Republican senators in Wisconsin managed to strip almost all collective bargaining rights from public employees, despite the absence of 14 Democratic senators. A quorum is required for bills that spend money, so Gov. Walker and his party separated the budget bill from their cherished union-busting one. Gallery spectators yelled, "You are cowards." Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller got right to the point:
“In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten.”
Meanwhile, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald made a remarkable admission–one many of us knew all along: the Republican effort was ultimately political. By destroying unions, the Republicans weaken the only remaining major entity contributing to Democratic campaigns. Watch as Fitzgerald discusses the consequences for the Obama re-election campaign with Fox's Megyn Kelly:
Sen. Fitzgerald: If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.