|Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley);||Date:Aug 30, 2012;||Section:Opinion;||Page Number:8A|
Badger State dominates GOP convention
At the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker received a roar of applause when he cast Wisconsin Republican delegates’ votes for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It was another reminder that when the protesters in Madison were chanting, “the whole world is watching,” they were right, but the majority of those watching were cheering for Walker.
By the way, who let the Ron Paul delegate vote? Wasn’t someone from the delegation supposed to make the Paul delegate get coffee and doughnuts when the vote was taken?
But back to Walker. Walker received another warm welcome when it was time to give his speech to the convention hall. Walker reminded the convention hall, as if they needed reminding, that when Wisconsinites were given a choice in June of continuing to address Wisconsin’s fiscal problems or giving in to the public employee unions, Wisconsinites voted against the unions.
Walker then explained that Romney also balanced the budget in Massachusetts without raising taxes.
“Then, with the announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Governor Romney not only showed that he has the experience and the skill needed to become president, he showed he has the courage and the passion to be an exceptional president.”
Congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville also was nominated for vice president by the Republican convention on Tuesday. Known for his budget plan, the congressman has done more than any other member of Congress to shape this election. Even before being picked to be Romney’s running mate, Ryan was a major star in the Republican Party, nationally recognized as a spokesman for the party’s opposition to Obamacare and the president’s massive spending increases.
Another young Republican leader from Wisconsin also spoke Tuesday night. Congressman Sean Duffy, a former reality television star, made his convention debut. For those of us who don’t watch MTV, Duffy also was the candidate that chased Congressman Dave Obey, the author of the stimulus bill, into retirement.
Duffy also outshone Ryan on Tuesday by being named the “Hot Republican of the Day” by E! Online.
Running the whole show in Tampa is Wisconsin’s own Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. When he was merely chairman of the Republican Party in Wisconsin, Priebus would challenge tea party rallies to hold elected Republican officials to their promises and the party’s principles.
More than most Republicans, Priebus understood that the disastrous elections in 2006 and 2008 were the result of Republicans failing to live up the expectations of the voters. Voters in Wisconsin and elsewhere wanted Republicans to be better than just a softer version of the Democratic Party.
National writers have taken note of how Wisconsin Republicans are not only transforming the state, but they are setting the national agenda, as well. Some are even calling it the “Cheesehead Revolution.” And they’re wondering why Wisconsin has become so important suddenly.
It’s because these leaders all understand that the fiscal problems that confronted our state and still confront our country have to be addressed now. None of these leaders would be as popular if they were not willing to treat the voters like adults and address the budget issues head on.
Wisconsin Democrats will be sending Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to speak at their national convention. She’ll be there on a night designated for women to speak. She’ll be there, not because she has any new ideas on how to fix our nation’s fiscal problems or how to fix the economy, but because that’s the night Democrats are going to parade women across the stage in the hopes of stirring discussion of “a war on women.”
That’s the best Democrats can do right now. Just distract the voters from the 8.2% national unemployment. Don’t remind them that President Barack Obama has increased the nation’s debt more in four years than his predecessor did in eight years. It’s all about the side issues of identity politics and attacking the rich, as if either will fix the economy. They’re even screaming racism if someone criticizes the president.
Given the alternatives, we’ll take the Cheesehead Revolution.
(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at http://www.wigderson.com and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)