Now Walker's Own Job Is on the Line. He's Getting His Notice Today.
Scott Walker has always been better at talking a good game than playing it, better at killing jobs than creating them, and now it's his own that's on the line.
There already were protests against Walker when I took this photo on Nov. 20, 2010 -- less than three weeks after his election, and more than a month before he was inaugurated. He wasn't even governor yet, but he had already provoked a day of statewide protest against his determination to turn down $800 billion in federal money for high-speed rail -- along with all the jobs that money would have created. Other states that would receive the money instead were vocal in their thanks.
Walker bulled ahead even before taking office. He so cowed outgoing Gov. Doyle that he didn't even try to seal the deal in his remaining days in office but instead put the rail project on hold. After that, it was just a formality for Gov. Walker to turn down the funds officially. It was a foretaste iof what Walker would go on to do in his first year in office. At the time, it was hard to imagine what he could do that was worse than turning down $800 million in free money. But with his blitzkrieg union-busting budget offensive Walker showed he knew exactly what he could do that was worse, and he did.
But he and his Republican cronies underestimated the people. Last summer we recalled two Republican state senators. Today signatures are being turned in for the recall of four more, including the majority leader, and it just takes one victory to take back the senate. And for the first time in Wisconsin history, the required signatures and then some are being turned in to force the recall of both Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch.
Scott Walker is getting his layoff notice today. Sure, the severance package will take awhile to work out, but the search is on for his successor, and it's just a matter of time.
It's true: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
On to the election!