I had just written about a particularly nasty piece of legislation being worked on by newly elected State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-Teabagistan) to cut the salaries of Milwaukee County Supervisors and to slash their operation budget.
The issue has nothing to do with money however. It's all about handcuffing the Milwaukee County Board so that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele can proceed with his agenda of dismantling Milwaukee County government.
But not only is this bill going to be bad for Milwaukee County, it could prove to be devastating for the rest of the state due to its impact on the Supreme Court race.
Spring elections are historically notorious for going in the favor of conservatives and Republicans to begin with.
However, there is cause for a certain amount of optimism in the upcoming race.
Two years ago, Joanne Kloppenburg came within a few thousand votes of beating David Prosser. And that is when she was so far behind just two months before that no one gave her a fighting chance. She took Milwaukee County 57-43.
Likewise, in the last two gubernatorial races, Tom Barrett, despite his particularly awful campaigns, still took Milwaukee County in a 2:1 margin.
The same could be said for the elections this past November, when Tammy Baldwin and Barack Obama had strong margins of victory in Milwaukee County.
But with the introduction of this bill, and you can count on the Republicans ramming it through, changes things in Milwaukee. It will bring out the conservatives and the teahadists in droves. How often do they get to vote to cut the pay of some politicians, even if they end up hurting themselves in the process? And it's not like the Republicans don't already have a history of voting against their best interests and taking us down with them.
And even though Abele is purportedly a Democrat, he would be more than pleased to see the Wisconsin Supreme Court remain in the control of the corporate-owned conservative bloc of justices. With all of the illegal stunts he's pulled, and all the lawsuits the county keeps losing, he's counting on a supreme court that is more interested in the corporate interests than in the law or the rights of people.
So if Ed Fallone loses to Pat Roggensack in April, take a look at the voting totals in Milwaukee County. My guess is that they would be very skewed from the past several elections.
And if Fallone would lose to Roggensack, you can thank Chris Abele for making it happen.
Helluva thing, sacrificing a whole state because of a temper tantrum by a spoiled rich brat.