Mitt Romney is falling behind in the Michigan presidential primary because he's attacking unions and was willing to let the auto industry devolve into bankruptcy and a fire sale of machinery and nameplates.
In other words, blowing off core, voting constituencies intertwined with the state's economy and history in favor of vulture capitalism.
In Wisconsin, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald wiped out a special committee on mining he'd created, them pushed forward through parliamentary maneuvering an Assembly mining bill that cut out the public from participating in mining permit reviews - - all to favor a probable mining applicant in an unambiguous display of crony capitalism.
Vulture capitalism, crony capitalism. Take you pick. Each and both use rigged games to favor the 1% over the 99.
But with political consequences and blow back;
Fitzgerald is discovering, as has Romney, that core constituencies matter. In Wisconsin, these are anglers, hunters, hikers and others who appreciate the outdoors and know that clean water is the key to Wisconsin's economy- - and who find unacceptable, and against the state's basic character, the content of the Assembly bill and Fitzgerald's tactics to rush it through the Joint Finance Committee.
How do we know this? Because Fitzgerald said on Friday that the Assembly bill needs surgery - - which is putting it mildly - - and it is, in part, because of sentiment from core Wisconsin voting constituencies as expressed a day earlier:
Wisconsin: Where Scott Walker has become Tricky Dick, and Fitzgerald becomes Romney. How foreign is the Wisconsin GOP to Bucky these days?