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Where is Governor Walker?

The Shorewood Westies have been speculating why Governor Walker has been maintaining such a low profile during the Senate recall races.

I met with some of the other Westies this morning for coffee. They are returning to the area after being gone enjoying vacations and the great outdoors. Now, I have to clarify; the Westies are a diverse group representing a wide spectrum politically and financially and the one thing we all have in common is that we live on the Westside of Shorewood and are committed to our community and its well being.  As usual we talked about the local events and who was doing what. Within just a few minutes the topic turned to our favorite topic, local politics.

Top on our list is the Darling/Pasch recall race and the obscene amount of money being spent by both sides. The lefties in the group squared off with the right wingers on whose ads were the most appalling and which ones were representing the true state of affairs. After about a half an hour of this dueling something occurred to me; where is Governor Walker in this whole mess?

This refocused the group and people disengaged the death grips they had on each other’s necks and everybody got quiet for a moment. The general question that came up, where is he and what is he doing?  No one had seen his face on the “boob-tube” for a while and the consensus is that he is maintaining a very low profile. This brought up a wide range of speculation and interest.

Some of the group thought he was staying out of the fray doing what governors do, govern. Everybody pretty much shot that idea down. I wondered out loud if he was asked by the Senate Republicans to stay out of this since of his unpopularity right now. This might explain his absence, but I would think that the Republican Recall Six would be seeking all the help they can get from whatever source. Even the lefties in the crowd had to admit that he has been a powerful force for getting the Republican agenda done. We were still at a loss for why he hasn’t been engaged along with the Fitzgerald brothers.

Someone else suggested that maybe the governor is lying low because of his own vulnerabilities. It is well known that Scott Walker is a consummate politician. Mordicai Lee has stated many times that he sees Walker as an excellent politician, (paraphrasing).

Walker has a reputation of keeping his cards very close to his chest such as his plans for restricting collective bargaining rights for the public employees and teachers unions. So what is he up to? It certainly appears that he has kicked the six Republicans under the bus and is being the consummate politician, why? The Westies sort of left the subject there and moved onto other things, but I couldn’t let it go. I’ve been thinking about this every since we adjourned for the day.

My conclusion is; that if he helps the Republican Six and if any lose, he has expended a great deal of political capital, especially if his powerful ally Alberta Darling was to lose. Also, he is going to need all the political and financial capital he can accumulate between now and the end of the year for his own possible recall. He might be keeping quiet so that nothing is said or done that could come back to haunt him. I have also concluded, that he may lose control of the State Senate for 15 months, but with the way the redistricting is set, he has a better than even chance to regain both houses of the legislature and can move on after January, 2013 for the last two years of his term. It doesn’t appear that the possible loss of the Senate has him too concerned. He is thinking in the long term. His next steps will be interesting to watch because I think his ultimate end game is to make a run for the White House.

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Lyle Ruble August 03, 2011 at 07:19 PM
@Bob McBride II...I don't disagree with your comments. He's an excellent politician and he pretty well knows the lay of the land. We were just curious. It's not hard for those of us who oppose him to assign all kinds of covert actions to him that will benefit him and only him.
Mark S August 04, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Maybe he is hanging out with the ex governor, asking Doyle what other skeletons might need to be cleaned up from the Doyle past to fix the state. Walker is available, the man that created this mess has completely disappeared. He disappeared once he said he wasn't going for another term. Nothing like standing up for your party and the decisions you made for the state Mr Doyle!
Craig August 04, 2011 at 03:00 AM
I know he was at Opportunities Inc. in Fort last Friday. He came to give recognition and speak to a few hundred people who attended a benefit there. The Company employs handicapped people- many have Downs Syndrome and have lost their parents. The company is the guardian for them, takes no State or Federal money, and provides one social worker to every three employees. In order to get into the building, I had to walk past two blocks of protestors. Women endured filthy name calling by the protest people. Signs that were displayed were in very poor taste. One sign said: the company is getting filthy rich from 'retards'. The Company is non profit. The rub here is about half of the attendees were Democrats, some were the construction workers who built the building. While Walker was giving his address, some of the protestors started to bang on the overhead doors. Many faces showed signs of real fear as police sirens approached. Of course non of this made it to the media. The point to be made here is 2000 people are working and supporting themselves, yet they are entitled to be on SSDI. This saves the taxpayor money, gives these individuals independance, and makes them feel productive. HOW CAN THIS BE PROTESTED? Shame on them.
Bob McBride August 04, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Another shameful display from the folks who always accuse those on the other side of voting against their own self interest. Obviously, they're all about their own self-interest - and nothing else.
Craig August 04, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I think they were there to protest because it gave them something to do. Honestly, I think people want to protest- and they do not care or know what the reason is. Protesting 'anything' gives them a sence of self worth. I think they are taking out their frusterations at Walker, but in reality they are unhappy with the Golden One in the White House. I grew up in a home where my father was union president, I shook George McGovern's hand when I was 6 years old. Just because I was wearing a suit to this event the protestors assumed I am a member of GOP, as they did with everyone at the event. That just proves they are ignorant. I only moved to the right as I matured and saw what the parties stand for. The filthy words they used to describe some of the women though- that should have been cause for arrest. Every self respecting man who heard those words had to muster up great strength to ignore it. Had any of the comments been directed at my wife I am not sure I could have done the same. I would guess that 50% of them were pot smoking, has been hippies- the other 50% were wannabe hippies. I would think one of them could have googled the company to see what it does for the less fortunate. Perhaps then they would have had some civility. My guess is they didn't take the time to put the bong down until the last second.
Bob McBride August 04, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I think you're being generous. Based on the sign you mention, obviously they weren't totaly unfamiliar with what Opportunities, Inc, is all about. Frankly, these people are no different than members of that church that protest at the funerals of service members. They know what they're doing, they know it's controversial and they run with because controversy brings them attention and attention to their cause as well. It certainly does both things, but not in the fashion they might wish for. Given the general reaction to a similar performance at a special Olympics award presentation awhile be, you'd think they'd know better. Frankly, they're scum as far as I'm concerned. The thought that some of them might actually be teachers (one would hope not, but given the side of the political equation represented, it's a possibility) is appalling.
Craig August 04, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Imagine what they could do if they used the time wisely. Volunteer to tutor a young student. Clean up trash in parks. Paint garage doors for the elderly. 200 prostestors spent 4 hours doing absolutely nothing good- that is 800 hours that they had free time to help their community. I imagine these are the type of people who would do nothing to help the less fortunate even though they have excess free time.
Jay Sykes August 04, 2011 at 05:34 PM
The Governor has been found, at the State Fair;just leave it to the shame, shame, shame protest crowd to find him for you Lyle. And the quote of the day, from MPS teacher Julianna Kelly, "(His policies) hurt way too many people, not just teachers, but Medicare, Social Security, the elderly, children of poverty." She should stick to shame, shame, shame. http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/126773783.html
Sara Conrad August 04, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I heard that quote as well & rolled my eyes in the most dramatic fashion I could muster. MPS teachers should be protesting themselves for being so moronic in their decisions and costing not only the tax payers but their fellow teachers who got the boot.
Lyle Ruble August 04, 2011 at 08:22 PM
I'm afraid that no matter what the governor does or where he goes, he will be met by this kind of reaction. Right or wrong, it is what it is.
Bob McBride August 04, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I'm sure the Governor can handle it. It's the people that get caught up, through no fault of their own, in these little temper tantrums. First we had the Special Olympians, now we've got some folks in a sheltered workshop. Frankly, Lyle, it makes it a little hard to buy the left's supposed concern for the most vulnerable in society when they pull stunts like this one. Actions speak louder than words.
Lyle Ruble August 04, 2011 at 09:48 PM
@Bob McBride II...Oh, I don't think he is particularly bothered by it. One of his neighbors told my wife that he has to be cautious when he goes home in Tosa, using the back door. I had the same problems with people demonstrating in the 60s and 70s. They become obsessed and in a short time the demonstrators lose any kind of impact and just become shrill. They were always hoping to get the police or someone else involved opposing them so they could make the evening news.
Mark S August 04, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Walker is bothered, but he chose his path and he is willing to except what he needs to do. We all should.... So Lyle, will you do or say anything about these people? Or will you continue to point at Walker and the Right for being the problem? Take a stand my friend, write a post about how horrible these actions are and how we as community need to truly stand up for the kids and the taxpayers. I mean, you want to stand up for the good of the community and what is best for all our futures right?
Lyle Ruble August 04, 2011 at 10:59 PM
@Mark S...I am far left of center on social issues and slightly left of center on fiscal issues. However, I am a pragmatist and I have lived a long time. I am willing to compromise on issues but just as I am critical of the radical left, I am also critical of the radical right. Most radicals on the right don't realize how extreme they are. I understand the complexity of the issues and that has a lot to do with liffe experiences, education and worldwide travel. It's not taking a stand, but facing the reality and examining it and thinking things through. You may have noticed in this blog I didn't claim that Walker's profile is a good thing or bad thing; it is what he has decided to do for whatever reason.
Mark S August 04, 2011 at 11:06 PM
You claim we are far or radical right, yet we all know (even you) that you have conveniently moved the center as far left as you could. This is not up for debate. I do not command people to follow my God or demand that you jail woman for killing the unborn. You have chosen to change laws to fit your lifestyles and we have had enough. It's time you had to hear a little backlash.
Lyle Ruble August 04, 2011 at 11:12 PM
@Mark S...It's difficult to tell exactly where the center is at any given time. Ronald Reagan moved the center to the right and it has continued to drift to the right every since until Obama came into office. I guess the center is based on your perspective.
Lyle Ruble August 04, 2011 at 11:26 PM
@Joe Peterlin...How you doing, I haven't seen you write much lately. Yeah, your right about the extreme left. There's been so much criticism of the left I didn't think I could bring any sanity to the situation. I didn't have a problem with the Madison protests for the first 10 days, but then they lost their effectiveness. It's been long enough now that cooler heads need to prevail.
Mark S August 04, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Thank you for saying that. I'm not sure that anyone from the left has dared to admit that enough is enough already.
Craig August 05, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Lyle, I usuallay enjoy our banter back and fourth. Left, right, or somewhere in between; your last statement says it all. It's been long enough now that cooler heads need to prevail. Thank you for your perspective.
Vicki Bennett August 06, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Hmmm... These extremes have caused the down-grading of our national credit rating. One explanation is that our political situation is a mess. I think Wisconsin is a perfect example of a mess. There is little bipartisanship in our country. We need to find a middle ground as this tug of war is destructive.
Craig August 07, 2011 at 04:20 AM
I just hope when all the recall elections are over- and the recounts....that we can move forward as a whole. Things have gone too far. Even disputes within familes have gone ugly. I hope it is possible anyway.
Carolo August 07, 2011 at 04:40 PM
He's busy doing more evil deeds. Scott Walker has not cost Wisconsin 9 million in lost revenue by denying State Healthcare. How nice for those without insurance. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/05/289193/wisconsin-rejects-grants-from-health-law-despite-cutting-health-services-in-state-budget/
Jay Sykes August 07, 2011 at 04:53 PM
@Vicki Bennett... If you are speaking of credit ratings, Wisconsin is exactly the perfect example to follow;Wisconsin has not had their bond rating reduced under Walker, in spite of the current economic woes in our country.
David Tatarowicz August 07, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Walker with all his duplicity and back room deals has become a lightning rod that smart Republican candidates want to stay away from. And don't forget that there is a US Senate Open Seat coming up --- we are seeing and will see a lot of Republicans running to the Center in the hopes they can be viable candidates in State Wide Election
Lyle Ruble August 07, 2011 at 08:23 PM
@David Tatorowicz...David, I agree about Walker being a lightening rod, but as far as I can see, whoever runs for the open Senate seat will probably not run from the center. Ron Johnson proved that someone from the Tea Party right could run and win.
David Tatarowicz August 07, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Hi Lyle Remember the old saying about Not Fooling the People All the Time --- I think precisely because Ron Johnson is in the Senate and is establishing a Tea Party record --- and bringing our nation to the brink of financial disaster out of pure Partisanship, the Good Folks of WI aren't going to fall for the same trick again -- they will be looking for someone with common sense and a sense of duty to the citizens and the country, and not just to other moneyed elite !
Lyle Ruble August 07, 2011 at 09:51 PM
@David Tatarowwicz...I hope you're right.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 04:54 AM
@Lyle: Where is Sandy? Darling clearly won and is waiting for the phone call from Sandy before she gives her victory speech. The Democratic Party is claiming vote tampering. This is a serious accusation, shows desperation, lack of civility, and contempt. Please share your thoughts on this topic. I understand the Westies are Lefties, but I know you are able to differentiate desire from reality. Your words may calm the angry.
Lyle Ruble August 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM
@Craig...Congratulations my friend. A clear majority of the 8th Senate District has spoken. It is time for those of us on the left to find a means to work with conservatives and reach out to help and not continually oppose and obstruct. Our responsibility will continue to keep the majority honest and focused on the welfare of the whole citizenry of Wisconsin. It is the conservative's time in Wisconsin. A time to heal and a time for positive engagement.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 01:55 PM
@Lyle...You are so right. I believe clear heads will prevail in the coming months. Hopefully the left and the right will edge towards center to work for all of the people. Respect is earned, and you my friend have my respect. You have called me out when I am wrong about things, and I hope I have righted my wrongs...

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