From the Blogsphere: Highlights from Wisconsin's Top Political Bloggers
Here's a look at what some of Wisconsin bloggers are saying about the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
Elizabeth Charland, Fairly Conservative
On recall related events around the holidays
The Recall Walker office in Portage, WI, has decided to commandeer two Christmas celebrations and transform them into Recall Walker events.
On Friday, November 25th, the children of Portage will be encouraged to ask Santa for a new governor, rather than a new toy. On Saturday, November 26th, families visiting Santa’s Reindeer will be encouraged to sign a recall petition.
Both events can be found on the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s webpage (direct links not available).
Is nothing sacred anymore?
Scott Wittkopf, Badger Democracy
On gathering as 1 million signatures on recall petitions
While the radical right and GOP supporters attempt to distract with recall shenanigans, there is something much larger and devious afoot. (Gov. Scott) Walker and his ilk have the foundation in place to attempt an electorate “coup,” if you will. In the coming weeks, the battle will be fought primarily in the courts – in courtrooms presided over by an elected judiciary. And that is a good thing for democracy.
The key, therefore, is a massive display of recall passion – and signatures. Even the state Supreme Court is an elected body subject not only to a nonpartisan election every 10 years but to the same recall laws which govern Scott Walker. The message sent with the recall must be so overwhelming, that it reverberates to every legislator and Supreme Court justice who would potentially stand in the way of the will of the people, and what is just for Wisconsin.
One million signatures. That should be the goal – ignoring any forecasts, reports or predictions. In this situation, they are meaningless. The only message that Progressives must send through this effort is “We the people will be heard, and we will have a progressive state government – not a corporatic plutocracy.” There is no elected official who would dare stand in the way of a freight train of democracy bearing down with 1 million signatures on a recall petition for a sitting governor.
James Wigderson, Wigderson Library & Pub
On the Nov. 15 protests outside of Gov. Scott Walker's Wauwatosa home
What was the point of the protest outside Gov. Scott Walker’s home Tuesday night? Let’s think about what the protest organizers were doing.
Tensions are already high. The governor is facing death threats, including those posted on Facebook that were recently publicized.
With that in mind, what were the protest organizers thinking when they led an angry mob to the neighborhood where the governor’s family lives? What were they hoping would be the outcome?
Were they hoping that some act of violence happened? Or did they just want to try to intimidate the Walker family some more? Was the march about scaring women and children in an effort to get what the protesters want?
Because the tactic had all the subtlety of a Ku Klux Klan rally, with vuvuzelas and drums instead of burning crosses.
Jim Rosenberg, Jim Rosenberg's Blog
On whether the budget tools implement by Gov. Scott Walker are "working"
There is a myth out there that the recall of Scott Walker is a single issue election and that it’s all about his move to all but end public employee unions in Wisconsin...
But then there is that other myth that Walker-backers are feverishly bankrolling and trying to peddle... through a costly advertising campaign entitled “It’s Working.”
Well, it’s working if you don’t mind hundreds of millions of dollars being siphoned out of local economies all over the state, taking money off Main Street and sending it to Wall Street and insurance companies, costing jobs in Wisconsin.
It’s working if you think it’s OK to throw tens of thousands of people off Medicaid and cut the Earned Income Tax credit so you can provide corporate tax breaks. It’s working if you like rigged elections through gross gerrymandering, fake candidates and aggressive voter suppression.