Here's something Saul Anuzis did last summer that tickled me. Andy Levin, son of the congressman and nephew of the senator, moved back to Michigan to run for a seat in the state senate.
Levin bought a house in the district, and one day while the contractors were getting it ready, Saul showed up with a welcome basket, complete with maps of the senate district, samples of Michigan products, and other choice items.
The Republican state chairman walked in and helpfully left it on his kitchen table. Naturally, he also brought press photographers. The point was to emphasize -- with a little humor -- that the young scion was a political opportunist who had been living in the Washington D.C. area and was moving back here just to run for office.
Democrats howled unfair, huffed and puffed, and talked about trespassing. Frankly, I thought it was great. Incidentally, I know Andy Levin. If I had lived in his district, I might well have voted for him.
But I thought what Saul did was in a long line of cute political practical jokes, the kind people used to pull that made politics fun. This wasn't race-baiting, or spreading rumors about someone's sexuality, or hinting they were traitors or child molesters.
The Democrats needed to lighten up a bit --and maybe respond in kind by taking his opponent, who is well into his 70s, suggestions for nursing homes near the Capitol dome.
When the votes came in on election night, Andy Levin narrowly lost a race most people expected him to win. I don't know if Saul's little press stunt had anything to do with it. But I do know that it was generally a terrible year for Republicans in Michigan.
And that as a result, Saul Anuzis is now fighting to keep his job, Normally, if the party has a bad year while you are chairman, it is sort of like being manager of a bad baseball team. You tend to get fired.
Now it is none of my business who the Republicans want as their state chair. But I might think twice about dumping Saul Anuzis. He is a tireless worker who is, as far as I know, the only state party chair with a blog -- and a good one, to boot.
He is also the kind of person himself who Republicans need to attract to win. The son of working-class Lithuanian immigrants, he, his wife and four sons are all perfectly bilingual.
Anuzis is a native Detroiter who didn't quite finish college. But he is a successful small telecommunications entrepreneur who loves to ride his big Harley motorcycle.
Other party chairs I have known tended to be either country club types or policy wonks who couldn't get a date to save their lives.
After the votes were in last week, I asked one fervent Democrat if she thought they'd can Anuzis. "I hope so," she said.
They might want to think about that.