OLYMPIA -- There is a tradition, before the Legislature starts, to gather the leaders of the two parties and the two houses and give the news media a preview of the upcoming session.
During that session, there is also a tradition, for a member of the assembled media, to ask the assembled Lege leaders: If this session were a song, what would it be? (Hey, I don't make traditions, I just report on them.)
At today's preview, the obligatory song question was asked, and the four leaders -- some with more gusto or forethought than others -- named their tune. To wit:
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane: "The Fixer," by Pearl Jam. It should be noted that last year she picked Bob Dylan's "Everything's Broke."
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla:"Should've Said No," by Taylor Swift. (Hewitt rattled off four rejects before giving his pick, including "Take This Job and Shove It," and "Leavin On a Jet Plane.")
House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam: "With a Little Help fron Our Friends."
House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis: "The Uprising" by Muse.