Sadly enough, he's probably right. Politics is one big what have you done for me lately world, and a very unforgiving and inconsiderate one at that. Voters, and more particularly opposition political parties and their leaders, either do not play fair or think clearly, or, really, act in a combination of both. Still, how many of us like braggarts? It's okay to sell yourself, but if you don't pay attention to how it's done and walk carefully, even the successful are frowned upon.
How many great athletes are seen as jerks simply because they say, in effect, 'I'm great and you're not?' Isn't that one of the biggest turn offs in sports today, that too many athletes seem too full of themselves, too over the top? Admit it, in our hearts we like the Alan Trammells better than the Kirk Gibsons, even though Gibson's heroics are more brash. Everyone loves that photo from the 1984 World Series of Gibson with his arms in the air, skipping around the bases after that home run. But that home run didn't win the game per se (the Tigers were already ahead) and who won the World Series MVP? Alan Trammell, who much more quietly dominated during the Tigers' triumph that season.
If you must brag, and, to be fair, it doesn't seem as though Finley is calling for anything over the top from the Governor on the issue, then do it by the force of your actions more than anything else. Point it out, if you must, if political reality forces you to do so. Still, we aren't quite so cynical about the average Joe as we are about the average politico. If crowing a bit, as Finley calls it, means stumping for Republican House candidates, as Finley also suggests be done, okay, do that. But be careful if you want too much more. Bragging normally oozes from arrogance more readily than from real accomplishment. If Snyder is to grab people by the nape of their necks, he must do so as gently as he can.