Runaway Dems to return to WI? Update: Miller wants meeting with Walker

posted at 10:12 am on March 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Wall Street Journal reports that the fleebaggers have decided to end their strike and return to the Wisconsin legislature this week, possibly as early as today.  They will allow a vote on the budget repair bill but plan to use it in the next election in an attempt to wrest back the legislative majority in 2012:

Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they’ll taint the state’s Republican governor and legislators. …

Sen. Mark Miller said he and his fellow Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which includes the proposed limits on public unions’ collective bargaining rights. The bill, which had been blocked because the missing Democrats were needed for the Senate to have enough members present to consider the bill, is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber.

He said he thinks recent polls showing voter discontent with Mr. Walker over limits on bargaining rights have been “disastrous” for the governor and give Democrats more leverage to seek changes in a broader two-year budget bill Mr. Walker proposed Tuesday.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Sunday night that the “budget repair” bill can not be amended at this point. But it’s possible that over the next few weeks adjustments could be made to Mr. Walker’s broader budget plan. “This bill will pass. The collective bargaining piece has to pass. If it doesn’t the governor’s budget doesn’t work,” he said.

The big question is whether those poll numbers will stand up over the long term.  If Walker balances the budget without raising taxes while allowing local governments to control costs through these changes as Walker promises, then the political damage will be short lived. If spending continues unabated, Walker and the GOP will have bigger problems than just this budget-repair bill, but that doesn’t seem likely after their unity on this point.  Having this battle early in the session means that it will be a long time until the next election, and the GOP will have plenty of opportunity to show that their approach will pay dividends to taxpayers.

In fact, the bigger risk will be that in the end, voters will realize that Walker’s changes were not all that drastic after all and that they gave government the ability to spend more efficiently.  That will make the fleebaggers look even more petty, as well as hopelessly in the pockets of unions who wanted to continue their control over public policy at even the cost of representative government.  In eighteen months, we’ll see who’s bragging about this, and who wants to talk about almost anything else.

Update: The Journal-Sentinel reports this morning that chief fleebagger Mark Miller wants a meeting with Walker “near the Wisconsin-Illinois border” before they’ll return:

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) said in a letter sent out Monday that he wants to meet with Republicans “near the Wisconsin-Illinois border to formally resume serious discussions” on Walker’s budget repair bill. … “I assure you that Democratic state senators, despite our differences and the vigorous debate we have had, remain ready and willing to find a reasonable compromise,” Miller said in the letter.

I suspect that Walker will explain yet again that the state of Wisconsin already provides a forum for that discussion, and it’s not “near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.”  It’s in Madison, which is where the Democratic legislators should have been all along if they wanted to take meetings.


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Madison’s an hour north of the border. Close enough.

rotorhead on March 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Rush is just now saying that this isn’t true says sombody or other. I tend to think the pols are getting right sick of this but everytime they make an effort to return the Union probably gently ‘threatens’ them with repercussions of one kind or another. I wonder just how much personal sacrifice these Sens are going to make for the unions. It’s getting kind of interesting on this front. Just how noble and self sacrificial are the 14 willing to be in the end. Makes me chuckle when I think how increasingly uncomfortable they must all be–and for what? I bet they hate each day worse than the one before. Wouldn’t you if you were them?

jeanie on March 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

After the shrieking dies down and it’s a year and a half later, the 3.2M voters unaffected by the changes will have a hard time remembering what all the fuss was about.

Sure, that 200k affected by the legislation will make sure they vote Democratic. But let’s face it. They were going to do that already.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Walker gave a good press conference on Fox and basically said miller was an obstructionist liar.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

“Come alone. Any sign of the cops and you’ll never see your precious bill again.”

fossten on March 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Walker gave a good press conference on Fox and basically said miller was an obstructionist liar.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I listened to the whole press conference and questions and it was a thing of beauty! He’s calling Miller and the Dem’s out on their shamless lies and DC Union interference. Awesome.

WisRich on March 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Walker is in the tree stand and the coyotes are holding at the fence line.
There is no need to hurry the pack keep damaging their cause with childish letters from miller.Somebody will break and all they need is 1 or 2.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3wA4ZxGd3U&feature=related

Band Rats On The Run!

For your Monday afternoon pick me up!

Send the Highway Patrol to the border to cuff and stuff the Parasitic rats!

Time is nigh when the people who pay are through takin care of a bunch of freeloading parasites and will demand that the bloodsucking leeches heads roll!

dhunter on March 7, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Ask millers folks what is next.
Mark Miller
(608) 266-9170

We need to get fins n cr6 on this as well.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM

The meeting should be held one foot into the WI side of the dividing line. So the warrents drawn up for their arrest can be served and they can be brought to Madison for the actual meeting in handcuffs.

DrAllecon on March 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Rush is just now saying that this isn’t true says sombody or other. I tend to think the pols are getting right sick of this but everytime they make an effort to return the Union probably gently ‘threatens’ them with repercussions of one kind or another. I wonder just how much personal sacrifice these Sens are going to make for the unions. It’s getting kind of interesting on this front. Just how noble and self sacrificial are the 14 willing to be in the end. Makes me chuckle when I think how increasingly uncomfortable they must all be–and for what? I bet they hate each day worse than the one before. Wouldn’t you if you were them?

jeanie on March 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Yep, that’s what happens when you sleep with the devil.

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I listened to the whole press conference and questions and it was a thing of beauty! He’s calling Miller and the Dem’s out on their shamless lies and DC Union interference. Awesome.

WisRich on March 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Any place I can pull this up? I just got home from work and missed it. I just heard a snippet on Rush and Walker had said he will release “ALL CONVERSATIONS” that have gone on with the fleebaggers, I hope it will be audio so they can deny what they have said. Just beyond awesome! Post link if there is one please.

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Walker is in the tree stand and the coyotes are holding at the fence line.
There is no need to hurry the pack keep damaging their cause with childish letters from miller.Somebody will break and all they need is 1 or 2.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Col. you have no idea how appropriate a hunting analogy is for Wi. LOL

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

can’t find a link for the unedited version.

WisRich on March 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

“appears to be listening more to the labor union bosses in Washington than he does to members of his own caucus.”

Coming from the man who wet his panties at the thought of talking to the Koch brothers this is funny indeed.

Grow Fins on March 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Coming from the man who wet his panties at the thought of talking to the Koch brothers this is funny indeed.

Grow Fins on March 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM

A village in Illinois is missing it’s _______.

Yoop on March 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

can’t find a link for the unedited version.

WisRich on March 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Never mind Belling and Vicki Mckenna are on and I am sure they will detail it. Thanks anyway. Belling is saying his guess is the national union bosses are the ones controlling Miller. The rest would have come back. This is going further our way with this crap coming out.

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM

http://radiotime.com/station/s_29496/News_Talk_1310.aspx

you can pull up Mark Belling (milwaukee) now on Radiotime online right now, he is detailing all this stuff with Walker.

The big thing is Miller sandbagged the WSJ, and is being controlled by the National Unions and the Dem big wigs.

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Coming from the man who wet his panties at the thought of talking to the Koch brothers this is funny indeed.

Grow Fins on March 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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We see the troll is late today. We thought you were sulking,get a real job yet???????
A village in Illinois is missing it’s PHIBIAN?

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

We see the troll is late today. We thought you were sulking,get a real job yet???????
A village in Illinois is missing it’s PHIBIAN catamite?

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Fixed it for you

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Wonder when the tipping point will come? At some point the fugitive 14 have got to realize they are tools if they don’t know already. Noticed that Moore had to spend a lot of his valuable speech time(normally used to spit on the GOP)shoring up the 14′s probably wavering resolve. GOP Sens may have to put up with some clamor but get to go home at night, sleep in their own beds and be with their families. The 14 live out of suitcases, eat food that probably has stopped agreeing with them, put in a lot of coin laundry time and spend their days and nights on the phone in cluttered hotel rooms and listening to union propaganda. Picture it. What fun!!!

jeanie on March 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Wonder when the tipping point will come? At some point the fugitive 14 have got to realize they are tools if they don’t know already. Noticed that Moore had to spend a lot of his valuable speech time(normally used to spit on the GOP)shoring up the 14′s probably wavering resolve. GOP Sens may have to put up with some clamor but get to go home at night, sleep in their own beds and be with their families. The 14 live out of suitcases, eat food that probably has stopped agreeing with them, put in a lot of coin laundry time and spend their days and nights on the phone in cluttered hotel rooms and listening to union propaganda. Picture it. What fun!!!

jeanie on March 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM
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The Geneva convention might think they would need a visit from the Red Cross,a UFO show with Michael the Blob, and last but not least a protest by amnesty intl.
Course we could send em Hanoi Jane just to cheer em up.
The kids said we could send em John Wayne dvd’s,nah we would have to explain the plot.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Note, many are passing union contracts through before this bill is passed. Those communities are going to be paying big bucks, and some of the contracts go into 2013. They met yesterday on Sunday (school board) to plan to pass one of these in Green Bay. I don’t know when they vote on it as I am not from there but there have been many contracts passed all over the state in these 2 weeks and Belling is making the case that could be the reason for this fleebagger’s staying away so long. They are trying to pass as many as they can.

wi farmgirl on March 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

catamite?
.
Sure hope flee powder,DDT, and Tetracycline can kill it.
Ah young Love,seems like that was a hit song in the days of black n white TV.
Gonna go look at the test pattern now.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Light and Truth does wonders on clearing up a Blow Fish flare up.

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller D – Monona Moron …

RJL on March 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM

After the shrieking dies down and it’s a year and a half later, the 3.2M voters unaffected by the changes will have a hard time remembering what all the fuss was about.

Sure, that 200k affected by the legislation will make sure they vote Democratic. But let’s face it. They were going to do that already.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Eggs..actly.

LASue on March 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Light and Truth does wonders on clearing up a Blow Fish flare up.

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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Does it stop the rash n itch??

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Does it stop the rash n itch??

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Don’t scratch it!

It will heal faster

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

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