The debate on a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining in Wisconsin was supposed to happen today, but around noon, the Wisconsin Democrats were no where to be found.

It turns out the had all boarded a bus, most likely a short yellow one (joke credit – Mark Levin), and had left the state:

As ever-growing throngs of protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared around noon, just as the Senate was about to begin debating the measure, which would end a half-century of collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

Hours later, one member of the group told The Associated Press that they had left Wisconsin.

“The plan is to try and slow this down because it’s an extreme piece of legislation that’s tearing this state apart,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach said in a telephone interview. He refused to say where he was.

When someone finally noticed they were missing, the Sergeant of Arms was notified and he began the search.  The article says if he can’t locate them, “he’s authorized to seek help, including potentially contacting police.”

He should have called in the Tea Party:

UPDATE: TEA PARTY WINS!!
The Rockford Tea Party just chased the Wisconsin democrats out of the Best Western. They just boarded their bus and are leaving the Best Western!
Run, Libs! Run!
WKOW reported:

Sen. Jon Erpenbach tells 27 News that Democrats are leaving Rockford, Illinois right now. He would not say their destination.

They have been at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center in Rockford.

Our sister station in Rockford, WREX spoke with lawmakers there. WREX reports one lawmaker said, “It’s kind of everyone for themselves.” We’ll have a live phone interview with Sen. Erpenbach on 27 News at 5 p.m.

Jim Hoft reports that the “Catch Me If You Can” Democrats are back in Wisconsin now.

No word on if they will actually do what they were hired to do and show up to work.

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