Monday, December 19, 2011

Haslam Butts Heads with Red-Meat Republicans over Photo ID Voter Law

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The govenor gets serious
  • The govenor gets serious
With every passing day comes a new demonstration of the amazing metamorphosis of Gov. Bill Haslam from Hollow Man to Man of Substance. As you will recall, the governor now is admitting he was completely clueless when he took office and it took him a full year to figure out where the hell he was. But now he claims he's invigorated and prepared to govern (yes, we do detect the persistent beating of a pulse there) and he has been disagreeing with lawmakers in his own party on a number of fronts as the 2012 session approaches.

Always a little behind the curve itself, the MSM even has noticed this transformation, and there were a series of stories appearing simultaneously over the weekend on this.

"Bruised maybe, and perhaps a little weakened," Chas Sisk reported, "Haslam also is growing bolder as he wraps up his first year in office. On issues ranging from the living wage to the death tax, the governor has begun to stand his ground, setting himself up to take a more assertive role during next year’s legislative session."

In the latest manifestation of Haslam's new fearlessness, he is openly suggesting the GOP might have overreached with its national campaign to suppress the votes of the elderly, the poor and other Democratic constituencies. According to Channel 5, he has been asking Republicans to change their photo ID voter law in the coming session to exclude old people from its requirements. But lawmakers are refusing. Already apparently, they've had enough of bold Haslam. They prefer weak-kneed Haslam, the one who signed this law earlier this year without stating a single reservation.

Who will win this first test of wills between the governor and his party's hardliners?

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