I'm not there at the conference, but hearing news reports and interviews, so here are some thoughts:
1. Jeb Bush. This guy seriously thinks he has a shot at the Presidency in '16? And Republicans think so too? If they really believe that then they will lose again. This guy is like Joan Rivers - popping up in the public eye every now and again to try and recapture past attention, but all Joan and Jeb get are yawns and channel changes.
2. Mark Schauer. This guy is a Democrat running for Governor, a 1-term congressman from Michigan's 7th District, who was defeated by Tim Walberg. I heard him talking to Paul W. Smith this morning.
Michigan, if you elect this guy or anyone like him, you are fools. He is Jenny Granholm without the visual appeal. He will be a return to the meddlesome, pandering, head-in-sand governance that ran this state into the ground during the Granholm administration.
Make no mistake - I'm not a huge fan of Rick Snyder and didn't vote for him in the primary or the general, but he has made some tough decisions that no other politician has been willing to touch to point this state in the right direction financially. Do you think Schauer would let those changes stand? Not a chance. His Big Labor buddies would have their sweetheart deals all back in place in a heartbeat, and Michigan would resume its downward slide.
Mr. Schauer, on the other hand, seems to think that governments, who can't run cities, counties, states, or countries efficiently, productively, and in the black, are the perfect ones to tell businesses how to run themselves. In doing this, he shows a fundamental lack of economic knowledge that disqualifies him completely from being dog-catcher, let alone Governor. All he is is another controlling personality who can't keep from minding other people's business.
I've got an ideal for you Mr. Schauer. If you're such a talented and resourceful runner of businesses, why don't you become a business consultant? Companies can hire you to either tell them how to run themselves, or at least ask for your recommendations. Then you can be judged by the success or failure of your ideas, and your continued employment would depend on those successes. But you wouldn't be around to shove your failed economic model down our throats like your predecessor Jenny did.