Emily Badger at the New York Times is reporting on the controversy surrounding legislation being pushed by Republicans in a lame duck session in Wisconsin.
She highlighted the main argument being made by the Republicans, “State legislators are the closest to those we represent,” Scott Fitzgerald, the majority leader in the Wisconsin Senate, said in a statement after Republicans voted on the changes before dawn on Wednesday. They’re the ones who hold town hall meetings, who listen directly to constituents across the state. Legislators should stand, he said, “on equal footing with an incoming administration that is based almost solely in Madison.” https://nyti.ms/2GahYya
Fitzgerald’s argument was backed up the state’s Speaker of the House, Robin Voss who argued that, “If you took Madison and Milwaukee out of the state election formula, we would have a clear majority.”
This seems like a bizarre argument to make. It’s kind of like arguing your team would have won if not for the second quarter. Yea, but the second quarter happened and that’s why we lost. Instead of understanding why we lost the second quarter the GOP is trying to legislate the quarter out of existence.
Kevin Williamson of the National Review argues this is a mistake. In a new piece he explains why the GOP needs to start making inroads in the cities to ensure its long-term existence, “We didn’t defeat Communism and win 49-state landslides in 1972 and 1984 by hunkering down on Oklahoma hog farms. We did that with a couple of California globalists, one of them a Hollywood union boss who gave his most famous speech in a European capital. Ronald Reagan of Los Angeles won New York and California both in 1984. In 2018, Ted Cruz can’t win the Texas city he lives in.” http://bit.ly/2zQQ3xz
FYI: Noah Rothman at Commentary has a great piece explains the Democrat hysteria of the alleged “coups” in Wisconsin and Michigan are downright ridiculous, “Some have observed that this “power grab” looks a lot like the efforts to curb a Democratic governor’s power that were orchestrated by Republicans in North Carolina two years ago…When the governor’s mansion changed hands in 1972, 1984, and 1988, legislative Democrats were behind the effort to rein in the new Republican governor’s appointment power. “This history does not excuse what North Carolina Republicans have done,” Adler correctly noted. But they failed to recognize that the precedents that Tarheel State Republicans were building upon led to an appalling lack of perspective among garment-rending political commentators… http://bit.ly/2Eb5Z0A
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