Michigan’s ‘tough nerd’ faces tougher test

November 12, 2010

By Andrea Billups-The Washington Times

LANSING, Mich. | The nation’s bumper crop of 10 Republican governors-elect, still basking in the afterglow of their victories, are already facing a reality check. And the reality facing incoming Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a one-time computer executive in his first elective office, may be as tricky as any in the country.

Mr. Snyder and the 2010 class of new Republican chief executives inherit a full slate of problems, with little help likely from a cash-strapped federal government. The game plan — make that new congressional war plan — of Washington’s energized Republicans begins with spending less, not more.

“In a good economy, being a governor is the best job in the world,” said analyst Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report. “In a bad economy, it’s the worst.”

Few places are hurting more than the Midwest, where Democrats suffered major reverses in the midterm vote. But there is no time to gloat for the Republican victors. With high unemployment, upside-down state budgets and struggling state economies, these novice governors’ jubilant swearing-in ceremonies may quickly give way to sinking “now what?” moments.

In Michigan, where Mr. Snyder, a self-described “tough nerd” from Ann Arbor, handily defeated his labor-backed Democratic opponent, Virg Bernero, the incoming governor’s website admonishment — “We can’t just fix it, we have to reinvent Michigan” — may prove a titanic task.

To read more, visit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/11/michigans-tough-nerd-faces-tougher-test/

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