11 March 2011

Wisconsin from the right

The Wisconsin Republicans' recent ramming-through of Walker's union-busting plan has galvanized the liberal blogosphere. The intense fervor it has aroused made me curious to see how the other side is reacting.

While I can't claim much familiarity with the right-wing blogs, the first impression I got from a sampling of them was how startlingly few of them have posted about the topic. It's almost as if they prefer to avoid it. Still, I did find a few reactions.

First up is the generally-moderate conservative blog Sane Political Discourse, which takes moderation and sanity in something of a new direction via the very title of its Wisconsin post, All F@#$ing Government Unions Must F%&*ing Die!, though the post itself is rather less hysterical. The inimitable Malcontent offers a frothing anti-Michael-Moore screed, but Moore has to share the honor with Farrakhan (who gets top billing) and NPR. Casting Pearls Before Swine just briefly celebrates the Republican move with Wisconsin Democrat's Plan Backfires.

That title may be wishful thinking. Self-described conservative- turned-libertarian-turned-progressive E.D. Kain thinks that the Wisconsin coup is the beginning of the Republicans' Waterloo:

Wisconsin is shaping up to be the real Waterloo. And not just Wisconsin, but also Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Florida, and the rest of the over-reaching state Republicans. Governors like Scott Walker, Rick Scott, and Jan Brewer are riding on the coattails of the Tea Party, but they’ve become blind to the dangers of their radical policies. In Wisconsin, Democrats are already promising to step-up recall efforts. But the recalls are only a small part of what is likely going to be a huge anti-Repub- lican backlash across the nation, as working Americans finally realize what that party actually stands for: an playing field heavily tilted toward the rich and powerful, toward corporate power, and against worker rights....Republicans have a long history of union-busting and anti-labor rhetoric, but taking on teachers and cops is a big mistake. This blatant effort to weaken the Democratic party will have precisely the opposite effect.

Maybe that's why most bloggers on the right, in marked contrast to those on the left, prefer to avoid the subject.

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8 Comments:

Blogger tnlib said...

I hope this isn't just wishful thinking on Kain's part - and ours. But I find it very interesting that the right-wing blogs aren't saying all that much. I don't visit them because I can't stomach them and I see enough of their idiocy on the part of L&L who visit Sue's blog all the time.

11 March, 2011 20:11  
Blogger Murr Brewster said...

Did you hear that the firefighters in Wisconsin withdrew all their money from a bank that contributed heavily to Walker's campaign? I heard they had to shut the doors early, $600,000 down.

11 March, 2011 23:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

TNLib: They can be pretty unpleasant, but sometimes revealing. One other reaction I've seen in a couple of places is claims that polls are meaningless. I can see why they would want to believe that, when the polls are showing Walker's actions to be so unpopular, but when people start claiming that polls don't mean anything, it's usually a sign of being in denial about something. There are exceptions, but the polls usually predict actual outcomes pretty well.

MB: Excellent move on their part! A list of major contributors to the worst nasties needs to be assembled and publicized, so that they can be boycotted more broadly.

12 March, 2011 04:10  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The Klanbaggers are a tiny portion of the overall electorate, but they've been allowed to dominate for no reason other than they vote in a monolithic bloc. Joe and Jane Sixpack are now being awakened to exactly what that means for THEIR futures.

Better late than never, but people need to realize that fixing what they're doing is going to be a great big old mess.

12 March, 2011 08:40  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Infidel, they like polls just fine, if the polls fit their worldview. They absolutely adore Assmussen most of the time.

12 March, 2011 08:41  
Blogger okjimm said...

just a little recall news from wisco.... State Senator Randy Hopper, age 45 shacked up with 25 year old former lobbyists... may have lived outside of his district during election.... may have been collecting illegal per diem...\\\\ check this out....

http://foxtrot-echo.blogspot.com/

12 March, 2011 08:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JR: True enough, but these days even Rasmussen is showing Walker turkeying out with the voters -- which means he must be in such trouble that his supporters don't have much but wishful thinking to fall back on.

Yep, it's going to be hard work to fix this, but that's what happens when people don't pay attention before they vote (or don't vote).

Okjimm: Republicans do seem to show a pattern of extra-marital messing around, don't they? As for the residency thing, it will be interesting to see whether the Obama-was-born-in-Kenya nuts will rush to defend him.

12 March, 2011 09:46  
Anonymous Atlanta Roofing said...

They can't ignore the frustratio¬ns of the middle class any longer.. There are too many people in too many situations who are going to be working together to move this country forward. Keep the spirit that brings victory. Keep fighting everyone. Donate, protest, preserve the gains our forefather¬s fought so hard for. Many good men and women fell in the battle to unionize labor in the United States. They are our
forefather¬s and foremother¬s. They had value. They still count today.

14 March, 2011 01:12  

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