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Earlier today, IndyStar.com reported:
Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.
A source tells the Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.
The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.
With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.
Ed Morrissey asked:
At what point does the decision to hold democracy hostage transform from a localized example of petulance to a national strategy?
To which I would add, ” and how would Dems respond if Republicans employed this strategy every time they disagreed with a bill? Can liberals really be such short sighted, cowardly fools, or could the risk of upsetting the gravy train that’s kept them going for so many years, be causing them to jump the shark?
But never fear, just when momentum and public opinion seems to be going against the Dems, there’s always some unprincipled, craven Republican around to enable their bad behavior – in this case, the Governor of Indiana, and Presidential contender, Mitch Daniels.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.
Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.
He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.
Looks like Daniels is calling a friggin’ truce on fiscal issues, too – and not serious about running for President.
Daniels Says, Legislators Running Away Is A “Perfectly Legitimate Part Of The Process”
Sorry this fight fell on his lap when he has so much on his plate, already – but it did, and the correct response is to fight back – not placate and excuse dishonorable Dems