Confronting the opposition

With Democrats holding a veto-proof majority in the state Assembly, it’s unlikely Republicans can get much done in the lower chamber when lawmakers reconvene next year.

But it’s good to know that at least a few of the 14 GOP Assembly members aren’t content to assume the role of potted plant.

Last week, second term Assemblyman Ty Cobb, R-Reno, insisted that Republicans must re-emphasize their core principles — limited government, low taxation, personal freedom — if they hope to erode the Democratic advantage in Carson City.

Despite being in the minority, Mr. Cobb insists he and some of his GOP colleagues won’t be shy about hammering away at tax-loving Democrats and insisting the state do something about spiralling public sector personnel costs and benefits.

Don’t think Mr. Cobb is bluffing. He already angered Democrats — and some go-along-to-get-along Republicans — when earlier this month he led a group of seven GOP lawmakers who abstained on a voice vote electing Democrat Barbara Buckley as speaker.

Critics will no doubt seek to marginalize Mr. Cobb as a back-benching obstructionist who doesn’t understand the legislative process. Nonsense. He’s got the right idea about reinvigorating GOP principles to confront the opposition and he deserves to be heard.

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