Gosh, democracy is messy. Sometimes people disagree with what state legislators do and even protest at the state Capitol. Sometimes legislators even disagree with other legislators' maneuverings so much that they walk out and join the protesters.
We recently praised Jack Coleman for the job he his done as a state representative, but we beg to differ with the Burgin legislator's swansong as reported in Wednesday's paper. Coleman said legislators weren't working as well together as they did in the old days and lamented "mob rule" in the Capitol.
We'd suggest that the problems to which Coleman refers are really signs of democracy at work. Certainly, back in the days when the Democrats controlled the state Senate, the state House of Representatives and the governor's office things went more smoothly in the legislature. Decisions could be made by a handful of influential Democrats working with the governor. The Republicans, if they wanted to get anything out of the legislature for their home districts, kept quiet and feasted on the scraps the Democrats tossed them.