As we warned at the outset, there was no exit strategy and disaster was sure to follow. It has.
“But will he get a chance next year? That’s harder to see, mainly because Wisconsin appears to have one of the more onerous recall procedures when it comes to governors: Petitioners would need to gather signatures equivalent to 25 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous statewide election, and they’d have only 60 days to do it. By contrast, California (where Gov. Gray Davis was successfully recalled in 2003) requires signatures equivalent to only 12 percent of the votes cast in the previous election, with a 160-day window.”
Some day in the eventual future the Republicans will lose control of both houses of the legislature as well as the governorship in Wisconsin. At that point perhaps some of the union “dues checkoff” deductions might once again become Wisconsin law – that is assuming Republicans don’t take a page from recent events and become “fleebaggers” themselves and thwart the will of the then majority. But that day will not come before 2012 and the next general elections.
Instead of focusing efforts on states with weak governors or even a slight chance of “success” the groups supporting the unions, the unions themselves, along with Obama Dimocrats, chose to fight a battle against impregnable Wisconsin Republicans. The foolish “stratergery”, sans exit plan, has proved to be a trendsetter and led to defeats elsewhere:
Hulu's added some new streams. I went with Sally Field's "Eye For An Eye." Sally Field, of course, stars in "Brothers & Sisters" on ABC each Sunday night and has won two Best Actress Oscars ("Norma Rae" and "Places In The Heart"). She's also won at least one Emmy for "Brothers & Sisters" and one for "Sybill" and a third one for playing Abby's mother on "ER."
In the film, Field's youngest daughter is about to have a birthday party. She's taking care of that on the way home from work but gets caught in traffic. She calls the house and speaks to her oldest daughter who is putting the cake out and doing other things. There's someone at the door and the daughter answers it. It's Keifer Sutherland and he rapes and murders her. While Sally's on the phone and stuck in traffic.
The justice system fails and Sally has to decide whether or not to act on her own? Due to the title, you probably know that she does.
Here's where I fault the movie.
After she does, that's the end.
And that might be a good conversation starter but it's half a movie.
That may be how the novel it's based on is as well.
But the way the film goes, this isn't Dirty Harry or that sort of thing. (If it were, we'd still need to Sally kill a few more "punks.") This is more of a character study about desperation.
And Sally is great and Ed Harris is a great co-star for her (he plays her husband). The guy playing the cop is too flashy and they could have used someone who seemed less cartoonish.
But the point is that Field's doing this incredible performance and we want to know what happens to the character after she kills Kiefer (I won't spoil it by telling you how -- but the title alone should tell you it's going to be "an eye for an eye.") How does it effect her?
Does she feel relief?
Does she feel guilt?
Does it haunt her?
Does it free her?
These are serious questions not just because of ethical implications. They mainly matter because she brings Karen to life and we really feel cheated when the end credits start because we want to know what happened to Karen.
For that reason, the film left me wanting. But it's a showcase of strong acting from Sally Field and Ed Harris. Kiefer Sutherland's never been one of my favorites. He nails some scenes and he misses others. Another actor probably could have played the part better. Frequently, Sutherland just goes for the obvious.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"