If Gov. Ernie Fletcher's tax reform package fails to pass this session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the blame should fall squarely on the head of Senate President David Williams.
One certainly could argue that Williams' counterpart in the state House, Speaker Jody Richards, would be more to blame. Richards has played politics with the tax reform issue from the beginning, and it was reported this week that Richards sent out a memo to House Democrats urging them to describe Fletcher's proposal as "the governor's tax increase," which is patently false.
But that's the kind of thing that's to be expected from the opposition. Williams played the same game when the Republican-controlled Senate was outnumbered 2-1 by a Democrat in the governor's office and a Democrat-controlled House.
Now the shoe's on the other foot. The Republicans have the upper hand and Williams' role has to change. He has to take some political risk and lead the charge for the governor's proposals.