Walker's 'divide and conquer' remark sets off tizzy fit

You would have thought that Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker had beheaded dozens of union members and left their bodies along a Mexican highway. His approach to taming the out-of-control public employee unions in Wisconsin ("divide and conquer") has provoked tongue clucking and horror.

"Scott Walker is finally honest about his secret plot to 'divide and conquer' Wisconsin by launching an ideological civil war against working, middle-class families," Barrett spokesman Phil Walzak said on Saturday.

Barrett is Milwaukee 's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett who will face off against Walker in a June 5 recall election. There actually are people who believe this hyperbole, but one hopes that native intelligence will prevail and Barrett will stay in Milwaukee. Or he can move to Illinois where this kind of hysteria among the hop palloi gave us former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Walker has inspired such hate among true believers that you'd think that he was George W. Bush.

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