OF RECALLS AND ARRESTS: The Republicans are clearly confused | WisCommunity

OF RECALLS AND ARRESTS: The Republicans are clearly confused

State Senate Majordomo Scott (two scotts are better than one!) Fitzgerald insists that Democratic state senators can be arrested or otherwise punished by mere vote of the Senate -- a claim that the state's courts might find interesting. After all, Fitzgerald says, the Democrats are guilty of something; not quite sure of the what, but  sure about the feeling.

Never mind that the state constitution prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they're suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace. Maybe Scotty Fitz thinks that means when the Senate is not in session, the Democrats can be arrested for trangressions committed with the Senate when it was in session.

Who knows? Logic was never this particular orator's strong suit.

And here's the supreme irony in all of this. While Fitzgerald blusters about arresting Democrats for refusing to shut up and sit down, other Republicans are busy arguing that the recall elections that will in all likelihood be taking place in weeks are inappropriate. Why? Well, because, according to more than one Republican, recalls shouldn't be used except in the case of a legislator who commits a felony or other punishable crime.

So there you have the evolving Republican logic train: No recalls of Republicans because that would be over the top, but go ahead and recall Democrats, who in GOP Think committed criminal offenses by refusing to let the GOP majority run roughshod over democracy. And just to make sure the public understands all this, we'll try to arrest them before the recalls.

Or something.


March 12, 2011 - 1:46pm