Sorry, it must have been drowned out by the media channels, most of which exonerating them for their "honorable deeds."
I meant earlier in the topic.
The problem with "two wrongs don't make a right" sentiment is that by bypassing procedural protocol, the precedent is set that bypassing is the only way either side is going to win. It's more or less cheaters vs. cheaters.
The thing is that they started out pretty much telling the Dems, "We will outvote you, whether you like it or not." whereas on the healthcare reform (I assume you're still talking about healthcare reform when you refer to both sides bypassing procedural protocol, since you mentioned it before) there was at least some semblance of, "Give us some ideas instead of shouting NO NO NO NO NO NO NO and we will see what we can come up with". The GOP turned around and bitched about the length of the bill, for chrissake. They finally threatened reconciliation rules as a last resort
. Even given that, I was very uncomfortable with the move, though I'm not all that liberal by Dem standards, so that's probably no surprise.
What the Dems in WI did was outright wrong. What they did was sympathetic and understandable and a gamble, but it was wrong. What the GOP is doing in WI is also
wrong. Putting the union issues aside - that is, setting aside my feelings on unions and expecting you to do the same, Lyell, for the purposes of this thread (there is another thread to discuss unions, after all) - what the GOP has done, spearheaded by Walker, is wrong. As much as I would love to say, "Well, Wisconsin, you voted a bunch of Republicans into office and you kinda made your own bed", I can't do that. Right now, the people who voted for Democrat reps are being screwed over, sure, but the people who voted for the GOP folks currently in office
being screwed. Scott Walker, for example, ran on a platform of "moar jobs!". That was his schtick. It was kind of like Scott Brown and his truck. (Scott Brown's campaign was based on cutting spending and keeping it simple in Washington.) To turn around and do something totally
different than what you were voted into office for is essentially taking advantage of the trust put in you by the voting system. And it damages our political process. Can you imagine what a different country we would be if politicians actually kept campaign promises? I think elections would be easier.
So yeah, two wrongs don't make a right, but one thing can be more wrong than the other. And what Scott Walker is doing is way, way, way fuckin' wrong.