February 9, 2010, - 6:25 pm
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As you may know, this year, Michigan will pick a new Governor. There really aren’t any good choices on either side of the aisle (and I’ve changed my mind on Pete Hoekstra–which I’ll let you know about in an upcoming post). One of the unknown candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Governor is multi-millionaire businessman Rick Snyder. During Sunday’s Super Bowl, he ran this ad in Michigan, in which he characterizes himself as “One Tough Nerd.” (It cost him $1 million, and it was worth it ‘cuz he’s getting a ton of free media out of it.)
It’s cute. But do I want a policy wonk boy wonder nerd genius as Governor? Maybe. Not sure. Far too many conservatives have dismissed smarts and intellect as “elitism” and the domain of the Democrats (and they’ve gone for a few select bubbly airheads full of ignorance instead), which is a mistake and doom for the movement and for America. Still, I like the business angle better, but that’s been done and didn’t work when an airhead named Dick DeVos ran four years ago and got trounced by Democrat incumbent Jennifer Granholm. He needs to combine “nerd” WITH “successful biz.” So, would you vote for a guy who plays the Nerd card? It reminds me of that famous line in “Revenge of the Nerds”: The Nerds saw me naked! And then there’s, “I’m not kissing a nerd.”
Not sure how conservative Snyder is because his answers haven’t been forthcoming on some stuff, but he has some good mainstream conservative people behind him. We’ll see. I don’t rule him out.
**** UPDATE: So, I was thinking. If Rick Snyder calls himself a nerd because he got his college degree, MBA, and Law Degree by age 23, what does that make me (since I earned all three by age 24–and no, I didn’t do any joint degrees; earned ‘em all separately)? Who you callin’ “nerd,” Rick? Just kidding (but I was never a nerd, never!). And, of course, I don’t have his junior Bill Gates bankroll, though I don’t think that’s the nerd part.
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