No, this isn't snark. When Walker is defeated today (fingers crossed) we'll all be patting ourselves on the back for our outstanding achievement. Democrats, Union Thugs, Progressives, Commie-Pinko Liberals (however you want to label yourself) have been working like gangbusters (pun intended) to oust Scott Walker in protest of his agenda. One group of Wisconsinites have been quietly watching all the hoopla and reserving their voice for the ballot box... Moderate Republicans.
Don't believe me? See for yourself over the fold...
From The Cap Times:
Dear Editor: Why would a longtime Republican and former legislator vote for Democrats Lori Compas and Tom Barrett? Why would a business looking to expand consider moving to a state that is ruled by right-wing extremists whose ideology has caused endless conflict? Why would anyone look up to leaders on a mission to tear apart public education just when we need educated workers more than ever?So fret not as you go about your day after voting in Wisconsin today. Look at your neighbor and know that we are one Wisconsin, and tomorrow is a new day no matter what happens. There are many more intelligent Republicans out there like former Senator Lorman who may not have been the loudest voices over the last year and a half or so, but they're going to make their voices heard today, and they're adding them to yours
I believe a national agenda is at work here that has little or nothing to do with us and a lot to do with changing how we will look to the rest of the nation. Ask yourself if you want us to look like those states where parents with enough money avoid the public schools.
Of the many issues that have upset so many, ,I worry most about the undermining of public education. Just like good medical care and good roads, good education costs a lot. Without a doubt, quality teaching is expensive. The draconian slashing of funding and targeting of teachers has made me sad. Do we not want a top-notch technical college system? One of the best higher education systems? The best-prepared high school graduates? Did the governor not get just about everything he wanted when he was offered concessions from the unions? And why have teachers been made scapegoats for everything that is perceived to be wrong with Wisconsin? Where is this coming from? It needs to go away.
I served with Tom Barrett in the state Senate. He was well liked by Republicans and Democrats. He is smart and decent. He would be a healer and consensus builder. I have met with Lori Compas and have the same impression of her. I believe we must move away from the narrow emotional issues that divide us and have little to do with good government. We need people in Madison who will restore our faith and confidence —people who will govern with evenhandedness and an open mind. I believe Tom Barrett and Lori Compass are such people. They will receive my vote, and, I hope, yours.