Video: Recalls for 8 Fleebaggers in sight?

posted at 3:35 pm on April 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Until the judicial elections last week, the momentum in Wisconsin appeared to favor the unions. After a big and unexpected turnout of conservatives in the state appear to have kept Justice David Prosser on the Supreme Court, the focus now turns to the recall efforts launched by both sides aimed at state Senators. Fox News interviews Dan Baltes of the American Patriot Recall Coalition, who is pushing the efforts on the ground in the eight districts represented at the moment by Democrats who fled the state, who claims that his group is getting close enough to shortly file papers against two incumbents and is optimistic about initiating recalls of all eight. The Fox anchor is more skeptical:


Baltes claims to be more than 60% in half of the cases to the needed signatures, and 75-80% in two of those races. That’s still a fair bit off from meeting the threshold, and the farther we get away from the controversy, the harder it will be to get people engaged for a recall effort. That’s just to initiate the recall itself, too; a recall election would have to be called, and the unions would spend a lot of money to get voters to the polls in these already-Democratic districts. In special elections, the side with a stronger organizational capability usually wins, and that would be the unions and Democrats, especially in the eight districts in question.

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was. I’d guess that Wisconsin voters are tired of the drama and want to move on, but it would be nice to see at least a couple of the fleebaggers have to account for themselves in a recall election this summer.


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Good luck fellas!

ted c on April 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The high road never gets Republicans much politically. It is important to keep pushing this issue.

RedSoxNation on April 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I think too chicken to show up for work is a good reason.

Speakup on April 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Keep the pressure up. Make the unions bankrupt themselves.

odat on April 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was. I’d guess that Wisconsin voters are tired of the drama and want to move on, but it would be nice to see at least a couple of the fleebaggers have to account for themselves in a recall election this summer.

Was this really a one-off, Ed? Or is it possible that a one-time political stunt could be a symptom of something far more insidious?

gryphon202 on April 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Wisconsin voters are tired of the drama and want to move on

This is the Left’s hole card – the professional radicals know they have the support of academia, social institutions & the media so they can wear down the opposition over time, winning with whimper, not a bang.

Bruno Strozek on April 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Well if you or I didn’t show up for work because we didn’t like what we had to do one day, we would be fired. Why not someone you elect and pay get fired, by the voters, for not doing their job?
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letget on April 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was.

Recall Statutes are there for a reason. This was not a stunt, it was job abandonment. When the Republican governor of SC (or somewhere around there) vanished and coould not be reached, he should be recalled.

jeffn21 on April 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Gee Ed, should they just quit trying to exercise their rights? Making the unions have to support a recall election is a great idea, even if it fails. Who can say it will fail for sure? Not you, Ed!

tomshup on April 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was.

Holding the state Senate hostage while holed up in an undisclosed location in another state is corruption.

ButterflyDragon on April 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

a recall election would have to be called, and the unions would spend a lot of money to get voters to the polls in these already-Democratic districts. In special elections, the side with a stronger organizational capability usually wins, and that would be the unions and Democrats

Money is a limited resource. I’d rather they spend the money defending their own as opposed to going on offense.

dentalque on April 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

jeffn21 on April 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Yep, Gov. Sanford of SC. Bailed on his state to go filandering with his South American hoochie-coochie. Said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail!

odat on April 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I would love to see this work.

But I understand if Wisconsin would like to move on. They live next door to people with strong feelings. That can’t be fun.

Processor winning was really a big deal. It does prove that the unions are only so powerful. I would love some proof of that in Washington State. The Democrats have rigged everything here so much that every other state will turn red before we do. And half the state is totally red!

petunia on April 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Make them defend themselves publicly. I don’t care if every one of them wins the recall election, let the Unions blow their money and let the people hear how these scumbags defend their actions.

SittingDeadRed on April 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Yep, make the damn unions and Libs spend their money on defence.

catmman on April 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Wasn’t the political stunt part of a corrupt relationship with the public service unions?

Count to 10 on April 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Was this really a one-off, Ed? Or is it possible that a one-time political stunt could be a symptom of something far more insidious?

gryphon202 on April 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

This.

I was attempting to explain this to the GF last night. What the fleebaggers did in WI was begin to unravel the fabric of our social contract. I’m talking the breakdown of society. When the minority just decides that it’s not going to play along anymore and hold the majority hostage, nothing will get done. The leftards ERUPTED over a relatively minor issue. What happens next as the Tea Party gains more influence and begins dismantling the Socialist machine piece by piece? My guess is physical violence.

BTW, the GF was shocked, *SHOCKED*, when I told her about the death threats leveled against the Repubs in WI. She asked me why she hadn’t heard about any of them on the news. I LOL’ed.

Dominion on April 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Even if none of the fleabaggers are actually recalled, it will cost unions money. Money that would otherwise go to 2012 campaigning. Ideal outcome for me is a 50.01% to 49.99% result with endless recounts that drains union money for legal battles.

angryed on April 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

TIP

Can The Government Tell You Take Your Junkie Butt Back In The House, While They Steal Your Kids Basketball Goal? Yes They Can!

If this don’t piss you off nothing will! Click the picture and watch the video at the risk of having a coronary infarction.

Nearly Nobody on April 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt

walking off job, thwarting democracy, undermining whole system…no big deal, move along please.

winston on April 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Agree w/ many of the previous comments. This is low-cost, low-risk and high-reward.

Best case: Dems lose seats in recall elections.
Worst case: Dem donors spend a lot of money defending those seats.

In all cases, the image of Dem’s abdicating their responsibilities to engage in a temper tantrum is kept fresh in people’s minds heading into 2012.

krakatoa on April 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Aren’t the union goons moving ahead with their recall petitions…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Agree redsox

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Just to make something clear. American Patriots recall Coalition and the RecallWirch efforts are two seperate entities. Erin Decker, a local in Kenosha County filed the paperwork and Dan Hunt has organized the rest. I do not beleive the two have joined efforts here in District 22. National Politics may be playing a role in other districts, but in ours it is a local effort.

Professor Jacobson investigated some of this recently. Much appreciated Professor. http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/04/massachusetts-miracle-in-wisconsin.html

And also an update here: http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/04/wi-dems-organizing-to-challenge-recall.html

I’m confident we will get the special election, but getting a Republican candidate to rally around will be the key to success. The more I learn about Senator Wirch the more disappointed I am. Kenosha County can do better than the representation we currently have.

DWB on April 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Make them defend themselves publicly. I don’t care if every one of them wins the recall election, let the Unions blow their money and let the people hear how these scumbags defend their actions.

SittingDeadRed on April 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

This…

Big John on April 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

…although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials….

Hello!

perries on April 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

If we can get even one of these scumbags, it will be a huge victory. I saw most of these turds whining on C-SPAN and am sure their purpose in life would be better served somewhere other than the state legislature.

fiatboomer on April 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

That’s still a fair bit off from meeting the threshold, and the farther we get away from the controversy, the harder it will be to get people engaged for a recall effort.

People seem fairly engaged last Tuesday. Big turnout for a minor election.

iurockhead on April 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I like the idea of the Unions blowing all their money on recall efforts instead of the real elections next year. If nothing else, the move to make unions accountable to the people is costing those unions a LOT of political money. Arranging ‘rent a mobs’ does cost money.

JIMV on April 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

The video is hung. It doesn’t start.

FactsofLife on April 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Keep the pressure up. Make the unions bankrupt themselves.

odat on April 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

They would just raise dues. It will remain so until the rank and file gets fed up enough to elect leadership that chooses candidates by issue rather than party. Now, that might mean that PEUs would always support Dems (don’t rock the trough, you know). But private sector unions? No.

Case in point: one wonders how many potential union jobs the Democrats’ pandering to environmentalists has cost? I think its safe to say quite a few in the energy industry alone.

tgharris on April 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Don’t waste time for reps from overtly leftist districts… they don’t care if you’re a mass-murdering embezzler of tax dollars… they’ll keep electing you as long as you have that “D” next to your name. And even if they were removed, they’ll elect whatever “D” takes their places.

mankai on April 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

It certainly is fun watching these idiots lose their sh*t.

rollthedice on April 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

That’s why I’ve completely discounted the ARC efforts. As for the local-led ones against the Dems with at least a chance of success:

- The Recall Dave Wirch (D-Kenosha) folks said last week they had enough signatures but were continuing to get a cushion.
- The Recall Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) folks claimed victory yesterday and have a “Victory/Last Chance” party set for Saturday.
- The Recall Jim Holperin (D-Conover) folks are still short after battling a very-hostile public union/Democrat alliance in-district.

On the other side, the Democrats have filed against the two most-vulnerable Republicans, Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) and Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), and the Government Accountability Board is in the middle of their 31-day review of the petitions.

steveegg on April 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Ed, isn’t running from the state to block a vote a sufficient dereliction of duty? Given how they are beholden to union money, how is it not the kind of corruption that deserves recall?

njcommuter on April 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I like the idea of the Unions blowing all their money on recall efforts instead of the real elections next year.
JIMV on April 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

The income forecasting at the WI-based PEU’s must be interesting exercises these days. With “voluntary” dues, annual re-certification, and elimination of the government check-off waiting in the wings, zero-based budgeting may soon take on a whole new meaning.

Barnestormer on April 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Win or lose, we win!

If the recalls are held and the liberals hold their seats, the unions will spend a lot of money they were hoping to spend on 2012 races. Make them spend it now.

huckleberryfriend on April 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I think what they did is corrupt. Unions, lefties, and corruption seem to go hand in hand.

tinkerthinker on April 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Kind of a depressing article, Ed.

But I think apathy is what the dems want you to feel.

Personally, I want to see all of those cowards recalled. Running out on their jobs! They should all be ashamed. Of course they are not, because they are democrats, and wouldn’t feel remorse for anything, unless that thing they did promoted ethics and morality maybe. Then they might be regretful about it.

It’s odd that they want to recall Dan Kapanke for doing his job, but they celebrate Kathleen Swinehout for NOT doing hers. Both of them represent my area.

I’d like to be involved in the recall efforts of those useless democratic senators. Where do I sign up?!

Sterling Holobyte on April 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I don’t consider it just an “offensive political stunt”, it was a legislative stop-work that struck at the core of our democratic ideals and attempted to substitute intimidation and threats for reasoned debate. That doesn’t seem like a minor infraction to me.

Socratease on April 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Regarding the Fleebaggers: RECALL THEM ALL!

Khun Joe on April 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Prosser won District 30 52.5-47.5
Prosser won District 12 55-45
Klopp won District 22 51.5-48.5

Dems will likely flip 1 district, maybe even a 2nd, so it may all end up a wash, unless the Republicans can also get D-22, or hold on to D-10.

WoosterOh on April 12, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Wisconsin deserves Legislators, not union hacks.

Elections have consequences.

Recall the AWOL 14.

Roy Rogers on April 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Maybe if those dems get hung out to dry by the unions, they’ll think twice before pulling that stunt again.

Kissmygrits on April 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt

Same thing, really. Politician votes to increase workers pay, union supports politician in next campaign. Union pays for that via dues (or providing “volunteers” or other in-kind contributions), which are collected from the members automatically via the state.

Politican learns that I take tax monies and pass them thru the unions back into my campaign fund! I call that money laundering, but that just seems to be business as usual.

I R A Darth Aggie on April 12, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was.

Kinda like that stunt of Black Panthers stationing themselves outside a polling place wielding batons. Now that they got away with it, there’s no way in the world they’ll try that again.

Just like the Fleebaggers. If they’re let off the hook for their dereliction of duty, there’s no way it’ll ever happen again if a similar situation arises.

Left Coast Right Mind on April 12, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I wouldn’t be terribly worried about Dan Kapanke losing his Senate seat. La Crosse is a college town, and the recall election will be held in Summer, when the vast majority of liberal college students who voted for Kleptoturd will be back living in mommy and daddy’s basement.

Mr. Bali Hai on April 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

They would just raise dues.

The dues that the State of WI won’t be collecting for them anymore? Good luck on that. The whole corrupt scheme is ready to crumble like a house of cards. We just need a few well placed pushes.

Except here in MA where apparently the streets will run red before the Unions give up any of their power.

SittingDeadRed on April 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM

although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt

As voter in one of the fleabagging districts, I would describe it as dereliction of duty and failure to discharge their sworn oath of office. But hey, that’s just me.

Trainwreck on April 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was.

Ed, give me a break. What we have witnessed is depriving citizens of representation. As I recall a little revolution was based along these lines.

This is NOT a small matter Ed.

Dr. Dog on April 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM

and the unions would spend a lot of money to get voters to the polls in these already-Democratic districts

This is reason enough for them to proceed with recall efforts, no matter the odds.

spinach.chin on April 12, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I agree with Baltes that the recall statutes are there for a reason, although usually they’re used to remove corrupt officials rather than punishment for a one-time political stunt, offensive as this one was.

So exhibiting extremely bad judgment and doing stupid things against the will of the people for purely political reasons is no reason for recall? I’m glad I don’t live in your state.

rmgraha on April 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Fleeing the sate was a major offense Ed, and an affront to the democratic process.

Please do not diminish the seriousness of it.

scotash on April 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM