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Hail to The Victor

K Lo just posted my piece on Kerry’s march to victory in Michigan, where Democrats hold their caucuses tomorrow. Henry Payne also has a good story on what brand of cars the candidates drive–something that still matters in the Motor City. (In 1992, Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge to President Bush was hurt dearly in Michigan by the fact that he drove a BMW.) Both our pieces mention Kerry’s stance on CAFE standards, the federal regulations governing fuel efficiency. If what the senator has proposed were actually enacted into law, it would probably cost thousands of auto jobs in Michigan (and elsewhere). This is a great wedge issue for Republicans because it splits environmentalists and union members. The GOP tried to use it against Gore, without much success. With some creative thinking, maybe it can work versus Kerry. Here’s a Detroit News report on the issue.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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