Legislative Leaders Should Be Very Concerned When the Opposition Starts to Throw in the Towel
Not that I’m happy to see any of these legislators go specifically or in general, but the brazen optimist in me hopes that this is the backdraft before some sort of explosion:
The already lopsided balance of power in Rhode Island’s state legislature could tip even further left come November.
Five of the Assembly’s 18 Republicans will not seek reelection, the majority of them in the House, where one-third of the anemic GOP caucus has bowed out.
Their reasons for leaving are as varied as the part-time legislature itself — work and family commitments, grandchildren, and in one case a fleet of 50 new cows that need looking after. …
… the Assembly chambers — the House especially — can be a frustrating place for Republicans, who represent less than 16 percent of the 113 legislative votes.
Burnout is a reality.
“You start to say, ‘hey, is it worth fighting this battle up here?'” said Susan A. Story, of Barrington, one of four House Republicans not seeking reelection. Story has cited personal reasons for her departure, though she acknowledges that fatigue is a factor. “Sometimes you say, ‘well, maybe someone else could fight it for a while.'”
Whether we’re actually approaching a watershed, and whether the explosion would be a positive or negative thing, is unknowable, but even the Rhode Island electorate can’t be so dense as to think encroaching monopartisanism represents a healthy trend. Right?