Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Throwing the Wingnuts Under the Bus: Michigan GOP Apologizes to Huntsman

So, who speaks for the GOP on this issue? Is it Gary Glenn? Or is it Ron Weiser, who called John Huntsman and apologized for the wingnutty inconvenience? From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Huntsman spokeswoman Lisa Roskelley said there was no explanation given when the event was canceled. She said the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Ron Weiser, called the governor and apologized for the inconvenience. The state party also has arranged for Huntsman to appear at another fundraiser Saturday morning, instead.

Does this mean the Michigan GOP accepts someone who believes in civil unions for gay couples? Has anyone informed Gary Glenn of this development?

Another interesting tidbit that came out in MIRS: Ed Rivet, head of Michigan Right to Life, refused to condemn Pete Hoekstra's wishy-washy stance on pro-choice candidates. During a radio interview on WWJ in Detroit, Rivet fell into silence when questioned about Hoekstra.

Why the "no comment?"

"It serves his interest and mine," Rivet concluded by saying that sometimes it's best to just "move along."

While another Republican source concluded the Hoekstra comment was "not going to help him" in a Republican primary, where RTL does hold some sway, the thinking in the RTL camp is that candidates often say stuff so they don't "look extreme" and Hoekstra's comments at this read are not a "deal breaker” and the anti-abortion group is willing to give him the "benefit of the doubt for now."

Or, the Michigan Republicans have decided that "wingnut" doesn't sell anymore, and they are going to do their best to shut these people up before they lose more elections. Something to keep an eye on. We know they aren't "moderate" at all, but they might start pretending to be, just to fool the public.