I found this article in the Annapolis Capital on July 17th fascinating on many levels. Perhaps nothing is more fascinating to me then seeing how the success of the Parrott-led petition drive (whether the referendum succeeds or not in 2012) may have shown the way out of the socialist mire for CONSERVATIVES in Maryland.
For readers who have watched some writers at the Hagerstown Herald Mail savage Tea Party candidate Neil Parrott before and after his election to the Delegates seat last November (including their endorsement of his “progressive” opponent) there was poetic justice in this line in the Capital story:
The mastermind of the signature drive is first-term Del. Neil Parrott, a civil engineer from Hagerstown.
Indeed on April 15th, the Gazette named Parrott one of the losers in the Legislative session just concluded. And, then the Herald Mail’s king of snark, Tim Rowland, perhaps taking a cue from the Gazette, followed on April 30th with a snearing anti-Parrott column in which he called Parrott the “comic relief” of the just-ended Annapolis session. Well, well! It seems that Parrott may be getting the last laugh!
He may have almost single-handedly begun to shift the balance of power for the whole state. (Don’t freak out, notice I said “almost!” I know lots of people made it possible).
Maryland Republicans are now looking to the success of the Parrott petition drive as a way out for the minority party that has for so long languished in the shadows of the Hard Left politicians running the Peoples Republic of Maryland.
In an article titled, ‘Same Sex Marriage, meet the Dream Act’, The Capital story begins:
Maryland Republicans are looking at the upcoming Dream Act referendum and saying they see a way to block any same-sex marriage bill the General Assembly passes next session.
Pamela Wood — The Capital Boxes of petitions are stacked outside the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis last month, as opponents of the Dream Act prepared to submit signatures to state officials. The referendum effort to get the bill on the 2012 ballot cost only about $20,000, taking advantage of Web-based signature efforts.
They also say petition drives have become a way to make the Democratic-controlled General Assembly give the minority party more respect.
This optimism is based on the tactics used this spring and summer to collect enough voters’ signatures to delay implementation of the controversial 2011 Dream Act, which would have allowed some illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates.
Senate Minority Leader Jacobs: Neil Parrott was unbelievable!
“Neil Parrott was unbelievable!” Sen. Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs, R-Harford, said. “There were a lot of us who said, ‘Oh, gosh, it is so hard to (run a signature drive), he is just dreaming.’ He did it. And he has got a very bright future.”
Jacobs, who has served in the House and Senate a combined 16 years, classified herself as a “skeptic at first” who said the signature drive would not work
She has come to reflect McConkey’s optimism about the GOP’s long-term prospects.
“I still think there’s that level of arrogance (among Democrats), that they know better than anybody else. Hopefully, if we are successful with this, they will recognize they need to deal with us,” Jacobs said.
…. the success of the Dream Act petition may give Republicans a card they can play to gain more up-front influence in the General Assembly. They hope the threat of the streamlined Web-based referendum drives will get their amendments more consideration from the majority party.
I don’t know Senator Jacobs, she might be a wonderful lady, but it strikes me that the reason some Republican elders were not taken seriously (before now) is that very few stuck by conservative principles, did anything brave enough (or worked hard enough) to stare down Democrats—heck Jacobs even voted no then yes on instate tuition back in 2003. Kind of sends a message to the Democrats that Republican “leaders” don’t draw lines in the sand on key issues.
Indeed, with a few exceptions, I didn’t see much action anywhere from the established leaders of the MD Republican Party in the early stages of the petition drive. It was the young bucks (including female bucks) who took up the charge and jumped in to help on the ground with gathering signatures.
And, then here we have a profound wet-blanket statement from House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell who we know didn’t give Parrott much encouragement until it looked like success was in the offing.
House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell, R-Calvert, said he is approaching petition drives with caution.
“It needs to be reserved for the highest level, for the most important issues, the important issues that elicit a strong response from the electorate,” O’Donnell said. “If you try to do this too often, it may lose its impact.”
Does Papa O’Donnell, in urging caution, really think that Conservatives are dumb enough to squander a nuclear weapon on an insignificant issue?
What is that expression? Oh yes!
Victory has a THOUSAND fathers, but defeat is an orphan!
Be sure to read the whole Capital article because it addresses the delicious notion that the Dream Act and Same Sex Marriage could both be on the ballot for 2012 (along with Obama)! Fun times ahead!