Will Wisconsin 14 Really Do Perp Walk?

Ed Schultz on the Wisconsin senate vote to hold the 14 Dems on the lam in Illinois in contempt - ordering them arrested and returned to the senate chamber.

Senate Republicans Thursday ordered the forcible detention of their 14 Democratic colleagues, who fled the state two weeks ago to avoid a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill.

"They have pushed us to the edge of a constitutional crisis," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said of the boycotting senators.

But it remained unclear Thursday whether the resolution and warrants seeking to force the senators back to the Capitol are legal. The state constitution prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they're suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace.

Democrats say the Republicans are overreaching, and they have consulted an attorney for an opinion on whether the GOP actions are legal.

It's hard to imagine that the GOP really wants handcuffed Democrats to be the lead story on the evening news.