I remember my excitement when he first joined the stable of Alpena News columnists.
Like anyone who covers politics and writes about it, Skubick and I didn’t always agree. However, we agreed more often than not, and, no matter what week it was that he was writing, I always learned something new from his perspective.
I believe Skubick and Czuba have identified an important voting element in upcoming elections that will definitely have some impact in the outcome of those races.
Thus, it should not be a surprise when I tell you this morning I found Skubick’s take on a new grouping of voters within the state — those vaccinated versus those not vaccinated — very enlightening. He wrote about the new element which noted pollster Richard Czuba has begun breaking down in his polling.
I have always enjoyed Tim Skubick’s take on Michigan politics.
Later, when The News was able to host his appearances in Alpena, those events generated large crowds of interested and engaged citizens like myself.
As Skubick wrote, “It’s (to vax or not to vax) playing out at the local and highest courts in the land, at the local bar, store, church, and anywhere persons gather.”
Indeed it is.
Earlier this week, when I went into my email to read Skubick’s, the very next email in my “in file” was a “vaccine mandate alert” seeking donations to sue President Joe Biden and his coronavirus vaccine mandate order for employees of companies with more than 100 workers. Just like previous political divides (conservative vs. liberal, north vs. south, GOP vs. Democrat, male vs. female), the new element of vaxxers vs. non-vaxxers has grown quite vocal in recent months.
Certainly, we have seen it on the national and state fronts, but also we have seen it come out in debates locally at meetings, particularly school meetings. Just for the fun of it I googled “mandatory vaccine” to see how many news stories would come up under that search. The stories were endless, and reading a few of them certainly leaves a reader with the sense that this is a highly charged issue that ignites strong emotions.
When that is the case, it is very easy to imagine those same emotions, those same passions, carrying over into politics, as well. The repercussions from COVID-19 have been numerous.
Because of COVID, it only has grown worse. While I am not particularly happy about it, I agree with Skubick and Czuba that a new polling force has emerged that has the potential to have its voices heard.
The political climate prior to COVID-19 already was highly charged enough. It was bad enough that we all had to concern ourselves with was the deadly symptoms. Who would have thought though that it also would pit neighbor against neighbor over things like mask or no mask, vaccine or no vaccine.