Friday, February 25, 2011

The Two Faces of Democrats

On the NewsAlert blog I saw two linked stories that were very close together in space but worlds apart in meaning.

The first story dealt with the Wisconsin legislature and the collective bargaining issue. I've added the boldface in both:

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

The vote ended three straight days of punishing debate in the Assembly. But the political standoff over the bill — and the monumental protests at the state Capitol against it — appear far from over.

The Assembly's vote sent the bill on to the Senate, but minority Democrats in that house have fled to Illinois to prevent a vote and say they won't return unless Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to discuss a compromise. Republicans who control the Senate sent state troopers out looking for them at their homes on Thursday, but they turned up nothing.

"This kind of solidifies our resolve," Democratic Sen. Chris Larson said Friday after the Assembly vote. "If we come back, they're going to ram this through without us having a say."
Three stories below that is one about a meeting of governors at the White House:

President Obama and Vice President Biden will welcome governors to a private meeting at the White House on Friday, but only Democrats are invited. They’ll talk about “the ways Washington and the states can work together to grow the economy and create jobs” — maybe even in states run by Republicans?
In the first story, the boldface type is incorrect. Mr. Larson, you'll have a say, you'll just lose the vote. This is very unlike the second situation, wherein Republicans won't have a say, or a vote, at all.

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