A Sense of Doom in Rhode Island
I’m still feeling optimistic about the ability of the still inchoate reform movement to make advances and gain converts over the next two years, but a sense of near-term doom is still appropriate:
After meeting with the House speaker and the Senate president, Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee said Friday he was optimistic that he will have a good working relationship with the two most powerful people in the General Assembly.
In an illustration of the superficiality of such public shows, the most concrete statement offered by the three elected officials was that the legislators appreciated Chafee’s refusal to grade the legislature in a pre-election debate. That doesn’t mean, of course, that Senate President Theresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox won’t find Chafee’s governance much to their liking.
Get ready for some backsliding, Rhode Island… especially if you thought we were already up against the wall.