Gov. Bentley probably wanted to have a legislature vote but wouldn't get much support from the conservative politicians. Some say, "Let's vote on the Confederate flag," but given the failure of prior referendums and the angst from the state debate over that issue, Bentley reasoned that it just wasn't going to work in Alabama.
When SC Sen. Lindsay Graham was asked about the Confederate Stars and Bars continuing to wave on State House grounds, he explained its presence is "part of who we are." History is certainly part of who we are. But it is long past time to stop romanticizing the past represented by the Confederate flag.