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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Recall for thee, but not for me

Scott Walker, Governor, is against recalling office-holders.
Scott Walker, candidate for Governor, was all for recalling office-holders.

John Nichols, writing in The Nation:

Walker was elected Milwaukee County Executive in a 2002 recall election.

In 2010, when he was running for governor, he hailed the process as democracy in action.

"You know the folks that were angry about this started a recall and they were told they needed to collect 73,000 signatures in sixty days," said Walker. "Well, not hundreds, not thousands, but tens of thousands of ordinary people did an extraordinary thing. They stood up and took their government back. In less than thirty days they collected more than 150,000 signatures. It was at that moment I realized the real emotion on display in my county wasn't just about anger. You see, if it had been about anger, it would have been about people checking out and moving out or giving up. But instead what happened was really amazing. You saw people standing up shoulder to shoulder, neighbor to neighbor and saying we want our government back. And in doing so the real emotion on display was about hope. Today I see a lot of the same emotions on display here in Wisconsin and all across our great country. Obviously, there are a lot of reasons to be angry."

Once again, not hundreds, not thousands but tens of thousands of ordinary people are doing an extraordinary thing in Wisconsin. They are standing up and trying to take their government back.

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