Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shark on Dead Tree

My column in the Journal Sentinel on the flight of the Senators is here. I filed the piece before Sen. Tim Cullen's op-ed in Sunday's paper. He leaves me unmoved. Sen. Cullen suggests that he had some constitutional right to "slow down" consideration of the budget repair bill but, if he does, it isn't to be found in the constitution's quorum requirements. As he himself notes, those requirements seem to have been designed to ensure that a rump of the legislature would not act before all of the members could arrive. It was intended, in other words, to ensure that all - or at least a sufficient number - of members could participate. That it was not intended to permit a minority to paralyze the legislature by staying away is conclusively established by the grant to the legislature of the power to compel members to attend.

Nor were the Democrats seeking merely to "slow down" consideration of the bill. That would have been accomplished by staying away for a few days or a week. It would not involve threatening to stay away until the bill had been changed to the Democrat's liking. That's not "slowing down," it's obstruction.

It doesn't surprise me that Senator Cullen can't defend what was done. My guess is that, while he certainly opposes the budget repair bill, he never wanted to skip town and went along only to avoid becoming a pariah in his own caucus.

5 comments:

Dad29 said...

Man of Principle, eh?

smithwords said...

It appears to me Cullen is trying to mend fences in a major way. I'm sure it's evident to him the damage that he and his co-consipirators have done. Yes, elections, and actions, have consequences.

smithwords said...

My comments above are written partly in light of Cullen's statement, released yesterday, that decry the personal attacks and threats (from his side mainly) that have resulted from this entire controversy. Just to be clear...thanks.

John Foust said...

Heaven knows the People's Republicans of Fitzwalkerstan aren't showing leadership that would describe what's wrong and how both sides should be behaving. If hustling a budget under Doyle was wrong, then it's wrong for all, isn't it?

Can't wait to see what the next WisGOP temper tantrum will be.
Lower-quality toilet paper for restrooms near Dem offices?

jp said...

I am an “end justifies the means” man.
It looks like the “Fab Fourteen’s” end was to become idols to the far left and animated union supporters.

“Mission accomplished.”