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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Scott Walker and his Plutocrats were Running Like Rabbits

I don’t necessarily believe this, but it’s a counterpoint to the steady drumbeat of “Democrats are doomed,” “the final nail in the coffin for Big Labor,” yada yada.

Last November, when Ohio voters overturned Governor John Kasich’s union-castrating law — similar to Scott Walker’s power grab — direct-mail has-been Richard Viguerie wrote a column titled “In Ohio, Union Bosses Were Rabbits Running For Their Lives.”  He wrote:

“Every day, there are millions of races between foxes and rabbits.  Sometimes a fox will win, otherwise there would be no foxes, but most of the time the rabbit wins because, while the fox is running for his dinner, the rabbit is running for his life.  So it was in the vote on Ohio’s ballot Issue 2, to keep or reject the new state law restricting collective bargaining rights for more than 300,000 unionized public employees.”

“While the mainstream media has presented the vote on Issue 2 as a key test of electoral strength in the coming presidential election, the 4 to 1 spending differential shows the Ohio vote was really a desperate race for life on the part of the public sector unions…”

“The union rabbits, with money and manpower brought in from across the nation, have won this race, but taxpayers will regroup and continue the chase in all 50 states next year.”

Substitute Ohio’s vote on Issue 2 with Scott Walker’s recall victory, and change the “4 to 1 spending differential” to “7 to 1” — the ratio by which Walker’s owners outspent the Democrats — and Richard Viguerie’s column makes just as much sense.

Personally I didn’t think last year’s Ohio vote was a grand omen for future national elections, and I don’t think the June 5th vote in Wisconsin was either.

Oh, and there’s one tiny item from Tuesday’s Wisconsin vote that’s been totally lost in all the swooning over Scott Walker.  State Senator John Lehman (D) defeated Republican Van Wanggaard, thereby giving Democrats control of the Wisconsin senate.

Just thought it might be worth a mention.

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Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

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June 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

That's a really good insight, and I agree the doomsaying is premature and overstated. It's also very self-serving for the right.

I recall a lot of post-Watergate talk, including by Republicans, about how the GOP might be such damaged goods that the party might have to dissolve and reconstitute itself in a couple of years with a new name. Never happened, of course, and I didn't seriously expect it would.

Re: the Wisconsin Senate win. I mentioned it but didn't go into detail because I don't know enough about the guy who won and what the impact is likely to be, other than Dems getting to organize the state senate. I expect it will be a positive development in any case.

June 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I said the same thing-no one can make anything out of Ohio or Wisconsin. Those trying to do so, generally have their own reasons.

June 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Trey Smith said...

The lone victory Wisconsin progressives can claim is a hollow one. They now control the state senate -- a body that is no longer in session and won't be until AFTER the November election! (Just thought it might be worth a mention.)

Personally, I don't plan to vote in the presidential election because Obama is Romney and Romney is Obama. They both represent the 1% and, with the exception of a few social issues, there views on the issues important to me aren't all that different.

June 8, 2012 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

What goes around comes around. I kind of agree with Trey but in the end, I will vote for the lesser of two evils.

June 8, 2012 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said...

True, but they also seem to be breeding like rabbits.

June 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rawmoney is the lesser of the two evils.

Obama is a duplicitous son of a bitch.

Obama blew it from the "git".

At least you're seeming what you're getting with Willard.

Money rules.

Were it ever thus.

June 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I agree, the doomsaying is premature. Both sides do this, reading everything into every local race; but it serves no purpose.

JR: I guess it's fun for people to read things into a local political race, but it doesn't mean anything.

Trey: I didn't know that about the state senate being out of session until after the election. Oh well, every silver lining has a cloud.

Mr. C: I always vote, and usually it's for the lesser of two evils.

OP: LOL, there sure are a lot of them.

Anonymous: Romney has taken every possible position on every issue during the past 8 years. If that's what we're seeing, what are we gonna get?

June 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

People who are voting for Romney just because he is not named Obama might want to take a closer look at Romney. Sure, money rules, but if you have a rich guy who has never really had to work all that hard for his riches, how does HE 'resonate' with the public? How does he run the country with an eye toward the concerns and needs of average citizens? It's simple: he doesn't, at least not effectively or in a manner that people will like. He'll be a detriment to his party while he runs, and even more so should he get elected.

If it's a personality contest, which I believe it is to an extent, Obama wins hands down for this voter. He also wins in the other areas too, but then again I'm biased (as our anonymous commenter also obviously is). 8-)

I'm disappointed with some of the things Obama hasn't gotten done, but for my tastes he's not all that bad. I'll vote for him, not just because he's not named Romney, but because I think he's a decent president and the alternative is dreadful.

June 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM  

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