So I think I was too hard on the Lt. Governor after talking to a mutual friend last night.
He’s not being vindictive and, I’m assured, holds few grudges. So, I’m very pleased to rule that one out.
Second, I’m assured he really is committed to this “new tone” thing that Bush tried in D.C. and failed miserably out. He doesn’t see the need to push hard on legislation that has no chance of passing and wasting everyone’s time in the process. Were I in his position, I’d feel the same why and is kind of why I’m frustrated with Bobby Franklin’s bill, which while I support it, think it will take up a lot of time and controversy.
I do have some thoughts on this though. I do think Lt. Governor Cagle is being a bit foolish. We cannot expect the Democrats to play nice. We cannot expect to say, “Hey, this is never going to pass, so let’s not do it.” No, the Democrats are going to push forward legislation as best they can and try to put Republicans in difficult positions.
The GOP should not be afraid to do the same thing. The Voter ID bill, when played right, is the perfect issue. It is supported widely by independent and Republican voters. Even a very slim majority of Democrats support it. But, elected Democrats are adamantly opposed.
Cagle is a very nice guy. No one can deny that. And this is probably him continuing in the role of nice guy. There are a lot of nice Democrats too. But they are in the game to win. And Cagle and the GOP should be too. It’s the nature of the political game.