Jennifer Granholm

Democratic National Committee looks to future, picks new leader

Jennifer Granholm interviewed by KQED-FM, Feb. 23, 2017

“Now the Democrats are in the minority, and you need a strong voice to be able to be the party of the opposition, of the resistance. The profile in terms of the elevation of the position certainly has grown and will continue to be very important moving forward.”

Stronger together? A blueprint for a blue state alliance

Jennifer Granholm and Dan Farber quoted by California Magazine, Dec. 5, 2016

“We have to get better at process strategies,” says Jennifer Granholm. … “The Republicans have been diligently building candidate pipelines for many years, and we’re just not as good at that. We have to do a better job of recruiting our bench. Right now it’s not very deep.”

“Trump has power, but most of the things he wants to do can’t be done with the stroke of a pen,” Farber says. “He’ll have to work with Congress, and as we know, even members of his own party don’t see eye-to-eye with him on a lot of things. And in any case, it’s always hard for Congress to get anything done. The courts are also a possible check. Democrats can’t sugarcoat the election results, but that doesn’t mean they’re not in the game.”

Republicans protect terror suspects’ access to guns

Jennifer Granholm writes for San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 8, 2015

The GOP is having a “does not compute” moment. Unable to state the obvious—that terrorists with guns are dangerous—Republican leaders must fire off nonsensical talking points in an infinite loop of illogic. The results would be comical if the consequences weren’t so tragic.

Trump, for good of America, get out of race

Jennifer Granholm writes for, Dec. 2, 2015

My deep fear is that if you win the GOP nomination, the general election will divide the nation more than by Democrats and Republicans: It will end up pitting entire segments of our population against one another based on race, religion, gender and more.

Michigan battery companies fall short of job claims

Jennifer Granholm quoted in Detroit Free Press, March 16, 2014

Granholm still doesn’t regard Michigan’s incentives for battery makers as wasted money. “Just because the jobs haven’t happened ‘yet,’ it doesn’t mean that cracking the code to vehicle batteries was the wrong strategy,” said Granholm, who is teaching at the University of California-Berkeley.

Can Wendy Davis have it all?

Jennifer Granholm quoted in The New York Times, February 12, 2014
As former Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat, told me: “Politics is so far behind the other sectors, I guess because in a democracy you have to appeal to the broadest spectrum in order to get elected. People still expect a more traditional thing from female politicians. Calling a man ambitious is seen as a positive thing. With a woman, it’s a negative.”