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The Wisconsin Dos-si-do
I have to smile. Only the LJWorld would completely ignore what happened in Wisconsin yesterday.
The events in WI are not just "national" news, they are international. Every newspaper from Bangkok to Bangor is reporting on it but the LJW stays tight lipped.
I have a personal friend who lives in Madison. He's had a front row seat of the events for the past 25 days and has been blogging about it pretty regularly.
Recall efforts are already underway for eight of the Republican senators. The others won't be eligible for recall until November. Walker won't be eligible until November either but efforts are already being organized for his recall as it will be a much larger effort and will take more time. Once the intent for recall is filed they will only have sixty days to collect over 250,000 signatures so they want all prep work done and set up; office space, phones, forms printed, etc. All of this is coming from grassroots organizations within the state.
To quote a friend, "So this is what political suicide looks like."
Interestingly, a recall drive has been setup for the Democratic senators that have quit the state. The huge difference is that it's being set up and funded by a PAC out of Utah whose main source of funding comes from various corporations.
There are mutterings in the wind that national unions may call for a general strike in support of the WI unions, although I fully expect Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly to refuse to participate, despite the fact that they are card carrying members of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), an AFL-CIO union. There hasn't been a general strike in this country since 1934. It could get seriously ugly.
To quote another friend, ""One should keep in mind that if you push masses of people, you should expect that they will push back."
No wonder the LJW won't touch this with a ten foot cattle prod.