by Jason Williams, Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 11:49:30 PM EST
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), today:
I'm not sending the state police after anybody. I'm not gonna divert a single trooper from their job of protection the Indiana public. I trust that people's consciences will bring them back to work. ... For reasons I've explained more than once I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), today:
My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), tonight's "fireside":
The missing Senate Democrats must know that their failure to come to work will lead to dire consequences very soon. Failure to act on this budget repair bill means (at least) 15 hundred state employees will be laid off before the end of June. If there is no agreement by July 1st, another 5-6 thousand state workers -- as well as 5-6 thousand local government employees would be also laid off.
Tone. Deaf. Someone has been giving Walker some very bad PR advice. The real fight at this point is whether Republicans in the legislature will do the walking back, letting Walker save face, or if they'll let him shoulder the over-reach alone. Walker, legislative Republicans or Democrats, someone has to back down, and momentum is behind the state Democrats standing their ground. And the longer the fight continues, the more discussion around Walker's proposal -- designed as a reactionary, quick, "crisis" driven move, not ready for prime time scrutiny -- the better the position for unions and Democratic lawmakers.
Public support for union bargaining rights nationwide is high, the unions have agreed to the financial concessions, and rally's from Colorado to New Jersey to Montana in support of Wisconsin workers have drawn headlines. Walker's only hope here is that the toxicity the battle he and state Republicans have chosen doesn't hang with them for the next four years.
But here's hoping it does.