I love this man. The DPVA needs to have a dinner in his honor. He’s the best thing to happen to Virginia Democrats since Ed Matricardi. He’s just… I just can’t say enough about him.
Shaun Kenney provides a rundown of today’s debacle. In a nutshell, freshman senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) was ready to jump ship, swinging the 21-19 senate the Republicans, since Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling would break the 20-20 tie. But then Frederick went and Twittered about it around noon, sending senate Democrats into emergency caucus, where they twisted Northam’s arm to get him to remain a Democrat. Now the part of the base who thinks that Frederick is doing a good job thinks he’s a maroon, leaving him a man without apparent political support. This is bad news for Democrats, because this may hasten Frederick’s departure as RPV chair.
The moral of the story here, though, is that the party with a one-seat margin shouldn’t govern like they’ve got a ten-seat margin. Senate Democrats haven’t been nearly as punitive as they could have been, but I’m guessing around noon today they were wishing they could have done a few things differently.
We’ve got a tenuous margin, one that could flip for any number of reasons at any time—even, apparently, mid-session. Let’s govern with that in mind.