That's the number we need to make sure hatred doesn't get on the ballot. A legislative dozen isn't quite a dozen, because you can't always trust a legislator's last vote completely. It isn't even a baker's dozen, because switching 13 votes doesn't seem like enough to me either. Yesterday, we may have only needed a dozen votes, but tomorrow it could just be a legislative dozen. So, how many votes do we need? Let's call it 15 - about 5 already won over through last year's election. How do we go about doing it?
Yesterday, I talked about recourse. However, recourse can take on many forms. Part of gaining ultimate victory on marriage equality will be replacing the 25% of legislators who support vile, hurtful hatred and bigotry. However, it extends beyond that. Eileen McNamara writes that Deval Patrick did too little, too late. However, it isn't too late. Deval Patrick has a bigger role to play and a year to do it. We, as his supporters and constituents, need to remind him to not only continue to support our cause - but to do it with a little more flourish over the next year.
Anyone want to take a bet that Travaglini's final support of the bill, as one of the 62 yeas, had anything to do with its passing? It's a bet I'll take. Recourse is replacing that DINO, who sort of reminds me of a Dick Cheney, except not completely bald and gray. I don't think I can count how many times Trav has made behind-the-scenes, backdoor deals that reeked of spoiled democracy. Candidate Gabrieli, anyone? Trav's time as Senate President should be limited (I'm hoping my State Senator, Senator McGee, is listening).
So there are our three ways to get our legislative dozen. We're going to nudge Deval ever so slightly to really get on this issue. One way or another, legislators will realize it's politically poison to vote for hatred and bigotry. We're going to be dealing with Trav, too, and he's not going to like the wake-up call from an entire people-powered movement, his phone lines be damned.