The Idaho Statesman's report Tuesday that the ultrasound bill was DOA may in fact be true.
My guess is that if House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher said it is a "next session bill", it probably is.
Like Senator Winder, Tom Loertscher is a man of integrity.
What is not being said, however, is how disastrous the wording/timing/placement of the events surrounding the bill may have driven it to this point.
Once certain aspects of the bill had a Sideshow Bob quality to them, Rep. Loertcher may have seen a far greater and more convoluted (AND ultimately successful) series of faux-arguments by the bill's opponents, as it made its way to his House committee.
Make no mistake, both sides of this argument held center stage - each for a portion of this legislature's session.
So the stage magician's slight of hand must be appreciated, I suppose.
No, I'm not talking about Right to Life and the Cornerstone group - I'm talking about the success that the opponents' magic had on redirecting the arguments and winning the PR battle... again!
The supporters of the bill let that "Legislators Only" ultrasound sideshow ultimately become The Main Event. And three legislators showed up. Out of 105...
Not quite what they expected, I'd imagine. And yet the opponents of the bill made national news with their hollars and whoops.
And the bill died, most likely, today. Now I AM talking about the two pro-life groups.
Next year may indeed be another stage show, but a few of the players may not have the freedom to rove the Capitol's footlights, as they have had this year - that is, if they want a different result.
My guess is that next session, their legislative on-stage actions will be far more tightly "blocked" and the dialog will be much more highly "scripted". After all, why in the world did the 300 of us come out to the Capitol on Monday at such short notice - if only to see the bill die the next day at the hands of those who held the microphone on the front steps of the Capitol the day before?
Seems like Chairman Loertscher's decision to craft a better screenplay for next season may have had reason and merit to it.