Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 23, 2020
For Wisconsinites forced to suffer through the left’s political temper tantrum in 2011, Thursday’s walkout by the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee might feel like a bit of deja vu.
Committee Republicans voted 12-0 to approve Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The committee’s 10 Dems didn’t show up. They held a press conference to bitch and moan about how unfair Republicans are in moving ahead with Barrett’s confirmation vote during a presidential election year.
What Democrats provided in overly dramatic political theater they utterly lacked in parliamentary success. Barrett’s confirmation vote, which would give Supreme Court conservatives a safer majority, is now headed to the full Senate for a vote. The vote, according to Republican leadership, could come as soon as Monday.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it was “surreal” to vote without the Democrats.
Of course, Wisconsin has seen this movie before.
In February 2011, Dem state senators actually fled the Badger State in an unsuccessful attempt to forestall passage of then-Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation reforming Wisconsin’s public sector employee unions laws. The senators — viewed as heroes by Big Labor, liberal groups and the left-laden mainstream media that cheered them on — absconded to Illinois.
They hid out like gangsters on the lamb, refusing to tell Republican leadership or the press where they were.
“The plan is to try and slow this down, because it’s an extreme piece of legislation that’s tearing this state apart,” Dem state Sen. Jon Erpenbach said at the time.
Act 10, as the bill — now law — is known, was only extreme to public sector labor groups that saw their outsized power over school districts and local and state governments coming to an end. To taxpayers, Act 10 has been a big success, saving them billions of dollars.
Wisconsin Democrats had as much success with their temper tantrum as U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members had Thursday.
Watch U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) call the vote advancing Judge Barrett’s nomination.