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On and On and On Wisconsin

My New York Post column today takes another look at the ongoing situation in Wisconsin, and why it’s a harbinger of what’s coming next year. When even the Casper Milquetoast of the Republican party finally is able to understand and articulate the Democrats’ scorched-earth strategy . . .

Orrin Hatch, the senior senator from Utah, didn’t mince words the other day on Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show. The Democrats, he said, “play politics very, very tough, they play it well, and they don’t give a damn about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

He was speaking about battles in Washington, but an even more vivid example can be found in Wisconsin, where the Democrats are still trying to overturn the 2010 elections.

Blindsided last fall by the election of Gov. Scott Walker, the loss of both houses of the legislature and the US Senate seat held by ultraliberal Russ Feingold, the Democrats have simply refused to accept defeat and instead are continuing the fight by any means necessary.

For years now, I’ve been saying that the modern Democratic party is the unholy issue of thirties gangsters and sixties Marxists, a criminal organization masquerading as a political party, composed of thugs, lawyers, layabouts, and guilt-ridden dupes, and motivated entirely by a lust for power disguised as the phony virtue of “compassion.” And I mean that in the nicest possible way: The Republicans could use a little — no, make that a lot — of their ruthless moxie.

Yet the Battle of Wisconsin’s likely to look like a game of beanbag compared with what’s coming nationally, as our nation’s parlous fiscal condition forces as a desperate debate over the country’s fundamental nature. Expect the Democrats to grab any tool in their kit and use it early and often against even common-sense Republican reform or pushback. And they call the Tea Party the radicals.

As Hatch noted, Democrats in Washington are already using their power ruthlessly, from last week’s show-trial hearings with the oil executives to the National Labor Relations Board’s diktat that Boeing can’t create new jobs in Dreamliner production in right-to-work South Carolina, but only in unionized Washington state.

Hatch is right. And with the nation’s future at stake, the GOP had better start acting accordingly.

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