Four years ago Rick Snyder introduced himself to the voters of Michigan in an ad that aired during the Super Bowl. It was an innovative TV spot that portrayed him as a “nerd” and suggested a “nerd” was what the state needed as its Governor.
Whether “nerd” was an appropriate description of him or not, during his three years in office Snyder’s approach to governing has at times swerved away from the usual political pathways. Perhaps to his credit, Snyder appears to put policy before politics more often than is the case with most elected officials. To believe that he ignores the game of politics completely would be naive; but generally when one opposes the Governor’s position on an issue; it is an honest disagreement over policy. More often than not; Snyder seems to make decisions based on what he really thinks is best for Michigan.