From Wisconsin’s Department of Unmitigated Gall


I received a charming little missive in my inbox today from none other than our illustrious guv himself:

E-update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. In an effort to improve communication, periodically I will be sending out an e-update to provide you with more information about what is going on in state government.

The e-mail smells like a pathetic effort at damage control. Um, guv? Kinda late, dontcha think? You have the nerve to send an e-mail bragging about your accomplishments? Yeah, right. All over Wisconsin we feel the weight of your many accomplishments: slashed education funding, rescinded collective bargaining rights, less access to health care, voter disenfranchisement, and 15,000 fewer jobs since July. This is like getting a missive from the devil crowing about how it’s even hotter in hell these days.

Then I stumbled on this statement made to Talking Points Memo by the Wisconsin state GOP communications director, Ben Sparks:

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is committed to ensuring that Wisconsin electors are not disenfranchised during this recall process. The Democrats have shown they are committed to preserving the status quo, where a man is able to sign a recall petition 80 times, and their frivolous attempt to intervene in this lawsuit only reinforces their willingness to force this baseless recall on Wisconsin voters at any cost.

Say what?!? There’s enough unmitigated gall in those two sentences to make your eyes water.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin, the same outfit that brought you voter suppression a la mode, is “committed to ensuring that Wisconsin electors are not disenfranchised”? Whoa. I want to hear Sparks say that to the college students, the working poor, the elderly, and every other disenfranchised voter in Wisconsin.

And which “status quo” do you suppose Sparks is accusing the Democrats of being committed to preserving? I’m guessing he was not thinking of the status quo of state workers having collective bargaining rights. Or the status quo of clean, transparent governance. Or the status quo of Wisconsin’s great public education system. The people of Wisconsin long for a return to that status quo, Mr. Sparks.

But wait! There’s more! The lawsuit Sparks is referring to is the one brought by the Walker campaign and the Wisconsin Republican Party against the Government Accountability Board asking that the GAB eliminate duplicate or false signatures on recall petitions. Because, of course, it’s not enough that the nonpartisan GAB just do its job as clearly stated in state statutes.

This nonsensical lawsuit actually claims that the guv’s “constitutional rights are being violated by the state’s petition review process.” And Sparks calls the organizers’ request to be involved in the judicial process “frivolous”? Really?

In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Jeremy Levinson, the attorney for the recall organizers, said, “It’s the first time I’m aware of a recall-related lawsuit where only the official who is being targeted for recall gets to be a party, and the folks who are working to recall that official are shut out of the process.” Apparently its frivolous for all the players to ask for a seat at the table.

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And who is Sparks to talk about the “willingness to force” anything “on Wisconsin voters at any cost”? This from the people who used every dirty trick in the book to cram their loathsome “budget bill” down the throats of the people of Wisconsin, who repeatedly refused to listen in spite of unprecedented protests and vehement objections. The people of Wisconsin wouldn’t have had any chance to make themselves heard had it not been for the fourteen Democratic state senators who fled the state in February.

Finally, only someone who has never listened to anything the people of Wisconsin have been saying for the last eleven months would refer to the Walker recall as “baseless.”


  14 comments for “From Wisconsin’s Department of Unmitigated Gall

    December 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    well, i got 10 of for every email i sent to the man….and a great pleasure of dumping them all into the trash can. I quit sending him emails after all I ever got were canned auto repsonses and never anything else. What an out of touch asscrack

    • December 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Ten of them?!?!! You’re the first I’ve heard to have received multiple copies. Lucky you!

    • January 1, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Oh man! I hadn’t paused to consider that he would just auto-send without eliminating duplicates. The cluelessness of Walker’s administration – no boundaries. To borrow from Toy Story: From here to infinity!

  2. Kathy
    December 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    • December 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Funny how he seems to have forgotten all about that, idn’t it?

  3. December 31, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Great job, Mary! I see we were equally infuriated by the gall of that “update.” Here’s my own reply to Walker:

    Especially annoying is knowing he’s in California fundraising right now and probably doesn’t even know this went out.

    • December 31, 2011 at 2:36 am

      I swear everything that man and his cronies do is infuriating. Very cathartic to call them on their crap in a blog post. Well done to you too, Heather! Not surprising that we’re on the same wavelength!

    • December 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Seeing much love for your piece, Heather!!! Great job as always.

  4. Mary
    December 31, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I got the Walker email today too. I scrolled to the bottom, clicked the unsubscribe link, entered unsubscribe in the subject line and put Recall Walker in the message box. I cannot believe the “Unmitigated Gall” of the Governor, Sparks and the Republican in Wisconsin.

    • December 31, 2011 at 2:28 am

      What a totally rockin’ thing to do! Why waste an e-mail to the guv’s office, eh? Brilliant! I would have unsubscribed as well, but I love writing scathing stuff about him. Sometimes it’s like Walker & Co. do me the favor of writing the blog posts for me….

      • December 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        Lovely job on that post, Mary. There is a certain satisfaction in spitting out “unmitigated gall”. Thanks for reviving that phrase! Perfect.

        • December 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

          Thanks so much, blue! Here’s to a rollickin’ recall in 2012!

          • January 8, 2012 at 6:09 am

            thanks worley, and let’s get the fitz’s while were at it

          • January 8, 2012 at 6:11 am

            You’re welcome, Jim! Yes, indeed, let’s do get the fitzes. Wisconsin deserves oh-so-much better!

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