WISCONSIN: DID PREP SPORTS DELIVER A BEAT-DOWN TO ALEC? In the same manner that Paul Ryan was seen as a great guy until he was finally identified by the "angry white male" as the "guy who wants to take away my ObamaCare" (see post below), the Wisconsin GOP has had an incredible run of luck for six years now, unseating Democrat after Democrat as well as most Republicans who weren't far enough to the right for them (i.e. didn't take their orders from ALEC and/or Americans for Prosperity cough cough DALE SCHULTZ). But in what I refer to as the "Don't-Take-Away-My-Tigers Syndrome," lately more and more has been heard from rubus Wisconsinus along the lines of, "Sure I hate teachers an' them, but for crying out loud, don't take away our Tigers." It never occurred to these smart guys (and gals) that seeing their local public school get boarded up for lack of funding--an ever-looming possibility in the state's smaller school districts as Commandant Scott Walker proceeds gleefully with his ALEC-boilerplate plans, starving public schools to death while steering taxpayer funding toward predominantly "Christian"* voucher schools--means that their beloved Tiger teams are going the way of the dinosaur, never to return. And as anyone who has spent any time at all in rural Wisconsin can tell you, prep sports are everything. If Johnny and Susie don't get a real great education in their local public school, well, that's too bad, but it can be blamed on those no-account lazy teachers and what matters more is that Gub'ner Walker is giving those pointy heads what-for. But if Johnny and Susie don't get a chance to play for the Tigers? THAT, friends, is a national fucking tragedy and the howls will be heard as far away as West Palm Beach.
Walker, who is almost certainly going to seek a third term as Commandant, has felt enough elbows from his "constichents" to realize that shuttering public schools in rural Wisconsin is making him wildly unpopular (if only because Johnny and Susie will never play for the Tigers). To that end, he has lost his mind and done the ultimate--proposing a token increase in public school funding. I can't even imagine the shrieks of outrage that this modest proposal must have engendered from Walker's money machine in the voucher-school lobby (another fully-funded Koch entity--remember, part of the Koch platform is that they want to decide who does and does not get a functional education in America).
So, to that end, ALEC errand boy Lowell Holtz was trounced by veteran educator (and incumbent) Tony Evers in Wisconsin's race for Superintendent of Public Instruction... to the tune of 70%-30%. "Liberal" victories in Wisconsin have been unknown since 2011, because the Koch network has dumped so many millions of dollars into GOP candidates (or, because as many Wisconsin voters believe, our elections have been hacked). But obviously Holtz, who blames Evers' superior funding for his loss, was left twisting in the wind by the ALEC/Koch machine, probably because Walker insisted on going off-script to save his own job. If a public-schools champion really and truly and in true life managed to raise more money for his campaign than the voucher-schools candidate, that can only mean that Wisconsinites (if left to their own devices) will overwhelmingly go after the guy who wants to take away their public schools.
I'm not kidding myself, though. Education had nothing to do with it. It was prep sports.
But hey, at this point, I'll take any victory I can get.
*Adherents of the WiGOP's inverted brand of Christianity: "Call me Robbin' Hood. I robs from the poor and I gives to the rich. HAW HAW HAW!"
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