By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling's books, the movies, the whole lot. One of Rowling's masterful feats was convincing readers Professor Snape was a friend of the dark side and in cahoots with he who shall not be named.
"You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them, I'm the Half-Blood Prince!"
That's what Professor Snape snarls to Harry at the end of the 6th film after just killing Dumbledore, a culmination of years of toying with readers. It appeared as though the conventional wisdom was confirmed.
But things were not as they seemed...
In the ultimate switcheroo, Rowling subsequently reveals in the last book that Snape was a good guy the whole time, a double agent who was protecting Harry all along.
With that in mind-and my derping over... Back in the real world, let's take a look at 2018 Michigan politics.
Or does it?
What if the LG shocks the political world and announces he's running for US Senate against Debbie Stabenow instead?
My friend Matt Maddock raised the issue recently, and it makes a lot of sense.
First of all, it allows Calley to avoid a bloody knife fight with Attorney General Schuette, who has been prepping a run for Governor since Calley was a young teen.
Second of all, it gives Republicans a top shelf candidate in the Senate race, something they desperately need.
I also believe conservative voters upset with Calley over various positions would be far more willing to forgive Calley in a race against Do-Nothing Debbie than they would in a Governor's race. Not all, but many.
Almost every vote Stabenow takes is horrendous, with Calley we'd have a strong conservative voice 60-80% of the time at the least. A 180% swing is pretty damn good.
While Calley's record isn't perfect, too often his disappointing moments have completely overridden some great bright spots.
'Member when he broke with Gov. Snyder to back a Part Time Legislature? I 'member. Right To Work passed? Thousands of BS regulations given the #ByeFelicia treatment?
We'll examine Calley's strengths and weaknesses more in the future for sure.
We'll also take a look at other possible candidates, like former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young.
Young is a mixed bag who undoubtedly has talents, but his history of controversial court rulings is a Dem operative's wet dream. His slow-paced, academic style also doesn't lend well to retail politics, and Debbie would have a field day debating him, at least stylistically.
What will happen on May 30th? Stay tuned, things could get pretty crazy, sometimes conventional wisdom isn't so wise...
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com