My, my. THIS is interesting.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is reviewing whether the state of Michigan can legally appoint an emergency manager to oversee the Motor City’s finances, Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, said late today.
Conyers said he spoke to Holder about his request that the government move to block the law.
“(Holder) said, ‘I’ve got my lawyers working on it right now,’ ” Conyers said, adding he spoke to the attorney general about 4 p.m. today. “He’s trying to find out if my allegations of great constitutional concerns are valid. That’s what he’s got several hundred lawyers for.”
This could conceivably be the biggest news yet with regard to Michigan’s anti-democratic, disenfranchising Emergency Manager. If the US Attorney General goes after the Snyder administration and Michigan Republicans, in general, it will have two perfectly devastating effects.
First, it will paralyze, stun and generally freakout Michigan Republicans. Most of our state Republicans are novices and will have not the slightest idea whatsoever how to deal with the federal government getting all up in their grill.
Second, it will galvanize the Obama campaign in Michigan. Even the most lefty liberals who have held President Obama in disdain will be thrilled to see the Obama administration pushing back against Republicans right here in our state.
Drawing national attention to this egregious overreach by Republicans in Michigan may be the biggest impact of this investigation, however. If Detroit and Inkster are assigned Emergency Managers, over half of the African Americans in Michigan will be stripped of their right to representative government. This should be making headlines across the country. So far, with the exception of the Maddow Blog, even our left-leaning political pundits have not even mentioned it. Not Keith. Not Ed. Not Thom. None of our liberal political media allies and, of course, none of our failing local media. It’s a headline that should be ricocheting across the country and not one mainstream media source has yet broadcast it.
Perhaps that will change if Holder and his staff investigate.