I did, however, want to point out an illuminating observation embedded in last night's casino update from the State House News:
Most Senate Democrats have stayed clear of the conference committee, observing informal legislative tradition of not injecting outside voices into closed-door dealings.Beacon Hill democracy, ladies and gentlemen! Where even elected representatives in the majority party are deemed "outside voices" who dare not inject their thinking - or that of their constituents - into "closed-door dealings." What a fine, if "informal" tradition!
There are a lot of contested legislative races out there this year. It might be worth asking the candidates in your own local races whether, if elected, they will observe this "informal legislative tradition." Knocking on that closed door every once in a while to weigh in on an issue of crucial importance to voters well beyond the boundaries of the tiny number of legislative districts actually represented behind those doors does not seem too much to ask of an elected representative in a supposed constitutional democracy.