The answer, of course, is slim to none. Or in other words, what part of “no thank you,” do Granholm supporters not understand?
Since he took office, the President has not only nominated a Supreme Court justice, he has filled his entire cabinet, including having to pick an embarrassing three Commerce secretaries. Governor Granholm wasn’t offered any of those jobs.
And my guess is that if he had to pick a fourth Commerce secretary, or a fifth, it wouldn’t be she either. Now I know the governor has said she doesn’t want to go to Washington, that she feels she needs to stay here and work for hard-hit Michigan.
I myself have never wanted to pitch for the Detroit Tigers , either. While I feel certain they could use my considerable talents, which include being able to throw a ball almost twenty feet, I think I was meant to stay here and enlighten and inform all of you.
Naturally, I would have to talk to the Tigers if they called to ask about offering me a contract; that would be nothing more than common courtesy. You understand.
Right. To be brutally honest, something our state’s media have mostly not done here, there is little reason we should ever have expected the President to appoint our governor to a top job.
Think about it. Jennifer Granholm was a Hillary Clinton supporter early last year. Worse, she was a party to the bungled attempt to break the rules and hold Michigan’s Presidential primary earlier than allowed. Barack Obama took his name off the ballot, the primary was a farce, and the resulting mess helped nobody.
Then in November, Obama won Michigan by a landslide so overwhelming that Granholm’s belated support was hardly necessary.
After the election, the bashing of the auto industry by a bunch of Republican Senators in the South, and their refusal to even allow a vote to bail Chrysler and General Motors out was probably enough to make sure Michigan stays blue in the next ten presidential elections.
Meaning, in other words, that the President scarcely needs to make a grand gesture to hold on to Michigan. More important, Governor Granholm doesn’t exactly have a record that would make him excited about appointing her. True, she is charismatic, telegenic, and there’s no whiff of any kind of scandal.
But neither can she point to any major accomplishment. She has often been vacillating, and ineffective. For example, her much-ballyhooed promise to consolidate 18 departments into eight seems to have been forgotten. Even the one department she pledged to eliminate, History, Arts and Libraries, doesn’t seem to be going away.
Now, never say never. Michigan Democrats would love for Granholm to be appointed to something. That would allow Lt. Gov. John Cherry to get out from her shadow and run as an incumbent next year. But the message from Washington is pretty clear: Don’t hold your breath.