“We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages.” — from Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.
State House members heeded that advice today and adopted rules for the rest of the 105-day legislative session, but not before a long debate over the specifics, in which Republicans invoked a different scene from Lord of the Flies to push for more power for their minority caucus.
The GOP called for giving each lawmaker the right to have one piece of proposed legislation aired in public. Rep. Matt Manweller noted that even the bullied, portly Piggy from the novel, stranded with other boys on an island, was allowed to speak when it was his turn to hold the conch shell.
“When Piggy got the conch, everybody had to listen to him,” said Manweller, a freshman Republican and a political science professor at Central Washington University. “Don’t we all deserve to get a chance to hold the conch?”