Hard Hats Beat Up the Hard LeftRegardless of who was in the Governor's mansion, the politics of Michigan have been anything but "conservative." It was a labor dominated economy, with the leftist political agenda that goes hand in hand with that. Most of the "Republicans" who held the office were liberals. The fact remains that it wasn't free market capitalism that ruined the auto industry and Michigan's economy - it was the unions and a progressive political agenda.
Union workers despise the New Age agenda of the Preppy Progressives. They instinctively know that what you think of as Liberals are spoiled snobs spawned by the university, which is an obsolete aristocratic institution designed specifically for those living off an allowance.