Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dear Paul Ryan: Don't Mess With Racine, WI

The Siren was going to post today about Dale Schultz's remarkable admission that voter ID and shrinking early voting hours is really about voter suppression and not voter fraud - and he's embarrassed by his Republican colleagues. It is news-worthy and admirable. However, that Schultz finally found his balls just as he decides not to run for re-election sorta ruins it for us. Nice work buddy...too late.

Instead, we salute Alfonso Gardner who brought Paul Ryan the pain-waller at his listening session in Racine yesterday. No less than NBC's Luke Russert was on hand to record the exchange - thank heaven for their technical ability to adjust the audio which is demonic at Cesar Chavez - and probably intentional.

Ryan's dumb "inner-city" rhetoric wasn't all he heard about - he got an earful from people about his votes to repeal Obamacare as well as a story from a guy who saved a bunch of money with his shiny new health insurance he got on the marketplace.

Ryan has increasingly moved his listening sessions to private locations or law enforcement centers. Cesar Chavez is one of the last community centers he visits -even though more than a dozen police were present and prohibiting any bags or purses from the place. We'll make a bet in his next round - he abandons the Chavez Center for something a little more friendly - like RAMAC.