Who blinks first at the sleepover standoff at the Iowa statehouse? Or who showers first? As it stands tonight, the vote on the prevailing wage bill stands with 50 for and 47 opposed. Two Republicans missed the vote, Rep. Chambers, who's serving in Iraq and Rep. Forristall, who was not in Des Moines. Geri Huser, the Democrat from Altoona, is out of state. It doesn't appear any of the missing three will vote before Monday afternoon. So it seems as if House Speaker Pat Murphy's only chance here is for one of the five Democrats who voted against the bill Friday to change his vote over the weekend.
If that happens, then, perhaps, Murphy goes homes a little stinky and embarrassed. But, what happens if no Democrat changes, or even worse, what happens if a Democrat comes back Monday and switches from "yes" to "no"? How embarrassing will that be? Will Iowans care and think Democrats have tried to go too far here or will the politicos be the only ones losing sleep?