Like him or not, Snyder is noticed

Guest Editorial
A polling firm this week declared Gov. Rick Snyder to be as unpopular today as former Gov. Jennifer Granholm was when she left office last year.

Snyder called himself “one tough nerd” in last year’s campaign, and he’ll have to be to withstand the public’s criticism. Protesters greeted his arrival in Jackson on Monday for the local Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner. Some want him impeached or recalled, just 81 days into his term.

It’s little wonder that so many have turned against the governor they elected overwhelmingly last year. He wants to tax retirees’ pensions. He would limit money for public schools and universities, and demand better performance out of local governments. There’d be much less money for filmmakers, for developers taking on polluted properties, and so on.

Still, let’s not forget why Michigan voters chose Snyder as governor. They wanted someone to end the paralysis in Lansing, to balance the state’s books, to help reinvent Michigan government.

Whether you agree with his specifics, you can’t ignore that Snyder — who has never held elected office — is an intensely relevant politician. He has not shied away from unpopular ideas. He is taking on special interests. And he is forcing every state politician to react to his agenda.

It can’t be good for the ego, but the governor should be pleased by the protests and loud voices he is hearing. They are evidence he is doing his job. We only hope the average voter sees through all the special interest noise.