But, just like what happened in Texas (when Tom Delay, before he was found guilty of felonies there, persecuted the democrats there for doing what the Wisconsin folk are doing) actually is happening in the USA, in Wisconsin:
Things are moving very rapidly in Wisconsin right now, and the latest is that State Senate Democrats are refusing to show up at the state capitol to prevent the measure to strip public employees of their bargaining rights from moving forward. There are unconfirmed reports that law enforcement is trying to round up these Dems and even that some of them may have left the state.(Washington Post). They mentioned the Texas episode at the bottom of the article.
Adding to the bizarre sense of urgency, a Dem State Senate aide I just spoke to who is actually in the capitol told me that Dems who are on the scene don't know where the other Dem Senators are, because they appear to be in hiding from law enforcement.
"They are somewhere where they are not available to be forcibly taken to the floor," the aide said, the chant of protestors audible in the background. "They could be in the building. They could be in the basement for all I know."
This is a good thing, and we need much, much more of it.