Politico tackles various Republican lawmakers' attempts to dismantle workers' collective bargaining rights, most notably in Wisconsin, and see how the tactics are alienating an important voter base: The cops and firefighters that typically support Republican candidates. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) says he's hearing about it from New Yorkers, "These are down-the-line conservatives. They fully supported Bush in the Iraq war, in the war against terrorism, and on all the gut issues they were there. Some of the guys I talked to said, ‘We stood with Bush on Queens Boulevard. Now, the Republicans have turned on us.’ "
Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed the Republican ticket in 2000, 2004, and 2008, is trying to rally support for the public union members under siege. He told Politico, "Who are these evil teachers who teach your children, these evil policemen who protect them, these evil firemen who pull them from burning buildings? When did we all become evil?" Well, some Republicans just think the union leader are evil "thugs."