afcjets wrote:apodino wrote:Whitmer is about the only candidate out there who would help him with the Rust Belt, (Other than possibly Tammy Baldwin, which I will throw out as a Darkhorse name) which is where this election will be won.
I doubt she could carry her own state right now. I think Trump wrapped up a Michigan win yesterday precisely because of her. The media took the bait and cried outrage over Trump saying he has the power to force states to open. That was meant for her and the people of Michigan breathed a huge sigh of relief.
I would take that bet. Sure, there are some protests - and a petition - decrying her decision to cut down on shopping trips, and trying to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak (which is currently concentrated in the Detroit area), but much of that has been funded by the DeVos family-funded Michigan Freedom Fund and the self-proclaimed Michigan Conservative Coalition - groups that would have never supported her anyway. (And, speaking of DeVos... imagine the outrage if some group funded by an Obama cabinet-member had stirred a similar political ruckus in the middle of a pandemic...). People who haven't felt or seen much infection around them don't grasp why - or are being encouraged not to try to understand why - isolation measures are necessary.
There has always been some conflict between the more urban and suburban areas of Michigan and the rural counties; this is just another manifestation of that. And to put it in another perspective, the state's Attorney General, Dana Nessel (D), tweeted:
"I just can't hear about one more black health care worker, police officer or bus driver die while getting a barrage of complaints from white folks outraged because they can't go golfing."
It is a difference in perspective..... and when this is all over, I'll bet Whitmer is the hero. Or heroine. Or, perhaps, Vice-President.