There was a remarkable exchange yesterday morning between conservative talk-radio host Vicki McKenna of WISN and Republican senator Glenn Grothman. Sen. Grothman was the senator who was captured on video on March 1 being attacked by progressive thugs.
Sen. Grothman went on Vicki’s show just as it was becoming apparent to both of them that the hardball strategy being pursued by the fugitive “Badger 14” senators and their national progressive allies was rapidly becoming an existential threat to the ability of the Republicans to use their electoral mandate to end the threat to Wisconsin posed by the power of public employee unionization which has grown unchecked for decades.
The problem, as they discussed in detail, was that that if the Republicans did not find a way to quickly enact into law the budget-repair bill’s restrictions on collective bargaining, without the participation of the “Badger 14” senators, the progressives might in the next several months, through a multi-million dollar recall campaign coupled with the continued exile of the “Badger 14,” recall enough Republican senators to regain control of the Senate and thereby block collective bargaining reforms from ever being made.
Within hours of this exchange, the Senate Republicans moved forward to push through the collective bargaining reforms and head off the threat discussed by Vicki and Sen. Grothman. Their conversation provides a contemporaneous record of the perceived stakes in the political battle that had been raging for several weeks and provides a clear rationale for the decisive action which was taken shortly thereafter.
Here is the first part of their exchange, in which they discuss the progressives’ apparent plot to derail the results of the 2010 election, and in which Sen. Grothman states (at 7:15) that this is “literally a battle for the future of the state, and maybe for the future of the country,”and that (at 9:45) the question is whether the public employee unions “run the State of Wisconsin”:
Here is the second part of their exchange, toward the end of which (at 13:15) Vicki talks about the “existential battle” now raging for the future of Wisconsin:
Here is a third clip from the show, with Vicki’s final thoughts on this topic expressed during a conversation with a caller; she adopts the memorable phrase used by a caller in concluding (at 1:25) that if the battle is lost, “Wisconsin won’t exist; it will simply be a territory controlled by union thugs”:
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