“Q. I’m fleeing the state to avoid my elected duties. What should I pack?”
At the Tatler, David Steinberg replies:
The Wisconsin Dems spring break appeared much more spontaneous, but you just know an email like this with a pithy signoff (“Stay strong!”) circulated amongst the Indiana Dems last night.
I’m looking into how quickly I could FOIA their state email accounts, because I feel a patriotic duty to uncover any material with the potential to entertain American taxpayers, and because I’m fascinated by this phenomenon as none other. I want to know the inner machinations — what drives these nitwits to think this is a real stand-up move? Do they think there is career advancement in politics after this?
Seriously! How can the guy who fled the state — FLED THE STATE — to avoid losing a vote survive a debate or an attack commercial next election? Does he really think statewide office might still be in his future?
Will he be sipping brandy in twenty years, pondering his freshman legislator photo: “It was the right thing to do, son. They had the votes … ”?
Absolutely. It’s a just a matter of who will be paying for his Remy. Or as this patented Small Dead Animals juxtaposition highlights:
In an amusing exchange in the comments to J.P. Friere’s article at the Washington Examiner about the Wisconsin impasse, someone named “Holyshiiite” wrote reprovingly,
“Union members ARE taxpayers, you freakin’ idiots.”
“Sistersuzey” deftly clarified the matter:
“They are payed with our tax dollars in the first place, so the taxes they pay are payed with our tax dollars. So basically we are paying their taxes for them.”
No wonder “Paul Krugman wants a check on the power of Big Taxpayer,” as John Sexton writes at Hot Air.
Incidentally, I disagree slightly with this suggestion from David’s post at the Tatler, though:
If it was me, I would pack a lot of cash, dark sunglasses, and an Applebee’s gift card.
Applebee’s? I thought the Tilted Kilt was the preferred hideout of choice among the savvy liberals on the lam; if only because of the tasteful outfits in which their waitresses female serving staff are clad. They’re certainly NOW-approved, right?
Update: “State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session,” a Wisconsin Fox affiliate reports. “The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday.”
In contrast, as Drew M. Writes at Ace of Spades, I guess Mitch Daniels of Indiana “really doesn’t want to run for the GOP nomination.”