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You Mean It Could Have Been Worse?

I was just reading NBC’s First Read email blast and came across this snippet from the primary day coverage:

As for Michigan’s congressional primaries, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) is getting a serious challenge and is likely to lose. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a Tea Party favorite, also is receiving a primary challenge. And think about this: With the retirements by Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI), and Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), who’s running for the Senate), Michigan is losing is three committee chairs (Levin, Camp, Rogers) and nearly 140 years of combined seniority on Capitol Hill. That isn’t good news for Detroit as it tries to solve its financial woes with the help of the federal government.

I take the point, but think about that. Detroit’s congressional clout has been enormous for decades. Now look at Detroit. Maybe government help doesn’t help that much?


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