You’ll be happy to know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker NEVER SAW the e-mail sent to him by a Johnson County, Indiana, deputy prosecutor suggesting that he stage a fake assassination attempt against himself to kill public support for the unions. He was FAR too busy harassing a University of Wisconsin professor for daring to write a blog post that was critical of Walker’s union busting efforts. Then, this professor guy wrote an op-ed that appeared in the March 22 op-ed pages of the New York Times .
BOY, is Walker steamed! Not that he has a problem with people expressing their opinions. Neither did any OTHER tin-plated Hitler from any list of dictators you’d care to name. They just didn’t much care for it when the opinion being expressed was CRITICAL of THEM!
Now, in Nazi Germany, such an op-ed would get you killed, or at least sent to a concentration camp where you would be starved, beaten, worked like a slave and THEN killed. Walker is doing nothing quite so dramatic.
He just wants, according to Talking Points Memo :
Or, as TPM puts it, any e-mail the professor wrote on his University e-mail account that refers to the state’s top Republican leaders, Walker and the Fitzgerald brothers who lead the two houses of the legislature; major unions and union leaders Marty Beil and Mary Bell; and the eight Republican state senators who have been targeted by Democrats for recall campaigns.
Professor Cronon suggested that Gov. Walker, to use a delightful term I first read in a Stephen King book (I forget which one) “hammer a pound of sand up his ass.” Only he put it more eloquently, calling it “a political fishing expedition with the purpose of causing embarrassment to correspondents seems sure to have a severe chilling effect that could only undermine the university’s longstanding reputation for defending academic freedom.”
So, the state GOP filed a FOIA request . Freedom of Information Act. Yes. You read that correction. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a Freedom of Information Act to get the e-mails, admittedly written on a public computer, written by a public employee, because they want to embarrass that public employee for having the balls to criticize Oberstuppengruppenfuhrer Walker. They can’t fire him, he’s a tenured professor. So, what they hope to do is silence all OTHER state employees by dragging the professor’s name through the mud (and the state’s innumerable right wing radio talk shows) for daring to speak his mind with friends, colleagues and students.
This will have a chilling effect…
Oh, wait… you think that “chilling effect” remark was made by or on behalf of the professor?
WRONG-O!!! Again, from TPM.
Because being critical of Sturmeroppenwaffenblitzkommandant Walker can NOT be construed as conducting one’s self in an ethical manner.
Never mind that the blog he posted on is based out of state. Never mind the fact that the New York Times is published in New York, which — last time I looked — was nowhere NEAR Wisconsin.
Never mind that Cronon’s use of state e-mail to discuss political matters was perfectly legal. According to the professor, the law is quite clear…
Condon sums up his position like the scholar he is.
The professor responded — on his personal e-mail — to the editors at TPM:
Spelling. Not a wingnut’s long-suit as we see on far too many right wing websites. Education. That’s for pussies! Not for real MEN, like Walker and the GOP Fascist Badger Bastards
Neither, apparently, is recall of recent events.
The deputy prosecutor from Indiana, the guy who sent the e-mail saying that Walker should stage an assassination attempt against himself, said he didn’t send it, that his e-mail was hacked (probably by union supporters) until he remembered that, oh yeah, he did send it and resigned from his job.
And, of course, Walker said he never saw it.
Of course, Walker ALSO didn’t remember admitting that he had considered employing anti-union goons to bust heads in the recent labor battle in Madison in his telephone conversation with the faux Koch brother who pranked him… until he heard the recording of himself saying it.
YOU VOTED FOR THIS!!!