As the days dwindle to 2016, Scott MacKay has some Christmas and New Year’s thoughts for Rhode Island’s politicians. With sincere apologies to Clement Moore.
‘Twas three days before Christmas and all through the Statehouse, not a creature was stirring, not even Rep. Joe Trillo.
The stockings were hung in the Speaker’s office with care, in hopes the lobbyists would soon be there. On Goldberg, On McMahon, On Walsh and On Farrell, all bearing gifts for St. Nicholas. Mattiello that is.
Then across the marble corridor they flew like a flash, kissing the rings of the Senate brass – Paiva Weed, Maryellen Goodwin and Dommy Ruggiero.
The green of the mistletoe hung in the chambers with glee, ready for kissing up to the powers that be.
Gina Raimondo stopped by with eggnog and profiteroles, begging the House to approve her truck tolls.
The pols gathered around the Christmas tree, banishing the Holiday evergreen of Lincoln Chafee.
He was hoping to spend the season stumping in Contoocook, but his White House quest was given the hook.
Linc won’t be greeting voters at diners far away, but he’ll have time to ski slopes at North Conway.
Majority Leader Johnny DeSimone was plying his trade, getting state jobs for his North Providence brigade. Gordon Fox gone but not forgotten, living in prison, safe for now from another state cop raid.
Josh Miller was readying his cannabis campaign, hoping legal pot won’t be debated next session in vain.
On Reed, On Whitehouse, On Langevin and Cicilline, all having visions of a Congress less silly - And a president named Hillary.
The sleigh and reindeer streaked across the sky and fans yearned for a Patriots playoff bye.
The Fenway faithful conjured Johnny Pesky, while we hope the Sawx win next year for Bill Malinowski.
If the Statehouse wants to cut spending, Mike Stenhouse will point to what’s pending.
As PR guys Berman and Pare spin the press, Republicans will parry with Brian Newberry.
Smith Hill may squeeze gifts for the poor from under the tree, but they’ll have to deal with Rachel Flum and George Nee.
As debates churn up over the roles of church and state, let’s call on Rhode Island to separate church and hate.
In this season of peace and goodwill, let’s hope both Jorge Elorza and the firefighters chill.
When debates over racial profiling are as hot as it gets, here’s hoping lawmakers defer to Harold Metts.
Here at Rhode Island Public Radio, we all hope to see ya and have you meet out new leader Torey Malatia.
We hope you get all of your holiday wishes, especially a Christmas Eve feast of seven fishes.
Whatever your astrological sign, we’ll be back right after Auld Lang Syne.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at Rhode Island Public Radio.
Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:40 and 8:40 and on All Things Considered at 5:44. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our `On Politics’ blog at RIPR.org After a family Christmas respite, Scott's commentary will return in 2016.