November 7, 2006, - 11:49 pm

Take That!: MCRI/Proposal TWO Passes; Prediction Comes True; Buh-Bye, Affirmative Action

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE, 11/08/06, 7:32 a.m.: Proposal TWO/MCRI blew away the opposition, 3-2, 20 point margin. Latest numbers from the Detroit Free Press:

With 73 percent of precincts reporting, 59%, or 1,491,457 people, voted yes on Proposal 2 and 41%, or 1,052,209 voters, opposed it

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Just as I predicted earlier today, MCRI–the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative/Proposal TWO of which I’m General Counsel–PASSED!!!! And it passed by LARGE NUMBERS/a HUGE MARGIN, so far! Most Detroit TV stations are calling it. Buh-bye, affirmative action.
Take that liberal extremists! TRUE Equality is back in Michigan. But this is only the beginning. Let the lawsuits begin.
My friends, Jen Gratz, Ward Connerly, and Doug Tietz did a great job on this campaign, despite all the odds against us and spending at 3-10 times as much by the opposition to true equal rights. I am proud to have worked with all three of them on this. Great minds all.


As I said, here come the lawsuits. They tried to keep us off the ballot. They failed. They sued us in Federal Court. They failed. They tried to defeat us at the ballot box. They failed. Soon, they will try to defeat the voters of Michigan and their clear choice with more lawsuits in court.
And they will fail there, too.
One more note: All the Michigan GOP statewide candidates who got trounced should have supported MCRI. Instead GOP bigwigs opposed us every step of the way. Maybe if they’d supported Proposal Two, they’d have gotten the numbers we did.
Instead, they lost. A lesson for the future and for the failed, “moderate” Michigan GOP. The only statewide GOP figure who supported MCRI, Mike Cox, was only helped by doing so. He was soundly re-elected by a huge margin, getting one of the highest total number of votes among statewide candidates.
Got that, Dick and Betsy DeVos (and MI GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis)?
**** UPDATE, 11/08/06: Numbers @ 12:13 a.m. from the Detroit Newsistan. . .
Proposal – 2 Affirmative Action – Michigan 3137 of 5681 Precincts Reporting
Yes 1,082,169 Votes 57.53 Percent
No 798,748 Votes 42.47 Percent

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7 Responses

No matter how much the lefties try, people just know in their hearts that affirmative action is wrong. Same goes for the gay marriage proponents, no matter how hard they try they are always defeated by the voters.

The_Man on November 8, 2006 at 12:47 am

Congrats on the win! All the hard work finally paid off. I remember meeting you once or twice back when I was writing for the Michigan Review during the UM Gratz/Grutter Supreme Court cases. Everyone in Michigan has you and all the other MCRI folk to thank for staying with this issue for so long.
To be honest, I was pretty surprised when I started seeing the numbers come in. The constant barrage of anti-MCRI propaganda must have been getting to me – how One United Michigan had about ten times the TV ads as the MCRI, how seemingly every single organization, company, and politician came out against the MCRI, how lies after lies after lies were being spread about it – it was all so overwhelming, I underestimated Michiganders’ basic sense of justice. It’s a good thing only our public figures are cowards.
I’m going to listen to Mildred Gaddis on the radio tomorrow morning, just so I can hear her head explode.

Dan on November 8, 2006 at 2:03 am

Yes, many congratulations! You can take pride in the strategic satisfaction of winning at the state level, of being a mover in this incremental shift in taking the political culture out of the hands of the extremist Left. Bravo! Am proud to be acquainted with

Jeremiah on November 8, 2006 at 2:58 am

Well, at least there are not so many American idiots after all in Michigan compared to the rest of the country.
One victory for the Conservatives among a barrage of well deserved defeats for the talk-talk-talk-doing-nothing Republicans.
Congrats Deb!

Independent Conservative on November 8, 2006 at 5:20 am

Congrats Debbie. You are the Debbie who is happy–sorry to the other Debbie, Mrs. Dingell–boo hoo. My, was she whining this AM about how deceived we all were to pass this—and of course she was tipping the liberals hand on their next move as you say–get ready for the lawsuits! How can something so straightforward be held to be illegal?
I’m sure we all remember Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. One key line says how he longed for the day that skin color would no longer be considered a basis for any judgments–but rather the content of one’s character. Of course our all wise libs pick and choose on MLK’s material–they are wiser than to let a principle stand on its own merits–even one that is so simple to understand- we just want the race quotas out of it!
Thanks for your leadership on this Debbie.

BB on November 8, 2006 at 9:13 am

Congrats on the ballot win but just wait, the lawsuits are going to come in by the bucket full just like they did in California when it passed here with a huge majority.
The University system here still is fighting the loss and refuses to follow the law. Here is their latest scheme to get around it:

ScottyDog on November 8, 2006 at 10:14 am

One has to be somewhat heartened that Michigan decided that the original language of the Voting Rights Act was O.K. after all.

P. Aaron on November 8, 2006 at 11:34 am

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