Well yes it could devolve but let’s be honest. The average republican state representative isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders. They pretend to have power they don’t possess. The courts will kill this sort of nonsense if challenged. The democrats just have to push the button and these guys will run for the hills.
Just look at tiny little AOS. Corporate democrats and Republicans alike spew all sorts of nonsense about her and she just swats them over the nose with the truth. Next thing you know, those blowhards can’t be reached for comment as they decided to spend more time with their families. You just have to be willing to kick them in the ass for being dicks. It isn’t rocket science.