Friday, December 7, 2007

Crazy like a fox, or just crazy?

Let me state for the record that Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson is smarter than me. I'm pretty brilliant, so that should make you feel good about leadership in the Georgia House of Representatives.

But the more I read, the more I wonder: Is he getting out-flanked these days? Has he mis-calculated, or does he have things right where he wants them?

And are politicians just required to have enemies?

Two posts from the Political Insiders have me pondering this today. In this one, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and DOT Board member Mike Evans spill a pretty poorly kept secret: That Richardson made a strong-armed push to get state Rep. Vance Smith into the top spot at the Georgia DOT.
Evans said the speaker had personally warned him to vote his way: “He said if you don’t do what I’m telling you to do I will have your board seat in January,” the DOT commissioner said.

Asked about the above, a spokeswoman for Richardson told Hart: “Obviously, there was a difference of opinion between the lieutenant governor and the House of Representatives over who should be the next DOT commissioner. However, Commissioner Abraham is bright and capable and the Speaker looks forward to working with her in the years to come.”

And this post, about the ever-shifting GREAT plan, sounds a lot like a threat.

Come to think of it, so does this.

Great stuff from the Insiders today.

I'm new to all this, but it sure seems like an awful lot of hard lines are being drawn. And they're all being drawn by factions of the same Republican Party.

This past legislative session I said that "Burning Down the House" should have been the theme song of the session because of all the in-fighting. Could this coming session be even worse? And by worse, of course, I mean more entertaining, but kind of depressing at the same time.

Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather.


Nick said...

There is no way that Glen Richardson is smarter than you.

Lucid Idiocy said...

Truth be told, I almost put "probably smarter" in there, but decided not to. The man is smart, crafty and informed.