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AP: 3 WI GOP Senators Need To Give In

From an utterly objective Associated Press:

For compromise in Wis., 3 GOP senators are needed

By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press
February 20, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation’s attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor.

Apparently, it doesn’t even cross the AP’s mind that all the Republicans might agree with the governor. Or that the Democrats might come back to the state house to do their job. No, the burden is on the Republicans to give in.

Somehow, for all their praise of compromise, the media never calls on the Democrats to do it. Clearly, compromise is only a good thing when Republicans or conservatives do it.

Gov. Scott Walker made clear Sunday he won’t back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

He is such a meanie. By the way, it is simply a lie to say that his proposal would "effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees."

The Wisconsin public employees will still be able to bargain over their salaries — just not their benefits and pensions and sick days and other perks. Which is the case for most employees, even those in unions.

Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to delay the plan vowed not to come back to allow it to pass — even if they have to miss votes on other bills Tuesday.

Which just goes to show how responsible they are. Still, we hope the Republicans go hog wild and pass everything they ever dreamed of. You know if the shoe were on the other foot, that would happen.

But, alas, the Republicans will probably be too responsible and they will restrain themselves. Unfortunately.

And union leaders said they would not let up on protests that have consumed Wisconsin’s capital city for a week and made the state the center of a national debate over the role of public employees’ unions.

Never mind that earlier the Associated Press reported that even the head of the Wisconsin Teacher union has called for its members to return to work. Or maybe the AP doesn’t want to remind its readers about that.

That dynamic means it might take Republicans in the Legislature who believe Walker is going too far to try to break the impasse. One idea that has been floated by GOP Sen. Dale Schultz would temporarily take away bargaining rights to get through the state’s next two-year budget, then immediately restore them.

Who are these Republicans who think Walker has gone too far?

Similarly, who is the ‘party of no’ here? Why should the Republicans compromise? They won.

While it’s unclear whether that would be acceptable to his colleagues, Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach said in a phone interview from the hotel room in Chicago where he’s hiding out that Schultz was brave for making the proposal. He said Schultz, of Richland Center, and five or six other Republican senators who have ties to organized labor are in the best position to get both sides to negotiate a deal.

Notice how the AP is acting like a mediator here. They are doing their best to safe face for the state Democrats.

Protesters who crowded inside the Capitol for a sixth day Sunday had a similar message. They hung a banner in the Capitol reading "Wisconsin needs 3 cou(R)ageous Senators," referring to the number of Republicans needed to join with Democrats to block the bill.

What a coincidence that the AP would run a story that parrots the demands of the protesters exactly? It’s almost as if they have picked sides.

And speaking of courage, notice that the Democrats don’t even have the courage to vote ‘present,’ like Mr. Obama used to do when he was a state Senator.

So far, there’s little evidence of a move to compromise. "Won’t happen, won’t happen, won’t happen," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The Juneau Republican said he spoke with every member of his caucus over the weekend and they remained "rock solid" in their support for Walker’s plan, even if they had some internal disagreements earlier

So it would sound like this entire article is an AP fantasy.

Still, in the final analysis, you really have to wonder what the AP and the Wisconsin Democrats are so worried about? If what Governor Walker wants to do is such a terrible plan, won’t it fail miserably? Won’t it quickly become clear he was wrong, and won’t the Republicans lose in a landslide in the next elections?

Nothing in Governor Walker’s plan is irreversible. Why not let this go through over their loud objections, if it will be such a disaster for the Wisconsin GOP?

Of course we know why. The news media and the rest of the Democrats realize that Walker’s plan will work, and only too well. And that scares the bejeezus out of them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP: 3 WI GOP Senators Need To Give In”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Look at what the AP is looking at – historical proof that the Republicans usually do cave in the face of ‘the next election’.

    Such a shame that being Right, doing what is Right, believing in an Ideal – all cave in the face of lying, cheating, hypocritical liberals and their propaganda machine the msm.

  2. untrainable says:

    Even the AP slips once in a while.
    “…Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach said in a phone interview from the hotel room in Chicago where he’s hiding out …”
    They shouldn’t have used the phrase “hiding out”. That puts a negative slant on those poor senators. [sarc]
    They should have said “… from the hotel room they scurried into in an an effort to thwart democracy at a fundamental level.”

    There, that’s better.

    Oh, and for those who disagree I’ll just say… WE WON!!!

  3. mr_bill says:

    The Republicans ought to lie to the dems to get them back to the State House, lock the doors and hold the vote. It really is shameful that the democrats decided that they would take their toys and run away if they can’t get their way.

  4. David says:

    So the WI GOP can pass anything that doesn’t require the allocation of funds. I say the pass a resolution to disband the WI Democratic Party or declare it an enemy of the state.
    Not sure of the WI constitution but there has got to be some text on removing and replacing senators. They should begin a trial and just vote when one shows up who doesn’t want to lose their seat.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is illustrative of the socialist dictionary.

    “I won” means, “Shut up, you won’t get your way.”

    “Compromise” means “Do things my way”

    So the democrats believe the republicans should “compromise”.

    Honestly, there is a huge road map going back, at least to the 60’s, where people recognized the potential of going down the road of entitlement.

  6. wardmama4 says:

    So what did the evil Republicans do in Texas with their runaway Dems? Maybe this is a viable solution/place to start for WI.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Rush today explained what the evil Republicans did to bring back the Dems in Texas – the Gov put a hold on their state credit cards – refused all charges including their bus – and when it’s on their own dime – they came back with their tails between their legs.

      The runaway Dem Senators should be impeached.

      Notice when the DNC cheats and uses ACORN to win an election – It’s I WON, Elections have consequences, and locking out Republicans to sessions to craft bills.

      When Republicans fairly win elections – It’s Compromise, Demands for bi-partisanship and ‘just talk to us, listen to us.’

      Elections have consequences and the Nov 2010 election was about CUTTING the outrageous spending that went into overdrive in Jan 2007 (after Bush’s midterm loss and the Dems took over Congress) and then went on warp speed under The Won in Jan 2009.

      Now that they have vilified Walker and all their corruption and lies and fraud are being shown – they are turning their lies, distortions and cheating on Ohio.

      I liked Kasich tonight on Fox – ‘When it works here, maybe they will try it in Washington!’

      What a classy way to stick it in their face.

  7. Right of the People says:

    “Somehow, for all their praise of compromise, the media never calls on the Democrats to do it. Clearly, compromise is only a good thing when Republicans or conservatives do it.”

    From the libwit dictionary:
    Compromise – 1) to give me what I want
    2) to give me what I want
    3) to give me what I want
    4) to give me what I want
    Wardmama,

    Maybe they played cowboys and liberals.


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