Is this a surprise to anyone? I mean even Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker have be surprised only in that it happened so quick. They’re dirty but not stupid — they had to think the ruse would hold together at least until 2021.
Right now Wisconsin is battling the worst corona virus outbreak in America. The question is why. What about Wisconsin is different from, say, the neighboring states of Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, where the virus isn’t spreading nearly as fast?
The answer, at least in part, is politics: specifically, the brand of cavalier, it-will-go-away politics propagated by President Trump and parroted by lower-level Republicans who seem hell-bent on resisting efforts to sustain social distancing and mask wearing when the spread is still low enough to contain — and in Wisconsin’s case, who continue to resist even after infections spiral out of control.
Here’s what needs to happen now: Vos and Fitzgerald should work with Evers to impose a statewide mask mandate, close bars or limit their capacity to safe social-distancing numbers, and take other responsible actions to reduce infections. Citizens who support mask-wearing should let them know who’s boss — their contact information is below.
~ JournalSentinel Editorial Board
The JournalSentinel is even pointing out the disaster that is Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos.
“I want to offer that the same people who were criticizing the fact that I was appointed to this commission are the same people who changed the laws so they could avoid accountability.”
Scott Ross is a veteran of Progressive politics and is used to calling out politicians for abusing their positions. He’s in a good place because Wisconsin politicians — particularly the GOP — have gone above and beyond in suppressing votes and trying to stay in power by any means necessary.
Well, the voters in Wisconsin are on to them and at the first opportunity, they threw Scott Walker out of office and put a Democrat in the Governor’s office. The GOP leadership did what they could to strip him of his powers, but Governor Evers was able to appoint Ross to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
The conservative-controlled court sided with Republican lawmakers who sued over the Democratic governor’s order.
Did anyone seriously think the court that voted by video (while social distancing) to send the commoners to vote in person during a pandemic would not “give it to ’em” one more time? Please.
The Republican leadership is playing politics with human lives. I honestly thought they’d never reach this literal crisis point. I never thought they would send citizens to the polls in the middle of a pandemic simply because they were scared they might lose an election. And, I never thought they’d sue the governor — a governor who is trying best as he and his team can to walk the tightrope between keeping people safe and keeping business … in business.
But I was wrong. Republican leadership lost their souls a long, long time ago. To be fair, politicizing issues has gone on forever — both sides doing it. But — and I’m fairly certain the tipping point was the 2008 presidential election — one side saw the writing on the wall. Their base was shrinking and along with it, they became severely threatened that their “way of life” and their “values” were shrinking along with it. They became determined to fight. They gerrymandered the state and then stacked the Supreme Court. It’s a brilliant strategy. But they made a deal with the devil in 2016. And the devil wants his due. It will come soon enough. I just hope the assholes are held responsible and don’t take the good people of Wisconsin down with them.
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Robin Vos — the leaders in the legislative majority — refuse to let a good crisis go to waste. The crisis being COVID-19, which is a dream come true for voter suppressionists like Big Fitz and The Popcorn Colonel.