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Evolution, like how Leaping Lanny Poffo evolved from a good guy wrestler to a bad guy

by: Eric B.

Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 13:07:19 PM EST

Benevolent overlord Rick Michigan was attacked by dark money issues ads during the Republican primary in 2010. It was then that he said these were bad things. Two years later, it was Bridget Mary McCormack who was attacked by dark money-fueled issues ads. Our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect thought it was great, and after Ruth Johnson sat on a request by the state bar to force disclosure thought it was high time to enshrine dark money in state law. How does our benevolent overlord Rick Michigan now feel about it?

"I would say I've had some evolution in my thought process since that time, because you learn as you go through this," Snyder said. "That was when I was new to the field. I think transparency is important, but it also has to be balanced with free speech. And so that's one of the issues I'll be considering when I look at the legislation."

Ho, ho, ho. Back when he was just a tender young sapling with very small branches and very few roots to speak of, he saw the world a different way. Now that he's a mighty oak, it's all about free speech. Well, not really free speech, since those ads cost money. But you get my point.

At the Freep, they have a, "This is not the man we endorsed" moment.

That grunting and straining you hear is the sound of Gov. Rick Snyder’s struggle to reconcile campaign finance legislation recently adopted by state lawmakers with a pledge he made as a candidate to help voters learn who’s spending how much to influence Michigan’s political process.

But it simply can’t be done — and we urge the governor to stop trying before he hurts himself and the state government he has repeatedly promised to make more transparent and accountable.

Urge away, my friends. I have to admit that when he was first elected, I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt. You knew it was going to be horrible, mostly because we elected a really awful Legislature (so awful that it became known as our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect), but I felt that he deserved a chance just because I think that's good democratic form.

But, please, four years later, let's stop the pleading and urging because it ain't a-gonna work. Let me also suggest that placing as your the top priority of the opinion journalism you guys have over there -- the Gannett-driven "leading the conversation" -- isn't going to get you taken any more seriously than if you simply come out and say, "We gave this guy the benefit of the doubt. We were wrong. He either doesn't care about the long-term consequences of bills that aren't of immediate interest to him, or is so spineless that he'll sign anything that doesn't clear out Upper Peninsula forest land to consoldiate the state's Jewish population, or is simply the least awful an corrupt than the horrible pack of jackels running the state."

Eric B. :: Evolution, like how Leaping Lanny Poffo evolved from a good guy wrestler to a bad guy
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Evolution (4.00 / 1)
His "evolution" - at least he believes in that, huh? - means he's going to sign it, just like he evolved on Right to Work.  His base instincts have always been conservative, but a changing society has a way of tamping down this kind of instincts for a guy like Snyder, who's concentration has always been on raking in mountains on money.  You give him a legislature that's basically paleo-conservative, and it should not be a surprise that they appeal to his demons and not his angels.

I think the impeachment of Clinton should have been a wake-up call to liberals about where the Republican Party was going or was willing to go.  And, if not the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 election and the subsequent disaster of a presidency should have done it where you had a Texas governor, who was pretty damn conservative, but not a wingnut, fall so hard into political insanity that we'll have scars for decades to come.  

This is a party that should have never been trusted at the federal or state level.  There is no such thing as a "moderate" Republican, anymore, unless he or she has a Democratic legislature, point blank, because there are no such things as moderate Republican legislatures, anymore.

Time to stop playing footsy with "moderate" Republicans, y'all.

"evolved from a good guy wrestler to a bad guy" (0.00 / 0)
There is a phrase for this: Face-Heel Turn.  Warning: this is a link to TV Tropes. You could spend all night there.  MUAHAHAHAHA!

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

Also, Lanny Poffo's older brother... (0.00 / 0)
...was the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage.


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