Thursdays are always a conundrum; not close enough to the weekend to justify going all out, but not close enough to the beginning of the week to feel like hunkering down and nesting. But if you're Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, you solved this week's Thursday Problem by spending the day signing a truly shitty quartet of bills into law and then trying to walk away whistling with your hands in your pockets like we wouldn't notice.
Determined to turn Wisconsin into a colder, milk-producing Arizona, Tea Party puppet Walker signed four new bills into law on Thursday, but didn't announce that they'd been signed until today as we're headed into a nice mind-erasing weekend. Senate Bill 202 repeals Wisconsin's equal pay law, effectively making it more difficult and expensive to women who are being discriminated against by their employers to file suit against them. Senate Bill 237 repeals the state's comprehensive sex education law, replacing it with a curriculum that stresses abstinence over medically accurate information about, uh, sex. Senate Bill 306 further restricts abortion and adds criminal penalties to doctors in the state. And Senate Bill 92 bans private insurance coverage of abortion (government interference in private business? So much for that whole "let businesses be free to do whatever they want so help me God bless America capitalism Adam Smith no regulations" mantra of the Tea Party.)
To add insult to injury, Walker didn't even have the balls to back up the move with a public appearance, or even a public statement on the matter. In fact, no one from his office has commented.
Walker's stint as Governor has been characterized by widespread unpopularity, a huge-ass protest that lasted for several days last winter, and calls for his removal from office. A recent campaign to launch a recall election against him was successful, garnering nearly twice the number of required signatures necessary. On June 5th, the kindly but enraged hoards of voters in the state will decide his political fate.
And now, his fuckery is playing in the Presidential election, as just this side of a week ago, Romney was gladhanding his way through America's Dairyland, complimenting Walker on his leadership and calling him a hero. The Obama campaign has called on Romney to comment on this latest move, which puts Romney in an awkward position: does he say he supports Walker and further paint himself as a He Man Woman Hater who wants to roll back equal pay and meddle in private insurance? Or does he repudiate Walker and alienate an important Midwestern ally?
It must be nice to be a Democratic strategist these days. You just sit back and wait for a Republican to do something really awful, and then write a press release that essentially reads, "OMG, read about this fucking awful thing? Messed up, right? Vote for Not This Guy."