Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Session theme songs

If you didn't get a chance to watch the AP Legislative Forum this morning, never fear. TVW will air it again tonight at 7 p.m.

Amidst the chatter and banter and a few slings and arrows, one interesting question posed to the Leadership panelists by the AP's Rachel LaCorte (far right) included their theme song or movie for the 2009 session. This question has become an annual tradition.

Rep. Richard DeBolt, the House Minority Leader, went first and responded that the Pursuit of Happyness reflected his philosophy that there is a path of opportunity for us, but we have to take the responsibility upon ourselves to get there.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown cited "Everything is Broken" by Bob Dylan. She read the ending lyrics...
Broken hands on broken ploughs / Broken treaties broken vows / Broken pipes broken tools / People bending broken rules / Hound dog howling bullfrog croaking / Everything is broken
...but then pointed out that this is our time to fix the broken pipes and keep moving forward.

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt cited the Ohio Player's "Love Roller Coaster" apparently because it's reflective of our budget ups-and-downs.

House Speaker Frank Chopp simply pointed out his gratitude that DeBolt named Pursuit of Happyness as his session theme, not War of the Worlds.