[Updated Tuesday, 12/9, and Sunday, 12/7 from 12/6] We are supposed to believe that this preposterous series of events took place without a script this past week:
A) Out-of-nowhere, the obscure, Waukesha County GOP conservative State Rep. Chris Kapenga, all on his own, suddenly brought forward a politically-toxic
right to work work for less bill, though...
B) GOP legislative leaders and Gov. Scott Walker running a disciplined ship day-in-and-day-out all these years had said during the fall election campaign season the issue was not a legislative priority, but then...
C) The notoriously stubborn GOP State Sen. Majority Leaders Scott Fitzgerald, out of nowhere, suddenly changed his mind and said he was fast-tracking the measure, while...
D) Out of nowhere, an obscure new ultra-right advocacy group began airing radio spots propagandizing about the bill, and...
E) All the while, Gov. Walker looked down from on high above the fray, tried to distract political observers by calling it all "a distraction, though...
F) He'd assured, on video, a billionaire super-donor nearly four years ago that he had a "divide-and-conquer" plan in mind to weaken private sector unions the way he'd ambushed public workers through Act 10, and had introduced his own bill for right-to-work union-busting as far back as 1993.
This push for right-to-work legislation right now, coming on the heels of the November elections, has been years in the making.
By politicians and funders and consultants who are the master practitioners of political coordination, including a team of experienced, focused, detail-oriented and loyal protectors which surrounds Walker and who were recently featured in a long, glowing portrait in the Journal Sentinel.
Like just about everything that happens in or near the state Capitol these days, right-to-work - - the legislation, the trial balloons, the need for coordination and timing and long-range planning, is calibrated for and ultimately by Walker - - and that goes double for this one because it's a top priority for the upper-tier corporate interests who've financed his rise.
Since 2007, as has been reported with statements attributed to top GOP and Americans for Prosperity officials.
So let's set aside the fiction that right-to-work in Wisconsin came out of nowhere all of a sudden, driven by a nobody ultra-rightist state legislator and a flip-floppy GOP Senate majority leader.
This is all Walker - - for him, about him, and by him - - which means the bill and the issue will take one of two paths to serve what he decides is his strategic need before he ultimately signs it:
* The bill will move forward quickly as Fitzgerald promises because polling shows potential advantages to Walker with out-of-state core GOP primary voters outweighing any hit he'd take in Wisconsin (where he won't even commit to serving out this term), or in media nationally.
In this scenario, he'd sign the measure, invoking the will of the legislature and Wisconsin voters to whom he's Constitutionally bund, etc., and bet that the uproard dies down before early campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire makes everyone forget about right-to-work here.
At the bill signing, perhaps in private, Walker channels in a news release the feigned reticience he professed when he said he was reluctantly signing the controversial native mascot enabling bill.
* Or the bill is shelved because polling shows the risk to Walker's national standing is unacceptably great right now. Walker promises to further study it (a la the long, lingering avoidance of the Kenosha casino permission) thus spinning the stall as fine-tuning to buy time, and letting other issues take center stage.
And when he's not distracted by national campaigning - - when his run for office fizzles - - Walker can get the bill re-inflated and on his desk for a muscular , take-that slap at unions and Democrats in a matter of days.
Either way, the bill's resolution will be determined by what Walker wants and needs for Walker.
And he will sign it into law - - though key Wisconsin newspapers here, here and here think the while thing is a mistake.
But it's what Walker and his party's big donors and most rabid union-hating constituencies expect. They didn't get him to where he is now to go away without this Hooverite prize.
Cross-posted at Purple Wisconsin.
Cross-posted at Purple Wisconsin.