|Ken Avidor cartoon|
This is the exact point in time when Tom Bakk and the Senate DFL caucus turn to Dave Senjem and Cal Ludeman and say, "Don't look to us for help on this guys.
"In fact, we're going to call for hearings on every moment in this trainwreck, how you intend to defend it, and the party apparatchik you hired to do it (Cal says the Senate has retained counsel), and perhaps most of all, how you're going to pay for it. And if your committee chairs won't call 'em, we'll hold hearings in the Rotunda every day until you do.
"And don't even think about taking money that should be allocated to DFL staff to pay for defense or settlement; you're already trying to screw us on staff numbers. We had nothing to do with this. Pass the hat; make the prior leadership pay for it -- they'll probably be defendants anyway -- talk to Tony Sutton; we don't care, but the only thing you can expect from us is scorn and mocking, and the vilification you so richly deserve."
Maybe Cal or Steve Sviggum are going to have to fall on their swords -- or at least lose a limb or two -- to pay for this. In Cal's case, it would be a delicious karmic payback.
[The graphic really doesn't have much to do with the post, but Avidor drew it for this one, and it's just too good not to use again.]