With the word that Bill Obrien is running for speaker again we could probably throw him into the mix since the party stood by him the last time he was speaker. That period of time was an embarrassment for all Republicans in the state. He not only cost us the majority of the house, he single handedly brought down the whole Republican agenda and now he is getting ready to do it again. If I was the democrats I would be pushing his candidacy as hard as I could.
Powers is an addictive thing. When you look at tyrants you can see how much they relish it and love exercising it; this is usually to the detriment of everyone else around them.
What happened a couple of years ago is the legislature developed a cult who would not or could not acknowledge the truth; they just blindly followed what the Republican leadership told them. These people no longer listened to what their constituents wanted, failed to be representatives or what was good for the state, they did what Obrien told them to do and we lost the house and some good representatives who got swept up in the wave and voted out of office.
Unfortunately the Democrats have not been stellar political performers and now they are facing a reverse wave which will probably give the Republicans a majority, albeit a smaller one than the last time we held the house with a majority.
The state party knows what is going on and is trying to get all Republicans to stand behind the Republican banner and put aside the internal fighting that has come to ear mark our Republican efforts to be the majority again.
Whenever our leadership puts them and their love for power first, they lose sight of those of us they need to win.