Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It isn't Stumbo who's in for a rude awakening

I'll have to hand it to Jake over at Page One Kentucky, he's done a bang up job on the Felner scandal, but a political prognosticator he is not. "Greg Stumbo is in for a rude awakening," says Jake, "if he thinks he has enough votes to oust Jody Richards as Speaker of the House."

Yo, Jake. If he runs, he beats Richards easily in January. I think he's already got the votes.

You can't have been around Kentucky politics for long to figure out that 1) Jody doesn't know how to count votes; and 2) Stumbo does. When Stumbo was floor leader and Jody the Speaker, the Senate Republican leadership had to completely bypass Jody to deal with Greg, since Jody would make promises about delivering votes he couldn't keep, while Stumbo would always deliver.

You can say what you want about Stumbo (and there is a lot to say), but when it comes to political chops, Jody is an amateur in comparison.


Anonymous said...

(and there is a lot to say) And that's why Greg won't be Speaker

Martin Cothran said...


I agree with you in the sense that that's the way it should be, but, for good or ill, the way it should be isn't necessarily the way it is.

The skeletons in Stumbo's closet have a mysterious way of staying in the closet.