Quote Of The Day

Today's quote happened yesterday — and it's not particularly humorous, either. More like revealing. Which is great because there is a lot of humor around this place, so it's nice to have a change of pace. Tomorrow, which is expected to be a very light day here — afternoon committee meetings are cancelled so members can get home ahead of the forecasted snow — and Friday's are slow anyway with the floor sessions starting at 10:00 a.m. instead of noon, I'll have some hysterical stuff said today. But here goes: Yesterday in the lobby of the General Assembly Building, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) was holding court with several people huddled around him. Not sure if they were constituents, lobbyists or representatives of an organization on a "lobby day." But he said this to them:

I spoke with Speaker Howell yesterday and asked him: Is there any bill in the General Assembly that is not a battle? Because if there is one, I haven't seen it.

Now, one can take that as meaning the majority leader is pining for some easy bills and lovey-dovey bipartisanship. Which is understandable. (In fact, there are plenty of uncontested bills each day on each chamber's floor.) Or, you can take it as the majority leader saying he really doesn't think people should debate and fight over the issues and ideas facing our commonwealth and in which they believe.

Take your pick on your interpretation. Either way, they are interesting words from a man who's taken a slender two-seat majority and hammered out super majority committee ratios. Gee, I wonder why there are such battles, senator.