Republican minority outreach at it’s finest. The tape is a little garbled, so the transcript is below. Via the Freep.
Transcript: What Weiser said to tea party forum
“If Obama loses Michigan, his paths to the White House reduce substantially. It’s very hard to see a path for him to the White House again. If we lose Virginia or Ohio, it saves us the election, and we will still win. That’s how important Michigan is.
Now I’m going to tell you my own theories in Michigan because it’s one of the reasons the RNC is sending as much money as they are here and why you will see some of our friends spending money here. Because I talk to them all the time. They call me because I was the chair here. I understand what’s going on.
I think there’s two things that make a huge difference. No.?1 is a very fundamental thing?…?Are there any Democrats in this room? (laughter) It’s a very fundamental thing. We have always had to overcome to win the governorship or the presidency a margin that used to be bigger, but in recent years has been about 350,000 votes out of Wayne County. And then if we could keep it even in Oakland County or win by a little bit, we’d have to overcome them in the rest of the state.
Well, let’s look at Wayne County. Two big groups. The first one’s Detroit. Population’s now shrunk under 700,000. Last presidential election it was probably about 800-850 (thousand). Less voters.
Secondly, no Coleman Young machine. No Kwame Kilpatrick machine. There is no Dave Bing machine. There’s no machine to go to the pool halls and the barbershops and put those people on buses and then bus them from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times. And there’s no machine to get ’em to stop playing pool and drinking beer in the pool hall. And it does make a difference.
Now let’s go out-county. No McNamara machine. If there’s a Ficano machine, it hasn’t got a nickel. Or it’s under indictment — one or the other. (laughter) So I believe, and I’ve told these people this, that I don’t know how many votes less they’ll have, is it 60,000, 50,000, 80,000, there’s gonna be less of a margin to have to beat out of Wayne County then we’ve ever had before. That’s one?… (applause)
Obama has hired a lot of people to go help him get that vote out. But if you’re not from Detroit, the places where those pool halls and barbershops are, you’re not going to be going at 6:30 in November. Not without a side arm.”