Last night Brett Marcy, Communications Director for the House Democrats, tweeted:
Bmarcy75: @scottdetrow @PAHouseDems position is clear: #HB1950 = embarrassingly low fee w/ weak envinmtl protections. But GOP hypocrisy is noteworthy.
That certainly is a good message.
Problem is, it’s not the message voters are actually going to receive if a bunch of House Dems break with the Party and vote for the Republican bill this morning.
The only way that message is going to cut through with real credibility is if the whole caucus hangs together in a party-line vote.
That’s the only way you’re going to get headlines like “Shale fee fails on party-line vote” or “Shale fee passes on party-line vote.”
If Dems break their Party’s resolution to support a severance tax, it’s going to be much less clear to the voters that they can affect this issue by electing more Democrats.