On the topic of this week’s right to work vote:
Democrats and unions are fighting hard to keep people in line to back the veto. Republicans and conservatives are trying to pull enough votes over to their side. By O’Brien’s reckoning, he needs to persuade about 15 people to reach the two-thirds majority it would take to override the veto.
Those Republicans who won’t come along are being asked to “take a walk” when the vote is taken. The more lawmakers who wander away during the vote, the fewer votes O’Brien needs to get to two-thirds.
In other words, the O’Brien junta is (instructing..oops) asking those GOP caucus members who won’t toe the line to take a walk, rather than represent the voters they were elected to represent.
Fahey goes on to mention our own Jennifer Daler’s election, and points out that she’ll be sworn in in time to vote – meaning O’Brien has to (make more threats..oops) find more votes.
Fahey spoke to some Nashua reps on the topic of the newly elected Rep. Daler:
Sen. Jim Luther and Sen. Gary Lambert, both of Nashua, said they felt voters were sending a message to throttle back on extraneous issues and focus on taxes and the economy.
“We’ve had a lot of discussion about it,” Luther said. “You’ve got to have the sense that something is going on out there. And right in Bill O’Brien’s back yard? That’s an issue.”
Dean’s been asking when the House Republicans would realize they have an O’Brien problem. It sounds as if they’re starting to.