Will Big Labor make Scott Walker a national hero in the GOP?

posted at 3:21 pm on May 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In an earlier post, I discussed how Democrats’ attacks on Mitt Romney have backfired on Barack Obama.  Politico reports that the same thing is happening in Wisconsin, where Big Labor tried flexing its muscle by pushing Governor Scott Walker into a recall for his reforms of public-employee union collective bargaining.  Unfortunately, their effort looks like it will fail badly — and if so, the labor unions may have made Walker much more powerful than he otherwise would have been, and made other Republicans a lot less fearful of Big Labor’s reach:

Now, instead of tacking Walker’s pelt to their door as a warning to any who would follow him, there’s a prospect the whole thing might backfire by elevating Walker into a tested-by-fire, conservative cult-hero and exposing the limits of the Democrats’ ability to exact revenge in the next statehouse where they’re wronged.

All the big GOP players now know Walker’s story by heart. Republican billionaires and megadonors are suddenly well-acquainted with him as well.

And if he wins in the June 5 recall against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) — which polls suggest he’s likely to do — his trajectory will very likely be even higher.

Not only will Walker be lionized by his GOP colleagues for embarrassing Big Labor and forcing the left to pour cash down the drain in a presidential election year, he’ll be credited with making the state more competitive for Mitt Romney.

The bigger problem for unions is the display of impotence.  They have poured millions of dollars into Wisconsin, pushed people into rallies and protests, and wasted valuable man-hours organizing for recall elections and a special election for the state Supreme Court, only to come up empty thus far.  Until now, people feared the impact of unions in elections, and in special elections such as these even more, as they are more easily mastered by superior organization.  However, Walker supporters cast more ballots in the recall primaries than the combined votes of the top two Democrats, just as they did in the race that pitted Supreme Court Justice David Prosser against Joanne Kloppenburg, and in almost every recall race thus far.  Democrats have only won one of those races, which failed to swing the state senate to their control.

Can the unions pull out a win in less than two weeks?  A new poll by Reason Magazine and Rupe shows Walker now up eight points in the state:

Gov. Scott Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50-42 among those likely to vote in Wisconsin’s June 5 recall election, according to a new Reason-Rupe poll of 708 Wisconsin adults on cell phones and landlines.

In the presidential race, 49 percent of all adults surveyed approve of the job President Obama is doing and 45 percent disapprove. President Obama leads Mitt Romney 46-36 in Wisconsin, with 6 percent selecting the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson. Obama’s margin over Romney shrinks to 45-41 among those likely to vote in June’s recall election, with Johnson taking what would be a crucial 5 percent of the vote.

The Reason-Rupe poll finds voters overwhelmingly support many of the key changes Gov. Walker and the legislature implemented on public sector pensions and health care last year. Reason-Rupe finds 72 percent favor the change requiring public sector workers to increase their pension contributions from less than 1 percent to 6 percent of their salaries. And 71 percent favor making government employees pay 12 percent of their own health care premiums instead of the previous 6 percent.

The splits in this poll are symmetrical.  Without leaners, the D/R/I is 29/29/39, and with leaners 45/45/7.  In 2010, the D/R/I was 37/36/28.  The problem with this comparison is that the ad hoc nature of special elections make it difficult to model for predictive purposes, but I’d say this is in the ballpark.

On top of this bad news, Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, will have to do some explaining about crime statistics that he’d previously used to argue for his candidacy as governor:

State and local leaders called Wednesday for independent audits of the Milwaukee Police Department’s crime numbers citing a Journal Sentinel investigation that found more than 500 cases in which serious crimes were misclassified as lesser offenses.

That review discovered an additional 800 cases since 2009 that follow the same pattern, but couldn’t be verified with available public records. Copies of those incidents reports have been requested from police.

The newspaper found enough misreported cases in 2011 alone that violent crime would have actually increased 1.1% instead of a 2.3% decline from the reported 2010 figures, which had their own errors.

Dozens of misclassified assaults were sent to FBI crime reporting experts who confirmed that they should have been marked as aggravated assault. Police officials agreed when they were presented to them.

Aldermen Joe Dudzik and Bob Donovan called for the city comptroller’s office to conduct an independent audit of the police numbers.

And state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said Wednesday she would request an audit by the Legislative Audit Bureau of the police department’s crime data.

The big question in this will be who miscoded the data to the FBI and why.  The president of the police union in Milwaukee says that police officers wouldn’t have done that — and that the culprit is “something beyond” the police officers and their supervisors.

Update: Politico’s Mike Allen tells MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Walker will “win big,” to Joe Scarborough’s surprise (via Jim Geraghty):

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“The Left, labor, Democrats, which planned to embarrass him, instead have made him a national figure with a very bright future,” Allen continues. “It was money poured down the drain by Democrats and the Left in a presidential election year.”

John Heilemann chimes in, “You notice the White House, the reelection committee in Chicago, they’ve stayed away from Wisconsin. They’ve done these big ad buys, they picked their nine states, Wisconsin not on that list. The reason is they wanted to see how this turned out. They have kept their distance from it.”

They’re backing away from the stench, apparently.


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What the heck just happened?

Bmore on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If he wins this big, he’ll be my hero, that’s for certain.

petefrt on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

DO NOT celebrate until the night…after Walker’s win.

DO NOT take a single vote for granted.

The rats are very dangerous.

Wisconsin is the barricade of 2012.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation in Nov.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Eat your heart out Christie. And have a salad on the side.

Lawdawg86 on May 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Does Big Labor follow Alinsky rule book?

They can’t help themselves.

Sir Napsalot on May 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Allen continues. “It was money poured down the drain by Democrats and the Left in a presidential election year.”

Apparently they learned nothing from the Blanche Lincoln episode.

Doughboy on May 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

How utterly delicious.

NJ Red on May 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

“You notice the White House, the reelection committee in Chicago, they’ve stayed away from Wisconsin. They’ve done these big ad buys, they picked their nine states, Wisconsin not on that list. The reason is they wanted to see how this turned out. They have kept their distance from it.”

Coakley effect

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Does Big Labor follow Alinsky rule book?

Sir Napsalot on May 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ask Jimmy Hoffa the Second.

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yes. Walker has re-proven the Reagan formula:

1) Articulate conservatism.
2) Implement conservative policies.
3) Stand tall in the face of liberal attacks.
4) Win.

Walker will be a player in 2016 (or 2020).

Robert_Paulson on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Romney should name Walker Labor Secretary, or put him on the NLRB.

Akzed on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Wasserman-Schmutz will be there the Friday before that Tuesday.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Let’s see Wisc go Badger Red this election!

Don’t let me down Cheeseheads, I’ll have myself a little Leinenkugel/brat/cheese curd party for you.

nextgen_repub on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Think about this – Walker only has a high-school diploma.

Show me Obama’s grades.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I swear before this article popped up, there was for a brief second, an S E Cupp thread? Am I the only one who saw that? Ed was frowning on his show.

Bmore on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Walker supporters had better be investing in protection. When Dems lose this badly, they lash out.

GoodSamaritan on May 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Scarborough: “this is a very dark moment for the unions. This is something I don’t celebrate.”

Poor Joe. He’s gone full leftist.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

After the election, Walker needs to say that in order to apply nationally the principles that have turned around the state budget and economic activity in Wisconsin, we need to get the Democrats out of office at the federal level. He needs to show that it isn’t about the individuals, that it is about a philosophy and do we want to be California as a nation or do we want to be Wisconsin?

crosspatch on May 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Think about this – Walker only has a high-school diploma.

Show me Obama’s grades.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

And Walker has a better grasp on economics and addition.

Think about that for a minute.

tetriskid on May 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Win or lose, he’s a hero in my book.

Rebar on May 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wasserman-Schmutz will be there the Friday before that Tuesday.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

That ought to increase Governor Walker’s margin of victory by a few percentage points.

MessesWithTexas on May 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Well, no one has ever accused obama’s unionists of being smart – thuggish brutes yes, smart, no.

Pork-Chop on May 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

“You notice the White House, the reelection committee in Chicago, they’ve stayed away from Wisconsin.”

Lately. Obama’s OFA was one of the groups that were behind the early protests that showed some very, very ugly behavior which frankly helped color the opinions of a number of people that I have heard from.

And many in Wisconsin have neither forgotten nor forgiven that intrusion into our state’s political debates.

Betenoire on May 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Joe didn’t see Rubio coming either. One thing I can tell you about Rubio and probably Walker without looking it up: they are both younger and more powerful by miles than Scarborough not to say more respected, and he can’t stand it from “our” side.

Marcus on May 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Romney should SHUT DOWN the NLRB.

Akzed on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Better.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

“The Left, labor, Democrats, which planned to embarrass him, instead have made him a national figure with a very bright future,” Allen continues. “It was money poured down the drain by Democrats and the Left in a presidential election year.”

where’s the Downfall video on this???? There’s just gotta be one…

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

On top of this bad news, Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, will have to do some explaining about crime statistics that he’d previously used to argue for his candidacy as governor:

Icing on the cake. Would like to have seen his face when this came out.

a capella on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

If the unions don’t win, they will get violent. It’s their history.

TerryW on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Think about this – Walker only has a high-school diploma.

Show me Obama’s grades.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The value of a college education is overrated, especially in soft subjects like political science, international relations, or whatever Obama’s mystery major was.

But I have certainly been enjoying Walker’s story. He is somebody to keep an eye on in the future.

AZCoyote on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Consider the stage that this sets for Romney. Talk about a friggin meatball pitch right over the plate. All that Walker has to do is to welcome big Mitt into WI and allow him 5 minutes to dance on the graves of PEUs and it’ll sink them for decades!

Pop that popcorn and salt it with the tears of FLEEBAGGERZZZZ!

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Romney should go to Wisconsin and stand with the good man.

Indeed, AZCoyote.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

If the primary vote is any indication, then Walker should win it big.

That said, I expect all you Wisconsonians to take nothing for granted. I expect a $hitload of ballots to suddenly be found in the back of someone’s Volt or Prius a la Al Franken so we have to have an overwhelming turnout to nullify the fraud.

Rixon on May 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

where’s the Downfall video on this???? There’s just gotta be one…

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

That would be a good laugh.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Walker is already a hero nationally for standing up for what is right. Secondarily, other states (and big Mitt) will have to follow his lead and continue to choke the livin’ pi$$ outta the unions everywhere.

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

On top of this bad news, Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, will have to do some explaining about crime statistics that he’d previously used to argue for his candidacy as governor:

Funny how all these “accidentally” misreported cases were in Barrett’s favor.

rbj on May 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Romney should SHUT DOWN the NLRB.

Akzed on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

It took an act of Congress to create it, and it’ll take the same to end it. Romney won’t be able to do it unilaterally (more’s the pity).

AZCoyote on May 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I spent a few hours on the phone this a.m. People are annoyed / afraid to give their pro-Walker opinion…but as soon as I told them the call was paid for by the GOP, they opened up. You could hear the relief in their voice.

The anti-Walker people were angry. Really angry and nasty (which forced my voice to turn saccharine).

One guy didn’t understand the job loss / job gain story so I gave him the background (establishment survy, household survey, U3, U6). He’s underemployed and just wanted to know which candidate would get him back to FTE the fastest.

Daisy_WI on May 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Win or lose, he’s a hero in my book.

Rebar on May 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

This.

If someone asked me two years ago who the Governor of Wisconsin was, I would probably have slapped them. Now not only does this schlub from Jersey know who Walker is, I wish I could trade my own faux-conservative Governor for him.

The unions have already made him a national hero.

Lost in Jersey on May 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

…whatever Obama’s mystery major was…

AZCoyote on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

It was Community Agitating 101, with a minor in Remedial Transgendered Basketweaving.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Walker is already a hero nationally for standing up for what is right. Secondarily, other states (and big Mitt) will have to follow his lead and continue to choke the livin’ pi$$ outta the unions everywhere.

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Don’t forget the State Senators who held together to passed Act 10. A couple lost their seats as a result in the first round of recalls and there is a real chance that one more, Van Wangaard could lose his seat and give control to the Dems.

Republicans would still have the Assembly and the Governership.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Joe Scarborough is perpetually surprised.

Cicero43 on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Mika is hyperventilating like it’s a tragic event. Almost funeral-esque.

Joe is like how could you be so stupid.

I enjoyed it thoroughly.

I reeks badly for the White House because this type of heavy-handedness is their MO. And it’s not working. Anywhere. Not with Bain, not with the rich vs. poor memes, not with the “war on women” or the “war on religious freedom and the church”.

If this keeps trending in this manner- Romney wins.

Marcus Traianus on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

where’s the Downfall video on this???? There’s just gotta be one…

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Come mid-November, the internet will be flooded with them.

By the way, if you ever get to see the actual movie, “Downfall,” it’s quite good.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

1+1=POTATO

Even with 99% of the media, people quit believing.

jukin3 on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Crossing my fingers that the Dems and unions get their just rewards here. The AWOL fleabaggers making a mockery of the legislature, teachers and students defacing and squatting on government property. This whole charade has been nothing more than a drama queen temper tantrum opera performed by taxpayer funded employees who lowered themselves to behaving like bratty children.

antipc on May 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Althouse had this in the comments today (and I think I was polled for this – it was a LOOOOONG survey). http://weaskamerica.com/2012/05/24/turnout/

It shows Walker down by 3%
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Daisy_WI on May 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

By the way, if you ever get to see the actual movie, “Downfall,” it’s quite good.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

oh, there’s a whole movie? I thought it was just something created for the purpose of cribbing bad political outcomes on top of it for laughs……/

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I agree with what others have said. If Romney wants to capitalize on this, Walker and him should be standing together side by side at the doors of the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison giving a victory speech. That would send a strong message.

letoile du nord on May 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

DO NOT celebrate until the night…after Walker’s win.

DO NOT take a single vote for granted.

The rats are very dangerous.

Wisconsin is the barricade of 2012.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation in Nov.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

These are words of wisdom.

Axion on May 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Unfortunately, their effort looks like it will fail badly — and if so, the labor unions may have made Walker much more powerful than he otherwise would have been, and made other Republicans a lot less fearful of Big Labor’s reach:

Unfortunately,Fortunately their effort looks like it will fail badly — and if so, the labor unions may have made Walker much more powerful than he otherwise would have been, and made other Republicans a lot less fearful of Big Labor’s reach:

Just had to fix that.

Susanboo on May 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

E pluribus spank. Well when you take into account ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!!!

onomo on May 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

If the unions don’t win, they will get violent. It’s their history.

TerryW on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Goons are goons…

Seven Percent Solution on May 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Don’t forget the State Senators who held together to passed Act 10. A couple lost their seats as a result in the first round of recalls and there is a real chance that one more, Van Wangaard could lose his seat and give control to the Dems.

Republicans would still have the Assembly and the Governership.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

SE WI is going to come out en masse to vote for Walker. Including Racine County. I think that should be enough to give Wangaard the victory. The African American voters in Racine city aren’t going to turn out in huge numbers so the city should be easily swamped by votes in the Milwaukee burbs.

letoile du nord on May 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Funny how all these “accidentally” misreported cases were in Barrett’s favor.

rbj on May 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I honestly blame this less on Barrett and him trying to play up the numbers for a run than on the Milwaukee Police Department and their attempts to save their own jobs. Somewhere in there they have a major problem with a number of someones trying to rig the scales to make them look like they are actually having crime drop.And no Chief Flynn, I’m not buying that it wasn’t intentional when there are already close to 500 reports that have been found to have been cooked and the MJS (not a bastion of Conservative reporting by anyone’s imagination other than the extreme left)asking for 800 more cases to have info released.

Barrett simply has the problem that he chose to run on the only thing he could even remotely try to attach his name to that looked like it might have been a success in the city of Milwaukee and the MJS didn’t do there part in ignoring the factual errors for another three weeks. So I don’t blame Barrett for that, but it does underscore that in his 8 years as mayor he has not a damn thing to show for his record other than his comment that Milwaukee would be Detroit if the law forcing Milwaukee city employees to live inside the city limits were repealed as all the employees would flee the city for the suburbs. Which is a damnation of his leadership for the last 8 years.

Betenoire on May 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Yes. Walker has re-proven the Reagan formula:

1) Articulate conservatism.
2) Implement conservative policies.
3) Stand tall in the face of liberal attacks.
4) Win.

Walker will be a player in 2016 (or 2020).

Robert_Paulson on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

THIS!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on May 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Will Big Labor make Scott Walker a national hero in the GOP?

…I HOPE so!

KOOLAID2 on May 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

But, but we banged on drums! And chanted in unison!

Doesn’t that count for something anymore!

NoDonkey on May 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Where’s Eeyore the athiest????

Eph on May 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Yes. Walker has re-proven the Reagan formula:

1) Articulate conservatism.
2) Implement conservative policies.
3) Stand tall in the face of liberal attacks.
4) Win.

Walker will be a player in 2016 (or 2020).

Robert_Paulson on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Exactly!

It was the protests of Reagan in Berkley and Sacramento that elevated Reagan and made him a national conservative hero. It looks like the unions in WI have created the next Reagan.

letoile du nord on May 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Joe Scarborough is perpetually surprised.

Cicero43 on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I’m not one to defend to Moaning Joe but this morning I caught him interviewing a couple of die hard libs that wrote a book about how disfunctional g’ment is. Every problem they cited was blamed only on Repubs. He unloaded on them and then laughed at them. I think the book is called “It’s Worse Than it Looks” and I have a hunch it will do poorly.

DanMan on May 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Daisy_WI: Thank you for what you are doing! As you know, it’s not just important for WI, but for the entire US. We are very proud of you bold Wisconsin folks!

juliesa on May 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I agree with what others have said. If Romney wants to capitalize on this, Walker and him should be standing together side by side at the doors of the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison giving a victory speech. That would send a strong message.

letoile du nord on May 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Romney doesn’t have much political,shall we say, “courage”. He won’t come close to Scott Walker or Wisconsin unless it’s after the recall election and only if Walker wins with 75% of the vote or more.

Romney is a “finger in the air” pol. And if can’t figure out which way the wind is blowing, he just goes back inside.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Walker will win.

There’s one thing I’m afraid of, however…and I don’t believe it’s implausible. Walker wins, rides the wave of GOP and conservative popularity…and Romney gives him a call.

First, I don’t want Walker on Romney’s ticket. Romney is a weak, waffling, empty suit that will say anything to get elected. He demonstrated as much in Massachusetts. Walker, on the other hand, didn’t pander to anyone during his initial run for Wisconsin’s top office. He hasn’t pandered since, even in the face of intense attacks from the opposition. He’s a better leader than Romney, and I don’t want him potentially going down with Romney’s sinking ship(though I do believe a Walker win would give Romney the edge for November).

Second, I don’t want Walker walking out on Wisconsin after we just finished showing him that we want him to stay. Apart from the fact that it would be really crass and damage his reputation, it would destroy the entire reason for keeping him in office. Come back in 2016, after he’s served out a full term.

MadisonConservative on May 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Walker is already a hero nationally for standing up for what is right. Secondarily, other states (and big Mitt) will have to follow his lead and continue to choke the livin’ pi$$ outta the unions everywhere.

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hope you are right Mitt loved the Unions in Mass. So this would be a change for him. His speech today was anti Teacher Unions so there is hope.

The more Conservative we can get Romney to talk the better for House and Senate Candidates.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

More will be voting in the recall than did in the primary. I can’t wait to vote for Walker!!!!

qestout on May 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Joe S. isn’t celebrating the major defeat of public-sector unions. That’s all you need to know about his conservative bona fides.

hawksruleva on May 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

. Come back in 2016, after he’s served out a full term.

MadisonConservative on May 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Except I think he is weak on Government spending and other conservative issues. I may be wrong have not really studied him much. But you are right he needs more experiance in Government. It may be he will only ever be a Great Gov and Senator for a liberal State. You have to be truly Conservative to win a Presidential Election. Mitt is proving this again (not that we needed it proven again(: )

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Except I think he is weak on Government spending…

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Okay, do you even know who Scott Walker is, and why he’s so controversial? Seriously, I’m asking.

MadisonConservative on May 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

DO NOT celebrate until the night…after Walker’s win.

DO NOT take a single vote for granted.

The rats are very dangerous.

Wisconsin is the barricade of 2012.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation in Nov.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I agree. Don’t get cocky!

dogsoldier on May 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Hey, everybody, it’s very important that you support our efforts to extort more money from you, the taxpayer. After all, aren’t our interests and personal finances (which you pay for) worth it?

Recall Walker! Aren’t your taxes low enough?

/PEU reasoning

mankai on May 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I also believe Walker will win big BUT, a lot can happen and complacent is not something to wish for…I would not put anything past the dems and labor in this and if it was possible to get a 10% fraud vote, they would.

JIMV on May 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

oh, there’s a whole movie? I thought it was just something created for the purpose of cribbing bad political outcomes on top of it for laughs……/

ted c on May 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Didn’t intend to suggest that you wouldn’t know there’s a whole movie. Just making a movie recommendation.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Big Public Labor may regret making Wisconsin a showcase for reactionary liberalism. Gov. Walker’s survival and indeed his success could embolden other Governors and state legislatures—even in blue states–to adopt similar very reasonable austerity measures.

GreenBlade on May 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Except I think he is weak on Government spending and other conservative issues. I may be wrong have not really studied him much. But you are right he needs more experiance in Government. It may be he will only ever be a Great Gov and Senator for a liberal State. You have to be truly Conservative to win a Presidential Election. Mitt is proving this again (not that we needed it proven again(: )

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Steve.

I can assure you. He’s more conservative than Romney or Christy. He has been very consistent in his views throughout his career. I’d almost say he’s almost as conservative as Palin or Perry.

Got concealed carry and Castle law passed. Stopped the high speed train as well.

The one thing about Walker is that he doesn’t delve into social issues directly although it’s been said before fiscal issues are social issues.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Romney/Walker ??

jeffersonschild on May 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Is there any way you Wisconsinites would be interested in trading Walker for Gov. Moonbeam? He only has about 500,000 miles on him and turned Oakland into the 7th circle of hell when he was mayor, but he knows how to win an election…twice

1984 in real life on May 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

And if Walker wins big, maybe some up and coming Tea Party candidate will have the guts to stand up and do what no other Republican politician has ever done……call for the abolishment of public unions, and articulately explain why they are the biggest scam ever foisted on the American taxpayer, and how public services have gotten much worse since JFK made them legal by executive fiat, especially our public schools. Dare to dream!!

ardenenoch on May 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Let’s never forget that the repeated recalls have been part of the Obama effort to roll back the elections of 2010. The effort to recall the state senators and Governor Walker have all been a plan for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to act like 2010 was just a mistake the little people made.

Like Obama’s plans for the Occupy “movement”, the effort to recall Walker has all been by, for and about Obama.

DVPTexFla on May 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Gov Walker has been my hero since the Democrats skipped out to avoid the vote. We need more republicans willing to do what is right. I wish the Repubs in Washington would grow some of what Walker has.

dillydally on May 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Let Walker win and then lead Wisconsin to becoming a right to work state.

Yeah!

We are headed into a storm and we need to find as many Americans to lead us with the stuff that Walker has. We need substance now, and we need it bad.

perries on May 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

His speech today was anti Teacher Unions so there is hope.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

More importantly was the nuance. Super Mitt was specific to say “We have Good teachers”- but a Teachers union that stops any process of quality reform.
Unions Bad- teachers Good.

That’s the clarity that needs to be reinforced over and over. Only then will the tingly media be forced to be somewhat honest with how they “interpret” the Presidential candidate.

FlaMurph on May 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

His speech today was anti Teacher Unions so there is hope.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

More importantly was the nuance. Super Mitt was specific to say “We have Good teachers”- but a Teachers union that stops any process of quality reform.
Unions Bad- teachers Good.

That’s the clarity that needs to be reinforced over and over. Only then will the tingly media be forced to be somewhat honest with how they “interpret” the Presidential candidate.

FlaMurph on May 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Yes hard to find fault in his interviews.

This will be helpful to those running for House and Senate.

But there are also bad teachers. NYC has entire school full of them or did and spread them out. We need to make firing teachers much easier and eliminate tenure. In fact we need to make all schools private to really solve the problem. Competition does wonders. Then parents would make sure their child went to a good school.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I can assure you. He’s more conservative than Romney or Christy. He has been very consistent in his views throughout his career. I’d almost say he’s almost as conservative as Palin or Perry.

Got concealed carry and Castle law passed. Stopped the high speed train as well.

The one thing about Walker is that he doesn’t delve into social issues directly although it’s been said before fiscal issues are social issues.

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Good to know. Yes any Republican is more conservative than Mitt though.

Seriously this country is dying because Justice Black took GOD out of America in a stupid SCTOUS ruling in 1947. The day America died. We need to undo this. Until we do America is doomed. Take GOD out and Satan rules. That is just a fact.

I think this could be done quickly by someone who really wanted to do it though. GOD would make sure of it.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

This stuff just keeps getting better.

Everyone the left demonizes just becomes a GOP celebrity if they stand up to it.

Walker, Palin, Cain, Jindal, Perry, Brewer.

Which one of those would you like to get to come to your fundraising event ? Any and all of them !

I do think Dick Morris and Rush are right, it’s not going to be even close in November.

cougar on May 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The big question in this will be who miscoded the data to the FBI and why.

Line level officers and supervisors don’t process the data that sent to the FBI. That function resides on “mahogany row” where the Chief’s staff are located. And IIRC, the Chief has to sign off on those stats that are set forward. And who does the COP answer to?

GarandFan on May 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yes. Walker has re-proven the Reagan formula:

1) Articulate conservatism.
2) Implement conservative policies.
3) Stand tall in the face of liberal attacks.
4) Win.

Walker will be a player in 2016 (or 2020).

Robert_Paulson on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

And done all by himself, Kleefisch and the grassroots/Tea Party.

Where have Mitt and his gope buddies been all this time?…..waiting for the results, then they’ll ride in and give him/Wisconsin all the support they can…..all the while trying to capitalize on Walker’s success.

Mitt and the gope make me sick.

tencole on May 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney should name Walker Labor Secretary, or put him on the NLRB.

Akzed on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

No, he should be nominated for vice president.

Romney-Walker 2012

This would ignite conservatives from coast to coast.

matthew8787 on May 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Romney should go to Wisconsin and stand with the good man.

Indeed, AZCoyote.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The Walker people do not want Romney there, at least not yet.

Walker is getting votes from indies who won’t vote for Romney in the fall.

Stop attacking Romney. He is doing what the Walker people want him to do.

matthew8787 on May 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

matthew8787 on May 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

And make Walker look like a douchebag for going through a recall election only to go on the national campaign trail a couple of months later.

Leave him with us for a while.

MadisonConservative on May 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And done all by himself, Kleefisch and the grassroots/Tea Party.

Where have Mitt and his gope buddies been all this time?…..waiting for the results, then they’ll ride in and give him/Wisconsin all the support they can…..all the while trying to capitalize on Walker’s success.

Mitt and the gope make me sick.

tencole on May 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney isn’t there because it’s a state issue, and I suspect, as do many, that Walker has told him to hold off until after June 5th. Romney has clearly laid the groundwork for his support after the election with his new attack on Teacher’s unions.

Don’t let that stop you though, tell me more about how “concerned” you are.

1984 in real life on May 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Wasserman-Schmutz will be there the Friday before that Tuesday.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I hope Wisconsin is prepared for that..That kind of ugly can make you go blind!

logicman_1998 on May 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Professor Althouse’s blog is going to be Comedy Gold for the next few weeks. The usual Suspects among the posters are already feeling poorly.

Check this thread out…

The Leftists to laugh at in this thread are, in order of appearance,

Robert “Cookie” Cook;

and

roesch/voltaire

Sadly missing from this thread is the Third Stooge of that trio, “garage mahal”.

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Romney isn’t there because it’s a state issue, and I suspect, as do many, that Walker has told him to hold off until after June 5th. Romney has clearly laid the groundwork for his support after the election with his new attack on Teacher’s unions.

Don’t let that stop you though, tell me more about how “concerned” you are.

1984 in real life on May 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“Walker told him to hold off”…..ya right, you go with that.

tencole on May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Yes. Walker has re-proven the Reagan formula:

1) Articulate conservatism.
2) Implement conservative policies.
3) Stand tall in the face of liberal attacks.
4) Win.

Walker will be a player in 2016 (or 2020).

Robert_Paulson on May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Couldn’t have said it better myself!!

steve123 on May 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

WisRich on May 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The things he as accomplished in a mere 14 months actually narrow that to about 6 months when you think about it) are truly amazing even with all the “noise”.

I don’t think he is as far right as you think. Rather he listened to people and ACTED…no studies, no committees (quote from someone akin to making a wrong decision is better than no decision).

I wish we had someone in the WH like that.

teejk on May 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM

and here is another good part ….in just a few weeks these same unions are going to have to be gearing up for the Nov elections ….I’ll bet the rank and file are tired and their effort is going to be off in WI they have been through 4 hard fought elections in under 2 years with a 5′th coming up in Nov ….if I was Romney I’d be spending money there

Aggie95 on May 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Romney isn’t there because it’s a state issue, and I suspect, as do many, that Walker has told him to hold off until after June 5th. Romney has clearly laid the groundwork for his support after the election with his new attack on Teacher’s unions.

Don’t let that stop you though, tell me more about how “concerned” you are.

1984 in real life on May 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

This means nothing for the other Unions. Even Patiki took on the Teachers in ultra liberal New York.

Mitt loved the Unions in Mass except not so much the Teachers. The Teachers are doing a horrible job and continue to lie about student/teacher ration that has not helped one bit. Only privation has helped or the threat of it.

Steveangell on May 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

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