Today’s WSJ features a column by Bill McGurn on former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, a Harvard-educated lawyer with no grasp of economics who presided over a continuing decline of the state. (Sounds rather like Obama.) Instead of humbly disappearing into private life, she has written an astounding book in which he claims that big government is necessary and laissez-faire just doesn’t work. She has made herself quite a pinata with that.

If you read the column, it’s impossible to miss the similarities between Granholm’s ideas about how to improve a state’s economy and those of Bev Perdue.