More than a month later, Indiana Democratic fleebaggers finally come home

posted at 5:49 pm on March 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

They ran away all the way back on February 22 to block the right-to-work bill being pushed by Republicans. The GOP withdrew the bill the next day, yet only now, 33 days later, are the fleebaggers finally making their way back home. So what’d they win? A few concessions on Daniels’s voucher program, a cap on exemptions from the state’s wage law for certain projects, and … that’s it. From Capitol & Washington:

Proposals to limit teacher union collective bargaining, expand charter schools and vouchers, and other labor union bills are still very much alive, despite a five-week-old demand from Democrats that those bills be killed before they would consider returning.

Evansville Courier & Press statehouse reporter Eric Bradner reports via his Twitter feed that Democrats won “tiny” concessions on HB 1216, a key labor bill, as well as the voucher bill. While details of the minor changes were not disclosed, Speaker Bosma reportedly said they were not substantive. If Democrats are looking for a political victory, it’s clearly not the simple act of being present.

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own. This loathsome tactic richly deserves some payback, if only to force Democratic majorities to internalize the cost of having mainstreamed it.

You could argue that the tiny concessions earned by Indiana Dems are enough to make them think twice next time, but I doubt that given what’s happening in Wisconsin. Grassroots righties may not want to hear it but alarm bells are ringing: Republicans face a serious backlash there, from Walker’s poll numbers to the increasingly likely prospect of state supreme court justice David Prosser losing his reelection bid on April 5, which would give the left a 4-3 majority.

Two sources with knowledge of internal GOP polling tell us that Prosser and Kloppenburg are near even, a bad sign for the incumbent. “She has driven his negatives up,” one source says. “It will be hard to drive hers up. Her lack of judicial experience should hurt her, but it also makes her harder to pin down. The question now is: Does the Right have enough resources to counter the Greater Wisconsin Committee’s millions? And even if they do, is it too late? It is going to be touch-and-go for these last few days.”…

With the state Republican apparatus mostly sitting on its hands and wallets, the Wisconsin Club for Growth is planning to step in with more than $300,000 to boost Prosser. They did the same for him during the primary, playing a major role in generating early momentum. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), a chamber of commerce–type group, will also be instrumental in helping Prosser compete financially with the GWC and its progressive offshoots.

Guy Benson notes that the Wisconsin GOP is starting to mobilize, but it sure does sound from his other links that we’re being out-organized here. What a disaster if Prosser ends up losing narrowly. Exit quotation from Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes, speaking to NRO for the piece quoted above: “Scott Walker could survive losing the state senate. But it would be devastating if he were to lose in the supreme court. If Prosser loses, almost everything that Walker enacted could be overturned.”

Update: A nice catch from Philip Klein. Mitch Daniels famously got into trouble when the fleebaggers first walked out by arguing that the right-to-work bill was a bad idea. It gave Democrats an easy pretext to walk out, he argued, which would jeopardize the GOP’s top legislative priority this term — namely, education reform. But education reform was one of the things Republicans ended up making concessions on today, cutting the number of vouchers available this year to 7,500. If that was top priority, why compromise on it?


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MIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

eeyore alert

:(

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

deadbeat losers

forest on March 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

GOTV, GOP!

joeindc44 on March 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

ON WISCONSIN!

Defector01 on March 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

If you believe as the left does that constitutions are infinitely flexible when it comes to implementing the left’s agenda, you don’t really need anything other than the court.

KW64 on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

voters talk the talk but won’t walk the walk in some sectors it seems….

i feel for prosser and walker…they’re doing the jobs that the dems will not do….the state and our country has to fail in order to wake these folks up…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

That is because no one cared about them. Like throwing a tantrum and your mom ignoring you, eventually you come out of your room because you did not get your way.

WoosterOh on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Ya know,this sounds alot like the Dishonest Palestanians
snookering Israel on the peace process……..,

and so,The FleeBaggers have learned that TACTIC!!!!

Jus Sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Wisconson…..soooooooooo…not WINNING!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

This loathsome tactic richly deserves some payback, if only to force Democratic majorities to internalize the cost of having mainstreamed it.

indeed, but the gop likes to play nice, feel it’s beneath them to act like the dems…..screw it! this is war….yeah, I said it

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own.

Except, you know, we’re grown-ups.

Abby Adams on March 28, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Hoosier daddy!?!

Fallon on March 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Credit where it’s due goes to Daniels. He got an ambitious legislative agenda passed completely intact. Indiana a state on the rise due in no small part to his leadership will be the better for it.

While Illinois may be becoming the refuge of fleeing legislators, states like Indiana are the refuge of businesses fleeing Illinois!

MJBrutus on March 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own. This loathsome tactic richly deserves some payback…

Absolutely not!

I know how good it would feel to give the Dems a taste of their own medicine, but GOPers should not sink to their level. All this shall be recorded for the next elections, to remind people.

I’d like to know how much of the taxpayer dollars in Indiana went to complete waste over these fleebagging Dems. They should have to collectively pay the state back, at a minimum.

And PS….GO DANIELS!

JetBoy on March 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own. This loathsome tactic richly deserves some payback, if only to force Democratic majorities to internalize the cost of having mainstreamed it.

Our side is too busy being nice/civil/snookered/waylaid

SouthernGent on March 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

That’s OK.

If the people of Wisconsin want high unemployment, outrageous taxes, people and businesses fleeing the state and rule by union thuggery let ‘em have it.

Virginia will happily take in any good, honest, and honorable refugees.

darwin on March 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Well if the libs take back the court and the Senate, then I guess Walker has no choice but to fire everyone he can possibly fire! If that’s overturned then he can just let them go bankrupt!

sandee on March 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own.

Are you being sarcastic? No way Republicans should do that anywhere. Dems need to own this crybaby tactic all by themselves!

KS Rex on March 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

it worked.

Got the judge to do it for them.

The Progressives TRUMP CARD…………the courts.

PappyD61 on March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Don’t much care anymore. Wisconsin will have to live with the results. If they want higher taxes to feed the union/donk unholy alliance, then the Lord bless them and keep them, ’cause they’ll eventually need some help.

a capella on March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

With the state Republican apparatus mostly sitting on its hands and wallets,

This is the GOP leadership everywhere. Money is to be spent not defending Ideas but to keep the elite entreched in Washington.

The Tea Party had to take the lead in 2010. Because the GOP sits on its wallet all the time and tells the grassroots to do the heavy lifting.

They have not learned a thing.

William Amos on March 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM

toughen up, righties. Dammit.

ted c on March 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Indiana wants me…Lord, I can’t go back there…

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The Wisconsin Republicans should double down. Pass the law again. Pass a right-to-work law, and strip the cops and firefighters unions too. Especially after that “that’s a nice business you have there…” letter the cop union sent out. They should also go after the doctors who wrote the fraudulent excuses, and fire the teachers.

In Indiana, the Republicans should pass everything. Punish the dems and make the cost of their stupidity so high, they’ll never do it again.

Iblis on March 28, 2011 at 6:07 PM

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

LOL

d1carter on March 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Too bad, the liberal bums should have stayed and participated in their favorite program . . . welfare.

rplat on March 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I’m amazed that not a single Republican legislative minority anywhere in the country has used the past month as an opportunity to stage a walkout of their own.

If we were smart we’d pass a vagrancy law and arrest seedy looking protestors.

William Amos on March 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

The Progressives TRUMP CARD…………the courts.

PappyD61 on March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

So true. Liberal judges, overstepping their Constitutional boundaries and nullifying legal acts of state legislatures will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. When the courts have been entirely corrupted — and they are well on their way — the liberals will find themselves getting a taste of “no justice, no peace” that they never, ever planned on. When a legal election is had, and the people’s newly elected representatives pass legislation, and then liberal judges void it by edict, there is nothing left to discuss. The whole damn thing has to be brought to its knees. When the silent majority stops being silent, there won’t be enough union-paid-for astroturf in the world to shut it up.

Rational Thought on March 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

GOP in the states where they control the legislature should pass fleebagger laws prohibiting such practice.

tommer74 on March 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

When the silent majority stops being silent, there won’t be enough union-paid-for astroturf in the world to shut it up.

Rational Thought on March 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

hope that is sooner rather than later….

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Petulant children. All of them. I would so love to take them over my knee.

capejasmine on March 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

If we were smart we’d pass a vagrancy law and arrest seedy looking (DEM LEGISLATORS)

William Amos on March 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

FIFY

KW64 on March 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Grassroots righties may not want to hear it but alarm bells are ringing: Republicans face a serious backlash there, from Walker’s poll numbers to the increasingly likely prospect of state supreme court justice David Prosser losing his reelection bid on April 5, which would give the left a 4-3 majority.

AP I hope they are wrong. I think it is going to be very close.

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Petulant children. All of them. I would so love to take them over my knee.

capejasmine on March 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Wish you would, it always stopped my bad behavior.

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

With the head of the RNC being from Wisconsin it will be a stunning rebuke if Prosser loses in this “non-partisan” election.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

it worked.

Got the judge to do it for them.

The Progressives TRUMP CARD…………the courts.

PappyD61 on March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

i feel for prosser and walker…they’re doing the jobs that the dems will not do….the state and our country has to fail in order to wake these folks up…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I think your right, we will see lots of what the Brits were dealing with over there this past weekend. It is going to get ugly.

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

So, the lefty judge is basically running on a platform as what? An above the law super-god?

joeindc44 on March 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM

AP I hope they are wrong. I think it is going to be very close.

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I find it hard to believe most of Wisconsin thinks a government run by union thugs is good.

darwin on March 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Indiana wants me…Lord, I can’t go back there…

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I would hope that they’re not getting ‘back pay’ now that they’ve decided to come back to “work”.

GarandFan on March 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Doesn’t matter, as the money is simply not there to continue on with the insane behavior that the Dems are fighting for. I’m not sure the establishment Republicans are not in on this deal when they all talk behind closed doors. The lack of action by the GOP leadership to help Walker out here is very telling. In fact, I haven’t seen anything coherent coming from the GOP leadership on much of anything. Seems like the only people talking common sense solutions are Palin, Bachmann, West, Rubio, and a few of our newcomers. The shit is going to hit the streets soon I’m afraid, and neither party seems to care diddly about stopping it.

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Well if the libs take back the court and the Senate, then I guess Walker has no choice but to fire everyone he can possibly fire! If that’s overturned then he can just let them go bankrupt!

sandee on March 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I wonder how many businesses we will see go to Mexico?

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

voters talk the talk but won’t walk the walk in some sectors it seems….

i feel for prosser and walker…they’re doing the jobs that the dems will not do….the state and our country has to fail in order to wake these folks up…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

cmsinaz:Amen,and what he was elected for and to do,from
November Election fall-out!!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

If polling is even in Wisonsin, the democratics win because while the dead aren’t polled, they sure do seem to vote, and vote reliably for democratics. Add in the illegal aliens, multiple votes, cross-border votes, and faked mail-in ballots, and Republicans are in deep you-know-what.

slickwillie2001 on March 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

With the head of the RNC being from Wisconsin it will be a stunning rebuke if Prosser loses in this “non-partisan” election.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

o_0

I am failing to see how you exactly pin this on Priebus.

Abby Adams on March 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I find it hard to believe most of Wisconsin thinks a government run by union thugs is good.

darwin on March 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I can’t begin to call this situation here in WI, but I can tell you this… union members are handing out little hand made cards in our town to businesses they patronize that “a union member patronized your business today”. I felt intimidated by that, which prompted a discussion with someone else that didn’t like it.

I felt intimidated by protesters outside a TP meeting. I feel like I have no voice or don’t dare use my voice even around family. But I can go into the voting booth and scream my lungs out voting for Prosser, and then revoting the way I did when Walker gets recalled (if he gets recalled). They can’t come in the booth with us yet….

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Seems like the only people talking common sense solutions are Palin, Bachmann, West, Rubio, and a few of our newcomers. The shit is going to hit the streets soon I’m afraid, and neither party seems to care diddly about stopping it.

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

a capella on March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Agreed. If the voters in WI don’t step up, they can live with what they elect. And do NOT think of asking for a bailout from me. Losers.

ladyingray on March 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I am failing to see how you exactly pin this on Priebus.

Abby Adams on March 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM

A Republican, Governor Walker, has finally achieved something of great moment, something that can enthuse and inspire Republicans around the country. That is now at risk because the crazy left is trying to win the upcoming supreme court election. Many of us would like to see our side fighting back. Even though this is a “non-partisan” election, we would like to see some effort being made to win this election. We don’t see or hear anything about the RNC coming to the Republicans’ aid in Wisconsin, and that is disturbing. Not only is it disturbing, but it is negatively affecting the flow of funds into Wisconsin to support our side, not to mention that it is negatively impacting contributions to the RNC.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

yup..it boggles the mind

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

If Prosser loses, almost everything that Walker enacted could will be overturned.”

Anyone feel differently??

BigWyo on March 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The shit is going to hit the streets soon I’m afraid, and neither party seems to care diddly about stopping it.

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Heh heh, how did you get the shite through the screening? I think the GOP knows there is no stopping any of this. They see WI as what is to come on a micro scale of what it will be like when there isn’t any MA, MC, Social Security, no payroll for Fed & State. If educated, union people act THIS WAY, how will entitlement urban street thugs act? Killing will not be just talked about. Otherwise they would all be saying we need to do this, both Dims and Repubs. Why else would they be so chicken to do something?

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Anyone feel differently??

BigWyo on March 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

They will try and most likely will do it. They have the courts if Prosser looses.

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Hippies smell.

faraway on March 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

We are screwed here. There is a truly awful tv ad showing that Prosser let some child molestor priest off easy 30 years ago.

Oh well, give Walker and the Rs credit for trying. Why private workers are so concerned about public workers retaining their right to abuse the system mystifies me, but until they can be convinced otherwise, the unions will win.

WisCon on March 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I listened to that speech and read it twice… I love that lady!

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

If that ditz Kloppenberg wins and the donkeys regain the Senate, we’re moving to Georgia. And I’m sorry, Walker’s poll numbers, being that he’s only been in office less than 6 months, really mean nothing. The only people huffing and puffing over them are the people who think they’re the golden eggs to elections.

StevefromMKE on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

As everything involved with liberals today, I do not trust the polls in Wisconsin. It appears, from the polling in the last election, liberals are more prone to use polls to advance their agenda and are willing to mislead the public as to what is really going on. They’ve learned, over the years, how to manipulate those polls and how to put out results so to have the maximum impact.

I can’t imagine the people, who voted Governor Walker in, completely shifting and wanting the unions to win all of these concessions, it just doesn’t make sense. I just hope that the Republicans are really ready to defend their legislation and inform the citizens of Wisconsin what the results will be in it’s not passed.

The first thing I would personally do is send out the lay-off notices now, not wait, but now. Let the people being layed off get into the politics of the moment and start pressuring some of the those Democrats who made it all possible and the Attorney General who went along with it, and the judicial system who is an unindicted co-conspirator. Let them start feeling the pressure for their actions and let the games begin.

bflat879 on March 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM

If that ditz Kloppenberg wins and the donkeys regain the Senate, we’re moving to Georgia.

StevefromMKE on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

We are looking at N. Carolina or Tx. LOL

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Quick note on Allah’s post:

There was an agreement between House Dems and Reps to make minor concessions on these bills. BUT the GOP never said these things would pass the Senate, or that the Senate wouldn’t pass the original versions and send them back to the House. In reality, the Dems may end up getting absolutely nothing out of this deal, especially if the Senate flexes its muscle. From what I read here in Indiana, education and labor reforms are still very much alive right now.

Mayhem on March 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Hey, it’s time to get real. The interconnected issue of tax reform (Fair or Flat), deficits (past, present and future), and the constitutionality of current government programs and regulations – at the federal, state and local levels – are the first, second and third priorities for which conservatives/libertarians MUST be prepared to fight. All resources must be gathered and a long term strategy must be developed and implemented. The lack of an effective counter-argument to “government as usual” will result in one thing, the collapse of any functioning government authority and potential civil disturbance. As Margaret Thatcher recognized eventually we’ll run out of other people’s money.

The “do nothing” outcome might require years or even a decade to become clearly visible. But the end result is inevitable. The productive economy is being hollowed out and real economic growth is not keeping pace with the growth in societal debt, even now. During the process of restructuring from a Corporatist or Special Interest State model of government, which we now live under, to one which reflects a true Rule of Law based on the black letter contents of the U.S. Constitution, many battles may be lost, including, probably, this initial effort in Wisconsin. But the unfortunate results of lost battles must be viewed as an opportunity to learn from mistakes committed and to rededicate and redouble the efforts toward structural reform.

It is depressing to see Democrats and Republicans arguing over chump change “reductions” in federal spending for 2012. Even the UK government, as impossible as it will be to achieve, committed to a balanced budget by 2015. And our political “leaders” from either party have committed to achieve what exactly? Will responsible leadership come forward to diagnosis the disease, prescribe the bitter medicine, and supervise adherence to the treatment plan? …Excuse me while I head for the adult beverage cabinet to pour myself a stiff one. Rant over!

boqueronman on March 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

We are looking at N. Carolina or Tx. LOL

wi farmgirl on March 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Those would be good too..lol..my wife is from GA and I wouldn’t mind having a Senator named Saxby I do admit…

StevefromMKE on March 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM

The Hoosier Dems actually won quite a lot. The news coverage has been all about the Ds defending middle class values and worker’s rights. They laid down the marker for the upcoming redistricting battle and the Rs stood around putting the “oo” back in stoopid. The die is cast and the Ds won, like it or not.

FalseProfit on March 28, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Thing is the Illinois Department of Tourism is really missing a major opportunity here. They could start up a campaign geared exclusively to Democrats from other states who are on the run from voting on key issues in their home states.

They could call the whole thing ESCAPE FROM THE COMMITMENT TO YOUR ELECTED DUTIES IN ILLINOIS!, or something along those lines, and offer things like hotel discount packages, restaurant specials, 20-for-1 deals, tours, that kind of thing!

I mean, if Illinois is now the new haven for these guys, why not make a buck off of it, right?

pilamaye on March 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I listened to that speech and read it twice… I love that lady!

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Keemo:Thought you would like it,a real GOP/Tea Party Fighter!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

know how good it would feel to give the Dems a taste of their own medicine, but GOPers should not sink to their level.

Not only do we need to sink to their level, we need to learn how fight as dirty as the Dems. When fighting pigs, you have to get muddy. This is war, as one poster noted. We can’t afford to be passive, civil pussies any more. Our COUNTRY is at stake, not just a game of rules according to Hoyle. We need to get serious for a change and draw blood (figuratively).

Big John on March 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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yup..it boggles the mind

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

cmsinaz:Yup:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

A Republican, Governor Walker, has finally achieved something of great moment, something that can enthuse and inspire Republicans around the country. That is now at risk because the crazy left is trying to win the upcoming supreme court election. Many of us would like to see our side fighting back. Even though this is a “non-partisan” election, we would like to see some effort being made to win this election. We don’t see or hear anything about the RNC coming to the Republicans’ aid in Wisconsin, and that is disturbing. Not only is it disturbing, but it is negatively affecting the flow of funds into Wisconsin to support our side, not to mention that it is negatively impacting contributions to the RNC.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Watching this garbage in Wisconsin, and the spinelessness of the Republicans in Washington DC, I can’t help but come to the conclusion the the Republican party is going to die. Conservatives deserve a better home.

trigon on March 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I can’t help but come to the conclusion the the Republican party is going to die.

Good Lord, I hope so.

rcl on March 28, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Igor Panarin. You decide.

Mason on March 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I read a lot of handwringing from allahpundit about the democrats flexing their nuscle. I would argue the public is only influenced by after the fact results. Exhibit A is Obama. What will be the public reaction to the unions and Democrats overturning elections? When the public wakes up to more than the Union complaints and see the recent election was overturned the Unions and Democrats will be seen as out-of-control and THEN the people of Wisconsin or Indiana will SERIOUSLY turn on them. Its an unfortunate fact of life that outside of the people who follow politics the harsh realities are the only thing the general public reacts to. The democrat bullying needs to take its course unfortunately IF it does before the avergae person will take the time to see through the protestor and Union propaganda and talking points.

Conan on March 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM