Wisconsin Republicans are trying an awful new tack in scuttling the recall effort for Gov. Scott Walker: having Lt Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (who would also be recalled under the petition) shame the state into inaction with a thinly veiled threat ad that the cost of a special recall election will have to be taken out of money for “teachers or health care for the poor, or school books for your kids.”
“There might be a day when someone asks you for your signature,” Kleefisch says in an ad released Wednesday. “Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K. with spending $7.7 million on another recall election, 7.7 million that may already be allocated to merit raises for teachers or health care for the poor, or school books for your kids.”
“Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K. with taking money away from those things and spending it on another special election,” she continues.
“Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K with spending more months, and more millions, on political campaign ads. Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K with the government taking more of your money to spend on other special elections.”
Yes, sure would be a damn shame if something happened to your nice state here if you dared to have this recall election, Wisconsin. We wouldn’t want to have to cut teacher’s salaries or health care for the poor or school funds in order to pay for your little dirty effing hippie populist tantrum, would we? That would be awful if that happened, so if you would just keep your mouths shut, nobody gets hurt, capiche?
What a lovely little hustle there, bringing in Kleefisch to beg those awful extremist Democrats not to force Republicans to make more cuts to pay for the special recall elections, not to mention giving the Tea Party in that state an excuse to play the “Why do you hippies hate Wisconsin schools?” shame card, all while barely cloaked as an advocacy ad that’s not officially a statement from her office but sure looks like one.
You couldn’t ask for a better zero-sum extortion racket from the one percent. Keep your head down and nobody gets hurt, plebes…or we make more cuts that will hurt you, not us.
What are you going to do about it, Wisconsin?