The above quote is attributed to President Harry Truman. I saw it in an article on Keith Olbermann’s blog and thought it was an apropos headline for the topic…
[...] our winner, the increasingly hapless Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, who has now reportedly gone into the office remodeling business.
There are two accounts of why workers were seen altering windows at the Capitol in Madison this morning. The first is that many of the windows in the building’s public space have been damaged by protesters and the “locking mechanisms” are being repaired. An alternate view originates at the AFL-CIO blog which insists those aren’t repairs, they’re welds or bolts designed to make it impossible to pass food or other supplies from outside the Capitol through the windows into the hands of those who have made this protest the most effective American political sit-in in decades, maybe since Vietnam.
Either story could be true – Hell, they both could. Independent reporting seems to be too scarce yet to be decisive. (Update: pay no attention to this photo of the bolted window frame, with the head sawed off, courtesy of Tweeter @weezmgk)
But Governor Walker (and I hate to insult Paul, but, are you with me on this? Paul F. Tompkins to play him in the movie?) still wins this contest because new polling suggests that if last November’s election were held anew today, the state would reject the ham-handed Koch-head and elect Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The interior number of the biggest note: 3% of Republicans surveyed said they had voted for Barrett instead of Walker. Now 10% of Republicans say they would cross party lines. Support for Barrett over Walker in families with union members was only 14% last year; it would be 31% now.
In short, Governor Walker has managed to chase a lot of union members out of the Republican Party. This is the unintended silver lining of awakening, which can be summed up by a line attributed to Harry Truman during the 1948 Presidential Election: “How many times do you have to get hit over the head before you figure out who’s hitting you?”
- Workers’ Uprising: Union Files Complaint Charging that Walker Violated Labor Law; Governor Orders Capitol Windows Welded Shut to Keep Food From Protesters (alternet.org)
- Walker’s War on Workers takes its toll (horsesass.org)
- Defiance and momentum in Wisconsin union protests (dailykos.com)
- Wisconsin Voters Have Buyers’ Remorse (alan.com)
- Walker Would Lose if Wisconsin Election Held Today, Says New Poll (news.firedoglake.com)