Professional lobbyists, and especially those working on what the BMG community would characterize as progressive causes, know that Speakers come and go. And for that matter so do Senate Presidents and Governors. And many of us have reasons to be thankful of recent changes.
As a matter of standard practice, however,the political and personal dynamics within and between each Chamber and the Executive Department is simply information to be collected, understood and leveraged to advance positive policy change. Not judged.
That’s what all lobbyists work for — to snatch a win out of the inevitable whirl of personal and political agendas. And not talk about it in public unless it’s to say thank you.
I have a hard time understanding folk, including many commentators on BMG, who stand outside the public policy arena counting up the character flaws and characterizing the misadventures of key players as criminal corruption in ways that really discourage community activists from engaging in advocacy.
Come on commentators! Get into the public policy arena for a while. You’ll find most legislators are regular hard working human beings who want, more than anything else in the world, to bring a measurable positive change to a critical mass of their constituents — and get credit for it. That’s the Hero Opportunity they are looking for, and maybe, if you can do the hard work of organizing and mobilizing a good campaign, you can provide it for them. The anti- casino forces, did, the gay marriage folk did, the anti death penalty folk did, the choice folk did.
I will leave it to others to list the good campaigns and victories of the forces of darkness and evil.