[Updated 146 a.m., Monday] This blew me away:
Leading national right-wing strategists proudly disclosed at their annual gathering last week that coordinated work with and for Scott Walker had begun in 2007 -- or three years before his election:
[National GOP chair Reince] Priebus made his comments on a Saturday morning CPAC panel addressing how conservatives could fight and defeat organized labor state by state,..
“How did we do it in Wisconsin?” RNC Chair Reince Priebus asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The [Glenn Beck-instigated] 9/12ers were involved...
Panelist Luke Hilgemann, the current Americans for Prosperity COO who formerly led the Koch-backed group’s Wisconsin efforts, told the crowd that the 2011 victory “started back in 2007 on the shores of Lake Michigan,” at a meeting of fifteen intrepid activists who’d “had enough of government overreach,” including then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP head, credited the ability to pass Walker’s reforms in part to the party and Tea Party activists unifying well before the 2010 primary...CPAC guru Grover Norquist later praised Walker as an electable Presidential candidate.
The focus on the Right's carefully-laid anti-union plans for Wisconsin on Walker's behalf puts into bolder relief Walker's false claim to having openly campaigned on his union-busting scheme.
So since a few chosen people apparently did know and helped craft the Wisconsin/Walker/union-busting blueprint, let's ask:
Who was there at the pivotal meeting disclosed at CPAC?
I didn't pay enough attention to Walker's brag to CNN before the 2010 election that he was the "original Tea Party in Wisconsin."
And when this blog noted Priebus was openly praising the Tea Party at a 2012 recall rally for Walker, I didn't grasp how deep the coordination had been for perhaps five years.