While some GOP leaders are at least mouthing the intent to moderate their rhetoric and policies to be more inclusive, Republicans in Lansing make no such pretence. In the last few weeks the extremists in Lansing have passed along bills to nullify elections in Detroit (the Emergency Manager), nullify the popular vote in national elections (by changing the rules on how votes are counted) and limited the rights of women to take birth control pills (by allowing any insurance to refuse to pay for birth control pills, and any physician and medical institution to refuse to prescribe them, even in emergency situations). This all comes hot on the heels of making Michigan a right to (not) work State, and in anticipation of even more radical laws limiting our liberties.
So how did a traditional Blue State come to have such an extremist Legislature and Governor (albeit Snyder is a recent convert to insanity). The process in Michigan is a template for a hostile takeover of State legislatures by a few billionaires, including the Koch brothers. These would-be oligarchs are allying themselves with local ideologue millionaires (such as the DeVos family in Michigan), who in turn fund alliances between various right wing special interest groups to turn out the vote in local elections. Thus the Tea baggers become allied with the right to life and allied with anti-immigration groups to elect local representatives. Each group, focused on their own single issue is tied together with a well funded candidate taking radical and even contradictory positions. All it takes is for a designated candidate to spend a little face time with small groups and avoid media scrutiny of their real agenda. Never mind that the real agenda of the Kochs and DeVos is to turn Michigan into a third world economy benefitting the 1%.
The only remedy is a grass roots movement of democratic oriented people who are just as motivated to use their vote… at least while they still have it.