Twenty-three Republican governors chose to skip this summer’s meeting of the National Governors Association.
— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) July 17, 2023
There are 26 Republican governors. Three of them showed up here this week at the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association.
And of those three, one left after the first night, and another had little choice but to attend — his chairship of the group began at the conclusion of this year’s gathering.
Striding the Hard Rock Cafe casino stage like a megachurch pastor, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox [photo] used his maiden speech as NGA chair to implore his fellow governors to make the organization a model of robust yet civil debate. “If we’re ever going to find our better angels again, it has to start with us setting the example of how to disagree better,” Cox said.
But it’s hard to do much disagreeing, or have a conversation at all, when nobody is listening: Fewer than a half-dozen governors were still in attendance for his remarks Friday, the session’s closing day, and they were all Democrats.
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What clear-cut display of the asymmetry between the parties in terms of commitment to actual nuts-and-bolts governance. https://t.co/iUjGiGr4k0
— Mathew Helman (@MatHelman) July 16, 2023