Polls show 65% of Democrats support a BBA. So we should get support from Democratic state legislators, no?
Fuggedaboutit. Sure, we’ve had some support from D’s in Ohio, all but three in Tennessee, and all of them in Louisiana. But none of those votes really counted. The R’s were going to pass the bill anyway, so it was just a question of jumping on a popular issue. A vote that counts is a deciding vote. We will not get one of those from a D. In the seven states the Task Force has won in the last two years, no chamber was controlled by Democrats. And going forward, no Democrat State Senate President, and no Democrat Speaker of a State House, will ever let our bill on to the floor for a vote. Ain’t going to happen. This will not be true with later Article V Resolutions, such as term limits.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s, when Lew Uhler was working this pretty much singlehandedly, he was able to get support from a lot of D’s, mainly in the South. In ’84, in Alaska, Sen. Bob Ziegler, Democrat, Ketchikan, carried the bill. It didn’t have a prayer without him. Those days, and those Democrats, are gone.
This is not to say we want to make this a partisan issue. Far from it. We’re bipartisan as hell, as far as I’m concerned. I live in California, so I’m a registered Democrat myself. (If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.)
I’m repeating myself, but we’re not in this to elect Republicans, except when we need them in Congress to give Article V a fair shake. If Harry Reid was running the Senate we’d be s.o.o.l.
So the previous post, The Sleeper of 2016, may have sounded like a partisan appeal, but it wasn’t meant to be. It was realpolitik. This may sound mean, but from the BBA’s perspective,
The only good Democrat is a Democrat in the Minority.