JS Online scolds Kloppenburg over recount decision

posted at 11:36 am on April 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The prevailing reaction to JoAnne Kloppenburg’s decision to seek a recount in her loss to David Prosser in Wisconsin’s judicial election this month has been disbelief.  Count the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s editorial board among those whose jaws hit the floor yesterday afternoon.  In a restrained yet biting editorial, the state’s leading newspaper calls the recount “unnecessary,” damaging to the state, and a waste of money:

The state Government Accountability Board says it is ready for a recount; the board had anticipated that one would be requested. But it is already requesting some $40,000 extra to deal with a possible 16 recall elections anticipated as a result of some senators leaving the state to avoid a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining proposals and other senators voting for them.

Earlier, the GAB said a statewide recount in the Supreme Court race might cost as much as $1 million. Given that the state is already scrambling in its current budget to make ends meet and that the next budget won’t be any prettier, this is an expense the state can ill afford.

Furthermore, the editors continue, the impetus for Kloppenburg’s decision rests on the error in Waukesha County that kept one city’s votes from being included in the unofficial results.  While appreciating the understandable frustration of the change that correcting the error made to the race, the JSO notes that the official count and recanvass was correct.  And if that is the issue, then why, they wonder, does Kloppenburg not limit her challenge to just Waukesha County?

The answer to that  is rather obvious.  This recount request isn’t based on an Election Night oversight on an unofficial count.  Kloppenburg’s decision to challenge the entire state’s count tacitly admits that the final official count from Waukesha is valid.  She needs to make up 7313 votes, and she can’t do that in Waukesha alone.  It’s not about righting an error, but about delegitimizing the results and overturning an election.  And I doubt it will stop at the recount.

Take a look at this chart from Politico, via Instapundit, to understand the stakes involved in setting the scope of the recount.  Even statewide recounts have produced at most only a 1200-vote difference in modern history, one-sixth of what would have to change in Wisconsin.  There isn’t a “slim” chance a recount will change the outcome; there is no chance of it.

Certainly, I am satisfied with the outcome in Wisconsin, but that’s not the only reason I say this.  In Minnesota, we had an automatic recount in our gubernatorial race last November when Tom Emmer lost to Mark Dayton by almost the exact same percentage as Kloppenburg lost in Wisconsin.  In that election as well, we had a massive miscount in Hennepin County, but unlike Wisconsin, state law required the recount.  Emmer had the option of taking explicit action to damage the election’s legitimacy by pursuing an election challenge; he decided against it despite calls from some in the party to fight to the political death.  Not only was the margin too large to overcome at slightly over 9,000 votes in a race where 2.1 million votes were cast, but the cost and damage to the state after the Franken-Coleman challenge made such a decision unthinkable for Emmer.  And Emmer made the right decision, not only for himself and for reality, but for Minnesota as well.

Kloppenburg obviously has a different concept of public service.  It shows the wisdom of Wisconsin voters that they chose her opponent.


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Liberals wasting money? Now there’s something unique.

/s

roy_batty on April 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

It shows the wisdom of slightly over half of Wisconsin voters that they chose her opponent.

Fixed

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM

O/T
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Japan got a 6.0 and 6.1
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MAP 6.1 2011/04/21 13:37:04 35.617 140.452 42.9 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.3 2011/04/21 08:18:15 38.332 142.207 27.8 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.0 2011/04/21 03:08:41 37.286 142.337 44.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.0 2011/04/21 01:54:41 40.306 143.629 7.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.8 2011/04/21 00:39:05 40.498 143.479 15.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_big.php

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Clueless and vapid little Lib.

Tim_CA on April 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Maybe she’s just doing it for the overtime it will generate. The police made out like bandits on the protests right?

Rocks on April 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Why can’t the unions pay for this recount? That old bat is punishing the whole state because she can’t stand to not win! Sorry WI voters you have such a selfish person there.
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letget on April 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The state Government Accountability Board says it is ready for a recount; the board had anticipated that one would be requested. But it is already requesting some $40,000 extra to deal with a possible 16 recall elections anticipated as a result of some senators leaving the state to avoid a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining proposals and other senators voting for them.

The bill for both the recount and the recall elections should go to the DNC.

Vashta.Nerada on April 21, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Shadows of al gore

Deafdog on April 21, 2011 at 11:45 AM

This tells you (if you didn’t already know) what kind of “judge” Kloppenburg would be.

cartooner on April 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

It’s not about righting an error, but about delegitimizing the results and overturning an election. And I doubt it will stop at the recount.

That seems to be the modus operandus of the modern Democratic Party. Delegitimize elections, which leads to a one party state.

rbj on April 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Ah, but there are many lost ballots waiting to be found in cars, cowsheds and lakes. We can’t let those go uncounted!

MetaThought on April 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Classless and cynical.

Cicero43 on April 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

However, unlike the Minnisota election, this case revolves around an election for a JUDICIAL position. Doesn’t the fact of Kloppy challenging the election results, based on essentially nothing, tell everyone her obvious lack of qualification for the position? Even if one argues that it is her “handlers” or her party that is pushing this, if she doesn’t have the sand to stand up to this stupidity, political posturing, then who in their right mind (other than Dem partisan, labor unions and the usual thugs) would want her on a judicial bench?

parke on April 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

From (WEAC)FaceBook
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U R G E N T : attend the Wisconsin GAB hearing tomorrow morning [but please someone post where it is supposed to be held and at what time] in support of a full statewide hand count of all the paper ballots. Carry signs stressing: Statewide Paper Ballot Hand Count! **Spread the word on FB, e-mail, and phone. Thank you.

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

There isn’t a “slim” chance a recount will change the outcome; there is no chance of it.

Wrong. There is about a 100% chance that the recount will overturn the results of this election.

An amazing amount of Kloppenburg votes will be “found”. The media will portray it as “Republican voter fraud”.

Remember, Wisconsin borders Illinois. Chicago is about an hour from the Wisconsin border.

It’s over.

playblu on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

“Unnnecessary, damaging to the state and a waste of money.” Isn’t that what liberals are supposed to do? Reality to a liberal is not what the truth is, but what they want it to be. This is a classic example of their mental disorder.

volsense on April 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

This tells you (if you didn’t already know) what kind of “judge” Kloppenburg would be.

cartooner on April 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

cartooner:)
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We The People – Supreme Court Debate

Prosser and Kloppenburg face off in the We The People Supreme Court Debate.
(Video-56:47 Minutes)
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http://video.wpt2.org/video/1858128764

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Joe Walker?

ted c on April 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Poor Kloppy.

Lanceman on April 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Kloppy wants her Murky Murk moment no matter what it takes or how much it costs!

Consider her “swiss” among the rest of the Cheeseheads up there in Wisconsin!

pilamaye on April 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

An amazing amount of Kloppenburg votes will be “found”. The media will portray it as “Republican voter fraud”.

And they will bring up the Waukesha County votes and claim those were ‘found’ as well.

Remember, Wisconsin borders Illinois. Chicago is about an hour from the Wisconsin border.

It’s over.

playblu on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Not sure they can pull it off but I think they are going to give it the old college try.

sharrukin on April 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

The Democrats are trying to gouge the government for as much as they possibly can so they can use it in the rest of their campaigns: “Hey, look how many millions of dollars these recall elections are costing you!”

Crazy? Yes. Idiotic? Of course. But look how well the same Fascist tatics worked when they used them to kill nuclear power.

logis on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

there is no chance of it.

Please don’t tempt the fates, Ed.

WisCon on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I can’t believe paper ballots are still use anywhere.

ladyingray on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

playblu on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I still think ED thinks the Dems play by the same rules as the retarded GOP.

Voter fraud by the Dems is nothing new, they’ll find 4000 votes for Kloppy, and have 4000 votes disqualified for Prosser.

MadDogF on April 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

A tad O/T
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This is a hoot,using their own words against them!!

John Nichols: Walker ‘progressive’ to bust unions? No way
April 20, 2011 6:45 am
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Gov. Scott Walker appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and claimed that his assault on public employees and public school teachers, public services and public education was a “progressive” policy.

“In Wisconsin, we are doing something truly progressive,” Walker told the committee, during a remarkable session that lasted the better part of four hours. “In addition to holding the line on spending and finding efficiencies in state government, we are implementing long-term budget reforms focused on protecting middle-class jobs and middle-class taxpayers.”

What sort of “progressive” reforms? Stripping Wisconsin state, county and municipal employees and teachers of basic rights in the workplace. Rendering public employee and teacher unions dysfunctional by ending basic protections for their existence in the workplace and political sphere. Undermining local democracy at the town, school district and municipal level. Restructuring state government in a manner that allows the governor to limit access to health care and sell off public properties in no-bid deals with campaign donors.(More………..)

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/article_9cc16f34-b518-5560-9af3-e6dd7246fc66.html

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

That woman has an IQ less than the sum of her digits but she’s behaving as a true liberal Democrat

rplat on April 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

ladyingray on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Here in TX we have both, paper and machine. We choose which we want.
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letget on April 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

“Kloppenburg obviously has a different concept of public service.”

Of the unions, for the unions, and by the unions…

… What is so hard to understand about that?

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

K-berg is following the Alinksy plan: personalize it, as in attacking that poor registrar who stepped up and admitted her obvious mistake.

This will not help liberals at all.

PattyJ on April 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM

No matter what “principles” liberals give lip service to, their actions consistently indicate that the goal which supersedes all others for them is power — its acquisition and maintenance through all means, legal and otherwise. Saving the state taxpayers millions of dollars? It’s not even on their radar.

Socratease on April 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Just like Al Franken’s Minnesota election (2010) and the Gubentorial election in Washington state, boxes upon boxes of “uncounted ballots” will be discovered in the back of panel vans and in corners of polling locations.

Democrats wouldn’t be asking for a recount if this weren’t the case.

Corky Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM

A tad O/T
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State will investigate sick notes given out at Feb. protests
Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011 02:04
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The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board opened investigations into medical excuses written by eight medical professionals for protesters at the Capitol in February.

The DRL sent out a press release Wednesday to explain the decision, and said 11 individuals had been asked to explain themselves following complaints the DRL received. However, a panel made up of three MEB members determined only eight of the 11 cases warranted further investigation.

The panel determined the other three individuals did nothing wrong, according to DRL communications director David Carlson.

According to the release, a more extensive investigation process will determine if any illegal actions occurred.

At the end of each investigation, it will be decided whether any disciplinary action is necessary, Carlson said in the release.
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http://www.dailycardinal.com/news/state-will-investigate-sick-notes-given-out-at-feb-protests-1.2186976

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM

crr6 might have the last laugh after all. I fully expect enough votes for Klopper to magically appear during this recount.

And hey, it’s only Thursday!

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I can’t believe paper ballots are still use anywhere.

ladyingray on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I know. We South Dakotans are so backwards, aren’t we?

-.-

gryphon202 on April 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Because Kloppy wants a recount, Ed said

It’s not about righting an error, but about delegitimizing the results and overturning an election.

No, the recount has nothing to do with overcoming the 7,000 plus votes. It is to firmly establish Kloppenburg to be the ultimate victim, to further milk as much money and fame from (what?).

Sir Napsalot on April 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Election Blog: Kloppenburg requests statewide recount; Prosser campaign slams ‘nakedly political goal’
4/21/2011
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JoAnne Kloppenburg said Wednesday a series of anomalies in various Wisconsin counties and the narrow margin in her race with Justice David Prosser demand a statewide recount paid for by local and state taxpayers.

She also called on the GAB to appoint a special investigator to “professionally, thoroughly and completely investigate the actions and words of the Waukesha County clerk.”

Kloppenburg said she didn’t make her decision lightly. But undervotes in Milwaukee and Racine counties, reports of long lines and photocopied ballots in Fond Du Lac, and significant changes in the Winnebago County vote totals necessitate a recount, she argued.

“With a margin this small — less than one half of 1 percent — the importance of every vote is magnified and doubts about each vote are magnified as well,” she said.

Because the margin is less than one half of 1 percent — some 7,300 votes out of about 1.5 million cast — Kloppenburg’s campaign won’t have to pay for the recount. Those costs will instead be borne by local governments and the state.
(More……..)

http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=234137

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

It’s not about righting an error, but about delegitimizing the results and overturning an election. And I doubt it will stop at the recount.

Kloppenburg wants to delegitimze every swing vote Prosser ever takes, especially on the Walker reforms.

Kloppenburg also wants to get that Waukesha County clerk fired. (Kloppenburg has called for a special investigation of the clerk and her procedures.) It was because of the clerk’s error that Kloppenburg made a fool of herself and proclaimed premature victory.

Wethal on April 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

If you prefer the change-of-margin in terms of percentage, the largest change in the last 31 years was 0.152 percentage points. That was in the low-vote-total (under 206,000 total votes) 1980 Vermont Senate race.

In elections of similar or larger size than the Wisconsin Supreme Court election of 2011, the largest percentage change-of-margin is 0.073 percentage points, in a 2000 Colorado Board of Education race (1.53 million votes total). Of note, the Colorado race just barely missed being the largest absolute vote-margin change, as the 1,121-vote change is just under the 1,247 votes of the just-under-6 million that changed in the 2000 Florida Presidential recount (and post-recount judicial contest).

Need I remind everybody that the current margin for Justice Prosser is 0.488 percentage points, or 7,316 votes out of just under 1.5 million?

steveegg on April 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Election Recount Procedures(PDF)
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http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/65/recount_manual_23968.pdf

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM

there is no chance of it.

Please don’t tempt the fates, Ed.

WisCon on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Don’t want to tempt the rath of the, whatever from high atop the thing!

RDuke on April 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Of the unions, for the unions, and by the unions…

… What is so hard to understand about that?

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Seven Percent Solution:I’ll finish it!:)

…..so help me thug!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

We have paper ballots that are optically scanned. IMO, it’s the best way to go.

The scanning gives the totals, but the paper trail is there if needed.

And there are always CLEAR instructions about using them. If you mark somewhere accidentally, then you can request a new ballot.

INC on April 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I can not fathom,this Progressive Superior Smart Power,
because,they absolutely think,they got frauded and “BOINKED
OVER’,and robbed of this election!!

Priceless!!

Oh,on a side note,Kloppy is as shrill as Media Benjamin
from Le Code Pinko,or,Cindy Sheehan,with their 12 year
old voices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I can see Kloppy when this is all over…

… sitting alone by the phone, which has fallen silent.

Her once full e-mail account sits empty…

… She glances anxiously at cars that drive by the house, but no longer stop.

Rode hard, and put away wet by the Left…

… Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM

As for what happens after the recount, Kloppenburg would have 5 business days to decide whether to send it to a court presided over by a reserve (i.e. retired and/or defeated for re-election) judge of Wisconsin Supreme Court Shirley Abrahamson’s choosing (Abrahamson sure seems to have a vested interest in a specific outcome that is contrary to the current one). While the law that controls the judicial appeal (Wisconsin Statutes Section 9.01) would seem to preclude a Lawgiver-In-Black’s ability to overturn the election, the most-likely choice to conduct Grand Theft Courts is former Supreme Court Justice “Loophole” Louis Butler, who has never met a law he couldn’t fold/spindle/mutilate, and who almost certainly still has a grudge against we the voters who tossed him off the Supreme Court in 2008.

Of course, any novel “judicial philosophy” applied by the appointed Lawgiver-In-Black to hand the election selection to Kloppenburg, even once upheld by the Wisconsin 4th District Court of Appeals (based in Madison) and deadlocked in the Wisconsin Supreme Court (either Prosser would need to recuse himself or the seat would be vacant pending final resolution, resulting in a 3-3 split), would almost certainly trigger an equal-protection “hook” a federal court could latch onto.

steveegg on April 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

playblu on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

thebrokenrattle on April 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The libs probably like knowing that a recount will add to the deficit too. Walker should say that he has to lay off 10 state employees to cover the cost.

OxyCon on April 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I’ll finish it!:)

…..so help me thug!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Kloppy the Goon…

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Richard Nixon showed more courage …

Also worthy of mention was his admirable refusal to challenge the results of the 1960 election, despite mounting evidence of blatant voter fraud in several key states. Like any good public servant, Nixon knew that a lengthy recount could have jeopardized the security of the U.S at a critical time and was able to put his country ahead of his own personal ambitions.

HondaV65 on April 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

The libs probably like knowing that a recount will add to the deficit too. Walker should say that he has to lay off 10 state employees to cover the cost.

OxyCon on April 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Most of the recount costs will be borne by the 72 counties. I’d say each of them should lay off a person.

steveegg on April 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I have a bad feeling about this. :-(

Mary in LA on April 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM

“And Emmer made the right decision, not only for himself and for reality, but for Minnesota as well.”

Spoken like a true “Establishment Republican,” Ed. Let’s always go along to get along. Next time you wonder why the Dems win so much and get so much more of their agenda enacted than the GOP, take a good look in the mirror.

bw222 on April 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I’ll finish it!:)

…..so help me thug!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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Kloppy the Goon…

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Seven Percent Solutions:Hehe)
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Young Frankenstein – Blücher !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQiXPHhZ4Go

canopfor on April 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I know. We South Dakotans are so backwards, aren’t we?

-.-

gryphon202 on April 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

We have machines in TN. In fact, I’ve never voted on paper. Before the more recent computerized machines, we used machines with switches. I’m sure voter fraud can be accomplished on machines, but paper ballots are ripe for it.

ladyingray on April 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Maybe if Prosser’s attorney did not challenge Klopp to recount the votes with their stupid remark about doing everything to stop it, then maybe she would of passed. Once the other side says you cant do something legal, then you push the button just because you know you can and there is nothing the other side can do to stop you.

WoosterOh on April 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I know. We South Dakotans Minnesotans are so backwards, aren’t we?

-.-

gryphon202 on April 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

There, that will help.

Mirimichi on April 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Richard Nixon showed more courage …

Also worthy of mention was his admirable refusal to challenge the results of the 1960 election, despite mounting evidence of blatant voter fraud in several key states. Like any good public servant, Nixon knew that a lengthy recount could have jeopardized the security of the U.S at a critical time and was able to put his country ahead of his own personal ambitions.

HondaV65 on April 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I hate to admit it, but so did the idiot “candidate” the Democrats ran for President in 2004:

Earlier today, I spoke to President Bush, and I offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need — the desperate need — for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing.

Of course, his plea for “healing” was totally ignored by his brain-dead supporters, who immediately launched legal challenges in Ohio.

And less than 2 years later, Thurston himself had already forgotten his own words:

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry didn’t contest the results at the time, but now that he’s considering another run for the White House, he’s alleging election improprieties by the Ohio Republican who oversaw the deciding vote in 2004.

An e-mail will be sent to 100,000 Democratic donors Tuesday asking them to support U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland for governor of Ohio. The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland’s opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush’s honorary Ohio campaign co-chairman and the state’s top election official.

“He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote,” said Kerry’s e-mail.

Kerry, D-Mass., conceded the election when he lost Ohio and its 20 electoral votes. A recount requested by minor-party candidates showed Bush won by about 118,000 votes out of 5.5 million cast. But Kerry’s e-mail says Blackwell “used his office to abuse our democracy and threaten basic voting rights.”

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Richard Nixon showed more courage …

Also worthy of mention was his admirable refusal to challenge the results of the 1960 election, despite mounting evidence of blatant voter fraud in several key states. Like any good public servant, Nixon knew that a lengthy recount could have jeopardized the security of the U.S at a critical time and was able to put his country ahead of his own personal ambitions.

HondaV65 on April 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

This is why I despise Al Gore. He put personal ambitions way over the country’s best interests AND heated up the hate and partisanship in the process and never ceased stoking the flames during the 8 years of Bush.

karenhasfreedom on April 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

She is counting on corrupt Democrats to draw her close enough to put the entire vote in question. The interesting thing is that the after vote corrections were trending towards Prosser.

pat on April 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

They(unions/acorn types) must have “found” some more ballots.

reshas1 on April 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Maybe if Prosser’s attorney did not challenge Klopp to recount the votes with their stupid remark about doing everything to stop it,

WoosterOh on April 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Oh please … wake up.

PackerBronco on April 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

How’s that Wisconsin strategy working out for you lefties?

forest on April 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The libs probably like knowing that a recount will add to the deficit too. Walker should say that he has to lay off 10 state employees to cover the cost.

OxyCon on April 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I kept looking for this comment — someone had to have the same idea I was having!

“Whatever the cost of this recount, the State of Wisconsin will permanently terminate the number of public union employees necessary to fund it. We will not waste a penny of taxpayer money for this vindictive union maneuver.”

Heh.

Jaibones on April 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM

There isn’t a “slim” chance a recount will change the outcome; there is no chance of it.

Yeah, especially since ACORN isn’t around.

GarandFan on April 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Wouldn’t it be funny if they uncover Dem ballot stuffing in other counties?

karenhasfreedom on April 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Maybe Kloppy can get Brett Farve to go back to the Packers.

Bruno Strozek on April 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I have this novel idea. I believe all states have the lottery now, why could we not swipe our ID card and vote at the local stop-n-rob?

uddercha0s on April 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

The question boils down to whether 7,300 votes is outside the margin of fraud.

Pablo Snooze on April 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Someone’s not willing to sacrifice in the sake of fairness !
Alert the admin in DC !

pambi on April 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

If you find this recount objectionable, contact Kloppy
and let her know that you think; “The cost of a recall is too damn high”.

The target has been identified, now is the time to act.
Contact Info: Charlie Sykes Tell her; “Klop you, stop wasting our money.”

P. Monk on April 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

There isn’t a “slim” chance a recount will change the outcome; there is no chance of it.

Wasn’t that said about Al Franken in your own state Ed? Never say never when a dem has a chance at putting in the fix somewhere.

Big John on April 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

… Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Maybe she can hook up with, um, what was her name…oh yeah, Cindy Sheehan and they can commiserate.

Big John on April 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Consider her “swiss” among the rest of the Cheeseheads up there in Wisconsin!

pilamaye on April 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

More like Limburger.

VelvetElvis on April 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Kloppenburg made herself look like a donkey’s behind when she declared victory…now she’s trying to save…face?

zoyclem on April 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Wrong. There is about a 100% chance that the recount will overturn the results of this election.
. . .
@playblu on April 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Jeez! Whatever you’ve been taking for whatever ails you, has apparently begun caused intermittent explosive cerebral crepitation. I’d back off to about 1/10th of the dose & quick get a second opinion on continuing those meds at all!

Take another look at this.

Trochilus on April 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Kloppenburg also wants to get that Waukesha County clerk fired. (Kloppenburg has called for a special investigation of the clerk and her procedures.) It was because of the clerk’s error that Kloppenburg made a fool of herself and proclaimed premature victory.

Wethal on April 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

My belief is that she wants to use the clerk’s error to get all those ballots from Waukesha County tossed out, and then count on her union friends to find enough “missing” ballots to pad her “lead.” All it takes is finding the right judge.

I was in Florida for the 2000 recount, and still vividly remember the Democrats getting hundreds and hundreds of legitimately cast military ballots tossed out for minor technical violations, and them and their lawyers trading high fives with each other over each discarded ballot. That memory rankles.

Gator Country on April 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The DIMocrats obviously didn’t bus enough voters up from Chicago…

THIS IS WHY ORGANIZATIONS LIKE “ACORN” MUST BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS.

Khun Joe on April 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

You want to stop the Democrats from stealing the election via recount?

1: The lawyers the unions are importing are from out of state, and are almost certainly not licensed to practice in WI. CHALLENGE THEIR RIGHT TO BE PRESENT DURING THE RECOUNT. They can only practice law if the get a waiver by a court, if not licensed in WI. The Republicans should challenge every pro hac vise petition by the Democrats. This must be done in every county where the carpetbaggers attempt to set up shop, even in Democrat strongholds. Appeal each and every decision to allow them to practice law in WI for the Democrats. Fight them every inch of the way.

The Democrats hire firms that specialize in winning recounts – fight like hell to prevent them from participating. Fight like hell every legal maneuver they try. Object. Object. OBJECT!

2: Preemptively put Soros-owned Sec of State LaFollet on notice the the slightest sniff of an attempt to “call” the election for Kloppenurg will result in an impeachment proceeding against him. Even if they cannot succeed at ousting LaFollet, the Republicans can cripple him for the next election if LaFollet tries to throw the election to Kloppenurg.

3: Insist that every absentee ballot be counted. Oppose each and every attempt by the Democrats to have them tossed out. Object to every “technicality” they raise, and emphasize the “Florida” rationale – that citizens have the right to have their vote counted, especially those voting absentee.

4: Invoke “direct action.” That’s what the Democrats ad unions do. No death threats, but TAKE THE GLOVES OFF!

Democrats/Unions threaten and intimidate. Play that against the hired lawyers, the local union leaders (especially the local teacher union official), the local Democrat infrastructure such as precinct captains, party officers. It is especially important to do this in areas where Republicans are strong: Identify these people. Publish the names and photos identifying as people who are trying to undermine WI elections.

Business owners: Refuse to serve them in restaurants. Refuse to allow them to patronize gas stations, grocery stores, etc. Let them drive 20 miles out of their way to buy gas or groceries. Target those businesses that knuckled under to the “Jim Parrott” threats and put up signs supporting the unions. Boycott them! It’s payback time!

Start a campaign against the hired lawyers beyond just making their day-to-day existence difficult. Take photos of them, post those photos around the counties identifying them as the ones trying to commit post-election vote fraud. Rent local bill boards with their pictures on them, pay for full page ads in the local paper with their pictures.

Look, they are enemies of democracy by trying to steal the election and the voters have a right to know who they are!

Remember when Dems slashed tires of Republicans in Milwaukee – and got a slap on the wrist, even though one of the perps was the son of an elected Democrat? The Acorn didn’t fall far from the tree, didn’t it? Remember when the unions super-glued the doors of businesses that either supported Walker or who did not put up a pro-union sign?

I’m not advocating breaking the law, but this behavior by Democrats and unions needs to be responded to in some fashion. The left show absolute zero concern for the property rights of Republicans – and have proved it time and time again. Further, they vandalized the WI state capitol, proving their disrespect extends to public property as well. Find a way to “pay them back” in some way.

5. Make WI both personally and politically too expensive for the Democrats to steal.

georgej on April 22, 2011 at 2:12 AM