MSNBC host Ed Schultz - the man who once had a good laugh over the idea of a collar that would electrocute Glenn Beck - issued a dire warning to President Obama from the streets of Madison, Wisconsin:
“If the President can’t go on a road trip or say more than one sound bite to a local affiliate, and realize that this is what 2012 is all about, if he can’t unequivocally come out in support of every protester that has been out there peacefully trying to fight for their way of life and protect their kitchen table, if this president can’t do that, then he does not deserve a second term.”
In all fairness to Schultz, the President did make such a promise in 2007 while campaigning in South Carolina, as Jonathon M. Seidl reminds readers at The Blaze.
“And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”
While the President himself has not made the trip to Madison to personally participate in the insurrection, his campaign arm Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee have been deeply involved, providing support and protesters to the effort.
On Thursday, however, the President appeared to backpedal from his earlier commitment. Former SEIU President Andy Stern told Fox News:
"I don't think the president's involvement in making this a Republican and Democrat issue would be particularly helpful at this point."
Seidl reports that when asked about the quote on Thursday, Press Secretary Jay Carney brushed aside the comment.
“I think what we have made pretty clear is that the president thinks, and we think, that, obviously a lot of states in the union are dealing with fiscal issues, big problems in their state budgets… they need to act responsibly, tighten their belts, live within their means just as we in Washington, the executive branch, congress, need to do with our federal situation,” he said.
But Schultz seemed to take his diatribe to a new level, and appeared to compare the protest in Madison to Libya, a country ruled by a brutal dictator currently under seige.
Mike Opelka of The Blaze asks:
Is Mr. Schultz saying that unless Obama goes to Madison, the same fate awaits Wisconsin?
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