Today is the Wisconsin recall election between Governor Scott Walker and Tom Barrett. For over a year, the media has reported on the seemingly endless protesting that has gone on outside the State capital and around the country over the steps Governor Walker took to limit the power of the labor unions that were crushing the state.
“Today is a very, very big day for the republic,” Glenn said to start the radio show.
“Where do we stand in the end,” Glenn asked. “Are we a country that is lost in lies? Are we a country that is able to be purchased by labor unions? Are we a country that is intimidated?”
And since it is such an important day, Attorney General Eric Holder and members of the Department of Justice are on the ground in Wisconsin to make sure everything is on the up-and-up.
“Voters – you are as safe there as you would be if you, you know, had, like – I don't know – say, the Black Panthers on the ground,” Glenn joked.
Because of the nature of the race, the rhetoric coming out of Wisconsin, especially from those calling to end of Governor Walker’s term, is particularly heated.
On radio this morning, Glenn played the audio of an exchange between a reporter and a Walker-detractor:
VOICE 1: Yeah. That's the view of an elephant defecating Scott Walker's head or on Scott Walker's head.
VOICE 2: It's just past Scott Walker's head.
VOICE 1: Don't you think that may be a little crude and diluting your message a little
VOICE 2: Who are you to judge me? What's your message?
VOICE 1: I'm not judging you.
VOICE 2: You come here and stick a microphone in my face. What's your message? Please, don't judge me.
VOICE 1: All right.
VOICE 2: This is true.
VOICE 1: Elephants poop on Scott Walker?
VOICE 2: Yeah. This is a criminal.
VOICE 1: That's an elephant.
VOICE 2: Yeah, this is a criminal.
VOICE 1: That's a criminal elephant. Got it.
VOICE 2: The elephant has actually got criminal overtones.
VOICE 1: I see.
VOICE 2: But I'm not here to -- you have no right to just stick a microphone in my case like I owe you a thing.
VOICE 1: I'm doing it. You can't have my microphone.
VOICE 2: Yeah. Leave me alone.
VOICE 1: Okay. Later.
After listening to the exchange, Glenn only needed one word to describe the protester: coward.
“Now, you would normally say, ‘No, he's not.’ I mean, look at him. He's out fighting,” Glenn said.
“He's a bully. He's not a coward. No. He is a coward because he cannot defend his position. He doesn't want to defend his position. He's not capable of defending his position, and so he does what all cowards do. They go out, and they bully.”
This behavior is not just characteristic of local protestors, but Glenn contends it describes the organizations and politicians who seek to deaminize regardless of the facts and rarely offer any solutions.
“Why is it that the White House has engaged in such cowardice? Because they can't make their case. Why is it they're dividing us? Because they can't make their case. Why is it that union thugs have to intimidate at the polls, the Black Panthers have to intimidate at the polls? Because they can't make their case. The only thing they can do is bully.”
Cowards are not confident in themselves or what they have to offer because they are not committed to what they actually believe.
“Why is it that so many people will say one thing but do another? Why is it you elect politician after politician that they will say all of the things that they see in a focus group, and they won't tell you what's really on their heart, what's really on their mind,” Glenn asked. “I contend because they're cowards.”
“Cowards. They come in all shapes and sizes.”