Well, maybe a little bit longer than .01 seconds.
To tackle the great issues facing the 68th Session of the Colorado General Assembly we're told, or were told in recent interviews with leaders in the Senate and with Rep. Mark Waller, that partisanship would have to be set aside.
"You always hear a lot of rhetoric," says Waller, the House assistant majority leader from Colorado Springs, "certainly from newly elected political leaders that we have to roll up our sleeves and work together. But listening to the governor's speech today, I wasn't cynical at all.
"As he is saying that we have to do it, I truly believe that that is what he wants to do. And I am hopeful that we are going to work in the spirit of bipartisanship. We have to."
Yet, after the first gavel of the first day of the session, bipartisanship lasted about as long as it takes our ink to dry.
As was reported by The Colorado Independent, the new House Speaker, Frank McNulty, wasted no time in throwing down the partisan gauntlet.
“We must and we will adhere to our core principles and to the will of the people of Colorado,” McNulty said addressing the House. “Along with tax relief and regulation reform, we are committed to reinstituting a state spending limit to protect future generations from government spending excesses. If we have learned anything from the past few years it is that excessive governmental spending prolongs economic recessions—it does not shorten them.”
With Republicans standing in response to McNulty’s comments and Democrats giving half-hearted applause, McNulty continued, “We are committed to the quality and efficiency in health care by utilizing free markets that will allow Coloradans to make their own health decisions. We are committed to a strong and well funded K-12 education program. We are committed to our colleges and universities that will prepare graduates to compete in a 21st century economy.”