What a difference 48 hours makes in the barren wasteland known as Ed Schultz's mind.
Back on May 29, Schultz warned of giant flaming acorns falling from the sky if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in a June 5 recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial race. (audio clips after page break)
Here's Schultz sounding the alarm that a Walker victory could foreshadow President Obama's defeat in November, which in turn would usher in an era of permanent GOP control of the White House (audio) --
They are trying to set it up that if Mitt Romney gets elected, if Mitt Romney gets elected, there will never be a Democratic president again in the history of the United States. The future is just, this is the way it's going to be. There'll never be a Democratic president in our lifetime again. And when I say in our lifetime, I'm talking about long, long, long, long, long time.
This is why Wisconsin's so important. The people of the country need to know that you can defeat it. And this in many respects is doing the country a favor, the way they're operating, the way they're lying, the way they're backing up the worst candidate, the worst governor in the country, his record's horrendous, and who he's a puppet to.
So that's why this is so important. They're trying to make it so Barack Obama doesn't get re-elected and no Democrat ever will be elected into the White House.
"This is why Wisconsin's so important" -- Walker wins, Obama in turn loses, and it's the end of the world as we know it.
Two days later, Schultz was crooning a different tune. More accurately, he was part of a liberal chorus singing the same line, that of Walker winning in Wisconsin hardly mattering at all. Silly you, why would you have ever thought otherwise? (audio)
I get a kick out of the Twitter world 'cause they're working me over saying, oh, it's going to be fun to watch Eddie, he'll be crying in his beer, whatever. No I'm not! No, no, there's no downside about this recall any way, shape or form. Obviously we want Walker to be thrown out because he's a radical and he's not good for America. But look at the other side. They are throwing millions of dollars at a guy who is on the verge of being indicted for a felony. Now, how are they going to feel, win lose or draw, when this happens?
Two years into a fishing expedition by a partisan district attorney whose office is filled with like-minded Democrats, who'd think an indictment of Walker would have happened by now. Rest assured, if it never does, Schultz will claim "no downside" to that either. Whatever it takes for Schultz to save face, regardless of the contortions that ensue.