* Chris Robling penned an unusual op-ed for the Tribune. Robling, a former executive director of the Cook County Republican Party, wants state legislative Republicans to boycott Springfield in protest of the lack of a pension reform plan…
Walk away. Now. And issue a joint statement by Senate Republican leader Chris Radogno and House Republican leader Tom Cross: “When a serious, comprehensive Democrat pension plan is offered, members of the Republican Party will return. Until then, we protest the Democrats’ refusal to address the issue that will send Illinois across the financial brink.”
Leaving does important things. It shows voters that Republicans are serious about overhauling the pension systems. It shows them that Dems can do what they want — by themselves. It shows who is willing to address this decade’s biggest issue in Illinois, and who is grandstanding so that they may secretly serve special interests. It prevents Republicans from getting sucked into a sneaky deal. (Check with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on that one.) […]
Deny Democrats that narrative. Deny them their foil. Deny them the appearance of “needing” you — so that they may later blame you. Deny them their evasion of responsibility. Deny them their dithering by showing it to all Illinoisans.
Congratulations, you are sworn in. Now leave.
Um, how does leaving show anyone that Republicans are serious about anything, or that the GOP is willing to address anything, or that they’re not grandstanding, or evading responsibility?
* And remember how this state’s Republicans reacted when Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators hid out in Illinois? From an Illinois GOP press release…
…it is imperative that Governor Quinn do the right thing and tell these 14 Senator from Wisconsin that Illinois will harbor them no more,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. “It time they get back to Wisconsin and back to work.
I really hope Chris was being tongue in cheek here.
Those Wisconsin legislators left their state to prevent legislation from being passed. That at least made some sense because of parliamentary realities. Robling’s idea, however, is another matter entirely. Leave until something happens? Huh? What would be the point of ever voting for a Republican if they publicly cede all of their responsibilities?
And, actually, the House won’t be back until January 30th and the Senate isn’t returning until February 5th. So they’re already gone.
Maybe the Republicans ought to come to Springfield and work while the Democrats are back in their districts. That would show far more seriousness than some boycott.