Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

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Cartoon(s) of the Week – Who’s to Blame?

Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Things are the same all over…

– and –

Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

…but it’s good to know who to blame…

– and –

Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

… and wouldn’t you know it was those evil teachers destroying our economy…

– and –

Tony Auth in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

but it is all who you believe…..

And here are some notes from Democracy For America…

This, of course, is being sent out with a fundraising request from DFA:

The Wall Street Journal reports — “Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous that three Republican state senators may defect on the collective-bargaining reform vote.”

NBC news in Wisconsin reports — “four moderate Republicans are wavering and could break with the GOP and vote against Walker’s budget repair bill.”

And Talking Points Memo reports on a brand new poll by a Republican leaning pollster — “Rasmussen Poll: Almost Six In Ten Wisconsin Voters Disapprove Of Gov. Walker.”

Keep up the good work folks… Act Blue is collecting
their donations, I guess.

Even Conservative Pollsters are showing problems for Walker in Wisconsin…

Up in Wisconsin, Scott Walker is sticking to his guns of not compromising on dealing with the unions, he’s putting up obstacles to getting into the capitol building, he’s threatening layoffs of teachers and more.

Perhaps he ought to take a closer look at the situation he’s creating. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), a conservative think tank, came out with a new poll and it seems that about two-thirds of Wisconsinites are turning away from him… and 80% think they’ll be voting in the next election. It should be noted that WPRI has also been very supportive of Walker publicly and has been against the protesters in their policy releases.

Some standout poll views:

Q10. Scott Walker
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 28
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 15
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 12
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 41
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 4

Q11a. Public Employees [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 39
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 28
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 15
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 10
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 7

Q11b. Public Employee Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 35
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 24
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 13
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 21
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 7

Q12a. Teachers [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 45
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 25
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 16
Strongly unfavorable………………………………………. 9
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 5

Q12b. Teachers’ Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 37
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 22
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 12
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 24
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4

…and all this comes with a view of how Scott Walker’s Administration is being viewed:

Q9. Overall, do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the way Scott Walker is handling his job as Governor of Wisconsin?
Strongly approve………………………………………….. 29
Somewhat approve……………………………………….. 14
Somewhat disapprove ……………………………………. 8
Strongly disapprove ……………………………………… 45
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4

This week coming up Walker says people will be getting actual pink slips… it has been hard to tell bluffs from actualities here, but the protests are getting stronger and we’re entering the third week of growing complaints against Walker and support for teachers and unions.

I’ll tell you what I find reassuring… when I was driving home from my day-long EEG test yesterday I was listening to “What do you know?” on public radio and the host was talking to a 15-year-old girl in an interview. When asking her what she wanted to be, she said “A teacher”… he asked “Even after all that has happened?”  And her response was “Oh, yes.”

Notice she didn’t want to be Governor.