Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No. 000014 Governor Jay Nixon realized last night he could have been … Lessons from Eric Cantor

Protestant ministers have a stock sermon, "What a difference a day makes!"

No politician went to bed last night with a heavier heart than Governor Jay Nixon. He had to realize that had he conducted himself well as governor these last six years, today he would have awoken today as the forefront of the National Democratic Party.

Instead, he is likely as unpopular to Missouri Democrats as Cantor was to Republicans in Virginia's 7th.

The defeat of Eric Cantor last night will be a perpetual reminder to every politician everywhere of the timeless wisdom of Yogi Berra:

"It's not over 'til it's over."

Gerald F. Uelmen, The Jurisprudence of Yogi Berra , 46 Emory L. J. 697 (1997), Available at:

Because context constantly changes, political fortunes constantly change; what a difference a day makes.

Such is what makes the behavior of Governor Jay Nixon toward his fellow Democrats for the last six years unbelieveable.

Their behavior, as noted earlier, has been equally unbelievable.

Yesterday was the day for which they were all looking but having failed to prepare, to work together as a party which shared vision and purpose, instead all they can do today is lament the loss of a stunning opportunity.

Take just a single, simple issue, revision to the Criminal Code.

This should have been a moment of high triumph for the Democratic Party, a wide open opportunity to do something about crime. "Law and Order."

Nixon and Koster could have been a leaders. They could have early on announced full and complete support for the need and process. They could have been gracious hosts in the drafting process, providing nice photo and media opportunities for people doing the work (which was thankless, otherwise).

There is no need for me to repeat the story. Senator Jolie Justus and Representative Chris Kelly had blast the Governor into engaging.

Or, take the refusal of Governor to fill more than 1000 vacancies on our various state boards and commissions.

This is unbelieveable. These positions are vital to building a party, rewarding participation, and vetting, training, and testing new candidates for public service.

Again, even more, they give the Governor an opportunity to be gracious, to meet, greet, and engage in the social interchange so necessary to effective action.

In closing, one last error warrants comment. If any Democrat now thinks the path forward is bipartisanship and compromise, you have no idea how wrong you are.