State Senators Bill Krist and Tommy Garrett both turned their backs on the Republican Party yesterday. And neither likely care.
Krist and Garrett had both voted earlier for the Winner Take All bill for Presidential Electoral Votes to get past a filibuster.
But on Tuesday, their two Nay votes scuttled the bill for the year, yet neither voted on the merits of the bill. One simply wanted to join the Dems and the other just wanted to get back at the GOP Senators for another vote.
Here is how it went down…
Krist for Speaker
The general consensus was that Krist was literally trying to hide during the last vote. When he got called on the floor, he came out and indignantly claimed that he was going to vote the whole time. And he certainly gave the impression that he would join his fellow Republicans in turning back the WTA law to the pre-1991 version — as it was before Nebraska Democrats decided to change the way every other state voted so they could try to pick off a vote.
(And lest you attempt some indignation at the Republicans, know that the Dems were the ones who stole the vote, and the GOP has been trying since 1991 to turn it back.)
In any case, many capital sources put Krist’s change of vote like this: He wants to be Speaker. (Then again, others say he just wanted to screw his GOP colleagues and the Governor.)
In order to get the Speaker gig, he will need the support of Democrats. And his support of the Democrat Electoral Vote theft will show that he’s “one of them” and can get their votes for Speaker.
Crass enough for ya?
Few are really surprised.
Do you like apples??!
Well, Tommy Garrett’s vote was even goofier…for a Legislator.
Garrett voted against WTA out of spite at those who voted against his medical pot bill. He was mad at them — stated that clearly in the LJS — so he voted against them.
NO ONE I spoke to after the vote was frankly surprised by Garrett either. He is known to often take personal offense at votes and gets personally riled up. For him, you’re not voting against a bill. You’re voting against Tommy Garrett.
And look at what he did. He didn’t privately negotiate with fellow Senators to try to get them to vote with him on the pot bill, so that he’d vote with them on WTA. Or to put it another way, he didn’t get anything for his Nay vote on WTA either. He just crapped out a No vote, said Screw You! and folded his arms.
Spite. Plain and simple.
At least Krist is screwing Republicans for a reason. Sure Hillary could become President because of Krist’s vote. But at least Krist would have a shot at becoming Speaker. So hurrah!
But Garrett? Well, he sealed the deal for persuading anyone else to come to his side on his critical issues. And frankly why play ball with him on anything any more? In the end he is more likely to just jam his KA-BAR utility knife into the ball and walk home.
Unicameral of Cards
And here is a fun one: If you really want to go all “House of Cards” on this, both Krist and Garrett were Dave Heineman appointees. Since Team Ricketts is obsessed with a 2018 Heineman primary challenge, the theory goes that Heineman got those two to ditch WTA just to screw Ricketts.
Of course none of that holds water, and the word generally is that Krist hates Heineman anyway.
But it is a swell plot device for your future novel…
How ’bout them Cubs!
And the word that keeps coming in is that Team Ricketts is still just reacting to the ever changing moods of the Legislature. They are not proactive on anything. Basic vote-counting is inept. There is an expectation for others to take the lead on issues important to them. Easy wins are trotted out as major victories.
And now there are a number of bills approaching that face vetoes and potential veto overrides. And it is not clear what or why certain bills are a priority in the corner office in the first place
In the mean time, the Legislature just continues to operate like they always have.
Because that is they way they have always done it…