Being a Republican, Scott Walker could try to make a dime out of his latest gambit to downplay the rabble occupying his Capitol building, but then Hosni Mubarak would ask for royalties.
Seriously, the point is not that anyone will sic secret police on the AFL-CIO. The point is that stupid people with power react to popular resistance in a limited number of ways. Smart ones co-opt credible opposition groups with tit-for-tat patronage and play the opposition against each other, like Walker tried to do when he exempted emergency workers and police. Mediocre leaders blame everything on some outside boogeyman. Awful ones strap a bomb to their chest, metaphorically speaking, and threaten to take out as many people as possible if can’t have their way. Normally that happens just before they lose.