MADISON, Wis. – Just as conservative targets seem to have John Doe prosecutors backs against in a critical First Amendment test, it appears Gov. Scott Walker and his legal counsel want to play “Let’s Make A Deal.”

Steven Biskupic, who represents the governor’s campaign, “has been negotiating with Wisconsin special prosecutor Francis Schmitz to settle the state’s investigation,” according to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published Tuesday evening.

Word of the governor’s overtures for a settlement is not sitting well with conservatives who have had their lives transformed “into a living hell” by the nearly three-year secret investigation, which has featured pre-dawn raids and the confiscation of professional and personal items.