Fleeing Dems Join Long Tradition
Maryland legislators latest to follow Wisconsin's lead
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2011 11:36 AM CST
This historical photo provided by the George Eastman House shows Matthew Brady's Jan. 8, 1864 portrait of Abraham Lincoln.   (AP Photo/George Eastman House, Matthew B. Brady)

(Newser) – As Wisconsin and Indiana Democrats take refuge outside state lines, Maryland legislators have followed their lead: a pair of delegates played hooky this week as their fellow committee members met to discuss a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Democrats were left in the lurch as they battled to keep the bill alive minus two of their party members—absences their Republican colleagues defended, reports the Washington Post. "She needed some time to pray about this," said one of absent Del. Tiffany Alston. Alston says she hadn’t been ready to vote, but would stop boycotting; the other said she was staying away to push for concessions on other legislation.

It’s not the first time lawmakers have used the tactic. Indeed, as an Illinois state representative, Abraham Lincoln staged a walkout against a banking bill in 1839; legend has it that they next day they were locked in the building ... so they tried to jump out the window. In 2003, Texas Dems left the state to protest Congressional redistricting. Such efforts tend to occur at emotionally-fraught moments, says an expert. “But sometimes you have to just go in there and accept the adverse vote, and plan to get your revenge at the next election."

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sclemens
Mar 4, 2011 10:17 PM CST
"so far, so good" said the man as he fell past each successive floor of the skyscraper. The national debt waits by your door like the grim reaper. He has all the time in the world. We don't. These tantrums are demonstrative of the caliber of leadership we elect. Deal with the damn problem you created. We would need to consume the gross domestic product of the entire world to pay for our current debt obligations. In other words, we have run out of "Other People's Money." It is time to pay the piper. Denial is not a river in Egypt.
SPHeroid
Mar 4, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Wisconsin's Governor Walker proposed his "budget repair bill" late on a Friday and demanded a vote be taken on the following Thursday....It was made public on Monday... The Democrats, by leaving the state, slowed the process so people could read and discuss all 140 pages... When many people saw some of the non-budget items (and some of them are bombshells) the protest began... The Senators did democracy a great favor...
Ultraworld
Mar 4, 2011 2:27 PM CST
Typical Democrats. Run away & hide their heads in the sand. Cowards.