Don't the Repubs read? The Dems left the state because that voids the "compel them" clause if they flee.
But aside from that, this is probably how the convo worked out.
R-SEN: Go arrest those Dems!
COPS: Yeah. No.
R-SEN: The power of Legislature compels you!
COPS: But it's written right here we can't compel them.
R-SEN: But you can!
COPS: Uh, we're Wisconsin cops. We can't go gangbusters into Illinois and drag them out. That's illegal. You would need the FBI.
R-SEN: But the FBI is run by a black man in a white house.
COPS: Is that some sort of "eagle flies west" code?
R-SEN: Nevermind. So, just hypothetically, *wink* if they WERE in Wisconsin, would you go get in your big, strong cop car and hunt down those whiny, wobbly wittle Demmies?
COPS: Please don't touch my thigh. So you're asking if we would forcibly compel Democrats to return to the capitol so you can have a vote to pass a bill that will ruin public employee livelihood in an underhanded trade to give rich companies tax breaks?
R-SEN: Aww, COPS, you have such a way with words. But you're exempt. I mean, uh, yeah, kinda.
COPS: And how long until I'm next? You hold the gavel. Stick it up your ass. Then find another gavel and pound it in before I find a way to fit my foot up there.
R-SEN: Ooh, really?
COPS: Fuck off.
Or maybe that's how it should've been.