National Republican politics and the tremendous response to come one, come all Tea Party invitations have impacted this session more than you know. With the GOP scrambling to prevent further internal hemorrhaging, they see the value added by increasing numbers with folk who have a taste for tea.
An interesting Elephant Wrestlemania match is pending. The main event features the tag-team of JB, RP, DW, and they now seek to introduce their newest team member, “BIG T Party”! They don’t have a team name, but will be going up against the team known throughout the state as “The Established Link”. This team is composed of Big Daddy Mc, Tre’ Baller, and the Elephant, man. Let’s all be sure to watch just how far out in middle of the mat DW goes with BIG T. I hear the Established Link team has also made contract overtures to BIG T Party, so there is a question of Party loyalty, for sure, and no one wants to be bushwhacked by a supposed team member!
After all, there are so many different Tea groups in Kentucky. I am trying to learn if they have a consistent message; a common purpose and plan; a direction they are all moving in together and one they all are in agreement with? I want to know and understand this group, but they seem to be all over the road – and reckless driving is dangerous. Get that corn popped – extra butter please -- and put up your feet. This should be fun to watch!
It is the belief of some knowlgeable individuals that Senate President David Williams was never interested in having a budget. No need for one if he, too, has developed a taste for tea and the Tea Baggers are insisting that government is dysfunctional and not being able to pass a budget is proof.
By helping to mobilize and shore up this new political ideology that is to the right of even the state Republican party, Mr. Williams has clearly made his stand against the Republican establishment; perhaps because of the angst he feels for not being the Chosen One for the US Senate seat.
And is there anyone who believes Mr. President might have overplayed his hand this session? Rumor has it that an anthropologist found what might turn out to be backbone material in the Senate Chambers this session. It is unknown just how old this material might be, but it is currently being studied at a confidential UK lab facility. When queried about why Dems in the Senate seemed to follow the leader on the budget, I was advised it is commonly thought that it’s better to go home with a budget. Really? Seems this session they violated their own rule. . .
Governor Beshear has certainly had a bumpy ride this session. Early in the session, he was all but locked out of the process when his budget proposal was DOA. On the final night of the session, he held a press conference, thumbed his nose at the legislature and proclaimed, “I told you so”!
In reality, the General Assembly had an opportunity this session to place itself in a position of having unprecedented influence in future state budgets. We spoke of this early on in the session. It proved to be an opportunity that has been frittered away. Governor Beshear is right to call us back. The Executive Office has been rehabilitated as it relates to the budget and the office and this governor is, again, a major player. The governor, however, now has a serious challenge. He has to now use the power of the office to bring in the leadership of both chambers and he has to help forge the compromise needed to get a budget. What if he cannot do this? What incentive will there be for Williams to cooperate?If the House and Senate are truly only apart on our budget proposals by 1%, as we have been told, the Governor is right. ANYONE could likely find a way to reach agreement. However, if individuals in leadership have personal agendas, ego issues, future plans for office or other such factor which is not allowing them to reach agreement, this may prove to be a more difficult problem for the governor to solve. I guess it’s true, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him vote for it. . . or something like that. Continue to pray for Haiti and for the success and protection of President Obama