Thursday, March 10, 2011

That sound you heard from Madison last night

was the door closing on Rebuplican hopes to recapture the White House next year.  (The sound was not too loud, because the GOPhers' chances were already slim to the vanishing point.)

I think it's safe to say that Americans don't like bullies.  And if there were any doubt to fair-minded people--who still hold the balance in this country--the Rebuplican steamroller of workers' rights in the Badger State put an end to them.  Not to mention any question about the party's respect for truth.  As a Wisconsinite told talkingpointsmemo:  
It's not just the budget bill needs a quorum -- the big issue is that *any* bill with fiscal implications is supposed to have a quorum in the Wisconsin state Senate. So there are two choices here:
1. Collective bargaining has fiscal implications, and so the bill will be blocked in the courts and ruled unconstitutional.
2. Collective bargaining DOES NOT have direct fiscal implications, and Gov. Walker has been lying this entire time by making the case that it's fiscally necessary.
So either the state R's just passed an illegal bill, or Walker has been lying this entire time and really is just interested in union-busting.
For another example of the Rebuplican respect for truth, see todays NYT.

The trouble with lies is that they catch up with you.  That's why David Mamet has one of his characters say to another in Glengarry Glenross:  "Always tell the truth--it's the easiest thing to remember."

Every day, more Americans come to realize that the GOP stands for three things:  1) Money; 2) Power; and 3) The power of money.


Michael A. Burstein said...

I think the analysis hits the nail on the head. Either collective bargaining has fiscal implications, in which case what they did was illegal; or it doesn't, in which case was they did was legal but Walker lied.

I just wished that I agreed with you that people will see through this for what it really was.

The Old New Englander said...

Indeed, Scott Walker admitted that the measure to break the unions is "indeed fiscal."

As for our view of how this will be received, TONE is known for its optimism.