For some so-called progressives in Wisconsin, the threat posed by Gov. Scott Walker's policy limiting the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees has justified almost any response.As Byron says, it started ugly and it's ending ugly. And all along the way the left has suffered defeat after defeat. They'll lose again today.
Democratic lawmakers fled the state rather than allow a vote on Walker's proposal.
Some teachers and other public employees abandoned their jobs to protest in the streets.
Some doctors violated ethics standards by issuing medical excuses for protesting teachers who walked out on students.
Unions threatened boycotts against businesses that declined to publicly side with organized labor.
AFL-CIO officials equated the cause of comfortable and well-paid unionized employees with the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and striking Memphis garbage collectors.
Anti-Walker forces set off an astonishing controversy amid a state Supreme Court election when they alleged that one justice had physically attacked another.
Unions successfully pushed for recall elections against several Republican lawmakers, resulting in two losing their seats.
And finally, the intense, lasting anger on the union side led to a recall election for Walker himself. And in the final hours before that vote, anti-Walker activists have spread ugly and baseless rumors that Walker is about to be indicted and -- in perhaps the lowest and most ridiculous point of the entire spectacle -- that Walker fathered an illegitimate child in college.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Byron York reminds us of what has happened in Wisconsin since the state elected their highly successful governor Scott Walker: