A pair of Detroit Free Press articles begs the question: What in the world was the Michigan GOP thinking when they chose Dick Devos as their gubernatorial candidate?

On the one hand, we have a state whose largest city is so devoid of decent, utilitarian retail that Detroiters are absolutely thrilled to see a Staples office supply store open on Jefferson Ave.

On the other hand, we have a candidate who is best known for running Amway, whose direct-sales approach has so saturated the US market that it’s had to push into China, where Amway is flourishing.

In case you don’t recall, the nail in DeVos’ coffin was the fact that, as president of Amway’s parent company, he cut 1400 Michigan jobs while investing $200 million in order to open Chinese markets to Amway. He even built a factory in China, creating thousands of jobs for Chinese workers. For some reason, in the state with the worst economy in the Union, this peeved many voters . . . a large percentage of whom are going to loose their manufacturing jobs in the next two years, and won’t be able to afford to shop at Staples or to buy Amway from their sister-in-law’s cousin.

If anything demonstrates how critically out-of-touch the GOP has become, it is that they believed that DeVos could conceivably be elected. He’s lucky he hasn’t been run out of the state on a rail.

[Edited by Simon – Changed text on link]

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