The only real question still unresolved is just how strong the GOP control of state government will be. Senate Republicans already have a supermajority, and they aren’t likely to lose it. The House is just a handful of seats away from Republicans having that much power. If the GOP is that powerful in both the House and Senate, Democrats will lose the only tool they had left this session: the ability to stop legislative activity by walking out.
A Gov. Gregg working with a supermajority and a Gov. Pence working with a supermajority would be two entirely different political animals. A Gregg administration would be cautious and probably not very productive. There would be the possibility of near deadlock if he signs a lot of vetoes. A Pence administration, on the other hand, would be very active and more philosophically driven. Many of the GOP’s positions on social issues – abortion, gay marriage, creationism – would find their way to bills landing on the governor’s desk.
Republicans who hunger for those supermajorities should beware of the dangers in getting what one asks for. The admonition that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” does not just apply to one part. Complete dominance can breed both arrogance and complacency. The lack of meaningful opposition means that serious challenges to dubious propositions would have to come from Republicans. Counting on that possibility is risky. House Speaker Brian Bosma, for example, has said that neither Pence’s tax-cut proposals nor Gregg’s would get an automatic pass. But, realistically, how often and how strongly would he buck Pence?
None of this should matter to individuals, who should vote for the candidates who suit them, regardless of the overall implications. It’s interesting to contemplate, though.