I wish national Democrats and their hangers-on had half the guts the Wisconsin Senate Democrats do. If you haven’t heard, Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker is attempting to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights. This comes on top of other recent stupidities by Walker, including turning down $810 million in risk-fee construction funds for high-speed rail.
The Wisconsin Senate Democrats have decided to stop the legislation by not showing up to the vote:
…State Senate Democrats are refusing to show up at the state capitol to prevent the measure to strip public employees of their bargaining rights from moving forward. There are unconfirmed reports that law enforcement is trying to round up these Dems and even that some of them may have left the state.
Adding to the bizarre sense of urgency, a Dem State Senate aide I just spoke to who is actually in the capitol told me that Dems who are on the scene don’t know where the other Dem Senators are, because they appear to be in hiding from law enforcement.
“They are somewhere where they are not available to be forcibly taken to the floor,” the aide said, the chant of protestors audible in the background. “They could be in the building. They could be in the basement for all I know.”
The aide confirmed that the Dem Senators had been meeting to discuss the way forward as recently as an hour ago, and said he believed they were still together somewhere. “It’s a thing of solidarity,” he said.
Adding to the confusion, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Democratic Party told TPM that the party also has no clue as to their whereabouts.
Later, it seems the wayward Democrats were not to be found in the State Capitol. Meanwhile, the governor has sicced the state troopers on them.
Hopefully, they’ve fled state lines. So if you live in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, SUPPORT THE RESISTANCE! Or at least, give a wayward Senator a home.
Canada, a desperate nation turns to you….