This caused a myriad of reactions. Predictably, the Teapublicans called it a vindication of Walker. To do so, they had to ignore the more than a half a million dollars he spent on a legal defense fund to hire two of the leading white collar/syndicate crimes attorneys in the country. They also had to stop believing their lying eyes which showed them the emails that Walker sent regarding the illegal politicking he was coordinating from the Milwaukee County Executive suite.
The left had a hard time dealing with the news. We experience frustration, depression, disbelief and anger that such an injustice was being done for no fathomable reason.
|Graeme Zielinski (image courtesy|
of me, since I took the picture)
But just seeing Dahmer's name caused a knee-jerk reaction among both the right and the left. The right started screaming with their selective outrage, falsely claiming that Zielinski was comparing Walker to Dahmer. The fact that Zielinski was actually talking about the legal teams is irrelevant. Why let the facts get in the way of a good round of selective outrage?
Likewise, more than a few on the left also expressed their outrage and demanded Zielinki's ouster, either publicly or privately.
The same politicians that Zielinski worked so hard for were more than willing to through him under the bus as well.
Well, now they have gotten their way. The news broke on Monday that Zielinski was removed from his position as party spokesman and docked a full week's pay.
The Teapublicans, as you can imagine, are practically besides themselves with joy. First Walker gets off the hook and then Zielinski gets the hook. What more could they possibly want?
The thing is that all this outrage, especially from the Teapublicans, is simply so much hypocrisy.*
Where was their outrage when Christian Schneider, who we already know to be a proven liar, made his comparison of former Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder to Dahmer?
Got that? It’s not the Senator who’s spent 18 years in Washington that’s connected to Jack Abramoff – it’s the guy who’s never had anything to do with the corrupt political machine in D.C. for the entirety of his life. This is like saying that since Prince Fielder plays in Milwaukee, he must eat people like Jeffrey Dahmer.Nope, there was no outrage when Schneider made that comment.
And even though one could do a whole blog on Schneider's BS, he is still a darling of the right.
But that's not all. Because, well, y'know, when it comes to anything doing with Scott Walker, there's more. There's always more.
And this time the more is Walker himself comparing his political soul brother, David Duke to - guess who - Dahmer. The comparison comes in at 6:15:
For those than cannot or do not want to stomach these two blithering idiots, the money quote is this:
"The key is, we feel that in particular you are hiding behind these issues that are legitimate issues, but do not necessarily make you a legitimate candidate, any more than in the city of Milwaukee, if Jeffrey Dahmer were to stand up and talk about family values, he’s not a legitimate candidate."Yet there is no outrage at Walker either. Where are the cries for him to lose his job?
I could go on and on and on about all the vile things said by Teapublicans, like the crap from Charlie "Megatroll" Sykes, and still never run out of things to right about.
And speaking of the Megatroll, he is the first one to barge through the opening Mike Tate gave them by using Zielinski's demotion to beat on the Democrats' elected officials, like Tom Barrett. (Note to Megatroll: The vets fund that Zielinski correctly tied you to was Walker's ersatz campaign fund known as Operation Freedom, something you and Jeff Wagner collaborated with most willingly.)
Jeff Simpson has put up a list consisting of just a fraction of the things that we could call the right out for vile comments, for which not one of them had to take any responsibility for.
I would add to Jeff's list one name: Jill Bader. Bader was Walker's campaign spokeswoman who had made the racist tweet. Yet not one wingnut made a complaint and she was allowed to keep her job.
In closing, I just want to say that Graeme and I have had our differences. I don't like all of the things he's done and said. And Graeme has made it perfectly clear to me that he doesn't appreciate all the things that I've done and said.
I do think that the Dahmer comparison was a poor choice. He should have gone with John Gotti, the Teflon Don. Not only is Gotti's crimes more similar to Walker, so was the way he avoided jail for so long. And Gotti would have been much less inflammatory, although the right can get selectively outraged over anything.
But regardless of whether I agree with him or not on any given issue, and regardless of what anyone else thinks about Graeme, he's been my friend through thick and thin. I am not ashamed to call him friend, and given the evidence above, I think he should have gotten a fairer shake.
ADDENDUM: As others have pointed out, one of the reasons that Zielinski has been such a lightening rod isn't because he's so edgy, it's because he's so effective.
*The biggest of tips of the hat to Man MKE at Uppity Wisconsin for finding these gems.