Monday, March 06, 2006 :::
Picking up on the Shear piece from yesterday, the TD takes its own look at the Governor's possible campaign-style blitz to break the House GOP Caucus on transportation. Some are less than pleased:
"It's a sophomoric attempt to intimidate people," Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-Fairfax, said of Kaine's plan to urge support from residents in the home districts of 26 Republican lawmakers for his $1 billion transit proposal.
I don't know whether I'd call it "sophomoric." Mark Warner used similar means with great success two years ago. Of course, the dynamics are different this time. It's far more difficult to sympathize with road builders and developers than it is with police officers and school teachers. And, let's not forget, the bond rating bogeyman is nowhere in sight (though he has been spotted skulking behind the tax sunset provision that's now before the Senate).
To get a sense for how these tactics might play out in the real world, check out J.R.'s latest podcast with Del. John Cosgrove. Does it sound like he will be turned by a raft of robocalls?
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 3/06/2006