If anyone has followed the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race even remotely these past weeks, it is clear that Michael Gableman is not ready for prime-time. Not even close. His canned and rehearsed answers, which he spouts regardless of the question being asked, demonstrates his lack of intellectual heft. I truly felt embarrassed for him in the debate held this weekend on statewide TV because it was clear he was way in over his head. Gableman proved that he did not have the substance and background that is required to do the job on the court, as he had no real answers to any question. That has been true about his performance this entire campaign. Political attacks and high rhetoric are not resume enhancing additions when seeking a seat on the court.
Worse yet his total disregard for basic constitutional safeguards makes him wrong on the issues, and wrong for the court. It was so comical at times these past weeks listening to Gableman that I wanted to collect a fund in order to send him to a remedial civics course.
Having said that, why does Wisconsin Manufactures and Commence, and the National Rifle Association cozy up to such a dreadful and cerebrally challenged candidate? How pliable do they know Michael Gableman to be? The answer of course should concern all Wisconsin voters.
When I read that the NRA gave over $73,000 to the Gableman campaign, knowing as they must that he does not have the intellectual depth needed to do the job of the Wisconsin citizen while serving on the court, I knew for certain that they had pegged him as a lightweight that would do their bidding.
I for one do not want a Supreme Court judge merely playing the role of a jurist, while siding with the special monied interests that have proved many times not to have the best in mind for the workers and citizens of the state. The rush by groups such as WMC and the NRA to unload money on a candidate that is clearly not ready for the job shows their true intent. That should concern the voters right into the ballot box!
The money from WMC and the NRA to buy ads and votes is not because they are in love with the notion of democracy, mom, and apple pie. They want high court rulings to reflect their narrow vision of what the law should, or should not allow. If WMC and the NRA win with their money on Tuesday that means the Wisconsin citizen will have lost.
This is the year for change. From top to bottom voters can send a message that we want and expect higher quality candidates, and more responsive government. And we want to put an end to the special interests making sure that the working men and women who pay the taxes are left outside the circle.
We can send a message to WMC and the NRA on Tuesday when we cast a ballot for Louis Butler for Wisconsin State Supreme Court.
That message will also be heard by the nation that is watching this race.