Republican legislators, the target audience of last night’s State of the State address, had cause to silently reorder their constituency relationship.
Some no doubt were deciding to become more of a political agent. Others, though, were deciding to become something new, or at least something that hasn’t been tried for a while: a citizen legislator.
In normal times, the two roles co-mingle in the best of them. Even the most conscientious find moments when they have to be just a bit of a mandarin to meet voter expectations. Those who are most comfortable with that duplicity have floated to the top and leadership. Those least comfortable have dropped to the bottom and ignominy.