In an undemocratic scheme, Wisconsin Republican Senators voted on eliminating collective bargaining rights from public employees, in absence of the 14 Democratic State Senators who still hide out in Illinois.
The 14 Democrats left Wisconsin to prevent the Senate from voting on the controversial budget Governor Walker proposed. While the bill sparked massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin, because it would strip public unions from their right of collective bargaining, Walker always defended it as essential for a balanced budget. He tried to convince the public, that it was not an attack on public unions, but a step towards a matter of fiscal responsibility.
Many people suspected this to be just an attempt to sweet-talk the public into accepting the bill, yet now we know that this was not the case.
Senate Republicans had to think of a way to circumvent the required quorum, so they split up the bill. They basically voted on a bill with the intent of rendering public unions useless.
It seems that they were so desperate that they did not even try to cover this up. The bill is just intended to alter the political landscape and does in no way represent the will of the people.
Republicans all over the country have to be very careful on how they behave prior to 2012.
There will most definitely be various attempts to recall Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and taken in consideration how unpopular this bill is, some recall-measures could very well succeed.