MI-GOV: Pete Hoekstra: Taking public money didn’t work for McCain, it won’t for you

Some times, you really have to wonder why politicians don’t learn from the past. This week, Pete Hoekstra did the inexplicable: he declared that he would take public funding in the race for Michigan Governor.

Now Michigan has a 2-1 match. That is, for every dollar he raises, he gets 2 from the taxpayer. In exchange, he gets a cap on total spending. I have several thoughts on this:

First, John McCain tried this. He lost. And he lost for a reason. If you can’t build the grassroots army to fund your campaign, you probably can’t win.

Second, this funding only applies to the primary. He will need to raise huge resources for the general too. This hampers your ability to win the general because you haven’t built your finance organization. And if he uses this in the general, then he could be at a real disadvantage.

Third, Hoekstra was really outspoken about campaign finance. He repeatedly criticized campaign finance bills throughout his career in the House. This displays a certain lack of principle…

Fourth, will struggling Michigan voters — recall that this is the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country — really want their taxes going to welfare for politicians?

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MI-GOV: Pete Hoekstra: Taking public money didn’t work for McCain, it won’t for you

Some times, you really have to wonder why politicians don’t learn from the past. This week, Pete Hoekstra did the inexplicable: he declared that he would take public funding in the race for Michigan Governor.

Now Michigan has a 2-1 match. That is, for every dollar he raises, he gets 2 from the taxpayer. In exchange, he gets a cap on total spending. I have several thoughts on this:

First, John McCain tried this. He lost. And he lost for a reason. If you can’t build the grassroots army to fund your campaign, you probably can’t win.

Second, this funding only applies to the primary. He will need to raise huge resources for the general too. This hampers your ability to win the general because you haven’t built your finance organization. And if he uses this in the general, then he could be at a real disadvantage.

Third, Hoekstra was really outspoken about campaign finance. He repeatedly criticized campaign finance bills throughout his career in the House. This displays a certain lack of principle…

Fourth, will struggling Michigan voters — recall that this is the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country — really want their taxes going to welfare for politicians?

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MI-GOV: Pete Hoekstra: Taking public money didn’t work for McCain, it won’t for you

Some times, you really have to wonder why politicians don’t learn from the past. This week, Pete Hoekstra did the inexplicable: he declared that he would take public funding in the race for Michigan Governor.

Now Michigan has a 2-1 match. That is, for every dollar he raises, he gets 2 from the taxpayer. In exchange, he gets a cap on total spending. I have several thoughts on this:

First, John McCain tried this. He lost. And he lost for a reason. If you can’t build the grassroots army to fund your campaign, you probably can’t win.

Second, this funding only applies to the primary. He will need to raise huge resources for the general too. This hampers your ability to win the general because you haven’t built your finance organization. And if he uses this in the general, then he could be at a real disadvantage.

Third, Hoekstra was really outspoken about campaign finance. He repeatedly criticized campaign finance bills throughout his career in the House. This displays a certain lack of principle…

Fourth, will struggling Michigan voters — recall that this is the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country — really want their taxes going to welfare for politicians?

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OR-1: David Wu won’t read bills or answer questions about them

David Wu melted down at a townhall in Oregon when asked why he won’t read the health care bill or the cap and trade bill. Watch it here:

Congressman Wu meets Samurai Mom from WashCoGOP Oregon on Vimeo.

Wu managed no coherent response. That isn’t totally unusual for him. I was in the House chambers for the Medicare vote, when I worked for Nick Smith. There were many strange things that night. But one of the weirdest was Wu’s behavior. David Broder reported (pdf) that a fellow member of the House described him as "almost catatonic."

But hey, why be able to read or explain a bill that he thinks is one of the most important ever, right?

H/T NWDigest.

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