We have seen this picture before in the Wisconsin’s union-induced long strange trip during the 2012 Recall Election:

Police insurrections.  Palace guardsCatch a Senator contests.  Doctors behaving badly.  Massive national solidarity protests which weren’tIdentity theft as political theater.  Shark jumping.  Legislators who run away to other states.  Bus bang bangs.  Protesters locking their heads to metal railings and pretending to walk like EgyptiansBeer attacksCanoe flotillas.  (alleged) Judicial chokeholds.  Tears falling on Che Guevara t-shirts at midnight.  Endless recalls.  And recounts.  Communications Directors making threats.   Judges who think they are legislators  (well, I’ll grant you that one is common).  V-K DayHole-y warriors.  Cities named Speculation and Conjecture.  And the funniest blog headline so far:

First They Came For The Right To Retire After 30 Years On Full Salary With COLAs

The collective bargaining law that precipitated the insanity recently was upheld in its entirely by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Now the unions are doubling (or is it tripling, at this point?) down on the get Walker meme, via WaPo:

The nation’s largest public sector union is mounting an intense effort to eject Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office this fall, determined to oust the Republican who punctured the power of organized labor in the state.

“We have a score to settle with Scott Walker,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in his first interview about the union’s midterm strategy.

“He took collective bargaining away from us,” Saunders added, noting that the union was first started in the 1930s by state employees in Madison. “He stole our voices, in a state where we were born.”

Okay, then.

AFSCME may be getting a helping hand from the Democratic Prosecutor in Milwaukee County, John Chislhom, whose wife is a union activist and allegedly behind the John Doe investigation of Walker following the failed Recall attempt.

Will it be different this time?

If Walker wins in November, we may have to light up the fireworks again.

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We have all been here before. Let’s hope the ending is the same.

[Featured Image: Anti-Walker protester locks her head to State Capitol railing, via JSOnline)