|The Indiana Statehouse|
My good friend Erin Rosenberg brought up a great point on her Facebook last week, however, and I think I agree with her. While I really enjoy the idea of statewide voters deciding whether Indiana should still be one of the less than half states in the country with Right to Work, that this is what we elect our legislators for. We elect our lawmakers to lead and to represent us. We don't really elect them to throw the hard decisions back at us.
With that said, I understand what Pat Bauer is doing here. He's getting the deal he can get, and Brian Bosma is, too. Bosma knows that, in an election year, the worst thing he can do is make the Democrats out to be the heroes of organized labor to whip up the, no doubt, thousands of protesters that will appear at the Statehouse. Bauer understands that, in an election year, he probably can't keep walking out of the legislature with his caucus while trying to win back the Governor's Office. It's kind of like the two sides need each other.
While a referendum kicks the can down the street a little longer, both sides can claim some sort of victory if it passes to the voters. Dems will say that the people will now decide, and the GOP can say that progress has been made. Deep down though, Republicans should not want this to go to a referendum. There's too much on the line for them with the opinion polls being too ambiguous.
I guess the fight is on.