Matt Bevin is my kind of guy. Up by his boot straps, he made a pile as an asset manager, then rode to the rescue of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, in the family since 1832, and about to go under. Under very trying circumstances he pulls if off, and the last American manufacturer exclusively of bells stays in business. Next time you ring a bell, think of Matt Bevin.
Then he decides he’s going to take on Mitch McConnell, and makes a serious run at it. At this point you admire his courage but question his judgement. After getting clobbered he gets up and says he’s going to run for Governor. He is fortunate in the primary, and squeaks out an 83 vote win in a fractured field.
I wasn’t there, but I’d wager a key point in the general election race came when Bevin embraced, literally, the county clerk who went to jail for not issuing gay wedding licenses. There’s a picture of them together, standing in front of a court house, celebrating her release. Her husband, dressed in faded overalls, is right up there with them. They’re not what you would call photogenic. These are plain people, the kind of people a whole lot of Kentuckians identify with, regardless of party. I’ll bet Matt Bevin won a lot of votes with that picture. Which means he’s a smart guy.
And a new Governor with a big agenda, not least the adoption of a right to work law. And a Governor looking at a Republican and cooperative State Senate, and a House under the Speakership of your worst, sworn, enemy, Greg Stumbo.
Bevin’s election was the death knell for the Democratic Party of Kentucky. There’s no way in hell the Democrats hold on to the State House in next year’s election, and everybody knows it. A Democrat from Louisville just switched, bringing Stumbo’s margin down to 53-47. Governor Matt Bevin is going to do all that he can legally do to get four of those House D’s to switch parties, and depose Stumbo, and allow his agenda a chance of passage. The Governor of Kentucky has a lot of power, as do Sens. McConnell and Paul. All their guns will be trained on Stumbo. It’s happening as I type. I think he’s going down.
Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis is immovable. He refuses to talk about Article V with anyone. I tried to see him when I was in Boise, at the end of the session. I tried again when I was driving back to Montana this summer. Utah Senate President Curt Bramble tried to talk to him, but he refused to discuss it. Lew Uhler’s friend, Greg Casey of BiPac, a very big hitter in Idaho Republican politics, tries to talk to him about Article V, and is refused.
Apparently Davis is such an intimidating presence that no one in the State Senate can stand up to him, at least on constitutional issues. The only person who could take him on is the Senate President, and he doesn’t seem to have the guts. We’re at a loss, for the moment. I’m sure Greg Casey hasn’t given up. At Lew’s party in D.C. he promised me he’d take care of Davis, and we shook hands on it. I believe he’ll do everything he possibly can.
Bill McIlvain is on the case in Wyoming. He’s taken this project on as his own, and knows more about the Wyoming legislature than just about anybody. This is a guy you can count on.
The Convention of States is making mischief here and there, some times at our direct expense. You get the feeling that these people don’t want anybody to win if it can’t be them. They are actively undermining us in some states. The answer to all this is publicity. Any decent reporter, writing a story on the Article V movement, would expose them for what they are. But no reporter has written that story, because we’re not taken seriously. That’s going to change, once we hit 30. Until then we’ll have to put up with the CS.
When the moon’s orbit swings it close to the earth and into a perfect alignment with the sun a king tide is created, called the autumn equinox. If this coincides with a major storm, the result is a 100 year tide.
Does that sound like any circumstance you might be familiar with?