Rick Snyder, Newly Elected Michigan Governor, Defies Conventional Wisdom And Reaches Out To Rival

11/08/2010 03:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Most of Washington is working hard at sizing up the new state of the GOP by strutting and fretting over what side in the "Civil War" shall prevail: the establishment GOP that turned obstruction into an art form or the newly arrived "Tea Party" set that have campaigned on the notion that the United States is a hair's breadth away from plunging into abject tyranny.

But there is another alternative! In Michigan, we have newly elected GOP governor Rick Snyder, who ran as an insurgent to establishment figures like Pete Hoekstra, all the while campaigning as a conciliatory optimist. And Ben Smith makes this pull from today's Detroit Free Press, which finds that Snyder has begun matching deeds to words -- appointing a political rival, Andy Dillon, to his team as the Michigan State Treasurer:

The appointment of Dillon, a Redford Democrat who also was a candidate for governor, was virtually unprecedented for a newly elected Republican governor. Snyder said it was proof that he really does want to govern differently to avoid partisan gridlock.

"I don't worry about labels," he said. "We all have a background of solving problems, and Michigan is in a crisis. We can hit the ground running to solve our problems. And the caliber of talent here is world-class."

Allow me to wonder again: what political show will be the first to book Rick Snyder?

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