"If he manages to get the state through this difficult budget year and puts together a reasonable budget for the coming fiscal year, well, that would be the equivalent of Lassie pulling a child out of a burning barn," Martin Hawver of Hawver's Capitol Report wrote about Gov. Mark Parkinson. Hawver also predicted that GOP lawmakers would maneuver to make sure that Parkinson "at some point has to do something so distasteful and drastic to save the state's budget" that he couldn't change his mind and run for election in 2010. "Republicans are happy to hear Parkinson say he won't seek election," Hawver wrote, "but being the party of belts and suspenders, they'd like to make sure he couldn't be elected, anyway."
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