LePage's hard-line stance effectively removed him from the discussion, since pragmatic legislators from both parties had already concluded some new revenue was going to be needed. The deal got done without his participation because everyone involved knew his presence was likely to be counterproductive.
In the aftermath of the Legislature overriding his veto, the governor lashed out at moderates in his own party, widening the gulf between his office and GOP leaders such as state Representative Ken Fredette, the House minority leader, and state Senator Roger Katz, the assistant Republican floor leader. Katz wrote a newspaper op-ed criticizing LePage for his "name calling and posturing, with the interests of political advantage pursued over the interests of real Maine people."
LePage's ability to influence events in Augusta was officially deader than an increase in the minimum wage.
No wonder Democrats, Republicans and independents all chipped in to have his grave inscribed with the following verse:
"Here lies a governor rude and oppugnant,
Given to comments crude and repugnant.
Negative feelings he did foster,
Earning him the title of snollygoster."
In case you didn't know, oppugnant, according to my dictionary, means "antagonistic, contrary." A snollygoster is "a clever, unscrupulous person." (Thanks to George Abbott for this week's vocabulary lesson.)
Both words should be used more widely, particularly in politicians' obituaries.
Epitaphs (or epithets) can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.