One GOP insider reports "a lot of conservative republicans were disappointed" with the governor's State of the State message. Of course, none of them are willing to go public with that observation as it would ruin the "honeymoon" that Gov. Rick Snyder enjoys.
This source confides it was very noticeable that the new governor embraced the number one issue for House Democrats, the second span between Detroit and Windsor, but he completely ignored the items on the House GOP docet namely welfare reform and Right to Work.
The omission, while silent, was deafening to right-wing conservative ears.
To make matters worse, the state Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer admitted he like 80% of what he heard from the new moderate GOP governor.
"Maybe Mark Brewer is drinking the Republican Kool-aid?" suggested conservative Oakland County Senator Mike Kowall as he struggled for some rationale to explain the governor's decidedly bi-partisan speech.
Kowall had to conceded, however, that perhaps the new guy in town was drinking the Democratic kool-aide? The senator admits the jury is still out.
Candidate Snyder warned everyone that if he was elected his mission would not be about R's and D's and he proved it the other night as he was all over the lot endorsing this Republican suggestion and that Democratic suggestion.
And you gotta figure the general public loved it. It is tired of all the clashing of political agendas and the governor noted, "We will not continue the fighting that resulted in rhetoric and paralysis." Out of respect to the former governor and former leaders, he did not name names. He didn't have to.
If the new governor proved one thing, he will not be partisan just to be partisan. As one education lobbyist nailed it the other day, "He is driven by data and not ideology."
That groan you heard was from ultra conservative GOP-types who are not sure what that means for their social agenda which Mr. Snyder ignored during the campaign and wants no part of now.