I couldn’t even try to go to Scott Walker’s private inauguration today or protest outside. I was helping my son with a car problem! Oh well. I’ll have to see what the other bloggers put out there for us.
The blog Caffeinated Politics let me know that the public was locked out of Wisconsin’s capitol building with the doors guarded by police while Scott Jensen, “the former Republican Speaker of the State Assembly who had to seek a plea deal so not to face another trial and possible prison time, sat proudly in a chair for the inauguration”
A quick look back at the inauguration of Doyle shows he did allow the public into the capitol ceremony.
I didn’t catch an official explanation for the lock-out. Did somebody freak Walker out by slipping him this description of Andrew Jackson’s 1829 inauguration?:
“Many poor people came to the inaugural ball in their homemade clothes. The crowd became so large that Jackson’s guards could not hold them out of the White House. The White House became so crowded with people that dishes and decorative pieces in the White House began to break. Some people stood on good chairs in muddied boots just to get a look at the President. The crowd had become so wild that the attendants poured punch in tubs and put it on the White House lawn to lure people out of the White House.”
What kind of inspiring words came from Scott Walker?:
Under our administration, state government will do only what is necessary – no more, no less.– Gov. Scott Walker’s inaugural address.
Just enough to get by, in other words. Pretty inspiring. Back in school, my teachers always called that “not working up to ability.” from UppityWis.org
How many people protested the private inauguration?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported “Outside, dozens of protesters walked around the Capitol” *shaking my head* Dozens??
I spent some time laboring over a flat tire in the cold and wind today. I have a lot of respect for anybody who gets off their duff to make their voice heard outside on a January morning. Saying “dozens” could be an isolated error. But with what I’ve seen from the M.J.S. through 2010 …I’m somebody who notices the MJS under-reporting every Left of Center action in the state.
and The Daily Reporter said” hundreds of people rallied outside in the cold demanding work for themselves and their neighbors.”
Conservative think tank MacIver Institute: “We have the vote and we can recall,” shouted one speaker to a crowd of approximately 300 outside the Capitol’s West Wing Monday morning.