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Michigan Republican Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land Declares Federal “War Generals” Incompetent. The Targeted Enemy Being Michigan.

[Michigan Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn] Land, a Byron Center Republican, had defended presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-bailout position two years ago and noted that GM had become known as “Government Motors.” She declined to revisit the topic Wednesday during a brief exchange with reporters, which she cut short following the forum.

“I’ve always supported auto workers,” Land said. “Detroit put Michigan on wheels. They’re the backbone of our economy here in Michigan. It’s great that the autos are doing well. I support the autos, and what I want to do is go down to Washington D.C. and make sure we have a competitive environment here in Michigan and that you don’t over-regulate, you don’t overtax and you don’t over-burden Michigan families.” …

Land used the forum to tout her credentials as a former Kent County Clerk and Michigan Secretary of State while suggesting that “the federal government has declared economic war on Michigan.”

— Terri Lynn Land dodges auto bailout question, clarifies call for ‘free’ Internet after Senate forumJonathan Oosting, MLive.com, yesterday

Uh-huh.  I mean, if you’re conducting a war, you really shouldn’t deliberately give the enemy the ammunition it needs to regroup and fight back.  Michigan’s economy was down for the count in 2008-09, when suddenly the federal government’s economic war generals handed the enemy, Michigan, the only lifeline anywhere in sight. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

These generals should be court-martialed for treason. Or at least for gross incompetence.

Count me among the (apparently) very few politics watchers who think these Republican Senate candidates will not make it to November spouting utter gibberish and disconnected cliches, and win.

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Michigan Republican Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land Comes Out For Single-Payer Healthcare Insurance! Seriously!*

As far as Julie Boonstra being taken advantage of, I don’t think it’s just AFP that’s involved. She owns a home in Dexter with the former chair of the Washtenaw County Republican Party Mark Boonstra.

Eclectablog, this morning

Hmm.  Okay, so it’s not just Ms. Boonstra who can’t perform simple math, it’s also former Washtenaw County Republican Party chair Mark Boonstra who can’t, at least if he communicates regularly with the person with whom he owns a home in Dexter, Mich.  Or maybe he can, but just didn’t.

In any event, the Americans for Prosperity ad featuring Ms. Boonstra has been targeting Rep. Gary Peters, the Dem candidate to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin. Peters’ opponent is Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, who earlier came out for full repeal of Obamacare.  Michigan is one of the few states with Republican governors to adopt the ACA’s Medicare expansion, which will begin this spring and, as Greg Sargent points out, will provide healthcare coverage to about 400,000 Michigan residents.

Given Land’s repeal-Obamacare stance, Sargent asked her campaign whether she wants the Medicaid expansion repealed along with the rest of the law.  Sargent published the campaign’s response to him yesterday:

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