Thursday, March 10, 2011

The underlying presidential campaign in Wisconsin

GOV. SCOTT WALKER'S muted motive in the ugly spectacle in Wisconsin was finally confirmed by one of his own people: Republican Scott FitzGerald, the state's senate majority leader. Here it is:
"If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you're going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin."
Oh? So its not really about the maligned budget deficit nor collective bargaining at all. but about Barack Obama's chances in 2012! If they could sell cynicism and subterfuge by the pound in that state (and later in Ohio), Walker could wipe out his deficit overnight.

Ironically, despite the polls that show his popularity and that of other GOP Wisconsin lawmakers taking a dive, Walker cannot compromise. His strength remains in the hands of the Koch brothers, multi-billionaires who are measuring his every move for their own interests in the state. And with Walker's missionary zeal as an evangelical Christian and son of a Baptist minister, he will hold his ground, come heaven or hell.

Zeal? Walker supports the pro-life cause to the extent that he would let a mother die rather than allow her an abortion. I mention that only because it's important to see the melding of social conservatism and unlimited cash in the new American political landscape, courtesy of the U.S.. Supreme Court. These are dangerous times for democracy as we've come to know it.


Mark said...

It is depressing, isn't it? We have really gone around the bend and I don't think we will ever be able to go back.

Most politicians are no longer interested in doing what is right for the American citizens -- they are instead only interested in getting re-elected in the next cycle.

This union busting boondoggle is so transparent and depressing. How will anyone ever fix this?

JLM said...

Yes, it's depressing and as Abe said, dangerous. As to how to fix it, thats also depressing. The older I get, the more I sadly come to realize why residents of other countries regard Americans as stupid. H.L. Mencken's quote, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people" and Scott Adam's, "You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public" hold a lot of water in my book. Unfortunately. Americans memories appear to be awfully short. Dangerously short. If the problems and challenges aren't resolved instantly, regardless of the severity of such, they will put the same clowns (or worse) back in office who caused the situation in the first place. Then there are our friends, the TeaPartiers. Ah yes, the real Americans. In my opinion, not the sharpest tools in the shed. These people actually believe and respect folks like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, hanging on their every word. Regarding the Tea Party, there's another quote to interject at this point, one attributed to Sinclair Lewis, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross".
Scary, huh?

Anonymous said...

The last Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin was Ronald Reagan in 1984. Obama won Wisconsin by approximately 13 points. Similar to the circumstances involving Republicans/Tea Partiers in Ohio, Walker was elected in an election that saw turnout decrease from 2006 despite Tea Party activism. Consequently, Walker should hope he is not on the ballot as part of a recall effort in 2012.