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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Which side are you on?

Scott Walker, you have a problem: you've lost the Mad Hatters of Herald Square.

Scan the news section of the Boston Herald web site and you won't find any aid and comfort for the union-busting Wisconsin governor. Knowing their readership demographics, the Tea Party Newsletter leaves the attacks to the op-ed pages while Peter Gelzinis glowingly quotes Mike Capuano and Steve Lynch on the importance of unions to American lives.
“There’s a difference,” Lynch told the crowd, “between compromise and surrender.”
Might as well move to Illinois yourself, Gov. Walker.

Tea Partiers scratching their heads about why our own Deval Patrick is a resource Barack Obama is looking to tap should look no farther than Patrick's surprise cameo at a Beacon Street rally where union backers outnumbered Tea Party types by an estimated 10-1, despite equal amounts of time to organize.
“I’m here to deliver one very simple message, which is we don’t need to attack public sector workers to make change for the people of the Commonwealth.’’
This is the same man who antagonized unionists by promoting civilian flaggers and is trying to generate similar savings from public employee health care and pension costs -- without trying to bust the unions. Listen to the grudging reality:
“The governor, at least, is someone we can sit down and negotiate with,’’ said Harris Gruman, an official with the state chapter of the Service Employees International Union.
Here's betting he makes headway on his latest push -- which he had already backed up with a little more threat than in the past.

The folly of Walker's stand became glaringly apparent in his own party when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, heretofore a frequently rumored presidential primary candidate "caved to fleeing Democrats" and suggested Indiana Republican lawmakers drop their own union-busting efforts.

Losing Fox News may hurt Daniels' already slim presidential hopes (he was George W. Bush's budget director after all) but but his bow to reality is a clear sign the Koch-backed Tea Party agenda may have finally overreached.

And it's also a sign that Obama has a pretty savvy strategist aboard, even if those skills are unappreciated by people not named Charlie Baker or Tim Cahill.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your lips to God's ears.

February 23, 2011 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members.

Capuano’s comments come at a time when there is heightened sensitivity to violent rhetoric in the wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-Az.) shooting in January."

I'm not on that thug Capuano's side, that's for sure. What is with these pro-union types- always with the violence? SEIU thugs beating Ken Gladney, now Cappy calling for blood... Is that what Mass Liberals endorse these days?

February 23, 2011 11:38 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon, Capuano's comments were stupid and indefensible and he rightly apologized. You want to defend the excesses of rhetoric and reality on the right?

February 24, 2011 4:51 AM  

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