Saturday, May 23, 2020

Michigan Needs More Blue Dogs

WTF, Governor Grunhilda?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order for the 5th time, this time until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19.

Despite declaring that we’ve flattened the curve, Whitmer said the extension is about avoiding a second wave of coronavirus.

It’s not like she didn’t warn her subjects that they would pay for that protests against her authority. First on April 17th:

Thousands Protest Michigan Governor's Social Distance Order | U.S. ...

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday evening that the "irresponsible actions" of protesters in her state this week could lead to an extension of stay-at-home orders. Demonstrators descended on the state Capitol in Lansing Wednesday after Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order through April 30.

"It's that kind of irresponsible action that puts us in this situation where we might have to actually think about extending stay-at-home orders, which is supposedly what they protesting," Whitmer, a Democrat, said in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. CBS

True to her word, she then extended the Lockdown and Emergency Order until May 15th. But the hoi polloi refused to heed her warnings and returned again on May 14 while the legislature was in session – some of them armed (!) –

Lockdown protesters return to Michigan State Capitol | City PulseDangerous Dissidents Descend on the Michigan Capital

to protest against the governor's stay-at-home order, arguing that it impinges on their personal freedoms, and they want to return to work.  

Such ungrateful riffraff, who do they think they are anyway? So Grunhilda warned them again, and to prove she could she signed an executive order extended the lockdown until again through May 28th. That was one day after Republican state lawmakers sued the Guv over a previous extension of Michigan's state of emergency, arguing that she had usurped power from the state legislature.

Apparently emboldened when a Court of Claims Judge sided with her against the Legislature she decided to eff with her subjects again and announced yesterday that, by Gubernatorial edict, the Stay At Home order has again been extended until June 12th. Despite having flattened the curve. Despite having just announced the day before several changes to the stay-at-home order that has been in place since March, “allowing” social gatherings of 10 people or less and telling retail retail businesses they can reopen to customers for shopping by appointment. Some people might find these edicts confusing and contradictory, but I guess that’s because they’re stupid or something.

Oh, and also by edict the Guv lifted constraints in the UP and certain tourist-heavy areas like Traverse City/Leelanau in norther Michigan where as of 12:01 a.m. yesterday, bars, restaurants and other businesses and offices to open to customers.

So peons, you can just stay home and fire up the BBQ this holiday weekend, secure in the knowledge that your Governor will be relaxing at her summer home in northern Michigan. Oh, and she’ll be having a graduation party for her daughter. How nice.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think what this country needs a new meme. Karen has been maligned enough. It’s time for a Gretchen. Sort of a cross between a Lucy Van Pelt,

and the devil in the Blue Dress.

Fabulous prize for the best meme submission!

Because Michigan doesn’t need just any wrinkly blue dog; what we really need are more Reagan Blue Dog Democrats.

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