It makes sense that Michigan is getting hit the hardest, but check out which states are doing just fine…


Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Louisiana are all under 6% and some of them are under 4%.

That doesn’t bode well for getting much support from Republicans or moderate Dems when very few folks in these states are feeling much pain. They think they’ve been responsible, when the reality is they just don’t have very big economies so they’re not tied into the global marketplace as tightly.

In any event, just wanted to lend some perspective as to possibly why some of the Blue Dogs aren’t necessarily getting on board. Because it could have much less to do with principle and more to do with not feeling any pain…yet.

(source: Calculated Risk)

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