*The longer, more detailed version.
Ok, so someone thought it was cute to call me out on my one-line suggestion over the weekend that Bradley should be looking at a recall. But, of course, I meant it. Ok. Maybe I didn’t mean the part about Paul Bucher taking her place, but I do think if the Bradley/Prosser conflict plays out like I suspect it will, she should go.
(This idea should not surprise anyone. Many, many comments from left-leaning bloggers thought Prosser should take a hike earlier this weekend. Think Progress even came out with a four-point list as to ways he could go, except they forget that in Wisconsin a recall can only happen after a year of service, so that would be August 2012 for Prosser and Wisconsin has a Republican legislature so that’s the end of ideas 2 and 3 – Impeachment and Removal by Address, which leaves #1: Resignation. Really? I kind of wonder why you made the effort at that post in the first place, Ian Millhiser.)
Here’s what I think. Bradley and Prosser don’t get along very well. (Boohoo and all that.) They are all in Bradley’s office shootin’ the breeze about the upcoming decision. Bradley and Prosser disagree. (Big news flash, huh?) Bradley puts up some kind of physical response, mostly in jest, loses her balance/cool/head, etc., and ends up in what appears to be an aggressive stance towards Prosser. Prosser either puts his hands up as a natural instinct, or plays to the idea in jest as a reply.
Bradley is embarrassed by the awkwardness of the situation and to save face asserts that Prosser tried to choke her. I keep thinking of that second round of stories that came out this weekend where someone in the room – supposedly another justice – says, “You were not choked.” And now the press wants a story and the stakes are so high that Bradley has no choice but to follow through with her claim.
As well she should. If she was choked by another person it’s an assault that should be prosecuted to the complete extent the law allows. (That word IF is in the previous sentence.) IF Bradley’s miscalculated the situation she’s escalating, she needs to go. A Supreme Court Justice that creates this kind of fiasco has no business being entrusted to the important decisions of the State of Wisconsin.
So here’s the deal. Bradley was last elected in 2005 and it’s a ten year term. She’s eligible for recall where Prosser is not. If the Democrats in this state decide to recall Scott Walker, then I think Republicans should work at the same time to recall Ann Walsh Bradley. If we’re going to have a referendum on the changes this state has made, we might as well have a very clear answer, don’t you think?