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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

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    For what my opinion's worth . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 09:04:26 PM EST
    . . . on this matter, I'm going to refer everyone back to a certain survey that was run the week before Labor Day last year, and point out two very specific hypothetical results (Margin of error = ±4.08%):

    In a hypothetical primary matchup between Rick Snyder and Dave Agema, how would you vote?
    • Rick Snyder:  32.39%
    • Dave Agema:  42.34%
    • Undecided:  25.27%

    In a hypothetical primary matchup between Rick Snyder and Betsy DeVos, how would you vote?
    • Rick Snyder:  40.59%
    • Betsy DeVos:  18.41%
    • Undecided:  40.99%

    The best thing that can be said for Mrs. Amway is that she "won" the 12th District (Snyder 19.23% / DeVos 38.46% / Undecided 42.31%) and "won" the Tea Party voting bloc (Snyder 23.28% / DeVos 27.59% / Undecided 49.14%), but that was about it.  Whereas Colonel Agema, on the other hand, won most of the districts (except for the 5th, 8th, 9th, and 13th), and failed to carry only the Liberal and Moderate voting blocs (which should surprise no one).  And keep in mind that this survey specifically polled the party base, the republican opinion leaders in their respective congressional districts.

    There are reasons that the old guard elites in the state party establishment want Agema marginalized (if they can't silence him outright), and those who think like him purged from the precinct delegate network.  However, let's note that, for all of the fuss and bother that seems to be showing up in media opinion pieces, within the MIGOP State Central Committee, this is gaining exactly zero traction.

    In "Let Them Go Their Way" (his address to the 2nd Annual CPAC Convention), Ronald Reagan said:

    "I don 't know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, "We must broaden the base of our party" -- when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

    It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?"

    The problem, as I see it, with these pretenders to Reagan's legacy is that they want electoral victory on their terms -- without the requirement to be accountable to the party's platform or the party's founding principles.  They want the power and prestige, without the requirement to do right by their party's grassroots base.  And they continue to be clueless as to why they routinely lose major elections.

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