Tom Barrett last night outlined what his strategy would be for restoring collective bargaining as it exited for public employees before Scott Walker became governor. He then immediately sabotaged his own plan.
Barrett said he would attempt to repeal Walker's union reforms by calling a special legislative session, but he acknowledged that Republicans could block him. Barrett suggested that if Democrats win the win the governor's race and take back the Senate, Republicans in the assembly would change their minds about collective bargaining
But then Barrett undermined efforts to sway Republicans by calling those who would switch their votes "not brave."
"What I think [the recall] would do is it would change the minds of a lot of those assembly members who voted for this. As they see senator after senator recalled, and their governor recalled, they’re not going to be as brave as they may have been last spring. And if they’re not brave, they may change their vote," Barrett said. "And if they [don't] change their vote, we know who to focus on in November."
So Falk would simply not sign a budget without CB repeal, which would leave the Walker budget in place. Barrett would create a legislative showdown that would bring the protesters running back to Madison. Could things be any more delightful for conservatives right now???