Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from becoming the nation's first governor to survive a recall election, wants to go about mending Wisconsin's political divide in an egalitarian way: over brats and beer.
Walker defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday for the second time in year and a half, turning back a recall effort that began with the collection of more than 900,000 signatures seeking his ouster. It was only the third gubernatorial recall in U.S. history.
Walker planned to invite all members of the Legislature to meet as soon as next week over burgers, brats and "maybe a little bit of good Wisconsin beer."
"The first step is just bringing people together and figuring out some way if we can thaw the ice," he said.
Democrats, including Barrett, pledged to work together too. But the wounds are deep following the rancor of the recall, which was spurred by Walker's surprise proposal to go after public employee unions.
"It is up to all of us, their side and our side, to listen. To listen to each other," Barrett said.
State Rep. Peter Barca, Democratic minority leader in the Assembly, said healing Wisconsin won't be easy.
"I hope Gov. Walker understands and stays true to his pledge to build consensus and be more inclusive going forward," Barca said..
Seriously? Rep. Barca thinks the Governor needs to build consensus, and the DEMOCRATS are going to 'force' him into it? If they were about consensus, then WHY did they just cost the state money on a recall election?! Why did they fight him tooth and nail for the last 18 months? Why have they repeatedly said he's delusional and ignored the numbers getting better in the state?
Personally I think he ought to kick them to the curb. Or at a minimum, keep making the point, that the Democrats caused the budget shortfalls, and tthey fought him to continue making big government even bigger in Wisconsin.
Here's hoping he breaks it off in their...vestibule.