MADISON, Wisc. – Thousands of Tea Partiers gathered in Madison on Saturday, in an effort to rally support for newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s deficit reduction plan.
Likely 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain, local Madison and Milwaukee conservative radio host Vicki McKenna, Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoff, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher and conservative media guru Andrew Breitbart each took their shots at the union bosses who were gathering their supporters on the other side of the state capitol building.
McKenna kicked it off calling for the Tea Party movement to stay strong and committed.
“They want to think that you don’t matter,” McKenna said, adding that she thinks the union bosses want Tea Partiers to “submit.” “Are you going to submit, Wisconsin? Are you going to bend over Wisconsin?” McKenna asked to resounding “no’s” from the crowd
Cain followed McKenna saying that what’s going on in Madison is “Ground Zero” for what’s going to happen around the rest of the country. Cain said that union bosses and their crews represent only 10 percent of the population and that they use intimidation tactics to get noticed.
“My assessment of what’s going on out there right now is that the unions, which represent 10 percent of the workforce, they are getting 90 percent of the attention,” Cain said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “The 90 percent of the workforce, which works for the private sector, that voice has not been heard. I’m glad to see that the people here wanted to do something to get the other side of the message out.”
Tea Partiers echoed the message, too, that the reason that they hadn’t showed up in Madison to support Walker yet has been because they were working. The union protesters are supposed to be at work, so they are effectively protesting on the taxpayers’ dime, the Tea Partiers said.
Breitbart asked that the message of the people be proportionately displayed in the media, following Cain’s notion that the union bosses’ representatives in Madison are only 10 percent of the workforce. Breitbart said these protests remind him of what happened during the anti-Obamacare movement, which started in 2009.
“When the citizens of the United States stood up and started to protest against Obamacare and started to go ask their public servants basic questions such as, ‘Will you read this bill?’ and the Democratic Party and the union establishment and the SEIU and Organizing for America couldn’t handle the fact that the American people didn’t want this legislation rammed down their throats,” Breitbart told TheDC. So, Breitbart said, a movement was born – the Tea Party movement.