Video: The greatest press conference of all time

posted at 8:15 pm on April 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline via Mary Katharine Ham, ever mindful of developing media narratives: “Small, state-wide election with vital national implications soon to have no national implications whatsoever.” There’s nothing in this clip that you don’t already know, but since righties are mainlining schadenfreude on Twitter right now over Prosser’s ballot windfall, I thought I’d cut you in on the action by giving you 18 glorious minutes of pure win. If you only have a few to spare, skip ahead to 13:30 and watch as a Waukesha Democrat who helped tabulate the votes steps forward to confirm that, yes indeed, the new numbers are right and Prosser’s ahead by 7,500. Imagine the sort of good cheer from the left that’ll be waiting for her and for Nickolaus when they log into their e-mail accounts tomorrow.

In case the video’s not schadenfreudean enough, here’s a fun screencap for you from tonight’s “Hardball” segment on the left’s glorious victory in Wisconsin. Note the breaking news chyron onscreen as Matthews and company were busy dissecting the significance of Kloppenburg’s win. And be sure to read this at Big Hollywood, which isn’t so much a post as it is a sugary confection of bloggy goodness. Prosser’s (likely) victory doesn’t heal the wound from weeks’ worth of filthy leftist threats against Republican legislators after the collective bargaining bill passed, but it’s a powerful analgesic. Enjoy it. Click the image to watch.

Update: Gateway Pundit pours it on.

Update: Prosser says he’s “encouraged” by today’s developments. I’ll bet.


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Here we go:

Waukesha County Clerk
Kathy Nickolaus

Phone: 262-548-7010
Fax: 262-548-7722

Waukesha County Administration Center
515 W. Moreland Blvd. – Room 120
Waukesha, WI 53188

I expect all of us who are appalled at the insults, threats, and intimidation will send a little support her way.

http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/defaultwc.aspx?id=38066

Mutnodjmet on April 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Send her some flowers.

slickwillie2001 on April 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Send her some flowers.

GREAT IDEA! Could you imagine the statement, and the news story, if her office was swamped with flowers from Americans across the country.

For those of you who can’t afford flowers, here is that email address again: Send her some flowers.

Mutnodjmet on April 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Sorry: email – knickolaus@waukeshacounty.gov

Mutnodjmet on April 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Thanks Wisconsin!!

Now, keep recalling those Fleebaggers!!

Khun Joe on April 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Righties: simple incompetence. count the ballots. by the way, we win. f you left.

Lefties: she’s crooked. found just enough ballots to avoid a recount. f you right.

I respect whatever the final count is.

It’s pathetic that people are so blindly partisan that, without any evidence whatsoever, this situation MUST be the result of illegal acts and that there is no other possible explanation.

That said, it’s clearly foolish for anyone to celebrate until the final count is done.

Dave Rywall on April 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

It’s pathetic that people are so blindly partisan that, without any evidence whatsoever, this situation MUST be the result of illegal acts and that there is no other possible explanation.

I grew up in West Virginia, where vote buying was considered part of good citizenship by many. I never once heard or read of any vote tampering by Republicans. Of course, in the 50s & 60s there were no Republicans to speak of in the state. Dems do have a much longer track record of this sort.

That said, it’s clearly foolish for anyone to celebrate until the final count is done.

I wholeheartedly agree with you on this.

Dave Rywall on April 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Is there something wrong with me?

TugboatPhil on April 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Righties: simple incompetence. count the ballots. by the way, we win. f you left.

Lefties: she’s crooked. found just enough ballots to avoid a recount. f you right.

I respect whatever the final count is.

Nice broad brush, there, Junior.

Note how when Prosser was losing by 200, him and his people were nothing but gracious and respectful of the apparent outcome.

Now contrast this with what Klop and her people are doing when they are losing much more definitively than had been true of her opponent. HE didn’t declare victory when he was up by double digits, did he? He still hasn’t now. Like a judge should, he’s waiting for the facts.

The truth, man… stick with the truth. There’s no law that says that fair people must falsely accuse the other side of whatever the one side is clearly doing, or else be declared biased. There are in fact times when only one side is guilty.

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Reporters ask the stupidest questions……

DailyTrackingPoll on April 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The kenite lost. AWESOME!

True_King on April 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Ban-worthy.

DrSteve on April 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM

What’s a kenite?

[googling]

something about “serpent seed”? Not sure I get it.

Mary in LA on April 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Kloppy being sloppy?

Bwaahahahahahaa…

Sir Napsalot on April 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Don’t get me wrong, because I ecstatic that Prosser is in the lead, but doesn’t this poor gal come off like a complete idiot? They really should have had an IT guy (or gal) there to explain “here’s how she screwed up using MS Access (and we tried our best to ‘idiot-proof’ the program, but we didn’t count on dealing with this big an idiot).” It also sounded like the IT guy (or gal) tried to brief her on what to say to the press (again, without much success).

Memo to other knuckleheads….when someone says “Don’t add columns to an MS Excel spreadsheet, DON’T ADD COLUMNS TO THE SPREADSHEET

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Mary in LA on April 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM

This, and yesterday’s bit about her being of the “tribe of Marx,” are thinly veiled anti-Semitism.

DrSteve on April 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Since I’m in IT, it was painful to listen to her (non-technical) describe to reporters (also non-technical) what happened. Here’s my summary…

The county of Waukesha uses a custom developed Microsoft Access desktop database to compile election results across the county. Prior to the election, they gave the municipalities a Excel spreadsheet template to fill in. (What’s important to note is that the columns in the spreadsheet match up with the columns in the main Access data table.) The municipalities fill in and return the spreadsheet, and the county person imports them into the Access database, and prints a final report.

The city of Brookfield altered the spreadsheet columns, which threw off the import. Import errors are thrown to a standard Access error table, but can be easily missed, especially if custom development put a nice UI layer over the import function. Thus, the data for Brookfield didn’t show up.

When they canvassed the data, they noticed the import errors and the altered Brookfield spreadsheet columns. They asked Brookfield to provide the original template with data, re-imported and noticed the different vote counts.

Human error (at Brookfield) caused this problem when they altered the spreadsheet columns instead of leaving them as they were instructed.

This was not a “computer error”… it was a “person error”.

dominigan on April 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

This, and yesterday’s bit about her being of the “tribe of Marx,” are thinly veiled anti-Semitism.

DrSteve on April 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Oh! Gotcha, DrSteve. I must have missed the “tribe of Marx” remark. Thanks for the heads-up!

Not cool, True_King. Not cool at all.

Mary in LA on April 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Despite all the tooth enamel strewn on the streets of Madison and elsewhere in the leftie fever swamps, there is way less to this controversy than meets the eye. All the “unreported” (as opposed to incorrectly reported) votes were from a single city, Brookfield, in Waukesha County. And although those votes went unreported on election night, the FACT of the unreporting WAS being reported, by inference, and in real time. That is, the running county tally published by the AP omitted any vote total whatsoever for Brookfield. That omission was there for anyone to see–then and upon review.

So absent a successful assertion that Brookfield had seceded from the State of Wisconsin prior to the election,
Kloppenflopp’s legal gurus have a lot of ballots to “find” in a recount, or this one in a wrap.

Barnestormer on April 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

That said, it’s clearly foolish for anyone to celebrate until the final count is done.

Dave Rywall on April 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Buy lottery tickets today. I agree with DR.

Judge Prosser not claiming a win is incredibly intelligent and classy. The lady Judge should have done the same, in the name of correctness and decency.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The lady Judge should have done the same, in the name of correctness and decency.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

She felt she would have the upper hand by doing so. It was a dishonest tactical move.

CWforFreedom on April 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

She felt she would have the upper hand by doing so. It was a dishonest tactical move.

Right on. And to prove the correctness of this statement, didn’t Michael Moore squeal, as soon as the new numbers came in, that we should all drop it because, after all, SHE HAD ALREADY DECLARED VICTORY?

Sure, Mikey; because THAT’S all it takes… go have another couple hundred cheeseburgers, now. I’m sure some union pig will be glad to back up the truck.

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Human error (at Brookfield) caused this problem when they altered the spreadsheet columns instead of leaving them as they were instructed.

You’re right. In watching the video of the press conference, it looks likes she wants to allocate some of the blame to them while (honorably) taking some of the blame on herself. Once the dust settles, she should do the ultimate honorable thing and resign.

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Poor Klopenburger. To go from a whopping 206 ahead, to down by only 60,000 must be pretty humbling.

Another serving of humble pie, ma’am? Coming up!

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Why should she resign? Someone made a mistake in reporting early vote totals. She and her staff caught it when they did the recheck–a recheck that was designed and implemented to catch those kinds of errors. Plus, observers from both parties at every point along the way. When the mistake was found, she held a press conference, explained it, and took the blame for it.

Seems to me like she was doing her job just fine. In fact, it was a pleasure to hear from someone who apparently was concerned with doing her job properly.

secant on April 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM

You apparently missed the fact that Brookfield provided the data incorrectly which caused the failure.

dogsoldier on April 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Madison – Justice David Prosser appeared on Fox News Thursday night and told host Greta Van Sustern, “I’m not conceding, and I’m not congratulating. And I’m not claiming victory.”

“We’re simply waiting out the process,” Prosser added.

Prosser gained 7,582 votes over challenger JoAnne Kloppenberg after a canvass of votes in Waukesha County.

Prosser also continued to make the case that the state Supreme Court race “should not be a referendum” on Gov. Scott Walker “or any piece of legislation that may end up in the court.”

“Some people have insisted that it was,” he said. “And they take either comfort or displeasure in what they see as the ever changing results of the election.”

Prosser added: “I like to think that I have survived a nuclear firestorm of criticism and attack and smear. So as far as I’m concerned if these results hold up I will be the winner. My opponent has the right to call for a recount and have the state pay for that recount if it is within a certain level. But, if you get up over 7,000 votes that’s serious business, that’s not likely to be overcome.”

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

You apparently missed the fact that Brookfield provided the data incorrectly which caused the failure.

I’m with Dog. We don’t know she was the one who altered the spreadsheet, causing part of the data to fall off the side. In the end, they caught it, and corrected it, and the true numbers came out in the end, as they should. It wasn’t their fault that the foaming-at-the-mouth union candidate had already declared victory on a 200 vote margin out of 1.5 million, before the votes were even canvassed.

THAT lady should resign from public life in shame, and go sell Birkenstocks to hippie fruits in Seattle for the rest of her life.

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

You apparently missed the fact that Brookfield provided the data incorrectly which caused the failure.

So, the $64,000 question is, given the gravity of this election with nationwide implications, should she have done due diligence and check to see if the spreadsheets she was receiving had had their formats modified? If you’re gonna make the effort to warn people not to modify the formats, why not make the effort to ensure they didn’t?

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

So, the $64,000 question is, given the gravity of this election with nationwide implications, should she have done due diligence and check to see if the spreadsheets she was receiving had had their formats modified? If you’re gonna make the effort to warn people not to modify the formats, why not make the effort to ensure they didn’t?

Well, since we have the correct numbers, and the only harm done was to the egos of the morons who didn’t know better than to declare victory as soon as the moving totals of the moment favored them by a vote or 2, what’s the problem? Nobody was disenfranchised, and nobody took office wrongly. Clean living won the day. Why are you so hot for someone’s scalp? The freaking Attorney General of the US refuses to go after convicted voter intimidation thugs because they’re the same race as himself, but you don’t want HIM to resign, do you?

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Please send her a note of support and encouragement.

Mutnodjmet on April 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Done! And if she has a website for her bait shop, I’ll order something online!

csdeven on April 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The data going to the press was incomplete, but the data reported to the state was fine. I’m not seeing a serious problem here. Every election is audited and the results verified.

She had no reason to suspect the Brookfield people to modify the spreadsheet. AND WHY DID THEY DO THAT?

Bottom line: The vote is tallied and verified by both parties including a very forceful looking Dem who unequivocally stated that the vote was on the square.

That the end of it. Socialist teeth gnashing and hair rending not withstanding.

dogsoldier on April 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

The freaking Attorney General of the US refuses to go after convicted voter intimidation thugs because they’re the same race as himself, but you don’t want HIM to resign, do you?

AG Holder should not only resign, he should be in jail for treason. And he should take all his co-horts from his former law firm who are al-Qaeda sympathizers with him….but I digress

olesparkie on April 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

What must royally frost the Klopper is thinking her union puppet masters had the fix in for a squeaker victory being adjusted to what the Dims thought were the real numbers. The honest clerical error derailed the union fix.

Not to say Klopper won’t try to exploit a few judges of easy virtue (the Franken method) to save her but it will be far more difficult to hide than cooking the Milwaukee or Indian reservation returns during the hustle and bustle on election night.

viking01 on April 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

The honest clerical error derailed the union fix.

viking01 on April 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

That’s the bottom line here, and why the dems are so, so pissed off. They were prepared — more than prepared — to “produce” a few hundred votes to get the job done for their candidate. But a few thousand? They needed more warning. They’re pissed that it’s outside the margin of Typical Democrat Cheating, and they’re pissed that they can’t say that that is why they’re so pissed.

Rational Thought on April 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Kloppendoofus is really an idiot. Ever watch her speak? It is truly scary that she is that close to winning.

CWforFreedom on April 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM

viking01 on April 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Rational Thought on April 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Precisely. If Joe “I won’t pay for a landslide” Kennedy were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave. Answer: Eliminate unofficial tallies altogether and release only certified results, solely to the GAB, and in confidence.
Let the GAB announce the winner.

Barnestormer on April 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM


Done! And if she has a website for her bait shop, I’ll order something online!

csdeven on April 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.muskymikesbaitshop.com/

Mutnodjmet on April 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

They were prepared — more than prepared — to “produce” a few hundred votes to get the job done for their candidate. But a few thousand? They needed more warning. They’re pissed that it’s outside the margin of Typical Democrat Cheating, and they’re pissed that they can’t say that that is why they’re so pissed.

OK, you win the “Wish I’d Said It” Award – Best In Thread. Absolute gold.

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Encouraged that the grown-up judge won….

But terrified that election results anywhere depend on Microsoft Access…the buggiest database on earth!!!!

landlines on April 8, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Well, since we have the correct numbers, and the only harm done was to the egos of the morons who didn’t know better than to declare victory as soon as the moving totals of the moment favored them by a vote or 2, what’s the problem? Nobody was disenfranchised, and nobody took office wrongly. Clean living won the day. Why are you so hot for someone’s scalp? The freaking Attorney General of the US refuses to go after convicted voter intimidation thugs because they’re the same race as himself, but you don’t want HIM to resign, do you?

Dirty Creature on April 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Come on now, only Republicans that screw up have to resign. For democratics it’s a resume enhancement.

slickwillie2001 on April 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Are you claiming she manipulated the data from the voting machines?
ButterflyDragon on April 8, 2011 at 3:13 AM

No she didn’t manipulated the data from the voting machines……………………………………………. but Palin sure could have!

DSchoen on April 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I think the shear numbers overwhelmed her intent.

esnap on April 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Now a Democratic Congresswoman wants this investigated by the Dept of Justice.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/wisconsin-congresswoman-demands-justice-dept-investigate-prosser-victory

jdawg on April 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) wants DOJ to investigate votes giving David Prossser a victory in WI Supreme Court election.

I want an investigation as to why Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) thinks an “Unofficial” lead of 204 votes out of 1.5 million votes cast or a lead of 0.00136% would stand would stand, unchanged?

Is Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) really that stupid?

DSchoen on April 9, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Is Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) really that stupid?

DSchoen on April 9, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Does a former Marine Corps Drill Instructor make a lousy psychiatrist?

Maybe all the Democrats in Wisconsin can chug on over to Mamby Pamby Land where MAYBE they can find a majority of Wisconsin voters who still believe public labor unions are a good thing.

Roy Rogers on April 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

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