Is There a Plan for the Dems to Hold Together This Session

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Democrats in both houses have had a time holding their members together. Freshman Rep. Jason White (D-West) has voted with his Republican colleagues on every issue. But White has not been the only problem for Democrats.

Several veteran Democrats, mostly notably Rep. George Flaggs (D-Vicksburg) has opted out of voting altogether on most votes. This has been the case even on highly partisan issues like castigating the power of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

Senate Democrats also saw some members of their caucus vote in favor of HC33, which would clearly disempower non-leadership members.

This is setting up an interesting dynamic. How will the Democratic voting bases in these members’ districts respond? Will they even care? This should be a discussion Democrats are having as they organize the party moving forward.

One thought on “Is There a Plan for the Dems to Hold Together This Session

  1. A wise person recently said to me, “Democrats can’t even work their own party agenda, why would you even imagine that they could govern?” The point being that Democrats had squandered their power and privilege by just being content with being the majority. At that moment, I could not disagree with their assessment. Since many of today’s politicians see elected office as a job and not a mission of service, the elected Democrats left in the Mississippi state house are busy shedding their identities and flailing to keep their jobs. Whoever hangs a shiny trinket in their face will get their vote. The sad thing is they’re only there for amusement, the mandated majority doesn’t need their vote.

    Democrats won’t have the conversations you suggest. They will continue to paint over bad decisions with retreaded promises reminiscent of the movie, “Groundhog Day”. Their elected officials will continue to go through the motions; their voters will continue to look the other way.