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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LOL, Maddow has now done a 20 minute segment on how awesome unions are and they still haven’t mentioned that Dems lost.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Ditto DS

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Lefties, you are truly stupid!

May 2012 wipe you out.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

29Victor on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I hear you..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

The GOP retains control of the senate, 17/16,

I guess liberals didn’t threaten to kill enough people and destroy enough public property to change hearts and minds in Wisconsin.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE YOU LIBERAL IDIOTS

WisCon on August 10, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Right On!

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

I don’t think they have to pray all that much. We have as much chance of winning NY and CA now that the Dems do of winning Mississippi.

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM

With Obama at the helm all things are possible.

Obama is the man you will singlehandily destory the dems. evil always destroys itself.

the rinos just don’t get it.

unseen on August 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

I’m out. On Wisconsin. We will take back our state from the unions.

Brat4life on August 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Ron Johnson beats Feingold. Check.
Walker beats Barrett. Check.
Badgers win the B10 and go to the Rose Bowl. Check.
Packers win the Superbowl. Check.
Prosser beats theKlop. Check.
Recall elections fail. Check.
Brewers in 1st place in NL Central. Check.

Oh yeah, it’s good to be a BADGER!!

PackerBronco on August 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I agree I’m not much on spiders either!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Any chance any of the Dem seats flipping next week?

karenhasfreedom on August 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Let’s all do what we can to make that happen.

Here are the websites for the 2 Republican candidates:

Kim Simac (R)
http://kimsimacforstatesenate.com/

Jonathan Steitz (R)
http://www.steitzforsenate.com/

Please help to spread the word about their campaigns!

wren on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

OT: John McCain got booed for his hobbit comments today in Tucson. It’s all over the local news. He sounded like a jerk, threatening to remove people.

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Okay Dems, you lost.
Now get the h*ll out of the Capitol.

And clean up those d*** balloons!!!

PackerBronco on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I think it can’t be overemphasized just how much we’ve won in this state. Conservative governor enacting real reform, keeping the Supreme Court, keeping the state Senate, hamstringing unions and the left, and turning a solid-blue state into a swing state.

Wisconsin Tea Party / Wisconsin GOP, it’s beer o’clock. I’m buyin’.

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Any chance any of the Dem seats flipping next week?

karenhasfreedom on August 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM

That w/b the penultimate schadenfreude.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

LOL, Maddow has now done a 20 minute segment on how awesome unions are and they still haven’t mentioned that Dems lost.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

..waiting for media matters to get their “Nazi Republicans stole the election” conspiracy talking points together.

….uhhh…how can you watch 20 minutes of Pat blabbering such liberal drivel?????

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

The Milwaukee Journal will be regretting they didn’t hold that editorial about Walker’s beneficial policies until after next week’s Dem recall votes!

INC on August 10, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Is Maddow’s show live right now?

SouthernGent on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

OT: Man at McCain townhall wearing a shirt saying “I’m not a mob Hobbit.”

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Mr. Walker, you are the mensch in all this. How you deserve to rub the joy into these scums’ noses, and you won’t.

You will quietly, and decently, just do your job.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Brewers in 1st place in NL Central. Check.

Oh yeah, it’s good to be a BADGER!!

PackerBronco on August 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM

My Cubbies have improved to the point that they’re now the third worst team in the majors rather than the second worst team in the majors.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Nice to see you Baxter..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

OT: Man at McCain townhall wearing a shirt saying “I’m not a mob Hobbit.”

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM


You miss this thread?

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Maddow still hasnt mentioned the libtards lost. Tee hee.

angryed on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

I agree I’m not much on spiders either!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Yea…
What a great night!!!!!
Going to be a lot of lying,spinning,and conspiracy bullsh!t coming from the “adults” tomorrow.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

So they spent $30 million on two measly State Senate seats, how much are they going to pour into recalling Walker? $50 to $80 million? That’s a buttload of wasted money.

El_Terrible on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

The race wasn’t even close. Patchy got crushed, but still hasn’t conceded. Maybe he/she? got drunk and fell unconscious.

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Spent a bunch of the evening reporting results on reddit. It’s amazing how they shower somebody with downvotes as soon as they find that person is a Republican. Shows the true nature of the left.

Vegi on August 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM

PackerBronco on August 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Good Call…

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Walker will make a grat VP in 2012 been saying it for a while now.

He is one of the few in the GOP that has balls. at least within the male sex.

unseen on August 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Yeah, I missed that thread. But I just saw the video on the local news. The tea party people were hysterical. The MoveOn people stood outside demanding pork projects and “investments”.

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Yes it was a great night..Moaning Joe should be a hoot in the morning..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

philipaklein Philip Klein
BREAKING: S&P downgrades Dems chances of retaking Wisconsin state senate.

andy85719 on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Nate Silver said that if you project out from tonight’s results to a statewide basis, a Walker recall election could be close so dems will probably go for it.

chris999 on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

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

“Judge Elihu Smails?”

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

LOL@MSNBC…

SouthernGent on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Oh, my god, O’Donnell is mad, mad, mad.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

ROFL, Maddow still refused to call the Darling district before she went off.

JSK on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Now they have to go for the big prize to try to redeem themselves.

Earlier Silver said it was a big win for GOP statewide and now he says it’s a wash? Which is it?

clearbluesky on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM


HUMPBOT

Kini on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Crr6 Cries tonight.

Kleenex & Depression medication trucks seen pulling up at DNC/Union headquarters.

portlandon on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Good time for a DelDelmonte “Crr6…Thank you President Obama” post right about now.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

11:55 PM: Darling: ‘I’m waiting for a call from my opponent’

At 11:40 p.m., a jubilant Darling announced, “I’m waiting for a call from my opponent.”

She introduced her campaign staff. “This is Team Darling,” she said.

Darling complained again about “having to be escorted by police” at the state Capitol during protests in February and March. “These people had to deal with day in and day out intimidation and just plain meanness,” she said of her staff. “You didn’t hear about the bullying.”

The remaining crowd, still well over 100 people, chanted, “Alberta. Alberta. Alberta.”

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Maddow, MSNBC sign off for night without announcing that Dems lost the final race.

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

El_Terrible on August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Well that was from the slush fund I mean stimulus Obama passed.

The dems have fallen for the belief that money wins elections. 2010 and now 2011 is going to teach them it isn’t.

Look for the dems to try to get Tea party fake candidates on every ballot like they did in NY. The Tea party needs a leader in 2012 to make sure those fake candidates are outted.

unseen on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

WI is taking libs to the woodshed. All this and Paul Ryan too.

rickyricardo on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Great Ain’t it!

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

ROFL, Maddow still refused to call the Darling district before she went off.

JSK on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

What do you expect…
….she still thinks Al Gore won in 2000.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

From Twitter:

ExJonJon G.

BREAKING: The 2 new WI Democratic legislators will be sworn in at the Rockford, Illinois Holiday Inn.

LOL

29Victor on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Yes it was a great night..Moaning Joe should be a hoot in the morning..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I love it! Libs getting punked by the folks they hate the most! Get used to it lib scumbags! More to come.

VegasRick on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Crr6 Cries tonight.

Kleenex & Depression medication trucks seen pulling up at DNC/Union headquarters.

portlandon on August 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Count it to never come back to bite me in the rear /crr6

AH_C on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

What an excellent result, especially since we WI taxpayers paid for most of this recall election(thanks a lot, dims)!

Mr. Walker, you are the mensch in all this. How you deserve to rub the joy into these scums’ noses, and you won’t.

You will quietly, and decently, just do your job.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

That’s one thing I like about the man! The left could learn about honor and courage from a man like Gov. Walker. They won’t, but they could.

Sterling Holobyte on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

WI is taking libs to the woodshed. All this and Paul Ryan too.

rickyricardo on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

If they keep this up, they might finally atone for giving us Fighting Bob LaFollette and modern progressivism.

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Nate Silver said that if you project out from tonight’s results to a statewide basis, a Walker recall election could be close so dems will probably go for it.

chris999 on August 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM

It would be close if Walker was being recalled today, but the recall won’t happen until next year. He has time on his side.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Okay, so MSNBC isn’t live…bwahhaha…still funny to see those loons.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Japan Stock market is doing ok..104 points up..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

This thread is just begging for some tunes!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 10, 2011 at 1:04 AM

God help me, I ventured into the MSNBC toilet, after a looooong time.

O’Donnell and the crazy man are spinning, spinning…the channel is not telling that they lost…schadenfreudig beyond belief. Might be a rerun show because they’re not telling that they lost.

Andrea Mitchel is derranged, big time.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:04 AM

From Twitter:

ExJonJon G.

BREAKING: The 2 new WI Democratic legislators will be sworn in at the Rockford, Illinois Holiday Inn.

LOL

29Victor on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

ROFL..That is a classic..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Oh, my god, O’Donnell is mad, mad, mad.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Are the veins sticking out on his head????

….Got to be hard being a socialist and watching his socialist “utopias” going up in flames around the world.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

You guys should all be watching MSNBC. Its surreal. They are reporting as if they are just getting results from an hour ago. They refuse to admit defeat.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

VegasRick on August 10, 2011 at 1:02 AM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:06 AM

You guys should all be watching MSNBC. Its surreal. They are reporting as if they are just getting results from an hour ago. They refuse to admit defeat.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

MSNBC is now running taped shows

JSK on August 10, 2011 at 1:06 AM

Enjoy the victory, and hopefully there will be two more republican victories next week

Work tomorrow will be interesting! :)

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 1:06 AM

It’s a great day in America!

Are these counts outside recount territory?

Hard to find any hard numbers.

Jvette on August 10, 2011 at 1:07 AM

WTF, MSNBC is reporting 12k votes for S. Pasch. That was the right number like an hour and a half ago. Is this recorded? WTH??

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Andrea Mitchel is derranged, big time.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:04 AM

I would love to see her and Palin in a cage match.
I would take a shot every time Sarahcudda smacked that condescending look off of her face.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Maddow, MSNBC sign off for night without announcing that Dems lost the final race.

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Maybe she wasn’t live. Special Ed is on but he’s talking about Darling behind at 8K to Pasch’s 9K. BTW, Pasch looks like Medea from Code Pink.

AH_C on August 10, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Er, what’s going on in this thread? Did something good happen?

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Its like MSNBC is trying to draw this out as much as possible for ratings. LOL.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Before I forget, I have to give props to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, for that article they posted just before the election, showing how the budget deal is already helping Wisconsin. Now there is some unusual media spin that may just have helped some of the WI Republicans keep their jobs – the facts!

Good show!

Sterling Holobyte on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

MSNBC is a parody of itself. Oh my gosh, this is funny.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

You guys should all be watching MSNBC. Its surreal. They are reporting as if they are just getting results from an hour ago. They refuse to admit defeat.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Even at that, I have to admit their coverage of this election night is far better than Fox News.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

11:58 PM: Pasch campaign shuts down for the night

A representative of the Pasch campaign just told WisPolitics the campaign is currently reviewing the numbers and “that’s where we’re going to leave it for the night.”

He added there would be no more statements from the campaign.

– By Arthur W. Thomas

This kind of action is Expected…

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Dewey Wins!

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

I live in Chicago.
It is so nice to know that there are sane pople only 50 miles away.

xrayiiis on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:06 AM

You can bet the Obama White House is not firing up the barbecue grill over this butt kicking tonight.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Good one JtL..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

comedy gold:

Dem Party of Wisconsin Spokesman Accuses Kathy Nickolaus of Tampering With Votes http://t.co/EzSpcdH #wiunion #wirecall

jimver on August 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

Seriously, is this a recorded program on MSNBC? It can’t be live.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I took the channel for MSLSD off my remote.

It. Won’t. Go. There.

Jvette on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

BREAKING: The 2 new WI Democratic legislators will be sworn in at the Rockford, Illinois Holiday Inn.

Stupidity is indignant.

The right should mild this in the next week for more than 100%.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

markos Markos Moulitsas
If this was a loss for Democrats, I look forward to more such “losses” in 2012.
22 minutes ago

Well, OK.

Markos is also pressuring Dale Shultz, a wishy/washy Wisconsin (R) Senator, to leap like a Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords.

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Sterling Holobyte on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

I hope you’re being sarcastic. That editorial hit the wire about two hours before the polls closed and goes in tomorrow’s paper.

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

MSNBC:

“Too close to call”…lmao…and that’s a LIVE breaking news bulletin at the bottom of O’Donnell’s show…lulz.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I live in Chicago.
It is so nice to know that there are sane pople PEOPLE only 50 miles away.

xrayiiis on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

xrayiiis on August 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Just read the updated headline… Whooo Hooo!

peski on August 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

The right should milk the swearing in out of state and win the two seats next week.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

You can bet the Obama White House is not firing up the barbecue grill over this butt kicking tonight.

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

You are right..They will be as quite as Obie was during one of Rev. Wright’s whizbang sermons..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

MSNBC is doing reruns only, but even the earlier reportins is full of fake orgasms.

God, the left is stupid.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:13 AM

I think what MSNBC did was record this entire thing we are watching now while Maddow was babbling about how awesome unions were. This is ridiculous for a news program to be faking live coverage like this. They are reporting vote totals from like an hour ago as if they are live.

thphilli on August 10, 2011 at 1:13 AM

YES, MSNBC is a repeat. If it’s LIVE it says LIVE at the top. I noted this watching Moaning Joe one morning. Saw the first two hours and then on the third they just replay the first 1/2 hour from the 1st hour and I’m “That ditz Mika is just repeating herself!”

Marcus on August 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Thanks HA for doing all the worrying for me tonight and for keeping my spirits up.

A new morning has dawned in Wisconsin!

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Msnbc would have been live hsd the communists won.

angryed on August 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

The right should milk the swearing in out of state and win the two seats next week.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

They should do what Dingy did with new Republican Senators in DC, delay the swearing in and taking of the seats for four or six weeks.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 1:15 AM

jimver on August 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I was wondering what Flounder was up to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arZdeg_fL-I

VegasRick on August 10, 2011 at 1:15 AM

11:58 PM: Pasch campaign shuts down for the night

A representative of the Pasch campaign just told WisPolitics the campaign is currently reviewing the numbers and “that’s where we’re going to leave it for the night.”

He added there would be no more statements from the campaign.

– By Arthur W. Thomas

This kind of action is Expected…

WhoU4 on August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Yeah, looks like AP shut down as well. They haven’t updated SD-8 for over an hour:

Total 69/82 | 29,821 46% | 34,840 54%
Milwaukee 39/51 | 18,579 65% | 10,088 35%
Ozaukee 10/11 | 3,588 33% | 7,348 67%
Washington 9/9 | 2,887 27% | 7,955 73%
Waukesha 11/11 | 4,767 34% | 9,449 66%

AH_C on August 10, 2011 at 1:16 AM

After months of agitation over the collective bargaining law, the supreme court election, and now the recalls, they haven’t regained control of anything.

Mission Accomplished!!!!

Baxter Greene on August 10, 2011 at 1:16 AM

Msnbc would have been live hsd the communists won.

angryed on August 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Yep. Tomorrow they’ll be pretending that this was so unimportant that they weren’t paying attention.

“oh, there was an election yesterday? you don’t say….”

29Victor on August 10, 2011 at 1:16 AM

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