out of it. I won’t presume to tell you how you should vote.
…unless you live in Michigan, then vote NO on Proposal 6. Seriously.