At NRO’s The Corner, Jonah Goldberg cheers yesterday’s defeat of compulsory unionism in Michigan, and after discussing the overreach of the left, says this about the way state-based, free-market think tanks (like the John Locke Foundation) and advocacy groups drive policy even as Washington appears hopelessly gridlocked:

The plight of certain states will naturally lead to homegrown reforms. And it’s worth noting that conservative institutions are thick on the ground to advocate and argue for free market policies. Enormous progress has been made with state-based think tanks (By the way: Congrats to the Mackinac Center in Michigan!) over the last couple decades. The fight in Washington may be bogged down, but the fights on the ground in the various states are going better than we might of hoped.

Except of course in California, where you people are doomed.