Wonder what you would find if you frisked Michigan’s Republican Gubernatorial Primary election last night?
Answer: Ladies and gentlemen… We got ourselves another RINO.
Detroit Free Press reports:
Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder rode his offbeat “tough nerd” TV commercials — and $6 million of his own money — to win the Republican primary Tuesday.
With 76% of precincts counted, Snyder had 37% to U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s 27% and Attorney General Mike Cox’s 23%.
Twice as many voters participated in the Republican primary than the Democratic, and there was evidence some Democrats voted for Snyder. That indicates a stronger base for Snyder heading into the general election and shows his appeal among moderate and independent voters.
Snyder overcame the GOP’s business and anti-abortion rights establishment, which largely had backed Attorney General Mike Cox.
I find it interesting that Rick Snyder brands himself as “one tough nerd”, but manages to wimp out of the Republican gubernatorial debates. It appears that the so-called “tough nerd” discovered a new strategy to beat out the rest of the tough GOP competition: Skip the major debates, avoid the grassroots Tea Parties, fork out $6 million of your own money, and encourage Democrats to vote in the Republican primary election. The perfect formula for pissing off the highly energized conservative demographic that Rick “The RINO” Snyder will desperately need if he wants to beat Virg “Big-Labor Lover” Bernero in the upcoming general election.
The next few months will be quite interesting. Rick Snyder claims to be the “non-career politician” yet his demeanor shows the exact opposite. The man has hired high-priced political consultants, ran attack advertisements, and dodges questions – about big-labor and social issues – like a well rehearsed politician.
In the end, props to Rick Snyder and his bank account. If he does win in November, I truly hope he can work with the State Legislature (that he knows nothing about and attacked numerous times) in order to put Michigan back on the right path towards prosperity.
As for the national media and top conservative blogs out there… Come election time, I better not see any posts complaining about Rick Snyder’s RINO-ish record and wondering what the heck happened in Michigan. For months I have been trying to point out Michigan’s fascinating gubernatorial race, but I guess Nikki Haley’s landslide win in the uber-Republican state of South Carolina and others were more important than a true-conservative candidate potentially winning in a blue-state. Shame on all of you!
*UPDATE* – August 4, 2010 – 4:30 PM.
Awesome… Now the liberal think-tank at Newsweek is pointing out that the “Tea Party atmosphere” failed nationwide last night in the primaries. What’s there first example? Michigan’s Republican Primary… Of course:
The “weak tea” trend continued Tuesday in a series of marquee primary battles stretching from the upper to lower Midwest. In Michigan, moderate Rick Snyder—a former Gateway executive who supports embryonic-stem-cell research and sought to attract Democratic crossover voters with ads featuring Bill Ford—was competing against a flock of more conservative candidates (Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, state Attorney General Mike Cox, and Rep. Pete Hoekstra) for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Unfortunately, they are right.
*UPDATE* – August 5, 2010 – 8:30 AM.
For Michigan’s gubernatorial primary results by county, click here.
*UPDATE* – December 10, 2010 – 1:00 PM.
A little more than four months have passed since Michigan’s Republican Gubernatorial Primary and I decided to go back over this blog post of mine. After going over it again, I have come to the realization that I sound like a big ol’ sore loser. Haha.
With Rick Snyder at the helm, Michigan has a bright future ahead of itself.