I’m not a lawyer, but living on the left coast, know somethingÂ of recall petitions.
Interesting parallels here, the way an aroused rent-a-mob behaves at legislation it doesn’t like and aroused citizens and their state governments behave, witness Obamacare. The evidence keeps piling up.
Talk about peeing into your well of support.
As soon as Scott Walker signs the new bill into law, it will no doubt be challenged in court…beginning in Madison, and working its way up to the state supreme court, and possibly into the federal courts. The only immediate ramifications of the bill will be Walker ordering the state treasurer (I assume) to stop withholding union dues from state employees, which, ordinarily, you’d think the employees would think a good thing.
So, that first law suit will no doubt ask for injunctive relief, to stop the “seizure of union monies.” There’s a lot of liberal judges there, so I look for Walker and the senate to see some early losses. How permanent? Who can say? But most outside analysts think they have been on pretty solid legal ground.
Recall petitions for both Walker’s head and the GOP senators, and the original fleebaggers, the runaway Democrats, will move apace. What a donneybrook that will be, for it’s quite possible both recall efforts will succeed, and the Governor and entire state senate (GOP and Dem) will have to stand for election again.
But first, who will clear the capitol? The question has been raised; have Madison police and Wisconsin state police not been called in…the Madison mayor is a big-time leftie…or have the cops more or less let it be known they have no intention of busting up what they perceive to be a de facto picket line?
Walker is getting both good press and bad press, depending on who you talk to, but his best press is coming from the behavior of the mob. Why break up a good thing, while Wisconsin’s artists, previously known as its best and brightest, throw a giant sized tantrum, and pee into the well of respect and support the people of the state have held for them for many years? (h/t to Vassar for the pic.)
There are some things you can’t walk away from or walk back, and unlike the guy who gets drunk on Saturday and puts a lampshade on his head, this danse macabre has gone on for weeks.
Come Monday morning, whenever that day finally comes, things will never be the same.