Three Democrats got us out of committee. We’ll probably need more on the floor vote, Monday or Tuesday.
As I’ve said repeatedly on this blog, we may get Democrats, but not as the deciding votes. Oops. I wander around the woods in the evening drinking beer, and thinking deep thoughts. Some of them are better than others. That was not a good one. I don’t think we get there without Montana. And we won’t get Montana without Democrats.
I guess my perspective was skewed by my experience in Salt Lake, where the D’s wouldn’t give me the time of day.
The Birchers did it for us. Ellie Hill, from Missoula, is the leader of the three, and the sponsor of campaign finance reform through Article V. I’ve known a lot of legislators over the course of my life. There are good Democrats and bad Republicans. She’s a good Democrat, and a good American, who is just disgusted with the corruption of our politics by obscene amounts of money. Most Americans agree with her, so she’s got a shot. One of my better deep thoughts is that no Article V movement can succeed without supermajority support in both parties. She’s got that, I believe. As does the BBA.
So Ellie has studied Article V, and read Natelson, and knows full well that it poses absolutely no danger to the Constitution, that it is, in fact, critical to the design of the Constitution. It gives us a way around a corrupt Congress. And so these crazy ass Birchers come filing in to Judiciary spouting the most absurd bullshit imaginable. And it’s killing our bill. She sees it happening.
And it pissed her off.