Madison, Indiana?

posted at 1:36 pm on February 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

At what point does the decision to hold democracy hostage transform from a localized example of petulance to a national strategy?  Perhaps when Democrats try to paralyze another state legislature whose agenda they cannot control … say, in Indiana, for example:

House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned.

A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

The House was came into session this morning, with only two of the 40 Democrats present. Those two were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.

The issue?  Same as in Wisconsin.  Republicans in the legislature have offered a bill that addresses union prerogatives.  In comparison to the proposal in Wisconsin, however, this one is rather mild.  It would bar unions and private-sector firms from establishing rules that require non-union employees from being forced to pay representation “fees,” a back door for forced dues payments.  It puts teeth in the open-shop environment, and it’s broader in scope than the Wisconsin bill (which only applied to public-sector unions), but it doesn’t restrict collective bargaining rights at all.

Democrats in Indiana may only be staging a momentary walkout as a way to express solidarity with their colleagues in Wisconsin — or more accurately, their Wisconsin colleagues who have fled the state rather than allow the elected legislature to conduct business.  Even a symbolic walkout carries significant and deeply damaging consequences to representative democracy, however, as I explain in my column at The Week today (specific link later when posted):

The true test of a representative democracy comes not in an election, but in the aftermath of an election. If the losing party or parties in the election recognize their loss and continue to participate in self-governance, then representative democracy works. When the losing side refuses to participate and boycotts governance, especially in such a manner that vital legislative work gets obstructed, then representative democracy itself is threatened. …

The fleeing Democrats have essentially stolen the will of the public and their right to self-governance. Wisconsin voters elected Republicans to majorities in both chambers and Walker as their executive by convincing margins. The minority in representative democracy has a right to be heard, but do not have the right to stop the process of governance by shutting down the legislature. In essence, those state Senators who went on the lam have attempted to overturn the last election through unprecedented and illegal obstruction and dereliction of duty. They have demonstrated the haughty arrogance of those who refuse to accept their role as public servants and instead make themselves into autocrats.

If Republicans overreached with their budget-repair bill and unfairly restricted the rights of unions, then let Democrats go on record opposing the bill and make it the centerpiece of the next legislative election in Wisconsin. Under the circumstances, though, the Democrats who have tried to hijack democracy in order to dictate terms should be the ones who fear the next election the most.

Given the White House and DNC involvement in the Madison protests, it seems clear that this has become a national strategy on the part of Democrats — to run out on legislatures where they hold the minority, and to hijack government in an attempt to make the majority the servant of the minority.  The party should change its name to the Anti-Democrats … or, since they seem enamored of running away as a political tactic, we can take a page from their book and call them Fleebaggers instead.

Update: Here’s the link to my column.


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I wondered right away if the taxpayers would be on the hook for the expenses incurred. How would you fight that if that’s the case?

UnderstandingisPower on February 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

What is to keep some patriotic citizen from throwing a sack over these fleebaggers heads, stuff them in a trunk and drive them over the boarder and call the state patrol to come and get them? I’m just saying!

jistincase on February 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

This is what happens when we outlaw spanking and give everybody an “A”. Jus’ sayin’…

LEBA on February 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Everybody get on your feet, you make me nervous when you in your seat
Take off your shoes and throw them away, come back and get them some other day
Fleebaggin’, Fleebaggin’, Fleebaggin’, Fleebaggin’

Went to a party the other night, Long Tall Sally was out of sight

Threw way her wig, and her high heels too, she was doin a dance without any shoes

She’s fleebaggin’, she fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’

Hey little gal with the red dress on, I bet you can fleebag all night long
Take off your shoes and and tap your feet, we’re doin a dance that can’t be beat
We’re fleebaggin’, we’re fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’

Lil John Henry told Peggy Sue, if I fleebag would you fleebag too
Sue told John, “I’ll take you to school, I been fleebaggin’ since I was two

Fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’

So everybody get on your feet, you make me nervous when you’re in your seat
Take off your shoes and throw them away, come back and get them some other day
We’re fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’, fleebaggin’

(Apologies to Robert Parker’s “Barefootin’ “)

OkieDoc on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

What is to keep some patriotic citizen from throwing a sack over these fleebaggers heads, stuff them in a trunk and drive them over the boarder and call the state patrol to come and get them? I’m just saying!

jistincase on February 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

This week, on a very special episode of Dog The Bounty Hunter…

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Well, this move will definitely help the GOP. It’s going to be the only thing people really think about is how they handled their congressional responsibilities.

Amazing.

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

This week, on a very special episode of Dog The Bounty Hunter…

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

That’s truly funny. LOL*

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

jistincase on February 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Taking them across a state line? A federal offense.

Taking them up to the state line, then giving them a small push over the state line? Just happen to have a few Wisconsin state troopers waiting?

Was a time when things like this did indeed happen.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Any info on just how a recall would proceed? Length of time to put it into place? Special elections afterward? Is it state-wide or district by district?

UnderstandingisPower on February 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I can’t provide a link because I can’t remember the source, but I read somewhere the whole process from start to finish would take 2 months.

a capella on February 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM

This week, on a very special episode of Dog The Bounty Hunter…

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Damn … that would be hilarious. Dog going to some sleazy motel and the fleebaggers making a run for it.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Why not fleabaggers?

Ed, like the name! +1

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

This week, on a very special episode of Dog The Bounty Hunter…

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Oh, man, that would be awesome!

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

^^^ Maybe Dog could have a little prayer with them and have them ask God forgiveness for being democrats.

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Where did I leave my binky?
-IN dem

cmsinaz on February 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Where did I leave my binky?
-IN dem

cmsinaz on February 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

…in yo’ mama’s pocket…bunch o’ babies…sheesh!

LEBA on February 22, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I say bring it on. Bring it to Ohio too. Spread out the Union Power…

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Anti-democracy-Democrats.

petunia on February 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Why not fleabaggers?

Ed, like the name! +1

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Because they fled the state … they’re fleers, or however you spell it.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Howard Dean has been caught funding the fleebaggers through soliciting donations. He has sent them $100k so far.

Wouldn’t this be against the law?

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Because they fled the state … they’re fleers, or however you spell it.

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I pledge allegiance to Obama and the Unions for which he fights, one movement indivisible, with fleedom and social justice for all – except the capitalist zionists!

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Run Away!

faraway on February 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

+1 meathead

cmsinaz on February 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Sorry, that was the wrong video Run Away

faraway on February 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Wouldn’t this be against the law?

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Dean’s got a flee fund for these guys?

darwin on February 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

That was funny…

WhoU4 on February 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Stole this from darwin-t

perfect fit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAA2rGxblLU&feature=youtu.be

MeatHeadinCA on February 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

So, how long do we have to give them to return until we can charge them with sedition?

dominigan on February 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

This week, on a very special episode of Dog The Bounty Hunter…

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

That’s it put a bounty on the bastiges!

Put their pictures on milk cartons with a reward for capture!

Capture 4 and get a free Congress Critter Carton and Critter Catcher badge!

dhunter on February 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

So fleeing the state to avoid a vote you know you’ll lose is acceptable but the filibuster is pure evil… right.

Scrappy on February 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

There’s a reason for that. Barry is in Cleveland today, and he told some businessmen there that just like everyone else, his administration is working hard to tighten budgets and live within their means.

You think I’m kidding? I’m not. In fact, Rush said that MSNBC cut away from Barry’s speech just after he said this. Apparently even the state-run media can’t figure out how to spin the president being in one state saying we have to live within our means while his minions are in another state demanding we do exactly the opposite.

At some point here, the lies are no longer going to be able to work for him. What happens then?

UnderstandingisPower on February 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

You gotta wonder, with Barry in Cleveland and Democrats running away in Indiana, whether Gov. Kasich might decide to borrow an idea from the WisconsIndiana playbook.

But Barry will fix it–just abrogate the NAFTA treaty, so that Canadian oil is so expensive that people will buy Solyntra solar panels.

Steve Z on February 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Post UNWANTED POSTERS all over the state and start a recall of each AWOL Congress Ass!

What would the military do? Their State employees are they not?

dhunter on February 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

You gotta wonder, with Barry in Cleveland

Whats with Cleveland and Detroit?
The only places OBlah BLah feels safe?
He may win Cleveland and Detroit but Sarah will kick his sorry arse in Ohio and 56 other states!

dhunter on February 22, 2011 at 3:40 PM

So much for elections. The voters should be furious about this!

sandee on February 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Given the White House and DNC involvement in the Madison protests, it seems clear that this has become a national strategy on the part of Democrats — to run out on legislatures where they hold the minority, and to hijack government in an attempt to make the majority the servant of the minority

But doesn’t that make them R3volut1onaries? I would think it does.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

jeffn21 on February 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I don’t think there is a constitutional mechanism that provides for firing state representatives. Other than election day that is. Oh, and impeachment. I much prefer the Repubs going after any and all legislation that doesn’t require a quroum (sp).

44Magnum on February 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I think it’s factually accurate to say that the Democrats are engaged in an anti-democratic revolt, qualifying them as re\/olutionaries, and therefor I propose that the “R” word should no longer be filtered here since our opponents are already involved in such behavior.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

A reverse Atlas Shrugged? Check Colorado!

yogi41 on February 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Never mind – Daniels just gave in to the democrats. What a powerful leader he is.

Vashta.Nerada on February 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

So Mitch Daniels is against Indiana’s bill? Obviously, he’s not running for president. What an idiot.

Terrie on February 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Now that Daniels wussed out, where are his advisers Karl Rove and Jeb Bush?

Terrie on February 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Can we please heave Mitch Daniels over the side and leave him in our wake? We’ll give him all the food and water he’ll need and he can keep the red coat.

Or does he wear a yellow coat?

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Or a purple coat, maybe….

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Now that Daniels wussed out, where are his advisers Karl Rove and Jeb Bush?

Terrie on February 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

There probably out with all the rest of the “thought leaders” playing golf.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

There They’re

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody

 
Wow. I can’t believe they will so brazenly admit that it’s men and not laws.

rogerb on February 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

The WH apparatus supporting unions against the states. The WH against the border states and suing them. The WH against the coastal states and their drilling. The WH against the rest of the country by not allowing any drilling. Does anybody see anything here. We are in the middle of a war waged on this country by the Democrat Party and its boss in the WH. Our Legislature better get their stuff together and get this guy out of office as well as all his minions/flying monkeys. We will shortly be Somalia or some other third world crap hole if action is not taken.

retiredeagle on February 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

So Mitch Daniels is against Indiana’s bill? Obviously, he’s not running for president. What an idiot.

Terrie on February 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Pretty much. That moron has had a good resume but put his foot in his mouth EVERY SINGLE TIME he opened it.

At least he had the common courtesy to remove himself from the race well in advance of the primaries.

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Nice piece on S Walker..

wi farmgirl on February 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Your link is broken.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Your link is broken.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Maybe it’s meta-humor about media coverage on Walker.

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Wisconsin Senate suspends direct deposit for paychecks and per diem. Nice!

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.
The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday. They fled the state to stall a vote on an anti-union bill, and have threatened to stay away until Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to compromise.
Tuesday’s vote was along party lines. The three Republicans on the Committee on Senate Organization voted for it and the two Democrats opposed it.
The measure applies to paychecks, per diem checks, and any expense reimbursements. The absent senators will have to collect their checks from the Senate majority leader

WisRich on February 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

So Mitch Daniels is against Indiana’s bill? Obviously, he’s not running for president. What an idiot.

Terrie on February 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

No, he thinks he has a chance, which makes him twice the idiot. But once the idiot is enough. This is what you will ALWAYS get with people like Daniels. His speech at CPAC was shot through with the pseudo-Socratic sanctimony of the elitist. And a self-loathing one at that. He’s here to tell all of us barbaric conservatives how the world really works, and make sure we regularly and dutifully demonstrate our qualities of conciliation and submissiveness to the mainstream liberal intelligentsia. Otherwise we might look or sound like Rush! God forbid!

rrpjr on February 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

and another one…
http://nationaljournal.com/politics/who-is-scott-walker–20110222

wi farmgirl on February 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Apparently not but it was still a good idea, though.

FloatingRock on February 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

The Indiana bill passed..

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to limit teachers’ collective bargaining rights despite objections from minority Democrats and hundreds of union members protesting in the Statehouse.

The Republican-ruled Senate voted 30-19 Tuesday to approve the bill, which is part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels’ aggressive education agenda.

Conservalicious on February 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Well Daniels is depressingly disappointing, so much for grabbing the ring.

cpaulus on February 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

The Indiana bill passed..

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to limit teachers’ collective bargaining rights despite objections from minority Democrats and hundreds of union members protesting in the Statehouse.

The Republican-ruled Senate voted 30-19 Tuesday to approve the bill, which is part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels’ aggressive education agenda.

Conservalicious on February 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

That’s the Senate. The lack of quorum was in the House.

Also, B!tch has since come out and said that he wants to pass this bill… but not at the expense of his other legislation.

I’m not sure if he’s a squish or if he’s just terminally stupid.

teke184 on February 22, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Democrats: AWOL in more ways than one.

PackerBronco on February 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Well good to know Daniels is out of the Presidential running, might as well rid out the weak early.

Daemonocracy on February 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

From RedState:

Today, we learn that top AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka is visiting the White House two to three times per week and speaking with someone in the White House everyday.

INC on February 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The Land of Lincoln

BKeyser on February 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM

How come these thugocrats always run to Illinois? What’s up with that?

2ipa on February 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

This is what you get when you elect a crypto-Marxist to the highest office in the land. The rabble-rousing Organizer-in-Chief strikes again.

hillbillyjim on February 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM

How come these thugocrats always run to Illinois? What’s up with that?

2ipa on February 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

That is easy to answer, Illinois has the most corrupt Government right now. they are “safe”

IowaWoman on February 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Try this run, runaway!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHoPYLQvnQM

dhunter on February 22, 2011 at 9:19 PM

That is easy to answer, Illinois has the most corrupt Government right now. they are “safe”

IowaWoman on February 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

They just doubled down on most corrupt city- Chicago!

Then there’s native adopted son Øbama working hard on most corrupt national government! Jeez, what’s wrong with Illinois?

2ipa on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

I only found this out about my state because I looked at hotair on my lunch break. Up here in NW Indiana Chicago media is dominant. blah!

aikidoka on February 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I hope the Republican Governors have met previously to all these events and have developed a strategy of their own to battle these issues. Just to say they must handle it and fire all the strikers, like Reagan did, back in the day, is not enough. There does appear to be a strategy and it’s very important that the Republican Governors and State Reps in each state are on the same page with what works.

If the Govs and Reps have not met, they need to do so very quickly. This is all about to get out of hand. Part of this Repub strategy needs to include our National Repub leaders including the RNC.

Funds need to be allocated for the promotion of Conservative ideas and reminding people constantly, that their particular state is in deep doo doo, financially.

This needs to be a nation-wide response, not just one on a local level!

If this turns out to be another ’1960′s anti-war movement’ type of attack on states, then we must have a united front.

These types of community organizers and union thugs are the terrorists. An effective defense and offense is vital.

And it needs to start yesterday!

scottjenn on February 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

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