Is it Elections That Make Legislators Go Crazy?

I don't think this is what Cole Porter intended...

The Commercial Appeal thinks so.

In an editorial published Sunday the Memphis daily takes a look at some of the crazy that flows through the lege in an election year.

Voters should look at every vote with skepticism. Some representatives are doing their best to show that they will do anything, however illogical, meaningless or wrong, to keep from offending anyone or any organization that might affect re-election plans.

Quotes can be revealing. Did Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who’s running for governor, support the new hospital bed tax described as a lifeline for the struggling Regional Medical Center at Memphis?

He said he did, until it came to a vote in the Senate, and Ramsey voted no. “I thought you were OK with that,” a reporter said. “What happened?”

“I just don’t think the timing was right for me to vote on that right now,” Ramsey replied. Translation: He’s afraid of what opponents Zach Wamp and Bill Haslam would say about him in their TV ads.

Dang! Go read the whole thing. It’s a blast.

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