If this continues on throughout the 50 states and the U.S. Senate some real work might actually get done.
The Democrat playbook seems to include ‘Cut and Run’ at the slightest sign of legislative adversity. I guess that isn’t too surprising given that it mirrors their war policy. From Indy Star:
Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.
A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.
The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.
With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.
Will the GOP in Indiana consider a nuclear option? It isn’t looking good:
Gov. Mitch Daniels had warned his party late last year against pursuing so-called “right to work” legislation. While he agreed with it philosophically, he said it was a big issue that needed a state-wide debate and noted no Republican had run on this in the November election.
Hot Air elaborates on the foolishness of such a decision to forgo a political advantage:
If you have a legislative advantage, why not press it to advance your agenda and let the public deal with you at the polls next cycle? That’s precisely how the Democrats passed ObamaCare. And yes, they paid dearly for it, but while congressional majorities may come and go, our new health-care law will quite possibly be with us forever…
Still, it’s unfathomable to me that he’d decline to press hard on unions at a moment when (a) conservatives are hoping to build nationwide momentum against PEUs and (b) the Democratic caucus in Indiana has decided to skip town to obstruct the process there too. At the very least, he could have phrased this as, “I’d prefer to wait until next term to take this up, but if Democrats can’t be bothered to show up, let’s go forward.”
Wisconsin Republicans apparently do not have the brass call the nuclear option into play either. However, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is threatening to bring up the Voter ID bill if Democrats do not return. From JS:
The push on the photo ID bill by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is the latest example of Republicans pressuring Democrats in hopes of ending the standoff over the bill on union rights. Senate Democrats disappeared to Illinois on Thursday to prevent a vote on that bill, and they’ve been there ever since.
While Fitzgerald raised the possibility of passing the photo ID bill, absent Senate Democrats have their own leverage against Republicans. The changes to union rights are included in a sweeping budget repair bill that also includes $165 million in bond refinancing that must be acted on by Friday to make sure the state meets its bills in the fiscal year that runs through June 30.
In a news conference, Walker gave no hints of conceding and called proposals to tweak the bill non-starters.
“I am going to stand with the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin,” Walker said.
You do not treat cowardice with weakness. Republicans in both states need to own up to the fact that Democrats are not interested in working with Republicans unless it is to continue the status-quo until they get back in charge. It is because of that Republicans need to make a bold stand and use the political advantage that the voters gave them to reduce the size of government, slash the budgets, and untangle the death grip unions have on taxpayer dollars!