It’s on: Wisconsin Democratic Party to join recall effort against GOP senators

posted at 6:55 pm on March 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

Two can play at this game, and will. But it’s smart politics for liberals. They’ve made no bones about the fact that they’re using the protests to galvanize the base ahead of 2012; a recall effort is an excuse to keep people motivated. If they win and get some Republicans tossed, it’s a moral victory proving that they’re still a force at the polls when they want to be. If they lose, it’s a cautionary tale about how important it is to turn out on election day and make sure the RethugliKKKans are never seated in the first place.

An obvious question: Are the White House and the DNC urging this on? The previous paragraph provides the answer, I guess.

“The proposals and the policies that Republicans are pushing right now are not what they campaigned on, and they’re extreme,” the party chair, Mike Tate, said in an interview. “Something needs to be done about it now. We’re happy to stand with citizens who are filling papers to recall these senators.”

Previously, Wisconsin Dems had not publicly supported talk about recalling GOP Senators, in hopes of privately reaching a negotiated solution to the crisis. The Wisconsin Democratic Party’s decision to support the recall drives represents a significant ratcheting up of hostilities and in essence signals that all bets are off…

Asked if Wisconsin Dems would drop their push to recall senators if they abandoned the drive to roll back public employee bargaining rights. Tate said he couldn’t guarantee that, arguing that Walker’s proposed budget cuts yesterday took this fight to a whole new level.

There’s all the proof you need that Democratic leaders are after bigger game here than merely protecting collective bargaining. Currently four Republicans are being targeted for recalls with another four eligible; recall efforts against four fleebagging Democrats are also already under way. Says GOP Sen. Randy Hopper, bring it on:

“It’s widely known here that I probably have one of the more difficult districts in the state for casting this vote,” says Hopper. “I have a lot of correctional facilities, a couple universities, and a couple of tech schools [in my district]. I have the second largest population of state employees in the state.”

“But it’s the right thing to do,” Hopper says of the budget repair bill. “If I get recalled because of doing what’s right in the interest of the state, and even if the true benefits won’t be seen for long after I’m done anyway, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.”

Hopper quoted one colleague who says, “This isn’t something we’re going to run our next campaigns on, this is something we’re going to tell our grandkids about.”

Alternate headline: Randy Hopper for federal entitlements czar. Meanwhile, unlike the left, the right isn’t limiting itself to recall petitions against Democratic fugitives. A Wisconsin citizen has filed suit against Jim Holperin requesting an order of mandamus to get him to perform his duties, and earlier today a state senate committee (with Democrats absent, natch) approved daily $100 fines for members who miss floor sessions. Luckily, fleebaggers have kind-hearted mommies and daddies to help pay their bills while they’re in Illinois striking a blow for obstruction or whatever.

And so the recall battle boils down to this: Which will the public hate more, Walker’s initiative against collective bargaining for benefits or Democrats absconding to stop Republicans from pushing it through? Based on the news from Ohio tonight, the GOP’s betting big that it’s the latter. Ponder that, my friends, as you watch Republican Sen. Glenn Grotham — yes, the same guy threatened by that mob yesterday — pay a very special tribute to the grassroots liberals camping out in the statehouse these days.

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Listen to this….he was talking to this guy during the mob scene we saw. This is awesome news….
Glen talks to Roger Hedgecock

wi farmgirl on March 2, 2011 at 9:57 PM

How big of a majority do Republicans have in Ohio? Are they going to have fleebaggers also? Will Illinois be the beneficiary again?

Cindy Munford on March 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

At this rate of fleeing, Illinois is in danger of tipping over into Lake Michigan.

onlineanalyst on March 2, 2011 at 10:08 PM

The Wisconsin thing absolutely infuriates me. Instead of engaging in the process they were elected to participate in, those jokers flee…where the hell is the outrage? They tucked tail and ran from their responsibilities, attempting to usurp the election results and get their way by acting like childish brats. It’s absolutely mind-boggling that more people aren’t fed up with them.

changer1701 on March 2, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I don’t understand why the police are protesting with the slobs. Libs hate cops.

HellCat on March 2, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Republican Sen. Glenn Grotham — yes, the same guy…

Grothman, not Grotham.

roscopico on March 2, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Liberals are slobs as anyone who has to pick up after their gatherings can attest to. I’m happy that both sides will be waging recall petitions. It will clarify all those ‘poll’ propagandists claiming the Governor’s plans aren’t popular with the voters. It will give the republicans a club to beat the tax and spenders with through next year. And it can’t be good for Obama to have fiscal austerity being headlined for the next year as well.

eaglewingz08 on March 2, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Exactly what are the republicans getting recalled for? Acting like adults? Does the recall end with them saying “so there!” and sticking out their tongues?

momof2 on March 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

The more money they spend on recall elections, the less they can spend on Obama.

either orr on March 3, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Yes, but I suppose if you wanted to you could come back later with a name you just pulled out of the phone book and do it again. Or go to a different polling place. And if that name was already checked off? You could just run away, there is not any type of security or anything.

Turnout is just going to be so crucial.

WisCon on March 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM

All votes are cross cheked against a log, for registered voters of that name and address. IN the event of double – technically that person broke the law… and 1 vote counts; but with all due respect – the scenario you paint is no where near the reality of fraud and how its committed at the poll precinct level.

I always invite a transparent recall/recount/voting process – on a national scale for anyone who won an election, sans the idiots in Minnesota.

Operationally you are looking at Gore v Bush times 10.
Lawyers, pollsters, overseeres, commissioners, etc will fine tooth comb every vote.

True fraud occurs at polling places with little oversight, “out of the limelight” and in traditionally poor, Democratic controlled areas. Its how a vote is tallied, then counted when no one is seeing and finally – certified.

John Andrews at 134 Beach Dr voting 4 times is the least of our worries…

Odie1941 on March 3, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Get your checkbooks out! cus Dems/unions are going to be pouring money into this from all across the country!

American Elephant on March 3, 2011 at 5:06 AM

…just as “provisional” Democrat voters will be pouring in from all around too.

American Elephant on March 3, 2011 at 5:07 AM

Pass a voter ID, and marking law.

Republican when they ask you to sign the petition to recall a republican, do so with a fake name and address, and pass the name on to party for the challenge.

Slowburn on March 3, 2011 at 7:56 AM

It’s hard to see how liberals expect to get legs on this when their guys won’t even show up to work.

Murf76 on March 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM

when does the firin and sh&tcannin start?

james23 on March 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM