When Rick Snyder took over as governor, some were skeptical as to how "one tough nerd" would handle the job.
After all, he had little political experience and was taking over one of the toughest governing jobs in the country: managing a tattered budget and trying to turn around a state with an 11.7 percent unemployment rate. Yet thus far, Snyder has taken the reins with authority, and appears to have Michigan headed in the right direction.
One of Snyder's first acts was to set a deadline of July 1 for the Michigan Legislature to put the state budget in place. The legislature - which drags its feet every year only to cobble together a last-minute fix in September - apparently needs constant motivation, and hopefully Snyder's push will stick.
His State of the State was praised by both sides of the aisle, and his recent changes to the state parole board - reversing Gov. Granholm's decision to speed up the release of prison inmates eligible for parole - were admirable.
Time will only tell whether Snyder's idealism will endure or he will lapse back into previous governors' habits, but thus far, the governor's future looks bright.