Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Walker: when being a good guy depends entirely on creating fake bad guys.

It's the oldest game in politics: to turn yourself into a hero, turn your adversaries into monsters.

What's particularly galling about Walker's statements in the New Yorker article, repeated here, is that had the big out-of-state money (AFP, Club for Growth, etc) kept quiet and not launched that "Make those slobs pay their fair share" commercials, odds are most public employees would've grumbled loudly, protested somewhat, and let it go -- but no.  Walker's owners piled it on.  It was like watching someone throw kerosene on a fire, when you're standing right next to it.

It is likely that these actions alone are responsible for the resurgence in Democratic Party organizing across the state -- it's certainly true that these Republican "kick them when they're down" tactics are responsible for re-energizing the Democratic Party here in Deepest Reddest Washington County -- where people are considering the fact that Glenn Grothman, our constant and steady national embarrassment, might vulnerable in   the November election.  The recall almost got him and he's gone out of his way to gibber off even more offensive nonsense than ever.  Any moderate, non-insane Republican who runs against him is guaranteed every last Democratic vote (about 30% on a good day) in the county.  That should be enough.

In the meantime, more crocodile tears from the Walker people.

Madison360: In need of villains, Walker chooses ‘labor bosses’

All this hand-wringing about union bosses is absurd and constitutes a whopping, cynical lie.
The Capital Times' Jessica VanEgeren ably demonstrated that the architects of the petition drive behind the recalls are anything but the contrived “bosses” Walker scapegoats, but that’s beside the real point. The sad truth is that Walker and his allies have already emasculated public worker unionism in Wisconsin, and private sector unions have been in decline for years. 
Now, it seems, they want to come down from the hills after the anti-union battle and shoot the wounded. 
But then labor has long been massively outgunned by business money in Wisconsin politics.
Two studies, including one last year, showed that for every $1 that labor interests in Wisconsin give to candidates in all elections, business interests give $12, says Mike McCabe, director for the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign , a political finance watchdog group. While outside spending is somewhat less imbalanced, any notion that “big labor” is a threat based on relative financial might is preposterous. 
McCabe predicts that Walker and the four GOP senators likely to face recall elections will enjoy a sizable money advantage. Some $60 million or more is expected to be spent, according to reports.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/madison_360/madison-in-need-of-villains-walker-chooses-labor-bosses/article_f3e39f14-6a27-11e1-ac25-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1p0B2dp9w 

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