Madison is a a city of multiple lovely lakes. Scott Walker happens to enjoy access to the state’s own “Governor’s Mansion” at the edge of Lake Mendota in the village of Maple Bluff, which I just so happen to live quite close to. Which makes me nothing special. Thousands of people live on the East side of Madison, which some of us lovingly call “The Commie Quarter”. Thus, thousands of left-leaning people live within a stone’s throw of one of the nation’s most right-leaning reactionaries and his wife and sons in their temporary quarters . And thousands have access to the edge of the mansion both by land via a sidewalk, and by water via Lake Mendota.
So when it leaked out Friday that Tonette, Walker’s wife, was to host a garden party on Saturday, some of Walker’s neighbors could not resist the temptation to float by and say “RECALL!”. We’re not the usual kickin-back-with-a-can-o-beer-and-some-Creedence-Clearwater-Revival types. Or at least we aren’t anymore (nothing against Creedance by the way. I happen to love that stuff.)
What did it amount to? Nine people, 2 kayaks, 2 canoes, 1 paddle boat, a huge Recall Walker message to the assembled Republicans, and a great time. I hope the flotilla also conveys the message that Wisconsin protesters never rest, we will protest you at the drop of a hat, and we are creative, fun people. It was so fun, we’re going to do it weekly! – Sign up at A Summer Full of #wiflotilla on facebook.
Details from the float: The Republicans assembled have the same JcPenneys clothes and haircuts you’ve seen at the golf course. What I heard of their music carried a safe blues base line. Eyeballing the visible crowd I’d say 1,000 people. No swear words or insults were exchanged. One woman looked at us from the shore with binoculars and small groups came to the end of the dock and took photos of us and waved.
A black helicopter flew over us. Yes…REALLY. That I didn’t expect. The Dane County Sheriff boat checked out the assembled at least once, but that’s to be expected. The waterways of Wisconsin are patrolled by various Wisconsin local police units every 4th of July weekend to watch out for inebriated and dangerous boaters.
On our way back to Burrows Park 1 man lounging on his dock yelled at us to “Get to work!” after Katy said “Recall Walker!” I may have shot him a swear word. Ironically, Arthur had worked that same weekend day.
Special credit and thanks go to Arthur, the man behind the facebook page Shit Scott Walker is Doing to My State. He’s the guy who carried this from start to finish. Also, Katy and Jim brought the huge Recall Walker sign. It’s even waterproof. You can buy one at United Wisconsin.