While delivering his plea, Colgan made it clear that he intends to help his caucus members get at least some of what they want, but also that he is not interested in compromising on the question of Senate control. According to the Roanoke Times:

Colgan later told reporters that he is not about to break with his caucus and give Republicans the 21st vote they need to pass a budget. But he spoke out today because he was growing more concerned about the toxic partisanship in the historically collegial Senate, he said.

“There’s too much animosity,” said Colgan, who was first elected to the Senate in 1976. “It’s not like it was in the old days.”

Ah, the old days … like when Democrat Hunter Andrews lorded over the Senate, and several governors. Enforcing collegiality is quite easy when a bully runs the joint.

And even by Colgan’s own admission, the old days were not exactly a bed of roses:

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

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