Wisconsin has seen a lot of political drama over the last couple of months, but in many ways the real fight there has barely begun.
Wisconsin Democrats, for example, are trying to force recall votes against eight Republican state senators, and they claim to be succeeding. They need to throw out three Republicans to regain control of the state Senate, and as the Washington Post reports, they sound pretty optimistic.
“We’re well ahead of schedule,” said Graeme Zielinski, Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman. “I think in mid-summer, you will have a Democratic Senate.”
That would be quite a turn of events.
However, Wisconsin voters won’t have to wait until summer to make their sentiments known. As it turns out, state Justice David Prosser is up for re-election on April 5, a fact that ordinarily might not mean much. But back in December, shortly after the victory of Gov. Scott Walker, Prosser had aligned himself closely with the new governor, telling Wisconsin voters that his re-election to the court meant “protecting the conservative judicial majority and acting as a common sense complement to both the new administration and legislature.”
With Walker now down in the polls, acting as a judicial complement to the governor suddenly isn’t all that popular. It didn’t help matters when it was revealed last week that in court deliberations, Prosser had called the state’s chief justice “a total bitch” and promised to “destroy” her. He later explained that while he might have overreacted, “it was entirely warranted,” blaming his colleague for “deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements.”
In other words, she had it coming.
Finally, there’s the story of one Carlos Lam. On Feb. 19, he sent Gov. Walker an email, lauding him for his stance against unions and offering a bit of advice. Drawing upon his 18 years of experience in politics, Lam suggested that Walker stage on attack on himself, perhaps by someone using a firearm, to discredit the union opposition.
There are a lot of crazies out there, but in this case, the man advocating the staging of a felony attack on a public office is — or more accurately, was — a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Indiana. Lam resigned that post yesterday after initially denying, then admitting, that he had indeed sent that email.
It’s impossible to know how often such “false flag” operations are actually carried out. For example, it’s interesting to note that a couple of weeks after the Lam email was sent, while union protests continued at the Capitol, Capitol police reported finding dozens of .22 caliber hollow-point bullets secreted at three entrances to the building.
Nobody knows who put them there, or why. But these days, you can’t take anything at face value.
– Jay Bookman