This could be an extremely important precedent. It has the potential of truly revolutionizing the way state government operates.
Dare we hope that the Tennessee House of Representatives, recently a laughing stock among pundits and bloggers across the country, could become a model issue-oriented body? Could Tennessee legislators establish a degree of bipartisanship beyond anything Pres. Obama hoped (but failed)to accomplish at the national level?
The answer depends on us more than on these members of the General Assembly. Althouth they are a much more competent and high minded group of persons than most Tennesseans realize, they can be no more non-partisan than we permit them to be.
So while the idealist in me says this is breathtaking, my more realistic angel says "don't hold your breath."