Not much time for a post, but this needs airing (and it does seem to be getting one)
At a couple of places, notably LGM and Baloon Juice as well as Mock, Paper, Scissors, posters and commenters have been occasionally discussing the 2016 Goat Rodeo. There has been angst about Scott Walker as the mainstream powerhouse, especially now that Christie is Dead Gov Walking.
I have tried to calm the Chicken Littles; from my vantage point, there has always been a lot of baggage and petty acts that will not play well on the national stage, I have always felt that once the high-power magnification of presidential media circuses would expose him as the vindictive and rather stupid tinpot dictator and rich man’s puppet he is.
And here we go.
During his tenure at County Executive and his campaign for governor, his staff created a second, isolated email system (akin to the proverbial ‘second set of books’ in accounting) for campaign communications, as well as County communications that were less than upright.
For instance, they used it when discussing damage control for the teenagers death when a county parking garage failed and a part fell on him, and the insultingly callous way they discussed the negligent starvation death of a Mental Hospital patient.
He always claimed this happened without his knowledge, and in the first John Doe investigation, Kelly Rindfleisch was relocated to the House of Many Doors (h/t driftglass). Many of us, though, were disappointed and a bit surprised when that investigation shut down without tagging Turdwaffle. In Wisconsin, a John Doe investigation is akin to a Grand Jury; and after the recall, a John Doe 2 was started.
Well, this week saw the release of thousands of emails from that first investigation, and now we can see why it went this way. The scope of the first JD was not extensive enough to investigate the extent of the corruption, and to reach all the malefactors, some of which are likely to be out-of-state. Also, they were able to re-configure the judges, so that it was more evenly bi-partisan.
The emails directly link Turdwaffle to the felonious second email system, making him a liar and a stupid one. wisconsin may have some deep red pockets, and the Koch Brothers have made it acceptable for corruption and bought politicians to be acceptable here, but the strong German heritage here is not kind to big fucking liars.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, and Charlie Pierce (among others!) have all been on this. There’s blood in the water, and the bigs have smelled it. It’s not even a question whether Turdwaffle can maintain his viability in the Goat Rodeo or the next Gubernatorial election; it’s now whether he can even ride out his current term, and whether he can avoid tenancy in the House Of Many Doors.