We’re watching events unfold in Wisconsin with a barely stifled yawn. It’s not that the scenes aren’t exciting, it’s that we’ve seen this show before. The ending won’t be pretty.
Recall the golden age of Obama promises and how the world would change? Well, it has. Elections have consequences. In the case of Obama – if you elect a boob, expect boobery.
In the case of Republicans – wait – Republicans? Weren’t they supposed to have died off after Obama’s election? Isn’t there a demographic bomb that killed off the Republican Party and has ensured endless victories for the party of Barack Obama? And didn’t Barack Obama promise some magic card check thingy that would invigorate Big Labor?
Here at Big Pink we scoffed at the demographic nonsense of well educated idiots. We gutted the notion that Barack Obama and the demographic bomb are anything but cheap glittery balls. As to Republicans – we disagree with them and we thought a fighter like Hillary Clinton was needed to fight them – but we never thought they were stupid.
“The obvious mistake that the massive “creative class” brains made when they created the Obama monster in a Chicago laboratory was that Republicans would remain static in their strategies and candidates. The stupidity was to think that Republicans would go to sleep and stick to an outdated playbook. Strategists such as Teixeira managed to persuade the gullible “leadership” that even though White Americans would remain a potent electoral force these White Americans could be ignored if they were “lunch bucket Joe and Jane”. In other words, the White Working Class would be ignored and instead wealthy white liberals and their kids would be the only ones invited to participate in the New America.
The additional stupidity from the “creative class” brains was that the Democratic base could be taken for granted. After all, reasoned these brains, by definition the base is the base. The base could be ignored and led by the nose. Sound familiar Democratic progressives? Instead of nurturing the base and courting the base in order to keep the base – arrogance ruled arrogantly.
So which races are the two most important races this election cycle? Think Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Marco Rubio in Florida.”
The Republicans adapted and now have a very diverse pool among the leadership ranks. Republicans have young people, young women, ethnics, and young Latinos. As to those “two most important races”, young Republican conservative Latino Marco Rubio won and Wisconsin Obama Dimocrat “old white guy” progressive Russ Feingold lost. Which leads us to Wisconsin and Big Labor.
Have you noticed how little we have thus far mentioned Big Labor and labor unions in Wisconsin? It’s because labor and labor unions are a side show even as they take center stage and the spotlight is on them. What we are witnessing in Wisconsin is a not dead, very smart Republican Party cut the air hose on the Obama Dimocratic Party.
To our shock and surprise, NBC had some worthwhile, if obvious, analysis:
“Upside down: Anyone else noticed how the political protests in Wisconsin — as well as the game of hide and seek there — have turned the political rhetoric upside down? A year ago, during the health-care fight in Washington, Democrats maintained that elections have consequences. Now it’s the Republicans in power in Wisconsin (and elsewhere) who are saying this. A year ago, Republicans complained of partisan legislation being quickly crammed through the system (though that process took an entire year), and now it’s Democrats who are voicing this complaint in Wisconsin. And a year ago, Republicans used every parliamentary trick in the book (cloture, votes up until Christmas Eve) to stop or slow down the health-care legislation. Now we’re seeing the Democrats use what’s at their disposal (like fleeing to Illinois to deny a quorum) to stop or slow down the legislation in Wisconsin. Bottom line: Those in political power do every thing they can to pass their priorities, and those out of power do every thing they can to stop them.”
It’s not a surprise but NBC gets the history right but misses the point, again. NBC goes with the “pols are pols” stupidity those at Left Talk spew. The point is that Republicans realize that the best way to stop a tank is to deprive it of gasoline. It’s the supply lines, stupid.
Remember the James Bond movie Thunderball? In the climatic undersea battle we see the chief tactic of the “frogmen” is to cut the air hose from the other guy and leave the victim twitching and gasping for air. That’s what the Republicans are doing.
Why is there such a hubbub in Wisconsin? Why is Barack Obama sending his thugs and thug machine OAFs to Wisconsin? Why are there tens of thousands of demonstrators out on the streets and in the state capital? Why are the labor unions finally so aroused? Why is there a scent of camels (not the cigarette) and Cairo in the air? It has almost nothing to do with paying more for health benefits or pensions.
What is happening in Wisconsin is that Obama realizes he is mortally threatened. What is happening in Wisconsin is that the Obama Dimocratic Party knows it is mortally threatened. That’s why now, all of a sudden, Obama Dimocrats are so concerned about “the workers”.
For too long the Democratic Party relied on labor unions to do just about everything. The payoff for public labor unions was a friendly negotiator across the table. Nothing wrong with that arrangement except that ultimately it hurt the workers as they increasingly became cogs in a Big Labor machine that cared about them less and less. The Democratic Party was ultimately hurt too.
The Democratic Party atrophied with its dependence on labor unions to supply the manpower and womanpower, along with the financing for campaigns as well as the headquarters and field offices. Along with union endorsements came money and workers and therefore the game became union endorsements instead of outreach to individuals. The game was not to appeal to the workers but instead to romance the Big Labor union bosses. We’re all guilty of this – Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton included.
For the unions, the workers became less important. The workers essentially became only dues payers. The Big Labor bosses increasingly ignored the plight of the workers and only cared that the dues were paid. With the money from the workers’ dues unions paid for political protection and friendly negotiators in the public service labor arena. Instead of spending all their money on union organizing and increasing their ranks, unions saw their easy path on the political highway. Republicans noticed.
In the wake of Barack Obama’s election it all began to fall apart. Obama had made a big show of loving unions and pledged to pass Big Labor’s number one priority in 2009. As if. Obama was not about to help Big Labor when it could possibly undermine him. Legislation that would get rid of the secrecy of the ballot box in union elections, garner hundreds of thousands of new union members, was great for unions. But perhaps they would then get too strong and challenge him. Further, why help Big Labor when it would require some political capital? Obama did a lot of talkin’ and not much else.
Now in the the wake of the Citizens United decision which increases the power of Big Business, Barack Obama knows the Republicans have a very smart plan to cut off his oxygen supply and leave him flopping about at the bottom of the sea. Wisconsin unions have already surrendered on higher health benefits bills and pension contributions. What they will not agree on, cannot agree on are the killer provisions which for all intents and purposes will neuter them in 2012.
These killer provisions would allow workers to opt out of paying union dues. The public service unions would also have to hold a vote every year on whether or not to stay in business. This would all mean the workers would be back in control of their unions – because the union bosses would have to listen to them continuously not just collect the paid dues. But this also means that the unions would be greatly weakened and have to struggle just for survival. Any idea of increased power in 2012 would be gone. Mass expenditures to help elect Obama Dimocrats would be lessened if not imperiled.
The Republicans have played this very well. Republicans appear to be on the side of fiscal probity and the taxpayer while at the same time running a spear through Obama and his Keystone Kops Dimocrats by slicing through the air hose. To this the Dimocrats have responded with a tactic that is sure to fail – they have run away.
According to Sam Stein, who interviewed the Texas Democrats that tried the same run away tactic years ago, the great hardship for the runaway Wisconsin Dimocrats will be a lack of sex:
“As a group of Wisconsin Democrats camp outside their state in hopes of stalling an anti-public union bill, veterans of such high-stake showdowns see numerous challenges ahead. The media coverage will be suffocating; the urge to cut a deal will be compelling; the lack of sex will be, well, unsettling. Seriously. [snip]
She’s not joking. Among the many trying elements that come with a “quorum break,” the disruption to a lawmaker’s personal life ranks highest.”
Stein also notes about the Texas Dems, “Their flight was also, ultimately, fruitless, and I think inexplicable to many voters.” It’s sad that when it comes to “fight or flight” the choice for those we used to call compatriots is flight – and the greatest hardship is deprivation of sexual orgasm. Evil Republicans we suppose are preventing masturbatory alternatives (or secret sex treats from Disney).
This is not going to end well. A rational party would have realized that running away from a fight is not going to be a winning strategy. Republicans are not going to be deterred and they will indeed follow Obama’s example and cram/ram the legislation through. The difference here will be that the public sides more with the Wisconsin Republicans than Americans ever sided with Obama and his health scam.
A rational party would have stayed in the capital and fought. They would have lost anyway but they could have made an argument to the public. The notion that these frightened Obama Dimocrats should be cheered is a ludicrous one. At most they are delaying a vote but they are losing the battle for public opinion. The desperation tactic is easy to understand because this Wisconsin legislation will cut huge resources from every Dimocratic campaign, but ultimately they are going to lose the battle. Wouldn’t it have been better to “man up” (we prefer “woman up”) and fight, lose and fight again?
It would have been better long term to stay and fight. However there are other considerations driving Obama Dimocrats and Big Labor in this fight.
One major consideration is FEAR. Big Labor and Obama Dimocrats want riots and demonstrations and outrage and horror to be seen in the false HOPE that somehow this will frighten Republicans in Wisconsin and other states. Like Barack Obama’s election this is a false HOPE. The Republicans are not going to be frightened.
The Thunderball that has hit the land of La Follette (yup, Wisconsin is the progressive promised land, or was) is going to hit other states. Some of these will be really big states like Ohio. Obama Dimocrats know this.
The FEAR tactic is meant to help out with the TIME factor. Republicans in state after state are going to pass Wisconsin type laws and these will impact just in time for 2012. With 21 states completely under Republican control (Pennsylvania and Florida included) the Republicans know they are in a strong position. Obama Dimocrats in the streets, labor unions in the streets, insulting signs in the streets are not going to deter.
“The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.
By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”
Barack Obama long ago sold out American workers and the American people in order to help himself with business leaders, insurance companies, Big PhaRma and others (let’s not forget Exelon). Now the chickens are, um, coming home.
Obama’s new Dimocratic Party was to be built on African-Americans, young people, and gentry whites. The White Working Class was dumped along with seniors. Big Labor money was welcome but only in exchange for nothing. Big Labor knows that they are in a trap of their own making when they supported treacherous Barack Obama:
“Two years into a presidency that carried immense promises for the labor movement, this is how it has gone for Obama. Some unions remain firmly by his side, while others think he has reneged on promises or – as he seeks to mend relationships with business leaders – abandoned them altogether.
“He’s basically trying to be everything to everybody,” said Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, a nursing union that claims 160,000 members and is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. “Until you look at the policies, and then it’s clear he’s there for the corporate sector.”
The union arranged a protest this month when Obama addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accusing him of cozying up to big businesses.
Officials from another AFL-CIO affiliate, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said that tens of thousands of its members have been laid off and that they don’t see the White House advocating for them.
“They may be lost to the Democratic cause,” said Rick Sloan, a spokesman for the union.
Hey, you could have had Hillary who would have fought. But that hopey changey glitter ball was so new you had to chase it.
When unions hire non-union pickets you know something is very wrong. The better strategy for labor in Wisconsin and Big Labor generally would have been to try to win the battle for public opinion even if they lost the fight and the law passed. But this is not about labor or workers. The battle of Wisconsin is about money for Obama Dimocrats in 2012.
Today Sarah Palin has sent a note of support to demonstrating backers of Governor Walker and the Republicans in Wisconsin. Herman Cain is declaring Wisconsin “ground zero”. It’s supporters versus opponents in the Battle of Wisconsin. In the land of La Follette progressives, Republicans are WTF (winning the future). It’s a mad, mad, world.
But not to worry. While workers are in the cold streets of Wisconsin (there’s now a Winter storm watch), while Republicans are demonstrating for their beliefs as well, while Big Labor and Big Business fight a climatic battle…
Michelle Obama, who calls for diets and sacrifice... is in expensive Vail, Colorado on a ski vacation. Don’t forget to tip the help Michelle, they’re voters, a fact your hubby forgot.