Skubick: Can Snyder get past his own party in fixing the roads?

It's an unwritten rule that no governor, regardless of political affiliation, gets everything he or she wants. 

Even the hard-nosed and hard driving former Gov. John Engler suffered the humiliation of seeing one of his vetoes overridden by members of his own party. 

The current governor is no stranger to the phenomenon, especially when it comes to raising road-fix revenue. That humiliation has been going on for more than four years as members of his own party steadfastly refuse to cough up the votes to raise those dollars. 

Win one for the Gipper is not a motivating force in the House GOP caucus. 

In fact, as the governor moves into this critical week hoping against hope that the stiffing stops, it's ironic that if he had had a Democratically controlled legislature the last four years, this road fix would have been fixed three years ago. 

Even though some Senate Rs did give the governor what he wanted, a hefty gas tax hike, the gov's sell job in the House GOP ranks continues to bump up against harsh conservative opposition. 

Take former Rep. Peter Lund who is now employed by the Koch brothers. His group Americans for Prosperity has a list of 23 Republicans who signed a pledge to not "vote for or work toward" a gas tax hike. That's not to mention others who also signed a blanket no tax pledge. 

The ex-Macomb County anti-taxer is burning up the phone lines with calls to those pledge signers, gently reminding them they should keep their promise or else.

Or else when it comes re-election time, Mr. Lund will remind the voters back home that the promise meant nothing. He says that is not a threat but it's looking, walking and quacking like it is. 

Then you have the TEA Party gang getting into the act. 

"Lansing is not listening," warns Wes Nakagiri from that wing of the GOP. "We must explore political options to make sure a price is paid for voting for such a massive tax increase," he warning grows more ominous. 

But as the governor inches toward a possible compromise vote on a "middle ground" revenue increase, he can hear the stains of the old rock and roll hit from the Four Tops in the background: "It's the Same Old Song."   

Republicans may again hand their governor another defeat, and his critics will contend its yet another example of his inability to lead his own party where he wants it to go. 


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