You don’t take a vote until you already know the vote. It’s the political version of the lawyer’s “you never ask a witness a question you don’t already know the answer to.” And there ain’t no sense taking a vote, State Senator Linda Lopez, unless you know the vote will come out exactly the way you want it to.
I’m currently mid-ocean in Robert Caro’s oceanic Master of the Senate, and one can only imagine what LBJ would make of yesterday’s non-event up in Santa Fe concerning long-term political fiancé PED Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera. One can bet there would be swearing, and I don’t mean swearing-in. One can bet there would be extreme verbal cruelty. LBJ was really, really good at both of those things. But one can also bet there wouldn’t have been any vote. He was a “Master” on that score. About the only thing yesterday’s kabuki theater accomplished was serving as a masterful window into the future, a future in which Democrats, the teachers’ unions and various other opponents fall perfectly into the hands of Governor Martinez and fail, miserably, to unseat her in November.
Maybe I’m being a bit unfair, as anyone mid-ocean in Master of the Senate would probably be observing yesterday’s shenanigans. Maybe Ms. Skandera has awakened this morning with her self-esteem all kerfluffled and decided she’s had enough of waiting at the bureaucratic altar. Maybe she’ll announce this today and that will lead to that down the road, and Senator Lopez has got this all figured out toward an election win ten months from now. Maybe she, too, is a Master of the Senate, Roundhouse edition.
Somehow, I doubt that.
The only realistic way to change anything in regards to all this would be for U.S. Senator Tom Udall to make the insane decision to dump his Senate seat for a run at NM Governor. Too bad he’s far too smart for that. One does wonder how yesterday would have gone if the good Senator had been in charge, however. Or if yesterday would have happened at all.