Stop Bashing Sarah – It’s Not Her Fault!!!!

I’ve had just about enough of the Sarah Palin bashing.  She is not at fault for McCain losing the election.  the fault is McCain’s staff.  The electoral college may seem like a landslide victory for Senator Obama but many of the battleground states were really close.  Governor Palin is the reason why it was so close.  Without Governor Palin, Obama would have completely wiped the floor with McCain. To use Trucker Randy’s term….


Remember that John McCain was not popular at all with the Conservative base of the Republican Party.  They were scattering either to Bob Barr, Charles Baldwin, or deciding to just stay home.  things changed in an instant with McCain’s selection of Governor Palin as his running mate.  If it were not for the financial crisis that move might have won McCain the White House.  Even after the crisis having Palin on the ticket kept the race close and got enough Conservatives to the polls to keep the Democrats from gaining a super majority in the Senate down ticket.

If there is any blame to go around it has to go to McCain’s staff and advisers.  they did not allow McCain to be the man he was when he gained popularity in 2000.  He only really got to show it during his concession speech.  For all intensive purposes it was way too late.  His staff also needed to use his surrogates more wisely.  In many of the battleground states that McCain lost Mike Huckabee was popular and he was rarely used, if ever.  He could have won those states (like Ohio and Iowa) for McCain by himself if allowed to stump for the ticket more often.

Also I believe pulling out of Michigan was a fatal error.  I think the ticket had a better shot to switch the map there than in Pennsylvania.  The move had me and many others scratching our heads.  The move handed Michigan to Obama on a silver platter and hurt races down ticket and cost Republicans in the state dearly who could have done better on the coattails of McCain/Palin.  However after some thinking the move makes sense.  Who is the de facto force behind Michigan’s republican Party and who had a large presence among McCain’s staff?  That’s right, Mitt Romney.  Why else would McCain’s staff be bashing Governor Palin, especially because she could be a threat to the former Governor in 2012?

So stop bashing Governor Palin!  She inspired a lot of Conservatives during this race (including myself).  She provided a lot of excitement and muscle to the ticket and she is a rising star in the Republican Party  I look forward to more great things from her.  God bless Palin, her husband, and her wonderful children!

Watch The Michigan US Senate Debate On TV & Online

The following was in the latest Jack Hoogendyk Campaign E-mail:

Many of you may have seen the WGVU debate on television or on the web. We have now been informed that the Detroit Economic Club Debate between Jack and Senator Levin will be broadcast tonight, October 23, at 10 pm on WTVS/Channel 56 in the Detroit area. It will be broadcast again on Channel 56 this Sunday, October 26, at 4 pm. If you don’t live in the Detroit area but would like to see the debate, you can catch it on the web by clicking here.
I hope you get a chance to see part or all of the debate. It was an exciting time, and Jack did a great job!
Have a great day,
Danae Brack
Campaign Manager
Hoogendyk for US Senate

Two Debates In Michigan US Senate Race Sun & Mon!!

The following is the latest note from the Jack Hoogendyk For Senate campaign:  

The US Senate debates will take place this Sunday and Monday, thanks to so many of you who called and emailed Senator Levin to urge him to participate. Now, don’t forget to tune in and watch!

The first debate, hosted by WGVU and Grand Valley State University, will be on Sunday, October 19th, at 7pm. You should be able to view it virtually anywhere in Michigan, because it will be broadcast live on the following stations state-wide: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, WCMU-TV Mt. Pleasant, WDCQ-TV University Center, WFUM-TV Flint/Ann Arbor, WDET-TV Detroit, WKAR-TV East Lansing, WNMU-TV Marquette, and WNIT Public Television out of South Bend/Elkhart, IN. If you don’t get to see the debate live, or don’t have a television, you will be able to catch the debate in its entirety at, where the debate will be streamed for up to a week afterward
The final debate will be held on Monday, October 20th, at noon. This event will be hosted by the Detroit Economic Club at the Detroit Marriott. The Detroit Economic Club has made tickets available — you can find out more about that here. Although this debate will not be televised, it will be streamed to WXYZ-TV/Channel 7’s
I am looking forward to this opportunity. I hope you will tune in and watch — and don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors!
Jack Hoogendyk


Huge, mondo Congratulations are in order to my friends in Michigan!! They have been fighting hard to get a debate planned between Carl Levin and Jack Hoogendyk in the US Senate race up there.   Up to this point Levin has refused to take up  Hoogendyk on his invitation to debate the important issues.  That is UNTIL TODAY!!!  Their prayers and mine have now been answered!!!  

Monday, October 20, 2008 — 11:30 am @ Detroit Marriott Hotel
Tickets $75

2008-2009 Season

Agenda: Network Cafe & Speaker Reception – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Senatorial Debate

The Honorable Carl   Levin The Honorable Carl Levin 
U.S. Senator
State of Michigan
The Honorable Jack  Hoogendyk The Honorable Jack Hoogendyk 
U.S. Representative & U.S. Senatorial Candidate
State of Michigan
  • Meeting Date: Monday, October 20, 2008
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Detroit Marriott

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Mike Huckabee Coming To Michigan October 22nd!!

The following post is too all my friends and readers in Michigan.  Governor Mike Huckabee is returning to The Great Lakes State this October to help the worthwhile cause of Jack Hoogendyk in his race to finally unseat the ultra-liberal Carl Levin!

Mike Huckabee Is Coming to Michigan!

Come Join Us For A Special Fund Raiser Honoring
U.S. Senate Candidate 
Jack Hoogendyk

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Noon till 1:30 p.m.
28125 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, Michigan

$500 Sponsorship, Luncheon and Photo
$100 per person, Luncheon

RSVP to Liz Sipfle at or
Call Liz at 48-363-1677  

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Jack Hoogendyk: "Is Senator Levin Really That Forgetful?"

The latest campaign mailing from Fack Hoogendyk is very timely and deservedly hard on Senator Levin.  Does this man really deserve to be re-hired by the people of Michigan?   

Is Carl Levin Having a Convenient Lapse in Memory?

When asked last week by WJR morning radio host, Paul W. Smith whether there was blame to be laid for this “market meltdown”, Carl Levin could not help but place it on President Bush. He said that the “economic policies and deregulatory policies of this administration are the major cause of this economy being where it is at.” Either Mr. Levin is playing on the ignorance of the voters, or he has forgotten what role he himself played in this mess.

It All Started With the Community Reinvestment Act 

Unless you just returned from a three-month fishing trip in Yellowknife where there are no radios, cell phones or Internet, you certainly know that the financial markets are in difficulty. It seems all these mortgages that so many folks obtained with little or no equity or credit rating, have suddenly crashed around all of us.

The genesis of this collapse is the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977. This act which was championed by President Carter required lending institutions to offer credit and home ownership opportunities to “underserved populations.” This happened as a result of pressure from community organizers and groups like ACORN .

What it ultimately led to was a large number of no-money-down or poor-credit-rating mortgages. These mortgages were only moderately risky as long as housing prices continued to escalate. In 1995 under Bill Clinton, the CRA was liberalized  to “generate billions of dollars in new lending and extend basic banking to the inner cities and to distressed rural communities.”

Now that the housing market is in full collapse, the chickens are, as they say, coming home to roost. Could this have been foreseen? Could this have been prevented? Of course. If all of us had exercised a little common sense added to a strong dose of personal responsibility, this would not have happened. Short of that, some solid regulation would have helped.

In fact, regulatory reform was proposed in the U.S. Senate in 2005. The bill, S.190 was introduced by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel and co-sponsored by Sens. Dole (R), Sununu (R), and McCain (R). It would have put some good controls in place to largely prevent the meltdown that is occurring today. The bill was supported by four Republicans and no Democrats. Where was Senator Levin on this? I cannot find any evidence of his support for the bill and, in fact, it was Democrats that effectively killed the bill out of committee.

President Bush had proposed a significant regulatory overhaul of the housing finance industry in 2003. It even included reducing the power of the administration. The New York Times reported on it. Democrats opposed it. Again, Carl Levin does not appear to have supported it. Senator Barney Frank (D), said it was unnecessary. It never saw the light of day.

Going back a little further, a bill was introduced in 1999S.900 , which would have put some controls in place and, in effect, “weaken” the Community Reinvestment Act. Carl Levin opposed it saying this, “I oppose the provisions weakening the CRA included in S.900, a bill intended to modernize the financial sector of our economy.”

It certainly looks like Carl Levin and his Democrat (and some Republican) colleagues passed on numerous opportunities to address the crisis that was rising on the horizon as far back as 1994. Legislation was offered to reign in the problem. Senator Levin is certainly motivated to find answers now, but where was he in 1994, 1999, 2003, and 2005? It’s no wonder that in his interview with Paul W. Smith, he mentioned that we should not look back, but rather, look forward.

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