Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Exciting Week at General Assembly

Well, the Indiana General Assembly rests today after a tumultuous week of finger-pointing, name-calling, and, at times, red-faced anger. That’s just from the Republicans and their supporters.

So, what have we learned from this?

I think we learned that protest still matters. The Statehouse was filled to the brim with supporters of Indiana workers and Indiana families. Veteran Statehouse reporter Kevin Rader of WTHR-13 said on air that these were some of the biggest crowds he has ever seen there. You can’t overlook the power of social networking.

I think we learned that even though you may be in the minority, you can make a difference. What Indiana House Democrats did this week was masterful in its orchestration and effective in its impact. Somehow, I think we now know what Brian Bosma might look like if he swallowed a lemon.

We learned that Republicans have loose cannons. The Indiana Assistant Attorney General who was fired this week by Greg Zoeller for saying that “live ammunition” should be used to end protests in Wisconsin was not only out of line, but he was apparently fairly serious when he said that was his feelings on the subject. I salute Zoeller for taking care of this situation post haste. Hopefully, this individual will read the United States Constitution and realize that the right to peaceably assemble is guaranteed.

We learned again that Mitch Daniels just doesn’t do well when he’s challenged. Daniels was right when he said essentially that dealing with wedge issues are no way to run a state government. He was wrong when he criticized the Democrats after essentially praising them before. Apparently, Mitch must be ready for Spring Break, his flip flops are ready to go.

Well, it was a heck of a week again in the Indiana General Assembly. The best political show on Earth…bar none.

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