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  •  I keep reading these stomach-turning (17+ / 0-)

    things out of Michigan, and I think of Governor Rick Snyder's career. If I'm not mistaken, he was voted in in 2010. This was a midterm election. A lot of the people who voted for Snyder in 2010, voted for the Republican candidate because they're Republicans. Voting Republican is all they ever do. But a significant number of Rick Snyder's original backers were "swing" voters, who could have "gone either way," who voted for Snyder because they wanted "change."

    Well, did you nice folks get the "change" you were after?

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:54:21 PM PST

    •  I feel the same way. (10+ / 0-)

      I sit here in VA, impotent to do anything. I just hope progressives in that state are gearing up to kick ass in the next elections.  

    •  Snyder got lots of political cover... (8+ / 0-)

      ...from being endorsed by former Gov. Milliken, who was in office right after Mitt's father and arguably the last of the Eisenhower/Rockefeller/Ford Republicans in Michigan.

      Many swing voters assumed that they were going to get Milliken part 2 and that Snyder would operate as a "principled centrist". Snyder talks a relatively non-confrontational game, but when push comes to shove his MO is not inclusion, but dictatorial. And he'll do what is necessary to maintain the levers of power. Abortion access and Collective Bargaining are simply "no big deal" to him: his focus is easing the "burden of taxation" on Michigan's so-called "Job Creators" and luring any prospective race-to-the-bottom feeders who might set up shop in the "worker freedom paradise" he now asserts he has established. If it means trampling on women's access to vital health services or destroying decades of Collective Bargaining history in this state...well, that's a sacrifice he's more than willing to force us to endure.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:25:50 PM PST

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      •  Snyder was a stealth candidate. (3+ / 0-)
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        elwior, CA wildwoman, karmsy

        And I expect we'll be seeing more of those as voters get increasingly pissed off at getting screwed and become more wary about electing the overtly reactionary, misogynistic, bigoted types.  Ex-candidate Akin springs to mind.

        If only he had been less overt, etc., etc.   /snark

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