Tom Hayden might have viewed the amateurish events that played out on the Senate floor Thursday as a fitting coda to his time in Sacramento. Undoubtedly, he would have had something to say about it all.
On Thursday, a duly elected senator got removed from the Senate chamber for speaking her mind. Only this time, Republicans in Washington, D.C., weren’t the heavies.
Instead, ham-handed Sacramento Democrats tried to stifle dissent from a Republican, Sen. Janet Nguyen. As happened when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to silence Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren earlier this month, the party in power suffered a public-relations debacle, and the minority party received a PR bonanza.