Sunday, October 01, 2006

Granholm, DeVos bring different assets to first debate

See Dick Make Excuses.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Jennifer Granholm and Dick DeVos have largely avoided each other on the gubernatorial campaign trail, but they'll be face-to-face Monday when they meet for their first debate.

For both candidates, the hour long contest will provide a chance to give voters an up-close look at who they are, where they stand and the direction in which they want to take the state.

But opportunities for slip-ups, over-the-top responses and missed opportunities also will abound.

Kind of sad that we wait for the mistakes instead of listening to the arguments, but, whatever works.

Dick is already making excuses for his performance. Bet he would do the same in office.

DeVos has tried to lower expectations of how he'll do in the first debate, saying in a video journal on his campaign Web site that Granholm has a leg up in debate experience.

"The governor's a Harvard-trained lawyer, a skilled debater, a good communicator. She's been taught how to stand up and debate in front of juries," DeVos said. "I'm just a business guy who's accustomed, more accustomed anyway, to getting things done than talking about it. So we're going to have a challenge."

Makes you wonder how Dick could possibly be governor. Already he is conceding that he can't hold his own in this arena. How would he fare in front of the Legislature? Or entice business to come to the state? Or talk to Washington? I'm sure he would run into other "Harvard trained lawyers" in his official travels.

I can hear it now. "But I haven't been in government. I don't know how it works. I'm just a businessman", Dick would say as he screwed up the state.

Guess Dick isn't qualified for office. Maybe he should quit now before the big, bad Harvard lawyer chews him up.