Poll shows Walker’s overreach

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media ...

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Embattled Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has the support of only a third of the nation in his attempt at union-busting, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll.

Politico reports today on a nationwide poll taken by The New York Times and CBS News that shows that only 33 percent agree with Wisconsin Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker’s contention that it’s acceptable to strip public-sector union members of their right to collectively bargain.

Further, a sizeable majority of 56 percent oppose cutting public workers’ pay or benefits as a way to deal with state budget deficits, which also blows out of the water Walker’s contention that it is acceptable to deal with a state’s budget deficit by making members of the working class pay for the problem that they didn’t create.

Walker, if he is able to remain in office for a full first term, certainly won’t see a second term. His political career is toast.

The Times/CBS News poll shows that Walker has the support of only the roughly one-third of Americans who are wingnuts, who go along with whatever the ringleaders of the right are doing at the moment, and the right-wing “cause” du jour is union-busting, as evidenced by this graphic from a fundraising e-mail that I received today from the National Repugnican Senatorial Committee:

The one-third or so of Americans who are wingnuts are loud and obnoxious, no doubt, but they are the minority, and the rest of us are — or, were until recently, anyway — truly the silent majority, those of us who are sick and fucking tired of being told that we are the cause of the nation’s economic problems while the treasonous Wall Street criminals who put us into this mess (and who have the full support of the Repugnican Tea Party) remain unprosecuted.

It is the plutocrats’ wet fucking dream to destroy our federal, state and local governments, which are the last barrier to our becoming serfs to our corporate feudal overlords.

So devoid of any decency whatsofuckingever are the plutocrats that they’re attacking even our public-school teachers. They are doing this for several reasons, of course: one, they want to privatize our schools because they hate to see any operation from which they are not profiting obscenely, and they are perfectly OK with decimating our public-school system to the point that only the children of the rich and the super-rich get anything like a decent education, while the rest of our children, like the children of third-world nations, get grossly substandard educations or none at all; two, they want total control of what is taught and what is not taught in our schools, even though corporations already have undue influence over our public-school curricula; three, they want the American educational system to make the masses even more ignorant and even more obedient, which the schools, under their command, would do; and four, they constantly are on the lookout for supposed internal enemies, be they non-heterosexuals, non-Christians, “illegals” — and yes, even our public-school teachers.

But back to Scott Walker.

Clearly his political calculations were grossly in error. His colossal fucking ego prevents him from admitting this, but I have no doubt in my mind that, if he could go back in time and do things differently, he would.

He claims that it doesn’t bother him that he has drawn protests in Madison the size of which haven’t been seen since the Vietnam War — as many as 100,000 protesters there on Saturday, which saw protests of varying sizes in the capitals of every state of the nation — but I have no doubt that privately it disturbs him greatly that his state’s capital, thanks to him, resembles one of the Middle Eastern nations whose dictators are toppling like dominoes.

Thankfully, the more that Walker digs in his heels, the more that the political noose that he has looped around his neck tightens; give a fucking fool enough rope and he’ll hang himself.

At this point, Walker is fairly trapped. Wanting, in his own words, to be the next Ronald Reagan, he has alienated the majority of the people of Wisconsin, but he also wants to show the national Repugnican Tea Party what a bad-ass he is. He probably could succeed with that in a red state, but he is in a purple state: Wisconsin went to the Democratic presidential candidate in the past six president elections; the last Repugnican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin was Reagan in 1984. (Barack Obama in 2008 garnered 56 percent of the vote in Wisconsin, which was a better showing than Bill Clinton or Michael Dukakis had in the state in 1988, 1992 and 1996.)

Walker took a huge political gamble — and he lost.

Rather than destroying the nation’s labor unions, which is the goal of the Repugnican Tea Party and the plutocrats who fund it, Walker, by being such an incredibly craven asshole, has inspired the center, the center-left and the left — not only in Wisconsin but nationwide — in a way that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party could not do in the mid-term elections of 2010.

Now, not only is Obama’s re-election almost guaranteed, but Wisconsin’s next governor will be a Democrat, and I will be surprised if at least one of the state’s two houses doesn’t revert to Democratic control in 2012.

For Scott Walker, it’s all over but the crying — but he is, I’m sure, crying on his pillow at night right now.

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