The sign that the battle in Wisconsin is practically won

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The sign that the battle in Wisconsin is practically won

One thing I’ve noticed in cov­er­ing protests is that you get a lot of hangers-​on.

For exam­ple at almost every Boston protest you will get one guy who car­ries his US flag with cor­po­rate sym­bols replac­ing stripes, you will get a guy with a Pales­tin­ian flag. And if the tea party is any­where nearby I guar­an­tee you that the LaRouche democ­rats will be around, usu­ally with their Obama Hitler posters, and of course there are the truthers.

Gen­er­ally these guys are the crazy uncles of any move­ment they find them­selves a parade and try to get noticed within it.

Which brings us to Michael Moore get­ting in FRONT of the crowd:

Lib­eral film­maker Michael Moore urged Wis­con­sin res­i­dents Sat­ur­day to fight against Repub­li­can efforts to strip most pub­lic work­ers of their col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing rights, telling thou­sands of pro­test­ers that “Madi­son is only the beginning.”

There has been story after story about Moore’s appear­ance, I sub­mit it shows that the left is los­ing this fight.

Moore’s biggest fans are on the far left, not in the main­stream. If Moore is the story, if he is the man in front. That tells you the mes­sage isn’t work­ing or play­ing, polls or no.

As I was writ­ing this I noticed this at Alt­house who appar­ently agrees:

I won­der if the teach­ers and other Wis­con­sin union mem­bers who got the protest started 3 weeks ago appre­ci­ate hav­ing Michael Moore absorb their issue — main­tain­ing the qual­ity of pro­fes­sional pub­lic employ­ment in Wis­con­sin — into his larger anti-​capitalist agenda for America.

This is a prob­lem with extend­ing the protests. The crowd changes, new infu­sions of energy come from out­siders who see a ready-​made plat­form to climb up on. These old-​school, left-​wing attacks on cor­po­ra­tions have lit­tle to do with the dis­tinct prob­lems of jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor — where, man­age­ment is the gov­ern­ment of the state and its citzens.

If their big draw is Michael Moore that tells you some­thing about what is going on.

Ride right through them, they’re demor­al­ized as hell.

One thing I’ve noticed in covering protests is that you get a lot of hangers-on.

For example at almost every Boston protest you will get one guy who carries his US flag with corporate symbols replacing stripes, you will get a guy with a Palestinian flag. And if the tea party is anywhere nearby I guarantee you that the LaRouche democrats will be around, usually with their Obama Hitler posters, and of course there are the truthers.

Generally these guys are the crazy uncles of any movement they find themselves a parade and try to get noticed within it.

Which brings us to Michael Moore getting in FRONT of the crowd:

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that “Madison is only the beginning.”

There has been story after story about Moore’s appearance, I submit it shows that the left is losing this fight.

Moore’s biggest fans are on the far left, not in the mainstream. If Moore is the story, if he is the man in front. That tells you the message isn’t working or playing, polls or no.

As I was writing this I noticed this at Althouse who apparently agrees:

I wonder if the teachers and other Wisconsin union members who got the protest started 3 weeks ago appreciate having Michael Moore absorb their issue — maintaining the quality of professional public employment in Wisconsin — into his larger anti-capitalist agenda for America.

This is a problem with extending the protests. The crowd changes, new infusions of energy come from outsiders who see a ready-made platform to climb up on. These old-school, left-wing attacks on corporations have little to do with the distinct problems of jobs in the public sector — where, management is the government of the state and its citzens.

If their big draw is Michael Moore that tells you something about what is going on.

Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell.