Relatedly, Matthew Yglesiaspoints out the dysfunction that comes with having an explicitly "populist" legislature, as is the case in Arizona, where lawmakers are limited by low-pay, small staffs, and term restrictions:
According to the most recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are a little less than enthused about Alaska's former half-term governor:
For the first time in Post-ABC News polling, fewer than six in 10 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents see Palin in a favorable light, down from a stratospheric 88 percent in the days after the 2008 Republican National Convention and 70 percent as recently as October. [...]
Unlike Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Michigan's Rick Snyder isn't even trying to hide the radical corporatism of his agenda. Think Progress reports:
Following suit, Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) has proposed ending his state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, cutting a $600 per child tax credit, and reducing credits for seniors, while also cutting funding for school districts by eight to ten percent. At the same time, as the Michigan League for Human Services found, the state’s business taxes would be reduced by nearly $2 billion, or 86 percent, under Snyder’s plan.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
By now, Republican attacks on public workers have crescendoed from a drumbeat to a steady drone. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decries firefighters and police officers as "greedy," Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks about the need to "break the back of organized labor in the schools," and GOP lawmakers in Congress fall over themselves to attack federal employees.