In case you haven’t seen it before, here’s the banner atop the Senate Republican’s page.
It’s pretty snazzy-looking and functionally designed, with some pretty pictures of the Capitol building and even the Mackinac Bridge, all on a nice shade of green. (Though rarely is the Republican party considered green.) It also says that their motto is “Leadership with a vision.”
According to this definition, leadership means:
1. the position or function of a leader: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.
2. ability to lead: She displayed leadership potential.
3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his leadership.
Senator Bishop is the Senate Majority Leader, elected by his caucus to lead them. But as far as ability…well, that’s where he and the GOP run into some trouble. No one seems to know where Senator Bishop is guiding the GOP or in which direction. He says “no” a lot, just like his party yesterday did in telling Governor Granholm “no” to her plan to close a prison in Jackson. I guess if he led them all in a chant of “no, no, no,” in the Capitol Rotunda that might qualify as some form of leadership. Maybe of the Chorusmaster type. But only if he could get them all to throw in some good and interesting harmonization or even a short solo piece by Senator Cropsey with some fiery coloratura.
Now, let’s look at the definition of the word vision:
1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
This word doesn’t seem to apply to the Senate GOP either. First, no foresight has been displayed on Senator Bishop’s part in regards to the budget deficit or in the Governor actually presenting a plan. Nor does he appear to have anticipated being asked to come up with a list of cuts so that he can keep his Tax-Hating Pledge to His Non-Benevolence Grover Norquist. Plus, no one has yet been able to sense the Republican budget proposal with their eyes.
As improbable as it is, it could just be that the dictionary definitions of leadership and vision are somehow incorrect. Or maybe Senator Bishop and his GOP colleagues don’t understand what those words really mean.