She ran on the slogan “Fix the damn roads,” the kind of platform that emphasizes practical thinking over partisan politics. So how did pragmatic Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer find herself in the middle of several of Donald Trump’s most recent tirades?
Well, like others who have ended up in a similar position, she happens to be a woman—with a high-profile job to do. Over that past two months, the coronavirus pandemic has made superstars out of some of the most unglamorous federal executives. Few have become better known than Whitmer, a woman whose response to the crisis as the first-term governor of a swing state has earned such praise that it’s said to have landed her on the short list to be former vice president Joe Biden’s own vice president.
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