Such antics of those protesting the policy proposals of the elected governor of Wisconsin as closing down public schools on successive days while having legislators flee the state to avoid voting on the plan (not to mention name-calling) are unlikely to endear them to the American people, much less those in Wisconsin who are likely following the demonstrations more closely than are their fellow citizens in the other 49 states.
Citing a “new poll from the Washington-based Clarus Group” finding that 64% of registered voters thought “government employees should not be represented by labor unions”, Politico’s Ben Smith observes that public unions are already a hard sell. (Via Gateway Pundit.) Those antics will make that sell even harder. Ed Morrissey suggests that by comparing the governor to Hitler, the protesters are already on the path to defeat:
Godwin’s Law states that any political argument, carried on long enough, will eventually provoke a Nazi reference. My own personal corollary to Godwin’s Law is that the first side to invoke it invariably loses, mainly because Nazis and Adolf Hitler are simply not analogous to normal politics in American democracy, unless one is discussing actual neo-Nazis. It exposes a clear lack of historical literacy about the Nazis and the history between the two World Wars of the last century. It’s the kind of argument favored by the relatively uneducated.
“If,” I quipped in an update to a previous post, Governor “Walker were like Hitler, citizens who tried to protest his policies, particularly those who did so right in front of his offices, would be shipped off to concentration camps.” Teachers, Morrissey writes in another post, may have “hoped to generate sympathy for their plight in Wisconsin, they should instead prepare for some significant backlash to their wildcat strike“. Exactly. Read the whole thing.
Instead of intimidating Republicans into opposing the governor’s reforms, the antics of the unions and allied Democrats have steeled their resolve:
“If anything, I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger,” he told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Thursday night. “They’re not going to be bullied. They’re not going to be intimidated.”
Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.
At the same time, these antics are likely to increase the distaste most Americans feel for public employee unions.
UPDATE: According to Glenn Reynolds, Frank Luntz is reporting that the union antics in Wisconsin are backfiring, leading the blogfather to quip, “Really? A bunch of tax-paid people walk off their tax-paid jobs to demand more money from taxpayers, and that might play badly with . . . taxpayers?”