When you're in an overwhelmed minority, "they" don't have to listen to you. Idaho Democrats can swap a few stories with the Washington legislative Republicans - for the first time in quite a while in not just the minority, but a swamped minority - about what it's like.
The Spokesman-Review's Richard Roesler has pulled together a batch of quotes and observations about the situation, mostly from a meeting with statehouse reporters; it's well worth a read.
Best quote - from House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, adapted he said from an observation made by a Democrat: "It's like the guards and the prisoners...The guards make the rules and sometimes the prisoners get frustrated. But it's still the guards are in charge."