Happy Friday in Wisconsin

It seems that Republican State Senator Pam Galloway, once part of Governor Scott Walker’s 19-14 majority and sponsor of a wingnutty gun law, is stepping down to, wait for it, “spend more time with her family.”  Her departure leaves the recall-adjusted state senate evenly divided, and after a Palinesque half term, she’s fleeing to avoid a recall fight.  Her poignant words:

“For the sake of the electorate, I hope that better days are ahead for this institution,” Galloway said in her statement.

Well Sister, you can bet they are, and better yet come June, when the recalls get rid of the rest of your teabagging compadres.  Clearly, Fitzwalkerstan has become a failed state, ranking 50th among the states in job creation since Walker took office.  Cracks were already appearing in the plumber’s butt Walker paraded so proudly a short year ago (from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel):

Also, Gov. Scott Walker has talked of calling lawmakers into special session to consider streamlining iron ore mining regulations after a bill to do that failed in the Senate this month when Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) sided with Democrats to oppose the measure.

Fitzgerald said he believed now it would be much more difficult to reach any kind of deal on mining.

Ah, too bad.  Now some strip miner might smash Walker’s kneecaps, which will be a bit of a handicap next time the Kochs come to town.  Wither, streamlining, now that the majority is gone, too?

With Galloway’s resignation, the Republicans will lose their Senate majority. Fitzgerald said he and Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) would become co-leaders.

This is my favorite part, given the lordly behavior of the once-swaggering majority; they’ll need a big, foam rubber gavel now.  This in addition to the drip, drip, of the John Doe investigation against Walker, who is almost certain to lose office in the upcoming recall.  All the Koch’s horses and all the Koch’s men couldn’t put Walker together again, but don’t tell them that.

They’re now worth $33 billion each, and need their wallets lightened a bit.


  1. nswfm says:

    Heh heh heh.

  2. Ché Pasa says:

    Ah but you can be sure the Worm-Eaters are plotting their revenge. Mwah-hah-hah-hah-hah….

    Jeepers, with that kind of money you’d think the Kochs would just tell their servants to buy Wisconsin outright, evict everyone, and put a fence around it. “Mine! All mine!”

    We live in interesting times.

  3. michlib says:

    Actually, I would think the sight of Gubnah Walker on his knees would
    be familiar to Chuck and Dave by now. They probably wouldn’t recognize him standing upright.

  4. loretta says:

    Kind of like New Orleans after Katrina – trying to turn it into a white yuppie noveaux-riche city for the haves.

    Detroit would be cheap real estate.

    Even we in Cleveland call it De-Troilet.

  5. loretta says:

    Off – topic, but related to the rich/poor issue, I cannot understand why Romney would want to be Prez. Is this some religious thing he’s not telling us? Is he being underwritten and led by mormon leadership? Is this some revenge for what happened to Joseph Smith? Seriously. Why would a guy with a house in La Jolla (have you ever been to La Jolla? Jesus Key-rist it’s one of the most beautiful places in the USA, to me), and with more money than he can spend in two lifetimes, someone heading into his golden years, time to travel the world, kick back on his yacht, play with his grandkids, enjoy life….not be in the Situation Room with life and death issues, not living in gawd-awful Washington DC or that leaky monstrosity The White House, having to read 10,000 pages of boring briefs everyday, never having privacy or peace. What a horrible job for someone like him.

    Now, with Obama, he’s a much younger guy, even if he serves 2 terms he’ll still be in his 50s when he can tour as a speaker or get a sinecure at Harvard or move to fking La Jolla, for that matter. He moved from a cold, urban, half-slum community in Chicago to nicer digs in Washington. He never had any real money until his books sold a few million copies. He really had nothing to lose.

    But Mitt? It mystifies me.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Me, too. I wouldn’t rule out the Mormon thing, but when you toss in the father’s thwarted dream of being President, there could be that in play, too. Further, since Mormons are big strivers and Mitt seems no exception, an inability to relax might be part of it, too. All the beauty of San Clemente didn’t make Nixon’s twilight years any less bitter.
      Yes, I have been to La Jolla, and I’d like to retire there. Tomorrow.
      But I’m normal.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, I have been to La Jolla, and I’d like to retire there. Tomorrow.

        I’m in. Let’s get 3-4 like-minded late-boomers together and retire there in an artist’s colony. Maybe if we pool our resources, we can all afford it!