At this point I’m not sure what it is that makes us a “blue” state aside from perception. After all, the state government is firmly in GOP hands and the majority of our Representatives in the US house are republican.
Yes I agree it is the perception. The rest of the country (even on FR) seems unaware of what we’ve done the last two years, even though we’ve both mentioned the GOP swing.
Watched Michigan for many years from the outskirts of Cleveland and I think it's the feeling that Michigan seems like a tease in the Presidential elections as being possible to go Republican but it usually doesn't.
I personally think that the GM thing may have changed the ground rules in Michigan but I think people are still looking at Michigan based on expectations of past performance.
I hope like hell that Michigan finally cracks the nut and figures a way to a Republican Presidential victory in the state like Ohio has in recent years. I had no idea that the Republicans had done so well in the state and I'm very happy to hear it! Thanks for sharing.....