In a "wait, did I say that outloud?" moment, Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald explains the real motivation for crushing public employee unions:

"If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin."

This is, of course, all about defunding Democratic constituency groups so that the Republicans' corporatist patrons, post-Citizens-United, can dominate the airwaves unchallenged.