They did it. Republicans have totally violated the norms for accepting election results and the transition of power. How can you work in a bipartisan manner with scumbags like this? National Republicans haven’t said anything – I guess they think this is acceptable. It’s not!
Wisconsin Republican rhetoric shows a deep contempt for the intellect of anyone over the age of 5. https://t.co/xsRDPAnz92
— Esquire (@esquire) December 6, 2018
Wisconsin’s legislation shrinking the powers of the incoming Governor and Attorney General might well violate the State Constitution and could bump up against the limits of Article IV of the US Constitution, guaranteeing every State a Republican Form of Government. Worth suing!
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 5, 2018
A breathtaking assault on the most basic democratic norm: the willingness of the loser of an election to let the winner rule.
This does not bode well for 2020. And will likely provide a major test for the current state of judicial independence in this country. https://t.co/jqNP8eFJ9a
— Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) December 5, 2018
Republicans in WI have just done their state and democracy a disservice. But they have done WI Democrats a huge favor, as this 11th hour, last gasp power grab invites a tremendous voter backlash.https://t.co/nQAAle6ios
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 5, 2018
Dozens of these appointees were also just submitted yesterday. So they haven’t had public hearings or anything. https://t.co/zKYVexJGu7
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) December 5, 2018
Elections have consequences.
Except in Wisconsin.https://t.co/rWC9dTrm4q
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 5, 2018
Republicans in Wisconsin carried out their plan to neuter the incoming Democratic governor, and barely bothered to dispute its characterization as a power grab, @russellberman reports:https://t.co/a9jQWcIAmo
— TheAtlanticPolitics (@TheAtlPolitics) December 5, 2018
A satire from the Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 4, 2018
back to reality:
The Republican argument in Wisconsin is that the incoming governor who won more votes in the state is too liberal for the state that just voted to elect him
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) December 5, 2018
DEVELOPING: After election losses, Republicans in Wisconsin Senate push through bill just before sunrise that is designed to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing the outgoing Republican governor; Assembly vote to come. https://t.co/x69Dat25Gu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 5, 2018
The situation in WI is straight out of Levitsky & @dziblatt's How Democracies Die. We rely on norms of mutual toleration and forbearance to ensure the peaceful transfer of power. Violating that compact undermines democracy.
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) December 5, 2018
I guess you can give Wisconsin Republicans credit for not pretending that they're serving some high-minded abstract principle. They just don't think Democrats have a right to govern, even when the voters elect them. https://t.co/x0tvCPQUkJ
— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) December 5, 2018
Retweet if you think Paul Ryan is a total scumbag. https://t.co/9m0qEqiIra
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 5, 2018