Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoting the Democratic Senate Minority Leader speaking from an undisclosed location and the Republican Majority Leader’s response:
In this country we haven’t seen much of this sort of thing since the 1930s, when the class struggle was still being waged in earnest and the political legitimacy of duly enacted labor-relations law was still an object of heated public contention. Republicans across the country are betting that’s such ancient history that most voters will think what’s happening in Madison is just as exotic as the news footage they see coming out of Athens or Cairo."‘I can tell you this - we're not all in one place,’ [Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona)] said. ‘This is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes. The people have shown that the government has gone too far. . . . We prepared to do what is necessary to make sure that this bill gets the consideration it needs.’ . . .
“Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said that Democrats were "not showing up for work" and that police were searching for them to bring them to the floor.
"‘That's not democracy. That's not what this chamber is about,’ Fitzgerald said of the boycott to reporters.”
Listen to Paul Ryan make that suggestion with the expression of a poker player who thinks he's playing a winning hand:
Does anyone think Ryan's political confidence is misplaced?