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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:17 AM

Wisconsin Update, the plot thickens~

Does Van Hollen Want To Be Governor?
Last night, I wrote about the panic setting in amongst the Walker supporters. The extremists are desperate enough to attack the integrity of the Walkergate investigation and of the fine people that work in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

They even went so far as to say that Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen should step in and take over the investigation for no reason than other than they don't know how to deal with the fact that things don't look good for Scott Walker.

Van Hollen chose not to get involved and issued a quick response saying as much.

But the reasons for Van Hollen's refusal weren't clear, as I pointed out:

According to Van Hollen, he states he doesn't have the authority to take a case away from an elected county district attorney. But that is pretty much what he did with the trial of Rory Kuenzi, a guy from Waupaca County who was suspected of killing another young man in a drunk driving hit and run.

DA Chisolm reports that Van Hollen's department had originally been involved with the Walkergate investigation and helped with the conviction of railroad tycoon William Gardner. Chisolm states that the state pulled out when the investigation started going after Walker's people because Van Hollen represents Walker and did not want to be in embroiled in a conflict of interest.

Lisa Kaiser, of the Shepherd Express, comes up with a number of valid points including being afraid of what will be discovered during the investigation in general and of angering the Republican machine. Kaiser also points out that the case regarding Brian Pierick, who is facing child enticement charges, could be a major embarrassment for Van Hollen. It was Van Hollen's agency that OKed the hiring of Pierick to work with kids.

But there is one reason that I failed to look at.

Is it possible that Van Hollen wants to be governor himself? So much so that he would let Walker be fed to the wolves without raising a finger to stop it?

Think about it.

Van Hollen, per Chisolm, had at one time been involved with the John Doe, and had a chance to see a lot of the evidence they have uncovered up to that time. While he might not be current on all of findings of the Walkergate investigation, he has enough skills as a lawyer and is savvy enough as a politician to know that Walker is in deep trouble.

So Van Hollen claims that he can't get involved and watches Walker go down in cuffs. Along with the dirty politics and low popularity levels of people like the Fitzie boys, the recalls, the overreaching and all the other malfeasance that has been happening, the Republican Party will be in shambles and politically crippled for a long time.

That is, unless a law and order, dyed in the wool Republican like Van Hollen and offers to lead the Republicans out of their downward spiral.

And word has it that Van Hollen is salivating at the thought of being governor.

Not that Van Hollen would have much popularity either, given his own poor track record with the gun law fiasco, defending the illegal gerrymandering and the despicable secrecy, taking part in the war on health care reform and the war on workers.

I do have to admit feeling schadenfreude at the thought of these dishonorable reprobate Republicans turning on each other as they prepare to fall apart completely.

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Pharaoh Apr 2012 OP
a kennedy Apr 2012 #1
Greybnk48 Apr 2012 #2
Oilwellian Apr 2012 #3
Pharaoh Apr 2012 #4
Oilwellian Apr 2012 #5
jsmirman Apr 2012 #6
Pharaoh Apr 2012 #7
jsmirman Apr 2012 #8
midnight Apr 2012 #9

Response to Pharaoh (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:20 AM

1. Very interesting indeed.....

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Response to Pharaoh (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:29 AM

2. I heard something fun the other day.

I think John Nichols wrote about this possibility. There's speculation that a Progressive activist may primary Walker and, if Walker loses, he'd be out of the race before the recall election! We could be rid of him sooner. LOl!

I personally think he will go to prison in the end, and if the Fitzie boys join him I would not be surprised.

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Response to Pharaoh (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:40 AM

3. I did a video during Walker's prime

It is a great comparison of where Wisconsin was a year ago to where they are today. Wisconsinites give me hope.

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:45 AM

4. Great Vid Oilwellian!

Will check and see if we can use it in cognitive dissonances blog!

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Response to Pharaoh (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:14 PM

5. Thanks!

We should never forget that fake phone call between Koch & Walker. It exposed so much about the right wing plan to destroy unions and do the bidding of their corporate masters. The Punk Patriot rant was fabulous as well.

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Response to Pharaoh (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:34 PM

6. Whoa - the "Freedom is Never More Than One Generation" thing they love

to trot out on the right wing is actually tied to Reagan's support for the right to be part of a union and to collective bargaining?

I did not know that. That's simply amazing.


(found a more full clip above)

I'm sure I should have known this, but I did not.

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Response to jsmirman (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:56 PM

7. Especially amazing

If your remember Reagan busted the Air traffic controllers union PATCO.

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Response to Pharaoh (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:02 PM

8. I do remember that

come to think of it. I was young, but old enough to remember.

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Response to Pharaoh (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:42 PM

9. Interesting. When the prosecutor asked Van Hollen to help-he said no because he works for Walker?

I thought he worked for the citizen's of Wisconsin?

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