• Barack Obama and the Wisconsin Protests

    If you've been kind of amazed at the size and volume of the protests in Madison yesterday and today in response to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to de-scrotumize collective bargaining in Wisconsin, and you were thinking, "Hey, this is kind of like a liberal Tea Party thing, but with annoying liberals instead of annoying conservatives," you're not totally wrong.

    Both movements are certainly about equally as grass rootsy

    President Obama has entered the fray in Wisconsin, slamming what he calls Gov. Scott Walker's "assault" on unions — and that's not all. Obama's political operation, Organizing for America, has teamed up with union organizers to help build the thousands-strong protest in Madison and assemble demonstrations at other state capitals — including Columbus, Ohio, which saw thousands protesting an anti-union measure yesterday. The Washington Post reports that the political group made calls, sent emails, and posted messages on Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to bulk up the crowds at rallies.

    "I think everybody's got to make some adjustments, but I think it's also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens," Obama said in a sit-down interview with a local Milwaukee TV station.

    But House Speaker John Boehner criticized Obama's involvement. "This is not the way you begin an 'adult conversation' in America about solutions to the fiscal challenges that are destroying jobs in our country," he said.

    Surely not! This is the way you do it!

    Tags: Barack Obama, DNC, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Money, Ohio, Protesters, Scott Walker, Unions, Wisconsin


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