Recalling Scott Walker

posted at 6:50 pm on August 11, 2011 by Tina Korbe

This post is not just a post about the presently-underway, expensive effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker — but, for practical purposes, that’s where this commentary must start. Guy Benson just laid it all out at Townhall.com:

Let’s see. A coalition of leftists, government unions, and Democrats spent millions of dollars on an effort to unseat a conservative State Supreme Court justice in April. They failed, and the victorious David Prosser promptly joined a majority decision upholding Gov. Walker’s (successful) budget law. Then they spent approximately $20 million to win back the Senate by recalling up to six Republican State Senators who voted for Gov. Walker’s (successful) budget fix. They failed, and the GOP will maintain control over the upper chamber, even if both incumbent Democrats win next week. Having racked up an eight-figure, zero-results tab, Wisconsin liberals are hoping that the third time’s a charm. To prove to the world how how very resolute they are — even in the face of multiple humiliating defeats — they’re doubling down on the quixotic mission of recalling the architect of the state’s (successful) budget repair legislation himself, Gov. Scott Walker.

You can tell by the tone of that paragraph just how confident Guy is that the recall effort against Walker will prove futile. He only grows more confident by the end of the piece. In fact, he’s so confident that he’s keen to start a meme to the opposite effect — to the effect that conservatives are worried about what might happen if Wisconsin liberals put their hearts and souls into the attempt to oust the man who quietly withstood absurd comparisons to Adolph Hitler and Hosni Mubarak just to keep his campaign promise to balance the budget. (“By all means, Wisconsin liberals, please pursue this wildly expensive pipe dream,” Guy writes. “Come to think of it, if it’ll goad these clowns into squandering even more money and political capital, I’m willing to start an online meme that conservatives are very worried that Scott Walker is vulnerable to a well-funded recall push.”)

Well, I match Guy’s confidence. As a minority of special-interest-motivated folks mount this misguided effort to recall Walker, I’ve been recalling him myself. Based on my own recollections of the Wisconsin governor — one of the most steadfast and fortitudinous politicians I’ve ever had the privilege to interview — I can’t imagine the people of Wisconsin voting him out of the office he has assumed and served with such perseverance and poise. Not at this point in the game.

What sticks with me most from my long-ago interview with the governor — on a night when protesters still stomped and shouted outside the state capitol and Walker greeted us at the door wearing jeans and a weary smile — is how committed he was to serving the entire state of Wisconsin and not just some special interest group. He spoke of the silent majority of Wisconsinites who elected him to balance the budget and expected him to do just that. He reassured us that he cared more about fulfilling his campaign promises than ensuring his own reelection. He expressed confidence that the budget-balancing principles he espouses work.

And lo and behold, he was right. As Guy pointed out, Walker’s budget has already been a success. Stories have begun to trickle across the wire. A school district finds it might actually have money to hire more teachers. Teachers in another district who were preemptively fired because the district assumed Walker’s budget fix wouldn’t stand are able to return to work. Milwaukee public schools barely know what to do with the savings they’ve garnered thanks to Walker’s budget repair bill. And those are just the first news stories to come out. As more and more Wisconsinites recognize the worth of the work Walker undertook on their behalf, they’ll recoil from a recall — and begin to think about the reward of a reelect.

True, none of this was at all clear two days ago. I could barely bring myself to check the results of the recall election, so nervous was I that all that Walker and the Republican Senate had achieved was about to be uprooted. And it’s by no means guaranteed. But Walker stands to succeed where so many expected him to fail for a simple, old-fashioned reason: He’s a man of principle.

He’ll succeed for another reason, too. He’s been painted as heavy-handed and dictatorial, unwilling to listen. But I recall a man who looks people in the eye and clearly takes an interest even in what a junior reporter has to say. The Wall Street Journal depicts a man who even now seeks the input of those who vehemently disagree with him:

After months of polarizing political debate and unprecedented recall elections Tuesday, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said he wants to shift his agenda toward issues on which the GOP and Democrats can find common ground.

“I think what voters want is for us to work together,” Mr. Walker said in an interview Thursday.

The governor said he plans to collaborate with lawmakers from both parties this fall to attract venture capitalists by providing financial incentives such as tax credits and to design a plan to improve third-grade reading scores. …

Mr. Walker said he has met with more than 70 of the state’s 132 lawmakers this summer and he is compiling a list of their proposals that he thinks could find broad consensus in the legislature.

Someone who sits down one-on-one with lawmaker after lawmaker to brainstorm best practices and policies doesn’t sound like a dictator to me (but, then, libs do seem intent to redefine the meaning of words like “terrorist,” “tyrant” and “dictator”). To an extent, the demonization of Walker throughout the entire budget season worked, resulting in lower approval ratings and Politico praising governors with a “softer” touch in articles none-so-subtly implying that governors with a firmer approach won’t ultimately be successful. But the effort to portray him poorly hasn’t been completely effective. Americans might rarely encounter strength and conviction in their leaders these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re unable to recognize it when they do.

Walker says he expects to face a recall election, but he doesn’t sound too worried. “How legitimate it is, I’ll leave up to the pundits,” he said. So, to any Wisconsin liberal who wants Walker outta there, I echo Guy: If you want to waste money while Walker saves it, be my guest.


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So the unions etc. will blow another $30-million on this and lose. Keep up the good work.

andycanuck on August 11, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Spend your wealth around unions…we look forward to it.

Electrongod on August 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Geez, give the guy a chance and let the people of Wisconsin decide in the next regular elections already.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

“Guy” this, “Guy” that, “Guy’s confidence”, “as Guy pointed out.” All Guy, all the time. Hmmmm. ♥

TXUS on August 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Sure sounds like some top NOTCH behavior and results – even Presidential material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on August 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Geez, give the guyfeller a chance and let the peoplehombres of Wisconsin decide in the next regular elections already.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Hope that’s satisfactory there, pardner.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Why is it when ever a liberal wins or loses, they are sore about it?

upinak on August 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Why do democrats hate fair elections? They lost, so live with it.

tommer74 on August 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Sure sounds like some top NOTCH behavior and results – even Presidential material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on August 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Shhhh. We’re not allowed to talk like that. The resident cheeseheads get a little jumpy when we talk about stealing their guy for the big job. :)

Bee on August 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Wondering how much of that money they’re pissing away came via public union dues/tax money???

Ain’t life grand???

BigWyo on August 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

They are not just wasting their own money. They are wasting the time of busy public employees who have a lot of work to do. Isn’t there some type of organization that would help them to move on to other things?

pedestrian on August 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

I’v had the tremendous and unqualified pleasure of meeting Governor Walker. He joined us at a tea-party rally shortly before he was elected governor, and not as a speaker, but just to hang out and spend time with those in the audience.

He is a humble, intelligent, and soft-spoken guy. I have more respect for this man than almost any other on this earth. What you see is what you get… And he is great!

For those of you living someplace other than Wisconsin: Ha Ha! He’s ours and YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM! May G-d Bless you, Governor Walker, and Tonette and the boys as well.!

roscopico on August 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I heard on the way home tonight that a GOP Senator here in Wisconsin is going to submit a bill limiting recalls of state elected officials to those that have committed a crime or commit state government ethical violations. The Democrat lawmaker they interviewed was about to blow a gasket. This would end any recall effort on the Governor.

lowandslow on August 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Found the story, here’s a video link. It wasn’t a Senator it’s Rep. Robin Vos.

Lawmaker Wants To Limit Reasons For Recalls
The day after hundreds of thousands of people jammed polling places across the state to cast their ballots in six state Senate recall elections, Republican State Rep. Robin Vos announces he’s working to keep this from ever happening again.

lowandslow on August 11, 2011 at 7:18 PM

lowandslow on August 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Other people’s money is a powerful drug.

Electrongod on August 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM

And it’s a proposed Amendment not law. So this wouldn’t stop a Walker recall, it would take to long.

lowandslow on August 11, 2011 at 7:20 PM

For one brief moment, I’m going to give Dems a dose of their own medicine.

Suck it up liberals. Scott won! neener neener neener.

capejasmine on August 11, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Do y’all ever go to Althouse’s site? Crazy is on display at Wisconsin’s capitol daily. Today they had a sing along. Gave out songbooks and everything.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

We’d like to keep Walker for a while before we share hi. He needs to turn WI around first.

Brat4life on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

We’d like to keep Walker for a while before we share hi. He needs to turn WI around first.

Brat4life on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

See my 7:08 comment. :)

Bee on August 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Do y’all ever go to Althouse’s site? Crazy is on display at Wisconsin’s capitol daily. Today they had a sing along. Gave out songbooks and everything.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

That is just weird.
I see they fixed the capitol after a mob destroyed it…looks good.

Electrongod on August 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

If they try and recall Walker, this is millions of dollars that could go to a Dimocrat that could win…

So its “win-win” from my perspective…

Khun Joe on August 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

So how do the union workers feel about pissing their dues down the drain?

GarandFan on August 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Money wasted on a recall effort is money that won’t be there for the 2012 elections.

With the unions only bringing in dues from 50-70% of their members right now, it’s what capitalists would call an inefficient allocation of resources.

Which means the unions are almost guaranteed to pursue it.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

The Left has been trying everything to derail Scott Walker since he pulled off an upset win in the recall election to replace F. Thomas Ament as Milwaukee County Executive in 2002 in the wake of a pension-enhancement scandal. I could do a post on that, but it would probably end up being a 5-part epic, and I still would forget a couple of things. They’ve failed every single time.

I will vouch for Tina’s and roscopico’s recollections. After all, before he was my governor, he was my county exec.

Steve Eggleston on August 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Sure sounds like some top NOTCH behavior and results – even Presidential material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on August 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Shhhh. We’re not allowed to talk like that. The resident cheeseheads get a little jumpy when we talk about stealing their guy for the big job. :)

Bee on August 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

We’re ALMOST ready to share him with the rest of the country (and by “we”, I really mean “his family”). After all, the bench isn’t exactly thin behind Walker.

Steve Eggleston on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

So how do the union workers feel about pissing their dues down the drain?

GarandFan on August 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM

A lot of them are Republicans and I doubt are too happy about it…probably a lot of the Dem members as well. Unions aren’t monolithic forces, but rather are lead by political hacks that are as difficult to remove as any CEO or Congressional Senator.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Let me make this explicitly clear:

I don’t think a recall effort against Walker will be successful. The outcome of Tuesday’s recalls makes me more confident in that statement.

That being said, conservatives in Wisconsin (and those out-of-state who support and admire Governor Walker) must not rest on our laurels.

The left has show that what it lacks in common sense & the ability to know when they should quit, they make up in rabid partisanship and a willingness to do anything — ANYTHING — for political gain.

I believe they will try to recall Walker. I also believe they will run unseated senator Russ Feingold (darling of the left) against him.

I think it’s highly likely that will be the umpteenth defeat the left is handed, but we can’t pretend it’s a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination.

englishqueen01 on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

roscopico on August 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

He was the first person to shake my hand when I got off the plane from Iraq. He was wearing scuffed shoes and was covered in sweat with a sunburn on the top of his head from being there for the past three hours (our unit was large enough that we had to return on two planes).

After he and our military leadership spoke he stayed to talk and take pictures with everyone who wanted to. I had a positive impression of him prior to that, but the day definitely made me stop thinking of him as a politician and start thinking of him as a bona fide public servant.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM

The Tyranny of the Unions

Kini on August 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I think it’s highly likely that will be the umpteenth defeat the left is handed, but we can’t pretend it’s a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination.

englishqueen01 on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

RING-A-DING-DING! The last time we rested, we got a $3 billion-plus deficit. The time before that, we had a Rat-controlled state Senate trying to take over health insurance. The time before that, we got Jim “Craps” Doyle as governor.

Steve Eggleston on August 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Shhhh. We’re not allowed to talk like that. The resident cheeseheads get a little jumpy when we talk about stealing their guy for the big job. :)

If you spent years under Democrat “Diamond” Jim Doyle and the Democrats, you’d understand why Walker’s such a breath of fresh air and why we Cheeseheads want him to stick around for a while! ;)

englishqueen01 on August 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I had a positive impression of him prior to that, but the day definitely made me stop thinking of him as a politician and start thinking of him as a bona fide public servant.

BadgerHawk on August 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I’m glad you shared that, BadgerHawk. I feel the same way. Here’s a guy who doesn’t seek the YouTube moment, he just does his job. Last November 3 it felt like a weight had been lifted since we finally had a man and not a snake. The guy’s the real deal.

I don’t know if you caught his inaugural speech, but I did. I cried.

Thank you for your service, BadgerHawk! My best regards.

On Wisconsin!

roscopico on August 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

First the Packers, now Gov. Walker. It’s been a good year for Cheeseheads.

I hope he has aspirations for the WH at some point.

NebCon on August 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

 
The unions desperately want to prove they can buy an election.
 
Do the people of Wisconsin really want to return to the corruption, deficits and tax hikes of Jim Doyle?
 

ignatzk on August 12, 2011 at 3:20 AM

how committed he was to serving the entire state of Wisconsin and not just some special interest group. He spoke of the silent majority of Wisconsinites who elected him to balance the budget and expected him to do just that.

So the huge corporate tax breaks to his political donors were imagined, I assume?

The governor said he plans to collaborate with lawmakers from both parties this fall to attract venture capitalists by providing financial incentives such as tax credits

Am I the only one not noticing this? He’s meeting with people to give even MORE tax breaks to mega-corporations, while getting that money from working/middle class jobs? Sure, school districts have more money, because they are slashing teacher benefits/pay. WI is already on the low end of the education spectrum, and it’s going to be on the bottom (right around Ghana level) in a few years. And trying to paint Walker as a compromiser? Really? The major problem wasn’t necessarily his ideas, it was his “all or nothing, I don’t want to listen to the other 49% of law makers” attitude that started this.

Rainsford on August 12, 2011 at 3:46 AM

There must be something in the cheese up there that clogs the minds of liberals. I only wish that Walker was in charge of the drafting the budget for the our country.

SC.Charlie on August 12, 2011 at 4:28 AM

A ‘dictator’ to a leftist piece of garbage, is someone who runs on what they believe, wins on what they believe, and governs on what they’ve already espoused.

A leftist piece of garbage, always hiding their very being as they’re always ashamed of being a leftist, is quite intimidated by someone not ashamed of their very being.

I mean, take retard #1 two posts above me. Mr. Red Herring, as Rainford is just too much of a coward to come out and say what he believes in, and how he envisions Wisconsin to get there.

MNHawk on August 12, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Rainsford on August 12, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Again, an absolute load of tosh and here’s why:

Am I the only one not noticing this? He’s meeting with people to give even MORE tax breaks to mega-corporations, while getting that money from working/middle class jobs?

The only way a government is sustainable is if it encourages private-sector job creation and makes conditions favorable to the private sector.

Under Jim Doyle, corporations got hammered by something called “combined reporting”, where basically they had to pay taxes twice. Real business friendly, that.

Second, this money he’s getting is a modest contribution for health care (12% of the cost of the plan) and 5.8% of the annual salary of employees contributed toward their pensions. Their health plans are still phenomenal, and they still have guaranteed pensions that they will receive for the rest of their lives and, if set up correctly (i.e. by taking slightly smaller payments for the life of the employee) can be transferred to a surviving spouse for the rest of his/her life.

No salary is being slashed, although some take-home pay is being slightly reduced. It is still far less than the private sector, where people are 100% responsible for their retirement these days and often pay half (or more!) of the cost of health insurance. So spare me the “slashing” of benefits. All you need to know is that in Kaukauna School District, where these changes went into effect to the tune of a $1.4 million dollar budget surplus (in one year!), 300-400 people applied for a teaching position. These changes hardly turn teaching (or any other public job) into slave labor.

This can be made up by one of the great features of the collective bargaining bill: the freedom to financially reward good teachers. Under union collective bargaining, it didn’t really matter much if Mrs. Jones’s kids got all As and passed their standardized exams while Mrs. Smith’s kids failed and can barely read — they got the same pay, the same raise opportunities, and Mrs. Smith had just as much job security as Mrs. Jones (and MORE if Mrs. Smith had seniority).

It can also be mitigated by the fact teachers and other public employees no longer have to pay dues automatically to the unions.

WI is already on the low end of the education spectrum, and it’s going to be on the bottom (right around Ghana level) in a few years.

And how exactly is maintaining the status quo (unions, bloated benefits, pay) going to help? For years we’ve been tossing money at schools hoping an extra few Benjamins would magically make kids read and write. Other districts and other states spend far less than Wisconsin with better results. This problem wasn’t caused by Walker, but by spend-happy Democrats.

No, the problem is some teachers who are secure by union protections who often phone it in (something now made more difficult to do) and by a culture encouraged by liberals (especially in the Milwaukee Public Schools) that frowns on education, ignores parental responsibility, discourages achievement, and puts the priorities on beating up people at festivals rather than doing homework.

My husband knows a priest who runs a successful inner-city Catholic “choice” school. The kids who attend it, mostly minorities and mostly black, are achievers. But they’re often accused of “acting white” by the people in their neighborhoods who don’t go to this school. The kind Father sees the challenge he has as an educator in overcoming cultural roadblocks to educational success. State aid has little to do with it.

This bill opens up school choice in Milwaukee and Racine counties, which I guarantee will show a vast improvement in education in Wisconsin. In fact, the only thing that’s disappointed me about Walker was he didn’t push for state-wide school choice.

And trying to paint Walker as a compromiser? Really? The major problem wasn’t necessarily his ideas, it was his “all or nothing, I don’t want to listen to the other 49% of law makers” attitude that started this.

First, after Obama’s smug “I won” in the wake of the 2008 election, anyone who supports Democrats that lectures the right on compromise is laughable. Obama’s been able to do what he’s wanted, by and large, with the Democrat-controlled congress he had for 2+ years. Walker should be afforded the same opportunity since, like Obama, he inherited a mess from former governor Jim Doyle. However, unlike Obama, Walker’s reforms are working and working almost immediately. I think that’s a mandate to let Walker govern.

As for “compromise”, there was a point during the great Fleebagger protests earlier this year when Walker said, “Come back and I’ll alter the collective bargaining bill.” The Democrats double crossed him so the Republicans went ahead and passed it anyway. Walker tried to compromise, the Democrats spit in his face. That’s now THEIR problem, and not Walker’s.

I hope he keeps right on governing the way he is. Balanced budget, concealed carry, voter ID…Wisconsin is shaping up to be in far better form than other states or, indeed, the nation.

And it’s thanks to Scott Walker.

englishqueen01 on August 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

The continual confrontation/activism, the violence laced rhetoric (I notice that a lot from the lefties nowadays), the vow to keep staging recall after recall…

1) Keeping energy up for a single election is hard. Walking and ringing door bells wears you down. Campaigns wear you down. A great group of people gets each other up and motivated but elections take a toll on the workers.

2) Newspapers and websites are writing about schools flipping from negative to positive cash flows due to Walkers plan coming on-line. The unions message? Roll it back to where schools are going under and taxpayers are on the hook again.

3) Union leaders have dumped millions of dollars of union dues down the drain. What benefit did it bring the dues payers, the rank and file?

How long can the unions keep this up?

MarkT on August 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Am I the only one not noticing this? He’s meeting with people to give even MORE tax breaks to mega-corporations, while getting that money from working/middle class jobs? Sure, school districts have more money, because they are slashing teacher benefits/pay. WI is already on the low end of the education spectrum, and it’s going to be on the bottom (right around Ghana level) in a few years. And trying to paint Walker as a compromiser? Really? The major problem wasn’t necessarily his ideas, it was his “all or nothing, I don’t want to listen to the other 49% of law makers” attitude that started this.

Rainsford on August 12, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Sounds like he took a page from Obama in terms of no compromise “I won” tactics. Good for him. I actually believe in that kind of thing, as “compromise” with liberals tends to mean “give me everythign I want and like it”. And, even if the liberals did compromise, when one compromises between statists and non-statist, the statists always win, b/c you end up growing gov’t – sure a little less than teh statists want, but grow it all the same. that way, gov’t is never reduced or reformed.

And, as far as education goes – if it is as bad as you say, it was made that way by years of liberal control of Wisconsin government and school districts and years of giving the unions what they wanted created the problem. So, it appaers that any argument that somehow this is walker’s fault is ridiculous. And, it makes perfect sense to turn away from the failed liberal policies and union demands of the past.

As to the tax breaks – I personally am against giving tax breaks to specific businesses, it creates a perverse system whereby businesses shop around and states/local gov’ts have to keep offering more and more to keep businesses or lure new businesses. But, of course, the problem is that if every other state is doing it, Wisconsin has to do it too to be competitive in getting new businesses.

But, instead, taxes should be reduced across the board to entice businesses to move there and to keep business that is there already. But, somehow I doubt you would agree to that. And what would you have them do, nothing? Don’t you want new businesses to come to Wisconsin to create more jobs? Or, do you hate business so much that you wuold rather have huge tax rates and no jobs?

Overall, it looks like the State of Wisconsin disagrees with you, re-electing Prosser and defeating most of the democrats in teh Re-call elections. My guess is that Walker wins huge in the recall. I hope the unions bankrupt themselves in their effort to recall him.

Public employee unions are nothing but a cancer growing on the body politic.

Monkeytoe on August 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

One thing we should all remember, the liberal definition of “compromise” is very different from the dictionary or commonly understood definition of the word.

Monkeytoe on August 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

You folks need to understand that rainsford actually believes that forcing teachers to pay union dues results in higher pay for teachers. She actually believes this makes them more free. She refuses to admit that no teachers have lost jobs, benefits, or pay, though she knows this is true. This means she is lying. She knows this too. She doesn’t care.

Also note how she insists that Wisconsin education is already in the toilet, and will get worse, but refuses to admit that it was democrats in charge of the state for….how long was it? Decades? Since those same democrats now insist things go back to the situation that made it so bad in the first place, can we really believe they have any interest in the situation improving? Really???

runawayyyy on August 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

So the unions etc. will blow another $30-million on this and lose. Keep up the good work.

andycanuck on August 11, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Hey now. It’s just the wonderful unions doing what they can to pump up the economy. It’s for the PEOPLE!!!! Oh, and the children…

Sponge on August 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Rainsford on August 12, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Yes or No:

Was Wisconsin’s state budget in crisis?
Were school budget’s in crisis?
Were city budget’s in crisis?

Now:
How would you feel if it was the World Series and the Brewers were down 0-5 in a 3-3 tie in the 7/8/9th inning and they didn’t give it their all and the complainer on the team, the one who wants to play for the Yankees, drops easy catches, wiffs at outside pitches and causes disharmony within the team?

How would you feel if the Packers were down by 7 in the 4th quarter with 2 minutes on the clock in the Super Bowl and they didn’t give it their all?

How would you feel if our troops,our SEALS, went at things with a 1/2 heart?

How would you feel if a person at work,in a critical or support position only gave 1/2 of what he/she could do and it meant that by not making up last quarter’s losses or last year’s losses that the whole company would shut down?

Gov. Walker understood that his job was to get the tools needed to fix the budget mess across the goal line. 1 yd in front of the goal line doesn’t cut it. All Wisconsin would see by getting to within an yd of the goal line and then time running out is more red ink, more teacher losses, more school budgets and city budgets in deep trouble. He didn’t give the ball to the Dems because they would have purposefully yielded the field at the 1 yd line to the unions on the other side because they have been “paid” off by the unions supporting their campaigns.

And don’t doubt me on yielding the field- they fled to Wi with union support instead of doing their job and voting.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I believe they will try to recall Walker. I also believe they will run unseated senator Russ Feingold (darling of the left) against him.

I think it’s highly likely that will be the umpteenth defeat the left is handed, but we can’t pretend it’s a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination.

englishqueen01 on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Yeah they keep talking about Feingold running, but don’t you think he’d rather try for Kohl’s senate seat?

wi farmgirl on August 12, 2011 at 6:36 PM

englishqueen01 on August 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Nicely stated E. Queen. I had forgotten about Waker offering to compromise, bet they wished they would have taken him up on it. Great post.

wi farmgirl on August 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Yeah they keep talking about Feingold running, but don’t you think he’d rather try for Kohl’s senate seat?

I think that makes more sense. Losing the title of “Senator” hit ol’ Russ pretty hard.

That being said, this is what I — a conservative Scott Walker supporter — think. It’s not what the left is going to think.

There are enclaves in the state where Feingold is beloved. I think the left believes he’s their best shot at getting Walker. I also believe some of them are so blinded by their hatred of Walker they’ll do anything to get him out of office just for spite.

That being said, I reiterate my belief a Walker recall will be a fail, so long as we remain as engaged and vigilant as we have been, even if we’re not as vocal (read: obnoxious and whiny) as the left.

Nicely stated E. Queen. I had forgotten about Waker offering to compromise, bet they wished they would have taken him up on it. Great post.

Thanks. I’m betting they feel that way now, too.

But it’s too late. As for “compromise,” we all now the leftist definition of the word means doing only what the leftists want 100% of the time. So every time a leftists throws around that word, it’s hysterical.

englishqueen01 on August 12, 2011 at 8:30 PM