Open thread: Total recall; Update: Al Sharpton tries to cope; Update: GOP wins two three four, Dems win one two; Update: GOP holds senate

posted at 8:42 pm on August 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s not quite literally total, but with six senate seats on the menu tonight, it’s closer than any U.S. state’s ever gotten. And needless to say, if the Democrats clean up, they’re going to come hard after Scott Walker next winter once he passes his first year in office and is finally recall-able. His approval rating as of last month: Er, 37 percent.

Who wants it more? Hmmm:

The first is that, as with special elections, these recall elections have such unusual turnout and have received such inordinate attention from national third-party groups trying to influence the races and send a message. In fact, the recalls have essentially been special elections on steroids, with spending reaching nearly $30 million.

As of a couple weeks ago, about two-thirds of that has gone to benefit Democrats, and Republicans acknowledge that they were essentially caught flat-footed by the whole thing. And because of that, they’ve been fighting from behind in recent weeks.

The MacIver Institute produced this mind-boggling money matrix to show how much dough unions and their fellow travelers are throwing around. It’s not just money, either:

This past weekend, 8,234 people volunteered for the state Democratic Party to support the Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s recalls. Volunteers made contact with nearly 785,000 voters last weekend alone, according to the Dems’ estimates. All told, the party says total voter contacts have surpassed 2 million. We Are Wisconsin, the coalition of labor unions that’s been a powerful force in the recalls, said it knocked on nearly 200,000 doors over the weekend—40 doors a minute statewide—and deployed hundreds of volunteers. “To have mobilized so many ordinary citizens, many of whom have never been involved in politics, to stand up and take their government back from Scott Walker and his enablers in attacking Wisconsin’s working families is nothing short of astounding,” says Kelly Steele, a We Are Wisconsin spokesman.

It’s not just payback for the collective bargaining law, either. Per Robert Costa of NRO, they’re hoping to send a message — or rather, several messages:

Leftist special-interest groups see more than a state senate in play: If they can diminish Walker, other conservative governors will hesitate to reform state labor laws. Wisconsin Democrats also need a big win to get them motivated after 2010, when Walker won and Republican Ron Johnson, a first-time candidate, snagged a U.S. Senate seat. That was a shock to the Left, especially after President Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008. In 2012, Obama will almost undoubtedly need to win here again…

U.S. congressman Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms have been a major issue in numerous races, even though it is Walker’s budget-repair bill, which curbed collective bargaining for public employees, that is seen by most national observers as the key factor in the recalls. Democrats, coming off a special-election House win in New York, see Ryan’s congressional GOP budget as a potent political issue and have been relentless in tying the state Republican lawmakers to the House GOP budget, even though the senators have no say on federal programs. Senator Darling has seen one of her quotes — calling Ryan a “hero” — become a sticking point, much to her chagrin. Over a recent breakfast, she complained that her campaign against Pasch has become about “fear” and “scaring seniors.” And “seniors vote,” she added.

Darling and other Republicans will be watching returns closely to see if their Ryan ties affected the results.

In other words, whoever wins tonight will be telling you tomorrow that this was very much a national election. The polls close at 9 p.m. ET; here’s the AP’s electoral returns page for all your feverish updating needs. Nate Silver has a useful chart if you’re looking to handicap the races. Democrats need three wins tonight to take back the senate. Dan Kapanke is a goner, it seems, and Randy Hopper has been weakened by “controversies,” so Alberta Darling’s race against Democrat Sandy Pasch might be decisive. Even if the worst occurs and I have to whip out the melting-chocolate-bunny video of despair, note per Silver’s chart that Democrat Jim Holperin is extremely vulnerable in his own district and he’s up for recall next week (as is another Democrat). If Democrats pull it off tonight, Republican motivation to bounce Holperin and retake the senate will be sky high next Tuesday.

Updates coming. Gird those loins.

Update: This editorial appeared less than two hours ago on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s website. They held it for … the day after the election:

So it turns out that the sky isn’t going to fall on all local governments in Wisconsin. The numbers now starting to come in show that Gov. Scott Walker’s “tools” for local governments apparently will help at least some of them deal with cuts in state aid imposed by the state budget.

That’s contrary to the expectation and the rhetoric of critics in the spring, and it’s to Walker’s credit. It bears out the governor’s assessment of his budget-repair bill, although we still maintain he could have reached his goals without dealing a body blow to public employee unions…

But the news is good for many. The latest example is Milwaukee, where the most recent estimates show the city with a net gain of at least $11 million for its 2012 budget. That will take a slice out of the city’s structural deficit, which is created by costs rising faster than revenue, and will reduce cuts that Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council must impose.

Update: Via Larry O’Connor at Breitbart TV, an instant comedy classic.

Update: None of the four most competitive districts have more than 30 percent reporting yet, but for what it’s worth, the GOP leads in three and Kapanke, who’s supposed to be a sure loser, is tied with his opponent with 22 percent in.

Update: The races in District 2 and 10 are all but over. With more than 50 percent reporting in each, the Republican incumbents are up by double digits. And an auspicious footnote from John McCormack: David Prosser lost District 10 with 49 percent of the vote in the supreme court election a few months ago. Sheila Harsdorf, the Republican, has 58 percent as I write this.

Update: Try the county website for up-to-the-minute returns in Randy Hopper’s race. As noted earlier, he’s a very weak incumbent (and a Walker ally); Democrats are counting on that seat, but with 29 percent in, he’s up by several thousand votes. It’ll be a huge upset if he pulls that out.

Update: Returns from Milwaukee came in at 10:15 ET and flipped the crucial Darling/Pasch race. The Democrat leads there now with 18 percent in.

Update: With 72 percent in, GOP incumbent Luther Olsen is holding on with a 10-point lead. Kapanke is fading as I write this, though, so control of the senate will come down to the Darling and Hopper races. As expected.

Update: Districts 2 and 10 have been called for the GOP. Olsen is still up by eight with 78 percent reporting. If he holds on, Democrats need to sweep the other three.

Update: Olsen did it. The race is called. All eyes on Darling and Hopper now. Ironically, Hopper was supposed to be a relatively win for Democrats and Darling was supposed to be a battle. As of 10:40 ET, Hopper’s in a dead heat and Darling’s down by 12.

Update: Via Politico reporter Dave Catanese, this would be crushing to the left if it proves true, especially with the Jim Holperin anything but a lock in his own recall election next week:

Dem source: Dems will get close but not close enough in #SD14 for @FredClarkWI. GOP source says Rs will hold all but Kapanke.

Update: With 79 percent in, Randy Hopper’s back in front by two points. Epic.

Update: 87 percent in now, and Hopper trails — by 137 votes. Good lord.

Update: At a little after 11 p.m. ET, the Democrats notch their first win. As expected, Kapanke has been recalled.

Update: With 52 of 82 precincts in, Darling has pulled to within two points and a thousand points of Pasch. That’s great news, because Hopper’s luck might be running out.

Update: Things look grim for Hopper, who’s down now by more than 1,000 votes with 97 percent of precincts reporting. As expected, everything will come down to Darling and Pasch.

Update: Endgame for Hopper: The AP calls the race for Democrat Jessica King. Darling and Pasch will decide control of the senate, at least for the next week. Pasch leads by four points with 67 percent in, but word from political junkies on Twitter is that there are still Republican counties out for Darling.

Update: A nice data point from Nate Silver. Based on election returns, this can be read as more of a rebuke to the left as to the right:

In total, GOP leads 52-48 among all votes counted so far tonight in Wisconsin. Walker won those districts 56-43, Obama won them 53-46.

Update: Via McCormack, too good to check: “GOP source: with 98 percent in, it’s Darling 30,868 to 28,170″.

Update: We’re waiting for new totals from the AP but political reporters are claiming Darling’s mopping up in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties, staking her to a 3,100 vote lead. But don’t shut off the computer just yet — there are still a few precincts in heavily Democratic Milwaukee to come.

Update: Spin — allegedly — from AP reporter Scott Bauer, who apparently deleted this tweet after lefty Greg Sargent (and DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse) preserved it:

huge win tonight for Dems. 2 seats Dems couldn’t win when Barack mopped up. In face of GOP power–this is huge

McCormack explains how stupid this is and politely declines to mention the Democrats’ huge money advantage in the race. They outspent Republicans two to one and, if Darling holds on, they’ll have lost two to one on tonight’s seats — with two of their own still to defend next week.

Bauer is now denying that he sent the tweet at all. It is possible for someone to fake a retweet; curious to see where Sargent got it from. Is someone on the left so desperate to put a happy face on tonight’s outcome that they faked a tweet from a reporter?

Update: Looks like the AP reporter didn’t tweet it after all. Duly noted.

Update: At 12:30 ET, News 3 in Wisconsin calls the race for Darling. The GOP retains control of the senate, 17/16, with two shots to increase that advantage next week. After months of agitation over the collective bargaining law, the supreme court election, and now the recalls, they haven’t regained control of anything. Now they have to go for the big prize to try to redeem themselves.

Update: Here’s what happened with the AP reporter’s phantom tweet, incidentally.

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Fingers crossed.

neoavatara on August 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM

So more or less, WI is losing.

Hand me a cheese curd, I want to hear something squeak.

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Exactly what difference does this make to anyone outside of Wisconsin? This seems like the Ames straw poll of reelections.

John_Locke on August 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

I don’t know, but weren’t we all eeyoreish with the Prosser election?That worked out well. Fingers crossed….

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Even if the worst occurs and I have to whip out the melting-chocolate-bunny video of despair, note per Silver’s chart that Democrat Jim Holperin is extremely vulnerable in his own district and he’s up for recall next week (as is another Democrat). If Democrats pull it off tonight, Republican motivation to bounce Holperin and retake the senate will be sky high next Tuesday.

That sounds almost non-Eeyore-ish…been hitting the JD again? If so, good on ya…takes the edge off.

AUINSC on August 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

*rrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiipppppppppp*
Barney Frank, checking in.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Jeez, the Rs are sure to win given AP’s classic Eeyore routine.

FalseProfit on August 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

If the idiots of WI want to return to huge deficits then so be it. The rest of us wont be kowed so easily.

csdeven on August 9, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Sure they can get their union gravy train back just in time to be bowled over by the now certain California default.

Speakup on August 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Why do I feel that ACORN, et al will be in control of this “vote”? I see dead people……

sicoit on August 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Here’s hoping the sane take back their state.

mythicknight on August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Just think, right on time. When does school start? a week or so?

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Exactly what difference does this make to anyone outside of Wisconsin? This seems like the Ames straw poll of reelections.

John_Locke on August 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

This could set the tone for the nation. Unions aren’t exclusive to Wisconsin. Trumka will try to parlay a win in Wisconsin into a national surge. And he may succeed, given the mentality of too many voters in this country. The south could be the only exception, and that region alone is not enough to stop them.

predator on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Al Gore, Al Franken and Al Sharpton have been called to oversee the vote tally .

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

If they don’t get to three and the GOP retains control? Great. If they do get to three and the government employee unions regain control? Then Wisconsin gets the government it deserves. I don’t live there, so either way is a win-win for me. Smart government, or wallowing in debt, despair and corruption. Wisconsinites have to choose and Wisconsinites have to live with their choice. Good luck.

Rational Thought on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

This is a forerunner to the 2012 elections. Im afraid the GOP is in for a stomping.

The GOP must learn to win consistantly rather than only in waves when the democrats screw up.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

This tells one something bout the evil of the dems. No moral person has ever voted for a dem. If you disagree, you are a criminal.

proconstitution on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Do they get to recall the surplus they now have?

princetrumpet on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Stolen elections

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I don’t believe WI will do the right thing…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

When does the GOP has a chance to take out a couple of incumbent Dems? I think its later in the calender and there are at least a couple of real opportunities to make up for any losses tonight.

I think.

swamp_yankee on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

And the Progs have all the kneecappers too…

d1carter on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

MOAR EEYORE

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

So if the leftist/Marxist/Raised Fist Retards win, money will fall from heaven Obama’s stash to fund all these programs, right?

MNHawk on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I’m sure that the Chicago political machine and ACORN will be “helping” make sure that all the votes are counted, including “deceased Americans”, and undocumented immigrants.

simkeith on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

If this works out for the Dems, they will use this template to form their own Tea Parties for the next year, and then discard them like cheap party sluts.

faraway on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Come on Wisconsin…
…..Do you want the failure of the liberal status quo…

..or do you want progress and a pathway out of debt.

liberalism is nothing but failure.

See California:

Lost Angeles
The City of Angels goes to hell

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_3_los-angeles.html

Los Angeles has begun to fade, and it can’t blame its sorry condition on the recent recession. The unemployment rate is one of the highest among the nation’s largest urban areas. Streets are potholed. Businesses and residents are fleeing. In virtually every category of urban success, from migration of educated workers to growth of airport travel, Los Angeles lags behind not only such fast-growth regions as Dallas, Houston, and Raleigh-Durham, but also historical rivals like New York.

Everywhere you see liberalism as the majority….you see failure.

Baxter Greene on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Can WI voters revert to stupidity so quickly? Stupid question, I know!

bluemarlin on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Even if the worst occurs and I have to whip out the melting-chocolate-bunny video of despair…

How ’bout not jumping the gun on that bunny this time. We had to wait weeks for the humpbot when Prosser won.

cozmo on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I wonder if those riots in Milwaukee will get some voters to think twice about the class/race baiting of the left. Hopefully, think twice.

swamp_yankee on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

How many schools will go from the black to the red with one vote. And cost the state millions with the same one vote.

tjexcite on August 9, 2011 at 8:54 PM

This is a forerunner to the 2012 elections. Im afraid the GOP is in for a stomping.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

are you a pollster?

jimver on August 9, 2011 at 8:54 PM

c h e e s e !

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 8:54 PM

“This past weekend, 8,234 people volunteered for the state Democratic Party to support the Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s recalls.”

Volunteers….?
Did they all show up on the same bus….?
A purple bus ?
I think Wisconsin got a good look at public employee unions and state reps and senators in action.
They know who got their back.

NeoKong on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

If Wisconinianites want to return to not so long ago days of getting bled dry by the union trash, then by all means I encourage them to step and pull the lever for demorats.

Bishop on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

There are a lot of braindead Democrats here who take the liberal propaganda as gospel.

WisCon on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Wait dont 3 democrats face recall as well ? then we could pull back in the lead if they lose

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Socialist hell bent on establishing Obama’s Socialist European vision of the future, begins in Wisconsin

Kini on August 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Can WI voters revert to stupidity so quickly? Stupid question, I know!
bluemarlin on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Anyone choosing to live in the radioactive sewage pit of Wisconsin can’t be all that bright to begin with.

Bishop on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

There are a lot of braindead Democrats here who take the liberal propaganda as gospel.

WisCon on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

being that you live there, how do you see it turning out?

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Wait dont 3 democrats face recall as well ? then we could pull back in the lead if they lose

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM
2, I think

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I was very discouraged to learn today that Wisconsin’s voter ID law has not taken effect yet. That means there will be many, many, many thousands of illegal votes cast today in that state, and they will virtually all be cast for democrats.

Rational Thought on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Wait dont 3 democrats face recall as well ? then we could pull back in the lead if they lose

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Didn’t they miss the recall petition deadline?

Kini on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Didn’t they miss the recall petition deadline?

Kini on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

No, they get there’s next week.

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 8:59 PM

In 1880′s Wisconsin, a deadly virus was rampant that developed into the brain of the inflicted. Many died, those who survived passed this virus on to their offspring.

This explains Wisconsin.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Theirs not there’s

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM

This is a forerunner to the 2012 elections. Im afraid the GOP is in for a stomping.

The GOP must learn to win consistantly rather than only in waves when the democrats screw up.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Really? WI is a precursor to the 2012 elections? WI went for Nixon and Reagan, but besides that, they’ve been a Dem stronghold when it comes to presidential elections. I don’t expect the GOP to take WI in 2012, and I don’t expect us to need it, either.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM

If the dems win this and the repubs aren’t able to make it up next week, a lot of conservative states really need to take a long hard look. Either these quasi-commie union thug run states will hold the rest of the nation hostage to their demands for more tax dollars, or we as a group tell them to go jump rope. Cut them off by demanding our states withhold federal funds to Washington.

BadMojo on August 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on August 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Dude, get new writers.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM

“To have mobilized so many ordinary citizens, many of whom have never been involved in politics…”

BS – union goons, nothing more. Ordinary citizens my ass.

Midas on August 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Forget loin girding…. Pray.

barnone on August 9, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Where is our Wisconsin correspondent Steve Eggleston?

Mark1971 on August 9, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I’m feeling confident. PPP polled all these races two days ago and everyone but Kapanke was leading. Even Hopper was leading by a half percent and he’s been plagued with a cheating scandal (in which his wife endorsed his opponent) and barely won has last election in 08 by 600 votes. Olsen was next closest and he was leading by 2%.

I’m saying we keep all but Kapanke’s seat (who’s in a La Crosse district that gave Obama 65% where I don’t know how a Republican won in the first place).

Then we win Holperin’s seat next week and the whole thing will be a wash.

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I live in a bubble so it’s hard to say. Prosser won by a hair, and that’s just how the state is right now, almost 50-50.

WisCon on August 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
11:53 AM: Clerks: Turnout steady to near presidential levels

Various clerks in the recall districts reported steady turnout so far with some projecting numbers that will rival a presidential election.

http://elections.wispolitics.com/2011/08/clerks-turnout-steady-to-near.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Viator on August 9, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Can WI voters revert to stupidity so quickly? Stupid question, I know!
bluemarlin on August 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Anyone choosing to live in the radioactive sewage pit of Wisconsin can’t be all that bright to begin with.

Bishop on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Well, damn, I got nothin’!

bluemarlin on August 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Really? WI is a precursor to the 2012 elections? WI went for Nixon and Reagan, but besides that, they’ve been a Dem stronghold when it comes to presidential elections. I don’t expect the GOP to take WI in 2012, and I don’t expect us to need it, either.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM

No its a showcase of the strength of the Democratic GOTV. It is a powerfull tool that the dems have that the GOP lacks.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Where is our Wisconsin correspondent Steve Eggleston?

Mark1971 on August 9, 2011 at 9:03 PM

He’s probably liveblogging at http://norunnyeggs.com/.

SteveEgg did a wonderful job with the Kloppy/Prosser election, and he writes really well. I hope we see him here at HA more often!

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I live in a bubble so it’s hard to say. Prosser won by a hair, and that’s just how the state is right now, almost 50-50.

WisCon on August 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

is it due to people moving in? Or ??? Bubble or not, you have to have some idea. Heck I live in a bubble, yet for such a large bubble I see quite a bit of the “O” stickers on cars.

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Wait dont 3 democrats face recall as well ? then we could pull back in the lead if they lose

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Didn’t they miss the recall petition deadline?

Kini on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

There was three Dem recalls scheduled but one of the R candidates didn’t get enough signatures to get on the ballot. Therefore there was no primary and that recall was a couple weeks ago. The Dem won handly against a very weak opponent. The other two recalls are next Tuesday.

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:07 PM

But the news is good for many. The latest example is Milwaukee, where the most recent estimates show the city with a net gain of at least $11 million for its 2012 budget.

If property taxes are used to pay for Public workers, then any home owner that wants to see tax relief would have voted by now.

Kini on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Anyone choosing to live in the radioactive sewage pit of Wisconsin can’t be all that bright to begin with.

Bishop on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

SteveEgg disproves your hypothesis. :-)

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

As of a couple weeks ago, about two-thirds of that has gone to benefit Democrats, and Republicans acknowledge that they were essentially caught flat-footed.

Republicans are always caught flat footed.

Tasha on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

No its a showcase of the strength of the Democratic GOTV. It is a powerfull tool that the dems have that the GOP lacks.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Interesting, what channel is this GOTV on? I have America’s Top 200 with DishNetwork, and I’ve got nothing.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Anyone know if these 6 recall districts have democrat or Republican clerks counting the votes?

Rational Thought on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Interesting, what channel is this GOTV on? I have America’s Top 200 with DishNetwork, and I’ve got nothing.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

GOTV = Get Out The Vote

/but you knew that — you just dropped your /sarc tag, right? :-)

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

My number on the lone ballot machine at my polling place was 477 for the Prosser election. Tonight: I was # 842.

I believe the communists are in more of a froth than us regular people, and with that said i believe we will have bad news tonight.

I’d like to point out a couple factors to mitigate despair, however. First, we were able to re-district the state prior to this election. It was a heavy lift, and the commies are dutifully litigating the action. Their lawsuits are all based on bullcrap and will be laughed out of court in rapid succession.
Second, the recall seats only serve out the term. These are not fresh six-year seats. The implication is that many seats will be up in the 2012 election (and the Golfer-in-Chief is sure to be more of an anchor than anything).
Net result: the commies will stifle further reform for now. They sure as hell won’t be able to re-institute collective bargaining. And they won’t be around for long.

roscopico on August 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

So given the recall today, it’s appropriate to refer to wiz-con-sin-ites as cheese heads. You betcha.

jbh45 on August 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Interesting, what channel is this GOTV on? I have America’s Top 200 with DishNetwork, and I’ve got nothing.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

GOTV = Get out the vote.
Its the door to door program.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Interesting, what channel is this GOTV on? I have America’s Top 200 with DishNetwork, and I’ve got nothing.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

It’s located on channel 666.

BadMojo on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

yet for such a large bubble I see quite a bit of the “O” stickers on cars.

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 9:07 PM

That reminds me.
A while ago I was pacing a semi-truck hauling crushed cars. Shiny chrome bumpers was about all you could make out and there were many “O” stickers.

Electrongod on August 9, 2011 at 9:13 PM

It’s located on channel 666.

BadMojo on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Thank you! Checking.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM

It’s located on channel 666.

BadMojo on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

S&P is expecting to downgrade it.

Electrongod on August 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I’m only watching to see if the 50/50 rule still holds. That is my grail. The camps are locked in concrete and I just can’t find any reason to hope they won’t be.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM

/but you knew that — you just dropped your /sarc tag, right? :-)

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Yeah, worst drought in 60 years, hottest summer in 31 years and worst economy since the GD is taking its toll. I need to vent/laugh.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 9:15 PM

…nervous. :(

Bee on August 9, 2011 at 9:15 PM

The GOP must learn to win consistantly rather than only in waves when the democrats screw up by fighting harder and using many of the Democrats’ cut-throat tactics against them.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Fixed it for you.

bw222 on August 9, 2011 at 9:15 PM

No its a showcase of the strength of the Democratic GOTV. It is a powerfull tool that the dems have that the GOP lacks.

William Amos on August 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

The Dems have always had union members and co. in their GOTV wheelhouse, and we still managed to win in 2000 and 2004. We can’t match them when it comes to footsoldiers looking for free handouts, but come 2012, we’ll have just as many boots on the ground in key areas (Ohio, Florida, etc).

Good Solid B-Plus on August 9, 2011 at 9:17 PM

upinak, you see O stickers. In my neck of the woods cars still have Kucinich stickers!

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 9:17 PM

i’m not optimistic. Teachers and Administrators and Teachers aides and school janitors are very activist in voting. They get their families (extended), friends, to vote. They also manage to convince a sizable percentage of parents of the children they teach that they are on the verge of starvation and they love teaching their little brat.

They send around flyers for the wonderful programs and building they have FOR THE CHILDREN.

In a small community on an off year election (much less a special election) ALL the activists will vote. The Police and Firefights do the same.

In my fire department district we have a much hated administration (ie. one that controls the budget). The national union came out to hate on him, Firemen at stop lights, picketing etc. (The good guy won…but it was close).

r keller on August 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Two precincts in and Cowles (Green Bay and Appleton suburbs) is up 95%. lol

The city of Butler is about to report.

Darling (R) 397
Pasch (D) 200.

It’s a Waukesha County city and the results are literally only 1 point off from the Prosser/Kloppy race. Darling is depending on the Waukesha and Washington County suburbs having higher turnout than the Milwaukee County burbs in her district.

As you can see here, the district is extremely polarized north/south:

http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/303419/sd-08.png

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:19 PM

So what will be worse? The Reps hold on as demons, or the Dems prevail as saviors? The later will just lead to failure, the former just lead to more demonizing and recounts. This brings the voter back to Sanity Square?

I’m betting on Arkham Asylum instead.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 9:19 PM

upinak, you see O stickers. In my neck of the woods cars still have Kucinich stickers!

sandee on August 9, 2011 at 9:17 PM

That or Ron Paul. ugh.

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 9:20 PM

I see the very first returns are coming in right now

JusDreamin on August 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Oh sh_t that hurts…blowing soda out through the nose!

ROTFLMAO!!!!

belad on August 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

^And I only posted the kos kiddies picture cause it was the best one I could find.

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Anyone know if these 6 recall districts have democrat or Republican clerks counting the votes?

Rational Thought on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Ahhh, grasshopper. You have learned much.

wccawa on August 9, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Anyone know if these 6 recall districts have democrat or Republican clerks counting the votes?

Rational Thought on August 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Doing a little handicapping are we?

JusDreamin on August 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Here’s hoping the sane take back their state.

mythicknight on August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Here is a commenter that many Hot Air regulars stand shoulder to shoulder with in debates of social issues.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM

The first results are in for Olsen and he’s down slightly. But it’s from Marquette which is one of his worst counties (along with Columbia and Baraboo).

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Writing from Wisconsin. We had heard on the local radio that the polling place attendants were apologizing to voters that they were asking for ID’s. When we went in to vote, sure enough, OUR ladies at the table asked for OUR ID, and then this gal leaned over to me and whispered “Sorry, we have to do this.” I said – GREAT! She didn’t seem to get my drift, So she leaned over to me again,and whispered “THEY are OBSERVING us – we HAVE to ask for ID.” I said GREAT – just wonderful. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m so happy that no one can come up and give you my name, and vote on my behalf. Thanks for asking.

moonlighter on August 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Actually Baraboo is not a county. It’s the county seat of Sauk county – I’m just typing out of my a** I guess.

Bro with the Sick Flow on August 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

moonlighter on August 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Why the he!! are the ladies apologizing?????? Are they scared? Sounds like it…..sad

sicoit on August 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

You know the spate of Black on White attacks must help turn out for Democrats. Right?

Roy Rogers on August 9, 2011 at 9:27 PM

sure enough, OUR ladies at the table asked for OUR ID

Man I love the sound of that.

JusDreamin on August 9, 2011 at 9:27 PM

moonlighter on August 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

A a case amd a 1/2 of Texas’ best to you for your fair play and common sense.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 9:27 PM

siciut: It was an eerie kind of atmostphere, indeed!

moonlighter on August 9, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Why the he!! are the ladies apologizing?????? Are they scared? Sounds like it…..sad

sicoit on August 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

They don’t have FF…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 9:28 PM

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