Well, if you’re at war,Democrat, why are you fleeing to the safety of another jurisdiction instead of manning the battlements as most people do in such conflicts.
“It sounds like war to me, and I think that’s what he’s declared this (legislative) session,” [Indiana House Minority Leader Patrick] Bauer said.
He said Democrats are ready to negotiate but won’t return to the Statehouse until Republicans stop pushing their “radical agenda.”
Um, Patrick, so, you’re telling Republicans elected to a majority in last fall’s election that their agenda is “radical,” so you’re going to take your marbles and run away? Last fall, Indiana voters elected more Republicans than Democrats to the Indiana House, ending your term as Speaker. That means, you no longer get to set the agenda.
And just like his Wisconsin counterpart, Jon Richards, he describes majority Republicans’ attempts to advance their agenda as war. What is it with these Democrats, can’t they accept it when Republicans win elections?
Just amazing that Mr. Bauer, after forty years in the legislature, many in the minority, could call it “war” when the party that won a majority of seats in the most recent elections, moves to advance its agenda through the legislative process. If the agenda were so radical, Bauer should be able to peel off enough Republicans to vote against it. Failing that, he and his fellow Democrats should easily be able to persuade Hoosiers to reject Republicans in 2012 and replace them with less radical Democrats.
But, no, Indiana House Democrats, like their Wisconsin Senate counterparts, are acting like spoiled children who can’t get their way and run for the hills, er, the state of Illinois. Don’t see any Republicans running away in states where Democrats are in control. Nor did we see it in 2009 where there were a lot more such states.
Oh, and you gotta love the misrepresentation in Deanna Martin’s AP report on the flight of the Indiana Democrats: “Although Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker has pledged to push through legislation that would eliminate the bargaining rights of most unionized public workers, Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wanted to avoid such a showdown.” Sorry, Deanna. The bill wouldn’t eliminate their rights, only curtail them. Better check the bill before you write about it.