The Zealot Martyr of Wisconsin
The national political conventions take center stage and focus shifts away from Wisconsin and the past two years of the struggle for balance, voice, and fairness in a GOP loaded political conclave that included the governor, legislature, and judiciary. Walker “won” the recall by the same over reaching and cheating that permeated every minute of every day since the 2010 election.
As Walker has been applauded as a hero at the Republican Convention and held as a glory boy for fringe conservatives, it is a good day to remember the shoe that is still falling – the John Doe shoe.
The protest will not be remembered
To the surprise of absolutely no one — especially not Walker — he could not shake the protestors even as he traveled to Tampa . Walker appeared with other big-name conservatives at the Tampa Theatre for a Faith and Freedom Coalition event.
Walker told the OTC that his story with protesters can be compared to the relationship between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.
“Remember the Harlem Globetrotters?” he said.
“I do,” OTC said.
“Remember the team called the Washington Generals?” Walker said.
OTC did not.
“That’s the team that nobody remembers,” Walker said. “That’s the traveling team they always beat. Well, the protesters are the Washington Generals.”
So while Paul Ryan’s vice presidential acceptance speech may have brought Walker to tears, don’t expect him crying over protesters anytime soon.
Oh, but perhaps the best is yet to come and the protest will finally overreach Walker’s self proclaimed message of courage – the John Doe shoe is falling.
The breaking news has slowed to a trickle in recent weeks as is the nature of a criminal investigation when litigated through the courts. Yet, the shoe is falling. On that note, just one cut from the Walker speech rang out as worth a listening ear. It was his blurb about the courage of leaders to reform, with an ear for a premonition – call me Ishmael but for the sounding of an Ahab soon to be swallowed by the John Doe whale.
It is difficult to listen to his speech and I put it off as long as I could. Thinking a reader would feel the same, I clipped a short portion of his speech where he casts himself as a martyr.
The John Doe shoe is falling
Some very important days will be arriving soon after months of stall and obstruction. While you are engaged in presidential politics and the conventions, this is a reminder that the clock is ticking…ticking, and before you know it Kathy Rindfleisch’s case will come to trial. followed in November by that of Diane Wink.
The Reindfeisch trial is scheduled.
Judge Hansher ruled that the 2002 immunity deal didn’t apply “if she committed additional crimes in the future.” He denied an earlier, similar motion by Rindfleisch.
She is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 15. Rindfleish immunity denied
Wink’s sentencing was moved to Nov. 21 by Judge Daniel Konkol at the request of Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. Wink’s cooperation is needed in the case of Timothy Russell, another former county official, and also in a Waukesha County case, Landgraf said
Wolff said Wink was eager to complete her case. She has continued working with the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, Wolff said.
One sweet, short and simple admission is really all that is necessary from these proceedings – testimony that Scott Walker was aware of the secret email network and its workings, all of which were occurring on a daily basis within 30 feet of his County Executives Office. Then would come the indictment and a just reward for a man that has manipulated the law, the story, and the grace of the people of Wisconsin.