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Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally


Yesterday I posted this photo, which, by the way, got a simply splendid response:

Isn't that pretty? I thought so too. Madison never looked lovelier. In fact, police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out for the pro-union, anti-Walker the WonderWank rally, per Think Progress:

But yesterday’s rally in Madison is noteworthy because at 85,000-100,000, it was bigger than the biggest tea party protest, the September 12, 2009 rally in Washington, D.C., which turned out only an estimated 60,000-70,000.

Tea baggers, meet Real America.


VIDEO: Happening Right Now In Madison


A still image of this is here.


Wisconsin PhotOh! Looks like nearly enough for a recall to me


The Capitol view from the Assembly chambers, via BrettHulseyWI:

And a tweet from MikeElk:

If 300k are at #wiunion today important to remember 550k signatures required to recall walker


"Sen. Fitzgerald: Senate Democrats Should Be Embarrassed"


MADISON, WI… Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement this morning (pdf):

“Today, the most shameful 14 people in the state of Wisconsin are going to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras. They’re going to pretend they’re heroes for taking a three-week vacation.

Here is my liveblog of what they said. You may notice that it was working people who go the pats on the back... and yes, the Wisconsin 14 are heroes for trying to protect democracy from you and your pals. Nice try, Fitz.

Vacation? Really? Is that what it was? If anyone is on vacation, it is you, Senator, a vacation from reality. See link.

As for smiling for the cameras, pot... kettle:

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And as for shameful:

Take a look, Fitz.


It is an absolute insult to the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who are struggling to find a job, much less one they can run away from and go down to Illinois – with pay.

Their appearance at the Capitol today is in direct violation of the contempt order issued by the state Senate earlier this month, and it proves their absolute disregard for the institution of the Senate and the constitution they took an oath of office to serve.

My liveblog covers all of this. Moving on:

But the people of Wisconsin won’t forget what they were really doing these past few weeks.

Good. Let's hope they never forget that, and that they always remember what you and your cohorts were really doing. Crushing unions, destroying the workers' rights, and doing your level best to eliminate Democratic voters from the 2012 equation.

“Sen. Tim Cullen refused to come back to save 1,500 jobs.

“Sen. Bob Wirch refused to come back to save countless middle-class jobs at the state and local levels.

“Sen. Mark Miller refused to come back even to make sure his own staff were safe in the Capitol he abandoned.

“Sen. Fred Risser refused to come back out of respect for the institution and dignity of the state Senate.

“Sen. Bob Jauch refused to come back even though our side was negotiating in good faith to try to find a reasonable compromise.

Stop right there. "Reasonable compromise"? Is that what you call it when you cut off debate, lie, deceive, and shut the people out of their own Capitol? Again, see my liveblog for the truth.

“Sens. Jon Erpenbach, Chris Larson and Lena Taylor were all too happy to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras in Illinois, never mind their constituents here in Wisconsin.

“And Sens. Dave Hansen, Kathleen Vinehout, Tim Carpenter, Spencer Coggs, JimHolperin, and Julie Lassa refused to come back to actually do the job they were elected to do.

“To the Senate Democrats: when you smile for the cameras today and pretend you’re heroes, I hope you look at that beautiful Capitol building you insulted. And I hope you’re embarassed to call yourselves senators.”

First:Embarrassed has two Rs. Moving on...

All one has to do is view the videos above to see that it is Fitzgerald, representing the rest of the Wisconsin GOP senators, who embarrassed himself, over and over again They've  made dishonest fools of themselves for the whole world to see, and as polls show, are losing support faster than Walker the WonderWank is losing hair.

Need proof? The Republicans needed out of state (Utah) petitioners to try to recall 8 Democrats. The people of Wisconsin are clamoring to get rid of 8 GOP Senators.

See you on the Tee Vee Machine. Don't forget to smile for the cameras.