Michigan Activists Fail Miserably in Snyder Recall Attempt


Governor Scott Walker isn’t the only governor in the rust belt targeted for recall. In the neighboring state of Michigan, 2010 brought a conservative Republican to the Governor’s doublewide, primarily because the state’s finances were in comparable shape to Wisconsin’s. A long string of Democratic/union controlled governors will do that to a state.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been a target of leftist fools since the day he was sworn into office facing a multibillion dollar state deficit and a should-be-bankrupt Detroit breathing down his neck for a state bailout.

Governor Snyder has faced not one, but two recall movements in his struggle to get Michigan out of the huge hole left by Jennifer Granholm their previous governor.

The first recall attempt, begun shortly after Snyder was sworn into office, fizzled for lack of signatures. However, when the Union goons decided to recall their neighboring governor, Scott Walker, new HOPE was breathed into those seeking CHANGE in Michigan. The national publicity of the neighboring recall movement was all the drooling fools in Michigan needed, they were sure they could tie Snyder’s recall to Walker’s because, after all, they’re both fire breathing, child starving, racist conservative Republicans.

The eclecta blog, which advertises itself as “Progressive News and Commentary”, hyperventilated this headline on May 30 (yeah, two weeks ago):

Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Rick Snyder hits the ground running




The article is simply breathless with anticipation…

Michigan Rising, the group working to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, has hit the ground running.

According to spokesperson Bruce Fealk, the group already has tens of thousands of petitions in the field in the first few weeks of their signature-gathering drive.

As of this week they have distributed more than 50,000 petitions in 57 of Michigan’s 83 counties. […]

Michigan Rising will also have a booth at this weekend’s Motor City Pridefest, which brings in nearly 100,000 people to Hart Plaza in Detroit on Saturday, June 2…

So, they had 50,000 petitions and were going to be in the heart of blueness in front of 100,000 people. I’m guessing that out of those 100,000 folks showing up at Hart Plaza there were probably a dozen or so who voted for John McCain in ’08. Note that they will need 1,000,000 signatures on those petitions to get a recall election and the goons in Wisconsin had no problem getting a whole lot more than that.

“Wow!” you’re saying. “Another recall election? This is going to be a busy summer.”

Not so fast.

From the Michigan Rising website this morning:

As of June 4 we have 2,079 signatures counted on 655 petitions. That does not include the weekend soft count from Hart Plaza and any count reported from Grand Rapids, which could add an estimated 500 signatures, and the weekend’s unprocessed mail-ins, which could bring the total to 4,000 signatures. Our Benchmark number for June 1 is 200,000 signatures. In the first 30 days, we have collected less than 2% of that number.

It’s the definition of “fail.”

Fifty thousand petitions, 655 with signatures on them and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say the number might go up to 900 when the mail-ins are counted. That would be 1.8% of the printed petitions that have a signature, 98.2% of the people who got a petition to collect signatures weren’t even motivated enough to sign the damn things themselves.

More “fail.”

They went to Hart Plaza with great fanfare. Anything but a died-in-the-wool ”progressive” of Michael Moore’s ilk needs a passport to get there. They’re expecting 500 signatures. That would be 0.5% of the 100,000 expected attendees.

Now I’m no expert on Michigan. But I do know a couple of things. First of all, Snyder has balanced the state budget without increasing taxes.  Second, he’s held the Mayor and City Council in Detroit to account for their financial mess.  Now they’ve got a reasonable plan going forward with scheduled reviews. The alternative was imposing a city manager who would strip the Mayor and City Council of all authority and would rewrite all their contracts.

I’m guessing the good people of Michigan are reasonably happy with the fact that their taxes haven’t gone up and the city of Detroit isn’t an albatross around their necks. Kinda like the good folks in Wisconsin are pretty happy with Governor Walker’s results.


It looks like Governor Snyder won’t be facing a recall.  He’s up for reelection in 2014 – same as Governor Walker – and I’d be willing to bet my brother-in-law’s last dollar that both will be reelected in a walk.

What do you think?

  • Grim Aldi

    Unions served their purpose and led to a standardized work week, employee benefits, etc…Union leadership has failed the members badly but the members can’t express that as they might be ostracized or worse by the thugs who run the unions. The leaders are demagogues to the unions and put on a big show when management dares to suggest a change. The workers strike for a pittance of what their wages are while the union leaders lifestyle never changes…..Unions for the workers? Yes. Union leaders for the workers? Never

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647024786 Don Reid

    Unions suck…..down with Unions….all traitors

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1622730617 Roger Kovaciny

    That’s too bad, since recalls turn even more voters against liberals. Including large numbers of their own, as we saw in Wisconsin where a lot of union members apparently voted against their own financial interests and in favor of what was good for the state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548483731 Peter A Marotta

    let me draw a distinction… Government workers should not be allowed collective bargaining rights, even FDR knew that that ran counter to the interests of the taxpayer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=853694791 Dylan Kinney

    Collective bargaining is socialistic at it’s core. Why people need someone else to bargaing their wages is beyond me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546003978 Duane Noel

    Observation: The people voted in their respective candidate to do their bidding. Obviously there has to be compromise to have order in our society. What I can’t fathom is how the Unions (The Mob) have such a stranglehold on Americans. For example: In California for the past several years teachers are given pink slips, class sizes increase and we wonder why our state lags behind in Science, Math, etc. I don’t see the bureaucrats taking a fall to save more teachers. What I do see is Big Unions donating millions of dollars in elections to usher in Union Friendly Candidates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000581154606 Jack Boutin

    @Peter No government worker, local, state, or federal should have the right to strike! Long live Ronald Reagan’s legacy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326650025 Ken Lytle

    this is great news, since one would assume unions are pretty strong in MI (auto workers) I think it’s great that they can’t get enough signatures to even start the recall process. Nice to see unions not being able to force their will on the collective voters who’ve already spoken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1397306673 Ronald Greene

    Maybe after Wisconsin they realized it wouldn’t work and gave up. It would be awesome if Michigan became a right to work state.

    It was one of the wealthiest, most prosperous States in the US…and then 50 years of liberal policies and it turned into a crime infested, unemployment dump.

    Hopefully, it sees the light and begins to dig itself out of despair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1556710291 Robert Warnecke

    Let the stupid union leaders put all their cash in a pile and burn it on this wasteful exercise. The $ could be used for much more productive efforts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530753075 Bert Nichols

    Unions served a purpose 50, 60, 70, 80 years ago; now all that they care about is getting those union dues from your paycheck so that they can continue to pay the union thugs their hefty 6 figure salaries for doing nothing but strong arming the masses. They have well out lived what they set forth to achieve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000538496912 Jerry Crowe

    to all the Michigan union dead beats and moochers,,,Baaahahaahhaah

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540828483 Marie Wagenaar

    They knew if they didn’t vote in the States interest, they’d wind up with nothing, because the union bosses would get it all. There are a lot of union members who are dissatisfied with their union leadership and they are tired of getting pushed around. The union leadership has forgotten that the dues paying member is paying them to represent their interests, not dictate orders to them and live high on the hog with their money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540828483 Marie Wagenaar

    Not to mention, waste their money on campaigns like this. That money could have gone to fund pensions and medical. The union was stupid on this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207505856 Beverly Harville-Schrider

    We’ve beat back the socialists …..this time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223619926 Joseph Aucoin

    Boo hoo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044547282 Danny Helms

    What is all of this recall bull. So if the Libs don’t like the election results, they recall the election? When did this start?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044547282 Danny Helms

    What is all of this recall bull. So if the Libs don’t like the election results, they recall the election? When did this start?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044547282 Danny Helms

    What is all of this recall bull. So if the Libs don’t like the election results, they recall the election? When did this start?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1135764002 Joel Steinke

    Tis good. Unions have been the been a large obstacle in the way of universal healthcare and universal higher education. They have what most people want, so why try to extend the benefit to everyone? Republicans have been a big help in helping US society evolve, but it will evolve beyond what many Republicans want, for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000080727037 Armand Comire

    Joel, please what did you say?