I have been reading your posts for a couple of weeks now with great interest. I commend Erick Erickson for his leadership in setting up this blog. I hope I will have the chance to meet Erick in person soon as I admire his ability with this helpful new tool and technology about which I have a lot to learn!
I look forward to contributing to the discussion over the coming months as we prepare for another session of the legislature and for another election year. Perhaps PeachPundit will attract a wider audience as time goes on and become an important place for discussion and debate.
As a Republican member of the legislature I hope to offer an inside perspective from time to time. I will simply offer my opinions recognizing that they are no better than any other contributorâ€™s except that I hope I can offer the unique perspective of a Republican elected official who has labored for a long time in the hope of achieving what we finally have in controlling both chambers of the legislature as well as the governorâ€™s office.
Majority status is very different from our time as the minority. Now we have to govern and the question remains, can we effectively govern on the principles we have campaigned on for years, or will our newfound majority status lead us to mediocrity and a protectionist attitude? Where do we go from here?
And then there is the ever peculiar tendency of some Republicans to eat their own. So some of the races this year will be very interesting to watch. If your posts are any indication, the Governorâ€™s race may be overshadowed by nasty primary fights for Lt. Gov. and SofS. Although there has not been as much discussion, the primary race for AgC also promises to be interesting. The intensity of feelings around these races is not a bad thing, as long as we are prepared to support the winners of the primary battles in the general.
I am perhaps most interested in protecting our majorities in the house and senate, and in promoting a positive agenda in the next session that we can take into our campaigns next year.
I look forward to our discussion and debate as well as your suggestions for the next session.