Big Mistake by Wisconsin Republicans

By Lloyd the Idiot


As a follow-up to my original post about the budget battle in Wisconsin, the AP is reporting that the state Republican leadership has sent state troopers to the homes of  Democratic state senators in the hope of dragging a few into the state capitol to establish a quorum.

Although perfectly legal, such tactics undoubtedly make the Republicans look like thugs.  The better approach, as I suggested before, is to simply wait out the Democrats.  Eventually, the senators, like petulant five year-olds holding their breath, will have to give in.  No need for the Republicans to tarnish the perception that they are the adults here.


  • edmundburkenator says:

    Who are the adults again?

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    They would be the ones that didn’t run away (literally) from their responsiblities as legislators

  • Blackout says:

    ED, good question. I am pretty sure Walker didn’t sound to “adult” in his prank phone call from Koch.

    Ah, the good ole days when Palin was the only one picking up the prank calls.

  • Dan says:

    I’m tempted to say that the Governor should first call his boss, Mr. Koch, and check on how he wants him to proceed. But I’ll check the snark at the door.

    I hope he follows your advise “to simply wait out the Democrats”. The more time passes the more people become aware that this is not about the state budget (The unions having long ago expressed their willingness to make concessions). With the passage of time it becomes clear to more and more people just what the governor is attempting to do here. And that doesn’t help the governor.

    The governor does have the usual help of the mainstream media which, as is its habit, has been framing the issue exactly the way Republicans would like, as if it were merely a budget issue. And not a single one of the Sunday shows of the networks (which are supposed to have such a liberal bias despite all the evidence to the contrary) has booked a representative of organized labor as a guest this Sunday. That may change, but I’m not holding my breath to see one on David Gregory’s “Meet The Republicans” or any of the other Sunday shows. Maybe Gregory can have McCain on for the 1000th time.

    Thanks to the interwebs and other means of communication people now have a good picture of what this guy is doing while using the budget as camouflage. By all means wait it out. We want this guy to have lots of exposure.

  • RWN says:

    I think the better option is for the voters of Wisconsin to recall those State Senators that have abdicated their responsibility by abandoning their posts.

  • Justin Time says:

    The Governor is 100% correct about the budgetary effects of collective bargaining. Why? Because the union can dictate how many people must staff a particular office based on whatever criteria the union deems appropriate. So while this might have some basis in Public Safety, such as having four people assigned to a pumper truck in Fire & Rescue, it does not carry weight for those areas that are not invovled in high risk jobs. Case in point. The Union can dictate that every office that has more than 5 people must have at least one secretary. If they have ten people then the office must have 2 secretaries. And on and on and on. Yes this is somewhat over simplifying it, but that is the gist of the argument. In order to bring down the number of employees thus the accompanying costs of salary and benefits, it is imperative that the rules be changed. That is why the Governor says this is not just about solving a short term budget situation but rather going after a long term budget fix. I wish more governments would look out past just the current month or year and try to remedy the basics of why they got themselves into the situation they did. And this is applicable to local, state and federal governments.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    So work with the union to change the rules.

    This isn’t that hard to figure out.

    Walker promises 1, 2, 3. Walker gets elected. Walker tries to implement 1, 2, 3, AND A, B, C. Voters wanted 1, 2, 3. Many voters don’t want any part of A, B, C.

    This is a classic over-reach. Ds do it, Rs do it. And the pendulum continues to move back and forth.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    Just tee up some 2A/must-issue CCW legislation. That should fetch the Dems back to the Capitol tout de suite.

  • G.Stone says:

    ”Just tee up some 2A/must-issue CCW legislation. That should fetch the Dems back to the Capitol tout de suite.”

    They will sprint back with their knees jerking the whole way.

  • G.Stone says:

    “So work with the union to change the rules”

    Riiiiiiiiiight. OOOOOK, Suuuure.

  • RWN says:

    A perfect example of why Governor Walker is right to end collective bargaining for most Unions in WI.

  • RWN says:

    EB – Working with the Union IS the same as working with the Democractic Party. Their idea of working together is to throw a tantrun and become the “Flee Party”. Hardly productive for working together.

  • Jack says:

    I do hope the prank caller has been charged with wire fraud.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    RWN, are you saying unions have made no concessions?

    Look, I’m not a fan of unions, but I’m not a fan of this “burn it down” approach to governing either.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I will say, if the unions don’t work with you, one is free to then produce legislation to remove their bargaining rights — not before though.

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