Now that Wisconsin isn't collapsing, and in fact is seeing a dramatic economic improvement, it's somehow no longer Hosni Mubarak's Egypt, and the liberal networks have pretty much stayed away. But Schultz keeps pounding away in a panic, lamenting that not only is Walker "the worst governor in the country," but that those evil Republicans and their capitalist funders, like the Koch brothers, are "trying to make it so Barack Obama doesn't get re-elected and no Democrat ever will be elected into the White House." Schultz warned, "There'll never be a Democratic president in our lifetime again. And when I say in our lifetime, I'm talking about a long, long, long, long, long time."
Scare tactics, anyone? This guy is to talk radio what the Bill Moyers "daisy ad" was to political advertising.
Schultz will go to any minuscule point to beat up on Walker. One of my favorites is discussing Walker's selections for art in his home. Schultz was all over this scandal-ette: "He reportedly has removed a portrait of low-income children from the governor's mansion. And he's replaced it with a picture of a bald eagle." Mayday! Mayday!
Naturally, Schultz turned to one of his favorite leftist guests, Madison writer John Nichols of The Nation magazine. Nichols claimed the Walkers "made it quite clear to the staff that they didn't want this picture of these kids from Milwaukee in a prominent place in the mansion." Why? Nichols claimed "a lot of other folks have asked why doesn't this governor want to have pictures of low-income kids in the governor's mansion? Is it because his budget and his policies are doing so much damage to kids like that?"
Last year, when the Democrats failed to retake the state Senate in recall elections, Schultz didn't wait until the returns were final on election night before he hailed several times how Democrats were "brilliant at the basics" of turning out their voters. This time, one hopes Schultz knows that his side is doomed. The predictors at the website Intrade are giving Walker a 95.9 percent chance of victory.
Schultz is already scheduled to join Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as a sour-grapes speaker at the Wisconsin Democratic Convention on June 8, just as he spoke to a House Democrat retreat in Maryland in January.
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