The ‘Curses o’ Whoredom': Rome’s History Turns Into Wisconsin’s Misery in Phase 3 of The Madison Uprising

Caligula

Caligula: a career model for the modern statesman?

“Elections may be lost by failing to energize the base, but they are only won by charming non-ideological voters who form the majority.  Milwaukee and Madison are the state’s most left-leaning cities, but in the eyes of Wisconsin’s rural and suburban majority, they are also the darkest pits of Babylonish whoredom.”

The wheels seem rapidly to be coming off the runaway freight train that was the effort to recall troubled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Nearly 1,000,000 people affixed their names and addresses to a petition to initiate the unprecedented recall procedures against Walker.  But as of late April, Walker is polling at least 5 % HIGHER than his most likely opponent, Milwaukee’s mayor, Tom Barrett. WTF?

Here is a brief recap of events since I last wrote about the Madison Uprising:

1.  Walker appointees refused to cooperate with a Federal John Doe investigation into Republican campaign violations. To date several minions have been charged with felonies ranging from appropriation of public assets to promote Walker’s candidacy, to embezzlement of funds intended for the surviving families of veterans in the Afghan and Iraq conflicts, to enticing underage boys into sexual relationships over the internet.  Walker made some attempts to distance himself from the actions underlings took on his behalf, but those were undermined by the revelation that he had retained legal counsel from a firm renowned for its specialty in defending against white collar criminal cases.

2.  Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus resigned in her capacity as elections supervisor under severe public pressure.  Diligent readers may recall the Signs And Wonders attendant upon Nickolaus’ miraculous production of just barely the required number of votes to overturn the originally called results in the State Supreme Court race between JoAnne Kloppenberg and Nickolaus’ former boss, and Scott Walker darling, David Prosser. No, the proximate causes of Nickolaus’ ouster didn’t include the broken seals, incorrect tracking batch numbers and torn ballot bags which were discovered during a contentious recount proceeding in the Kloppenberg race, but in the complete breakdown in the process of certifying the results of the recent Republican presidential primary. Who’d have thought? Public outrage does count for something, but only when it’s the outrage of Mitt Romney.

3. Perhaps not incidentally, the self same Justice Prosser is currently the subject of disciplinary proceedings related to his alleged physical assault of another Supreme Court justice in chambers during deliberations.

4. A Federal court has overturned the redistricting bills pushed through by Walker this last legislative session. The court was unambiguous in decrying the GOP-drawn map as an effort to disenfranchise Milwaukee-area ethnic minorities.  n another case bearing upon voting rights, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has delayed implementation of Walker’s controversial voter ID law until after the recall election, saying it will not be able to complete an adequate review before then.

5. A Federal court has also overturned as unconstitutional many of the provisions of Walker’s stealth, union-busting bill that gave birth to this nest of monsters to begin with.  Critical union certification and funding provisions of that bill have been defeated, which is a big plus, but, pending possible repeal through the Wisconsin Legislature, severe limits regarding the scope of union negotiations remain.

This last point is a big (but note sole) cause of my discomfort.  Because, in my mind, it is a harbinger of doom for the Walker recall effort—though NOT for the reason most commenters think.

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  • Mamagriff50

    Whatever happened to “Government for the people…By the people”?  If the people want him out…Then he should be out!   Walker is corporate owned. This (USA), is no longer a land of the free, It’s a land of corporations, and corporate CONTROL!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Walker is owned, yes.  But so, too, it seems, is any Democratic politician with national ambitions.  As Barrett seems to be.

      The national committees look on state parties as little more than farm teams for developing “talent”.  They’re happy to send money and consultant support when, on the odd occassion, it seems like they can get some national headlines from backing a legitimate local issue, as happened here.

      But in the long run all they really give a sh*t about is developing “star” power.  The national parties have like some kind of inverse Midas’ Touch:  Everything they touch turns to sh*t.

    • Rush Hour

       Businessmen are people too.

      • Haystack

        Yeah, but so is that pink slime they were serving in school cafeterias. 

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      > Whatever happened to “Government for the people…By the people”?

      It never existed, except in words.
      It’s time to start noticing the NewSpeak for what it is.
      Same goes for:
      Land of the Free
      One man, one vote
      All men are created equal
      The Bill of Rights
      The Constitution
      the list goes on forever

  • Rush Hour

    Rome’s history turns into Wisconsin’s misery?

    Are the Vandals preparing to attack Madison?

    • Mad as Hell

      Yes, we probably will.

  • Redacted

    Milwaukee a modern Babylon?

    lol

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I agree that factually it’s a bit wide of the mark.  Yet to a certain extent, perception is reality.  At least within a field as fundamentally subjective as electoral politics.

      I see it as another chapter in the phony “culture wars”.  Suburban and rural voters feel marginalized and humiliated by a culture of elitism.  And all that’s true.

      What suburban and rural voters DON’T seem to understand is that the elitism they hate so much isn’t located in the university towns or urban ghettos.  It’s a rootless cabal of villains who hold allegiance only to multinational corporate interests.

      Suburbanite and rural people expend all this effort lashing out at ‘big city’ types and minorities, and occassionally they hit a bulls-eye, just by pure dumb luck.  But more often they totally fail to realize how they’re being manipulated by some corn-pone huckster from their own back yard.

      • Redacted

        Very true, and well put.

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