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Monday, January 24, 2011

Snyder Being Non-Partisan

       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.


Blogger rdale said...

As a die-hard R and God fearing man, nothing makes me happier than seeing the hard-right social issues not getting any play by the Governor.

January 24, 2011 at 5:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Snyder uses public cash to build an unneeded bridge to Canada, and fails to deal with the structural deficit here, then there will definitely be a primary challenge for him. He'll be a one-termer, one way or the other, because that primary challenge will be ugly no matter who wins.

January 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous: Don't count your chickens, honey. The vast majority of Michiganians are loving the moderation and lack of partisanship so far displayed by this governor. He has some innovative ideas, and isn't concerned about party labels to hear more of them. If he continues to appeal to most of us the way he does right now, we will have his back in any primary--whether we identify our selves as R, D or I. Plenty of us crossed over last time to see him through to the general, and we will happily do it again if he stays the way he is now. Tea partiers and ultraconservatives are NOT the majority in this state. Sorry to break that news to you.

January 27, 2011 at 7:23 AM 

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