Scott Fitzgerald Rambles

Steve pointed out how inept republican majority leader Scott Fitzgerald is in terms of how he completely mishandled the recall against him. Now we have video of Fitz the Elder going into an incoherent rant that has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the topic at hand. 6 Martini lunch at the Inn at the Park perhaps?

Does anyone really think that Scott Fitzgerald is fit to lead the Senate? How long until the republicans cut bait and replace him and let him twist in the wind in his own district? The more he speaks the better it is for the democratic party!

Big Fitz Black Op?

Turns out a number of the Big Fitz challenges to the petition signatures turned in against him are based on bad addresses written by supporters of none other than……. Big Fitz! Don’t you just love it!

Fitzgerald recently sent out postcards to everyone in his district who signed a recall petition against him,  several of which were returned by the US Postal Service as ” undeliverable”. That’s because the Big Fitz folks copied the wrong address from the petitions!

Ineptitude or black op? You decide.

And Michael Best & Freidrich Passes the Buck

I shared Senator Jon Erpenbach's letter asking for some accountability for the taxpayers from Michael Best and Friedrich in regards to the redistricting fiasco that the Fitzgerald Brothers have put us in.

Here, after a considerable wait, is the response from Michael Best and Friedrich, specifically their ethically challenged employee Eric McLeod:

February 13, 2012

Senator Jon Erpenbach
27th Senate District
Room 104 South
State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707

Re: Your letters of February 7 and February 10, 2012

Dear Senator Erpenbach,

This letter acknowledges receipt of your letters of February 7 and February 10, 2012, in which you have requested access to the files maintained by the Senate’s legal counsel regarding redistricting.

Because our client is the Wisconsin State Senate acting by its Majority Leader, Scott L. Fitzgerald, I have referred your request to Senator Fitzgerald.

Sincerely,

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Eric M. McLeod

Has any business in Wisconsin done as much damage to their brand name in so short of a time as Michael Best & Friedrich has? Eric McLeod has passed the buck to Scott Fitzgerald. Don’t hold your breath on that one, Fitzgerald has no idea what streets or who the people are in his district!

Check here for another good read on this story!

Michigan Seems Like Obama’s Dream

Michigan holds its GOP primary at the end of this month, and if it were held right now it would be Mitt Romney’s nightmare.  Romney, who calls himself a “son of Detroit,” and who went to school at the elite Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has is having a tough go in the state where he claimed the auto industry should go bankrupt.  Romney trails Rick Santorum in every Michigan County except Oakland, the county where Cranbrook resides, according to the latest PPP poll.  I suppose Mitt Romney telling Detroit to go bankrupt doesn’t help, even amongst Republicans, but I dare say his doubling down in this OpEd carried in papers all over the state isn’t helping.  As noted here, Romney’s OpEd is just a miserable whine.  Average folks in Michigan can feel the auto industry reviving, and know that Romney wanted to let it fail. 

Oh sure, Rick Santorum is not much better, but he’s not Romney, and on the strength of that sterling quality Rick Santorum is finally surging, in Michigan and nationwide.  Amongst Republicans.  Santorum still loses to Obama by a long shot in head-to-head polling.  The real winner in the GOP pirmaries so far is Obama, and especially in Michigan.  No surprise there.  As CBSNews analysis notes, Rick Santorum is no longer a long shot for the GOP nomination.  Yes, the GOP is getting tired of Romney, AGAIN!  But that isn’t Obama’s dream. 

The real dream here takes note of the fact that Mitt romney still has a TON of cash on hand.  He will use that cash to strike at Santorum, bloodying Little Ricky so badly that Romney might even take Michigan, but surely Romney will be back on track for the nomination soon.  Along the way, and this is the dream here, Mitt Romney will try once again to place himself as the truest and severest of conservatives.  How?  Romney has already come out against contraceptive care in insurance plans, even though contraceptive care is wrong fiscally, as I noted here in regard to Paul Ryan betraying his own fiscal cred.  How much further will Romney go in order to “prove” he’s more severely conservative than Rick Santorum?  

The dream here is that Mitt romney will be forced to go to extremes.  Will he question not just the theory of evolution but also the theory of gravity?  Will he claim that women should head back to the kitchen and should be denied the vote?  Will he argue for shooting illegal immigrants on sight?  Perhaps not, but there’s going to be some severely conservative claims by Mitt Romney (Santorum is raising money of Romney’s clumsy phrasing) in the next couple weeks that are going to make every independent voter int he country cringe, and that’s a nice dream, for Obama.   And it isn’t just Santorum who will push R Money to the extremes.  Ron Paul is doing well in Arisona, which has its primary the same day as Michigans. 

Oh joy!  Is there enough popcorn in the world for this?  There’s an idea. . . Romney should spend his potfulls of campaign cash wisely and send free popcorn to all Americans so they can settle in and watch this disaster.  That would be the first idea he’s had to really help the economy.

ALEC Goes Mainstream

While we in Wisconsin have known about Alec for a little while now, they have flown under the radar now for quite sometime. No More: today The New York Times exposed them!

It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions. All of these efforts are being backed — in some cases, orchestrated — by a little-known conservative organization financed by millions of corporate dollars.

The American Legislative Exchange Council was founded in 1973 by the right-wing activist Paul Weyrich; its big funders include Exxon Mobil, the Olin and Scaife families and foundations tied to Koch Industries. Many of the largest corporations are represented on its board.

Their Modus operandi, is they they hold a "convention' in a very swank hotel, invite hundreds of republican politicians, then send them all home with a political agenda and bills they want passed in various states. Then the politicians who were there come home and introduce those bills many times word for word(yes plagiarism is only bad in college it appears).

As the New York Times points out:

There is nothing illegal or unethical about ALEC’s work, except that it further demonstrates the pervasive influence of corporate money and right-wing groups on the state legislative process. There is no group with any comparable influence on the left. Lawmakers who eagerly do ALEC’s bidding have much to answer for. Voters have a right to know whether the representatives they elect are actually writing the laws, or whether the job has been outsourced to big corporate interests.

How ridiculous is ALEC as an organization? Robin Vos is their statewide chairman!

For more information check out ALECexposed

and in case you are wondering who Paul Weyrich is, he is a Wisconsin native and is best known for this gem:

I wonder where they got the idea for Voter ID laws?