Zach recently posted the links to the 84 pages of emails that the republicans were desperate to keep from the public. While it is somewhat tame, with just a few gems sprinkled in (they admit to “wildly gerrymandering, they continue to go to convicted felon Scott “scooter” Jensen, etc…), one of the interesting emails involves Professor Rick Esenberg.
It turns out that when they finished their maps they called the good professor to testify on how great and legal these new district maps were. The professor gladly agreed to do so, there was just one problem. He had not even seen them yet. A classic case of the republican party saying “jump” and Mr. Esenberg saying how “yes sir, how high and how often?”
While this did not surprise most political followers in Wisconsin, it was nice to have it confirmed on paper. The Shark himself, took time away from his prior job of desperately trying to minimize the John Doe investigations to address this issue.
The problem is, as is typical for far right extremists, he closed down comments. The republicans in this state have let it be known, they will speak at us not with us.
Finally, I’m closing comments on this. I understand that there all sorts of (generally anonymous) people in the blogosphere who seem to fill some psychic need by flaming people who disagree with them. They can do it elsewhere.
Well, we at Bloggingblue have always welcomed comments from all sides of every issue so I am opening up comments to Professor Shark here. Bloggingblue can be elsewhere.
I will even start the comments(and not even anonymously):
Why anyone cares about my testimony is beyond me
We agree on this completely. I hope that no media outlet ever goes to the Shark again for an actual legal opinion. They can call him up when Reince Priebus is busy and they need a republican party spokesman but let us not pretend he brings an independent legitimate voice to any discussion.
Maybe I’m wrong. But I am consistent.
Agreed! 100% consistent!
Fourth, in case you’re wondering, I was not paid for this. I received nothing. No compenation. No mileage. No parking. Nothing.
Someone once asked “With the fact that there was a secret illegal email network with Governor Walkers top advisors fundraising for a majority of their day 20 feet from his office, what is worse? That the Governor knew this was going on or that he did not?
That being said you look at the political landscape and you see people like Sarah Palin, Sam the plumber and Dr. Tim Nerenz, who use their position within the right wing to milk every single penny they can get out of the “movement” before they get exposed for who they are and are no longer relevant.
Then there are the people like the shark who do it all for free.
That the maps were shared with Scott Jensen a few days before they were made public is not interesting.
They did not feel like driving to Waupon.
There is no prohibition against showing people drafts of legislation that have not yet been introduced
Tell that to Evan Wynn & Steve Nass!
[Evan] Wynn said he has no problem with signing the agreement.
“I agreed not to talk about what I had learned because it was preliminary and not in final form,” he said. “It had nothing to do with secrecy. It was very much like the process we go through when we are developing legislation.”
[Steve] Nass agreed that the agreement had nothing to do with secrecy.
“It’s similar to the legislative process,” Nass said. “You don’t go around publicly discussing bills when they are still in draft form.
I wonder if there was a “convicted felons do not count” out clause in the secrecy agreement that all of the republicans signed.
Those are my comments, to the rest of you “people in the blogosphere who seem to fill some psychic need by flaming people who disagree with them.” The comment box is open!