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  •  I like her a lot, but I'm in Texas. They say she's (4+ / 0-)

    unpopular in Mi.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:36:35 PM PST

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    •  Granholm (1+ / 0-)
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      was unpopular here pretty much from the day she took office.  She got a lot of shit for the economic situation here, which was really started by her predecessor, John Engler.  

      Basically, Engler helped our economy go even further down the shitter during the Clinton boom, and Granholm had to try and fix it during the Bush recession.

      She's still not terribly popular here, but she wasn't as bad as everyone says.  

      •  Nit-picking (4+ / 0-)

        I know you were using a manner of speech when you say she was pretty unpopular pretty much from the day she took office, but I'd like to remind everyone that she held an approval rating in the 70's here first year.  Prohblem is, she had a budget deficit the very first year or her term...and then every single year afterwards for eight years with an obstructionist Republican State Senate that was kind of a precursor to what he have in the House of Representatives, today.  We had two government shutdowns because of them.  Their entire plan was to make her a one-term governor, and when she beat Dick Devos (basically the proto-type campaign that Mitt Romney ran) like a rented mule, they didn't change their tune.  Then it got personal.

        I just got through reading her book.  I'd recommend it.  It's crazy how much her eight years as governor parallel the president's years in office, so far.

        BTW, if she came back a ran another statewide campaign, here, she'd be competitive.  She ran a state that was in a one-state recession, and then was hit on top of that by a national recession, which basically underscores all of her bad approval ratings.  Thank god for Obama in 2008, because his help allowed her to do a lot of good stuff with Washington she couldn't get done with the Michigan Senate.

        •  Which brings up one of the hallmarks of the gop (1+ / 0-)
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          sabotage of good governance.
          They, of course, leverage people's general annoyance and disgust with "Washington DC" to dismantle federal partnering and assistance to the states, then they cut state services and states assistance to local governments, privatizing wherever and whenever they can.

          Then they force a situation where the state's not doing its job so the federal gov. is forced to step in and then they don't fund that effort so the funding mechanism is thrown back to the states, (NCLB) and then that further leverages their complaints against the federal gov.

          At the same time, they're touting state vs state competition for jobs (for example, the Tenn. auto industry vs Detroit, and Rick Perry's efforts) as a good thing.

          Similarly their trying to either drive poor, homeless, elderly, disabled people out of their state or kill them off. (opposition to the ACA)

          We really are in a similar situation to the 1840's-50's and we are going to have to re-assert national unity and a healthy, functional synergy between local, state and federal government. Hopefully it won't take an actual civil war.

          If Granholm can actually win, I'd like to see her as a Senator because she has some working knowledge of how this gop nihilism has been carried out.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:29:47 AM PST

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