Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Trying To Find A Balance

So, if you know me, you know I live in Wisconsin. So that means all that with Scott Walker? As Seth Johnston made famous? I have been there bro. And quite frankly, I'm sick of it.

What is it? Everything. I'm annoyed by the fact that the dullard of a governor, the only governor with a legal defense fund, will, barring events changing, be the governor until 2014. I'm annoyed that a half-truth of a message with money that comes out of state can be just the sort of bastardy that carries about 60 counties. I'm annoyed that the Democrats left Barrett out to dry.

Scott Walker should not be my governor today. Tom Barrett had the right idea on how to frame his message. Especially after the video of Walker using the words divide and conquer. How easy would it to have been for Barrett to use the frame of he is the governor for the 99 percent? Walker made the cuts to the unions and the teachers and gives a tax break to the wealthy with that money. An actual mailer said that 94% of Job creators think Scott Walker is taking Wisconsin in the right direction.

That's coded language. That's CEO's. That's people who when they cut jobs, their stock prices go up.

That's my governor.

And even though it's not going to be fun in 2014, and I am going to have a Pavlovian response when I see the derpiest of faces on my TV screen, the Democratic response. I have a twitter tic when I'm so exasperated that there are no words. And when you slap someone for a concession? You're an asshole. And if you wish for cancer to catch up to someone (though if the source is the Daily Caller, I do have a certain amount of incredulity), no matter how much of an intelligence insulter my Lieutenant Governor presented hefself as? You're a punk bitch. Tom Barrett's a good man and he lost. It happens.

It wasn't 53% of a state choosing fascism, as I received in an e-mail this morning from an advocacy group that I unsubscribed from this afternoon. It isn't the start of a long national nightmare. (If anything, the cynic in me says it's the middle.) It's a bad day. It's a long day.

But if you want to have good politics, you have to be willing to do the work. You have to go beyond the sound bites. You have to know that you're being sold a bill of goods.And be it Markos Moulitsas or Sean Hannity?

Never trust someone who's trying to sell you a book.

Thanks for your time.

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