March 10, 2011
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After the move made by Republicans in Wisconsin to pass a bill taking away some collective bargaining abilities, the response are coming in. On one side, its said that what was done was no different than what Dems have done to get legislation passed, and that to decry it would be hypocritical. On the other side, the criticism is blistering, and the governor may find that support from his own party supporters may have slipped away. Here are a couple of good pieces of analysis.
From the Washington Post, on the “Plum Line” blog, Greg Sargent speculates that the amount of maneuvering needed by Gov. Walker and Republicans to get the collective bargaining bill passed means the fight is only going to get worse:
There’s no quibbling with the fact that if it does stand, Walker and Republicans will have gotten their way in the short term fight. But let’s recall an important fact: Republicans control the governorship and state legislature. The fact that they were forced to resort to this trick is itself a concession that they had lost the battle as they themselves had previously defined it. And in so doing, they were forced to pull a maneuver that will only lend even more energy to the drive to recall them.
On the other hand, Mickey Kaus at The Daily Caller says the situation was definitely a win for Gov. Walker:
If Walker’s concessions had been accepted, he still basically would have won (largely because of the dues provision). But the Dems could have returned to Madison claiming that their dramatic walkout had resulted in a non-trivial victory of sorts, and the press was poised to portray them as brave, victorious heroes. This outcome denies the Democrats that media triumph.
So, it can be said that the Wisconsin Republicans either stood their ground, or they ignored the will of the people. It can also be said that Democrats did represent the will of the people, or they are being hypocritical (reconciliation is ok, but just when they do it). We shall see who wins the messaging war.