They laid out several reasons Michigan is great (Rochester Hills was ranked the No. 9 place to live by Money magazine, for example). Which got us thinking of other reasons Michigan is great -- politically speaking:
- Only seven states have more electoral votes (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas).
- A quarter of its U.S. congressional delegation is female.
- It was home of a president, Gerald Ford (who also went to University of Michigan).
- Since 1969, it's alternated between Republican and Democratic governors (bipartisan-ish!).
- Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.
- Michigan has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election but two since 1983 when Madonna released her first album. (The only two elections it didn't vote for the winner were 2000 and 2004, when it didn't vote for George W. Bush, who Madonna dislikes. She threw a fake grenade at him in the scrapped music video for "American Life" in 2003, and during performances in 2006, she made some crude comments about him while singing the song "I Love New York.")
- The trees are the right height.
Politicians, needless to say, need to be willing and able to defend their home states at the drop of a hat. Barnett invited Madonna back to see how much the city has changed since she lived there, and Dingell wrote that Michigan contributed to her success. But they want her to give her former home a second chance.
"[W]e don't take shots at her, her style, her life," Dingell wrote. "[Q]uit bad mouthing us!"
Here are their full responses: