Our friend Cameron Smith over at AL.com selected “Bad Blood” as the song of the Session. Saying, “What used to be mad love over Republicans taking the state Legislature has turned into bad blood.” He went on to include the lyrics:
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we got bad blood
I don’t think anyone would disagree with the sentiment.
Session showed part of the clear divide within the Republican Caucus. I’m hoping that before they come back for Special Session the powers that be take into account that back-room deals cut by a few but at the cost of many won’t fly. As I wrote about in my post Lessons from Bill Baxley vs. Charles Graddick, we have a lot to learn from history and the will of the people is more important than partisan gamesmanship. Not a single conservative ran on a promise to get to Montgomery and raise taxes. Not a single conservative said they’d put back-room wheeling and dealing above the needs of the voters.
That said, I’m going to go ahead and call this a throwback Monday and call the song for the upcoming Special Session “True Colors.”
You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
Its hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow
We’re going to see the true colors of members in the Special Session. Will the same band of members who spoiled Speaker Mike Hubbard’s attempt to bring and pass tax increases to the floor prevail or will they cave? In the case of tax increases, compromise is still a loss for those who ran on a platform against tax increases and for fiscal responsibility.