Mike’s got a preview of the ConCon festivities set for June 14. The wheeling and dealing doubtless have already begun, though I have to doubt the stories of Patrick’s administration offering jobs-for-marriage-equality. That sounds goofy, it sounds like an easy media “plant,” and Patrick didn’t fudge in denying it.
But let’s just look at the math here:
- The governor’s pro-equality.
- The Speaker of the House is pro-equality.
- The new Senate Prez is pro-equality.
- There were 62 legislators who voted in January to move the initiative on to the next ConCon. That’s 62 out of 200. We need to get down to 49.
- It’s believed that due to legislative turnover, there are eight legislators whose minds need to be changed.
So, are those legislators targeted for a switch by the leadership in the catbird seat? Or are they getting uncomfortable? I know this stuff is always delicate, and every legislator has his or her own motivations, but like sco, I hope the Big Three aren’t shy with the stick. Insofar as other deals can be worked out with these legislators, I’m fine with that; that’s how the sausage gets made.
But you can’t expect to throw much weight around just for being a member of the Hamlet caucus. These legislators are a minority of a minority, and it’s time for Massachusetts to jettison this divisive and misanthropic proposal. Time for endgame.
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