The lengths Republicans are willing to go to try to discredit the nonviolent protesters in Wisconsin are astonishing.
An Indiana prosecutor sent Governor Walker an e-mail urging him to "employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions' cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against)" you so as to "discredit the unions."
The prosecutor, Carlos Lam, himself used the term "false flag" operation. He initially denied he wrote the e-mail but then admitted it hours later and resigned.
His e-mail echoes the confession that Walker made to the Koch Brother's impersonator when the governor said he had discussed sending in troublemakers only to reject the idea because he feared it might not work.
It also raises the question about who threw some gun ammunition around the capitol during the protests, which always struck me as suspiciously like a Republican dirty trick.
And speaking of Republican dirty tricks, the Wisconsin Republican Party is now seeking to examine all the e-mails of UW Professor William Cronon, the president of the American Historical Association, for daring to write an op-ed in The New York Times assailing Walker for his campaign against organized labor, his divisiveness, and his lack of transparency.
You can now add to that list his vindictiveness, which smacks so much of Joe McCarthy, a person whose fate Scott Walker is destined to share.
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