Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Michigan State’s decision to install former Gov. John Engler as interim president isn’t a big confidence builder. More than anything, it signals the return of an Old Guard comfortable working the cozy corridors of power and its informal networks. And it exposes just how nakedly partisan governance of MSU really is – a board split between four Republicans and Democrats also named former Democratic Gov. Jim Blanchard a “special adviser” to Engler.

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