Preston Smith gave a great speech on the floor of the State Senate. I agree with all his points. He hit the right notes.
But I am concerned that conservatives are rallying to embrace him now and should use greater discretion. Based on Smith’s own history in the State Senate, it seems this speech was more designed to save face than stand on principle — damage control in a grand kabuki dance.
I have heard from a number of Republican senators that they were taken aback by his behavior and there is a real rift in the State Senate that he threw his colleagues under the bus after spending a great deal of time as the Judiciary Committee chairman doing roughly what was done to him.
Maybe he is sincere. I hope so. But I am not yet persuaded. I’d be more persuaded, I suppose, if he was not just hurling rocks at his colleagues for going wobbly, but also came up with some suggestions.
Compare Preston to Mitch Seabaugh who also voted no and gave up his seat, but has not taken up the rocks to throw at his colleagues.
Good for them both voting no, but you’ll have to excuse me for thinking that there is more to this grandstanding than all of a sudden finding principles.