Speaking of outside agitators, Governor Walker…
So, I was watching Moammar Gadhaffi in an interview aired yesterday and he was blaming outsiders – Al Quaida, specifically – for fomenting an uprising in his country. His people love him, he assures the interviewer. (Pay no attention to the machine guns strafing the crowds or the fact that city after city has been taken over by his opposition in an unrelenting march toward Tripoli.)
Mubarek also blamed outside agitators during his downfall in Egypt, so those outside agitators seem to be a popular target for uncompromising leaders. Here’s something from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as the Isthmus reported on his “fireside chat” last week:
‘As for the protesters, (Walker) denied their legitimacy by painting them as, increasingly, outsiders “from Nevada, Chicago and elsewhere.” “This is a decision that Wisconsin will make,” he said.’
That’s kind of interesting, considering that the guv doesn’t seem to have any problem with Tim Phillips, a Washington DC fellow who runs Koch-founded and funded Americans for Prosperity, carrying increasing amounts of water for him in the media. That includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising, which is a lot of money to have to spend on a fellow who just won his election – (one for which the Koch boys poured in plenty.) Phillips told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that AFP had already spent more the $400,000 since the brouhaha over Walker’s “budget repair” bill began less than three weeks ago.
To tell you the truth, Phillips is a lot more lucid than Walker is when it comes to explaining his motives and he provides more insight into what Walker is doing than Walker does, too. Like Phillips, the Koch brothers don’t live here, either. As for decisions that Wisconsin will make, the polls are already showing a huge amount of buyer’s remorse over Walker’s November win. The most current Public Policy Polling result shows Walker would lose a re-match today by an estimated 7-point margin and no amount of gerrymandering by the Fitzgerald Brothers in the coming months is going to help that problem.