[originally posted Saturday, March 34, 11:02 p.m.] An editorial in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel argues for reforms to Wisconsin recall procedures and standards, and there is a line in it which I've italicized below that cries out for clarification because it misses the basis for Walker's recall by the proverbial country mile.
From the editorial:
What that has meant over the past year is that recalls are triggered primarily over single-vote issues. Yes, those seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker will tell you that drive is about a slew of issues from canceling a Milwaukee-to-Madison fast rail line to alleged power grabs by the governor to so-called giveaways to Big Business and so on.
But does anyone really think there would be a recall drive if the governor had not proposed and gotten passed Act 10 last year, which severely limited collective bargaining for most public employee unions in the state?Here is another way to write that line - -
But does anyone really think that Scott Walker would have been elected Governor if he had disclosed during the campaign that he intended to introduce a bill which severely limited collective bargaining for most public employee unions in the state?- - and the inspiration for that rewrite comes from three memorable lines from a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial of just about a year ago I had posted and have repeated because the reasoning and conclusion was dead-on accurate then, and remain so today:
Walker never campaigned on disenfranchising public-employee unions. If he had, he would not have been elected. He got a spare 52% of the vote - hardly a mandate for what he is trying to do.The recall effort is more than a reaction to a single-vote, and there are numerous issues about Walker's entire agenda that need to be raised.
A recall election is the only means available to hold Walker accountable for an out-sized lie of omission: his failure to disclose when it counted - - during the campaign - - that he intended, if he were to win, to do away with most public sector collective bargaining - - a lie compounded by his subsequent insistence to the contrary, PolitiFact has found.
No one knows what the recall outcome will be.
But it will force Walker to participate in the contest he denied Wisconsin voters in 2010: a fully-honest election, with every one's cards on the table.