Your grasp of reality, and control of your caucus as minority leader, continues [sic] to amaze me. — Scott FitzgeraldWisconsin State Senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald heaps scorn on his Democratic counterpart, minority leader Sen. Mark Miller. The reality is that the 14 Democrats — Miller's entire caucus — remain united in their resistance to the union-busting provisions in Fitz and Governor Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair bill."
Scott Fitzgerald's own personal "reality," on the other hand, involves issuing ersatz "arrest warrants" against his political opponents.
Appearing telephonically on MSNBC's The Last Word yesterday, Fitzgerald strayed far from the reservation by declaring federal stimulus funds improved the State's fiscal situation, and incorrectly attributed a remark of Henry David Thoreau's to Thomas Jefferson.
Fitz also alleged two of the Democrats make frequent visits across the Illinois border to Kenosha, WI, an indication of how phony his "arrest warrants" are, otherwise Fitz would have had the two "carried ... feet first" into the Wisconsin Senate in accordance with the advice of his privately retained Republican attorneys, who recently filed a suit in Oconto County that they had to know they would lose.
Rather, the conservative attorneys did so to obtain an ancillary statement they could present to Fitzgerald, which they didn't quite obtain, but affirmatively claimed they did anyway, in a memo to Fitz.
Meanwhile Walker "speculates" Miller has been on the phone with labor leaders "in Washington or whatever," "with no apparent irony."
Recall (pun intended) that according to a conservative think tank's poll, 65% of Wisconsinites want Walker to compromise, and the only compromise at issue is the continuing right to collective bargaining.