Come on Dems, Fight!
I mean, I know it was
crafted by Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican members of the Joint Finance
Committee and the Republican legislative leaders without public input. Or
And I know that
Assembly Democrats were powerless to make any changes to it.
And I appreciate the
thoughtful debate going on at Blogging Blue about making the GOP own and eat
this terrible budget by not giving them cover with palatable Democratic
I think the Democrats
badly mishandled this one.
Mixed messages filled
yesterday’s press conference after the vote.
The budget was too
crappy to fix.
The Republicans won’t
listen to us.
Robin Vos won’t
listen to dissident Republicans.
None of us wanted to
put lipstick on a pig.
The people of
Wisconsin need to know what’s in the budget but we’re not going to debate it on
the floor of the people’s house.
We had 211 amendments
ready to go but we’re not going to introduce them.
Robin Vos told us
none of our 211 amendments would pass.
To which I say,
Of course none of
your amendments were going to pass. You’re in the minority and the Republicans
have shown time and time again that they are only going to listen to their
fellow Republicans (and they do that on a selective basis).
But how are you
supposed to fight something with nothing?
Did your constituents
elect you to hold press conferences that nobody will watch or to raise holy
hell on the Assembly floor?
Pick your battles.
The state budget is one of them, even if you know that you’re going to lose.
And lose badly.
Offer a handful of
amendments instead of 211, if you must, to focus your message and let your
righteous anger go viral around the state.
Stand up to
Don’t let Robin Vos
write the headlines and gloat about his power.
Give your allies
something to rally around.