Meet the New Boss…er…it is the Old Boss!
The famous quote from Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke also comes to mind:
What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last [night], which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.
So…..that’s it, then. Truth is, there really isn’t any communication failure here. Rhode Islanders clearly like the job that Democrats and liberals are doing.
It’s apparent that there just aren’t enough independent, non-government/union/dependents to overcome the entrenched interests in Rhode Island. Or maybe there are, but we just can’t agree on how to fight them, which is why we elect a liberal governor with 36% of the vote and allow the Democrat incumbents to remain in multiple offices that saw the various Republican/Moderate/Independent challengers garner more votes but lose because they couldn’t rally behind ONE challenger.
Some will take this as the final cue to skedaddle. Others will continue to stick it out for their own reasons and will continue to fight the battles, big and small. Those who didn’t support the maintenance of the RI status quo can take some comfort, I suppose, in plausible deniability: “Hey, I didn’t vote for this mess!”
Well, that’s not going to help defray the cost of paying the increased tax bills headed our way.
On second thought, a more appropriate paraphrase of the above quote may be, “which is the way they want it…so we get it.” Yes, indeed.