Ryan: Fleebaggers have disrespected the rule of law

posted at 10:55 am on February 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The best part of the video comes in the very beginning, when Rep. Paul Ryan tells the WMC Business Day audience on Wednesday that he finds the flight of the Fleebaggers “curious.” The last two years of Democratic control in Washington weren’t a lot of fun for Republicans, Ryan says, but none of them ran away from their jobs. “Elections have consequences — they won, we lost,” Ryan says. “That’s the way it works. So I just don’t understand this lack of respect for the rule of law.”

The Fleebaggers continue to insist that all they want is negotiation and debate, but according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the debate in the Assembly was the longest that anyone can remember:

As debate on the budget-repair bill begins its 48th hour, longtime Capitol figures said it was the longest in their decades of memory.

The Assembly first came in shortly before noon on Tuesday to debate Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to repeal most union rights for public workers. Dick Wheeler, the dean of the Capitol press corps who has covered the Legislature since 1972, said he had not seen such a long-running debate.

“There has never been anything since I’ve been here that’s been a continuous 48-hour debate,” Wheeler said.

Longtime legislators of both parties agreed.

After 61 hours, some Democrats in the Assembly still complained that Republicans illegitimately “cut off” debate … after 84 amendments had been held for votes, most of them defeated.  It isn’t about debate, it’s about the inability to accept the fact that elections have consequences, chief among them that the minority doesn’t control the agenda.  Steve Eggleston reminds people that the last budget-repair bill in Wisconsin came when Democrats controlled the legislature and a Democrat was governor — and the debate lasted 24 hours combined in both chambers with no public hearings at all.

The Fleebaggers say they’re protecting democracy, but it would appear from those measures that democracy improved when Republicans took charge.  That’s one consequence Wisconsin voters should appreciate.

Update: The fortnight-long campout at the capital is now over:

Campouts in the Capitol appear to be coming to an end today, according to a flier handed out to police.

At 4 p.m., police will begin restricting sleeping areas in the Capitol and ordering the removal of items such as tables, mattresses and coolers, according to a flier being distributed to police today in the Capitol.

The flier also orders the removal of sleeping bags and mats and states that there will be no sleeping on the capitol floors 2, 3 and 4. It’s not clear if sleeping will still be allowed on the main floor.

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Let’s calm down and talk about how great I am.

blatantblue on February 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM


csdeven on February 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM

My concern wasn’t about hurting anyone’s feelings – it was about name-calling as a communications tactic, or strategy for that matter.

DaydreamBeliever on February 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Well then, I have the perfect solution for you. Don’t call anyone names. Problem solved.

Oh, you were saying WE can’t do that? That’s different. Bugger off.

runawayyyy on February 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Why doesn’t somebody just handcuff one of these fleebaggers, throw him in the trunk and drive him to Madison? Let’s get this thing over with.

Call it a citizens arrest.

PatriotRider on February 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

A little thing called kidnapping. However if you happen to go drinking with a fleebagger, and he ends up passed out. It is not a crime to drive them home.

Slowburn on February 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Can I just say that I don’t think calling the Dems “Fleebaggers” really helps anything. You call me a “teabagger,” well, okay, I’ll call you a “fleebagger.” Really, it’s childish on both sides. I can’t believe Michelle Malkin, the queen of propriety standards for everyone else, came out with this. And that Ed Morrissey is continuing it.

Just sayin’.

DaydreamBeliever on February 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I would actually agree with a lot of that. But “fleabaggers” is just too good an echo of “carpetbaggers.” It just fits.

Besides, what’s politics without a little namecalling?

We see enough “concerned trolls” as is. No reason to assume every disagreement is an example of it.

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 26, 2011 at 1:28 PM