Bill Clinton headed to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker

posted at 6:44 pm on May 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

On the one hand, is there a single vote left across the entire state that’s still in play here? Wisconsinites have been gorging on recall politicking for literally years now. Barring a catastrophic gaffe by Walker or Barrett in the last few days before the vote, who’s still making up his/her mind on this election?

On the other hand, dude, I’m nervous:

Former President Bill Clinton has decided to go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker in the final days of the battle over whether to recall the Wisconsin Governor, a move that could give a boost to the anti-Walker forces in a campaign that will depend heavily on who turns out to vote, a source familiar with Clinton’s plans confirms to me…

Democrats badly want Clinton to campaign in Wisconsin for Tom Barrett, and had lobbied him heavily for weeks. But Clinton remaind undecided until today…

Labor and Dems are widely believed to have a superior ground game to that of Walker, though it’s still unclear whether it will be enough to compensate for Walker’s seeming lead in the polls. A Clinton visit, Dems hope, will galvanize base turnout (the black vote in Milwaukee, for example) just enough to put Barrett over the top.

Clinton’s a famously good campaigner and he and Hillary have always appealed to blue-collar Dems, so if there’s anyone out there who can squeeze a little extra turnout out of Barrett’s base, it’s him. That’s not really the part that worries me, though. What worries me is that he must be sufficiently convinced by Barrett’s internal polls showing that this is a winnable race that he’s willing to stake a little of his own political capital on it. In fact, maybe that’s part of the logic of this — if Clinton shows up with Barrett, it’s a strong signal to depressed Wisconsin Dems that this thing might still be winnable after all. Doesn’t even matter what he says. Just the fact that he’s there is the message.

Then again, if Barrett’s internal polls are so compelling, why are other top Democrats running away from Wisconsin?

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Minneapolis, which sits along the border of Wisconsin, on Friday, but has no plans to visit the Badger State.

White House press secretary Jay Carney distanced the administration from Barrett’s campaign at Wednesday’s briefing…

During an MSNBC interview Wednesday morning, Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter tried to downplay the significance of the recall effort, saying it had “nothing to do” with the presidential election.

“This is a gubernatorial race with a guy who was recalled, and a, you know, a challenger trying to get him out of office,” Cutter said. “It has nothing to do with President Obama at the top of the ticket. And it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with Mitt Romney at the top of the Republican ticket. So, no, I don’t think, you know, there may be some that will, you know, predict that it means doom for us in Wisconsin in the fall elections, but I think they’ll be proven wrong.”

Actually, there’s good reason to think that the recall effort will help Republicans contend in Wisconsin in the fall. The RNC claims it’s made more than two million voter contacts in the state and has opened 20 field offices that will segue to organizing for Romney once they’re done organizing for Walker. Worst-case scenario: Obama holds on to win the state in November but ends up having to spend money there that he had earmarked for a swing state. Best-case scenario: Romney pulls the upset and the Walker recall effort ends up exploding like a 20-megaton bomb in the Dems’ faces. That might also be part of the logic in sending Clinton out there: Even if Walker ends up winning, the closer the Dems can make it on Tuesday, the more Romney will think twice about gambling on the state by spending his own money there. He’s got a heavy lift to start with — Obama beat McCain in the state by 14 points — so absent a very solid Walker victory, Mitt might conclude that it’s a lost cause even if he’ll probably significantly improve on Maverick’s results. Clinton’s task is to make sure the victory isn’t so solid, even if it happens.


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Unions and Labor are pissed at Obama for not helping them in this race. In rides Bill Clinton to the rescue.

Now Clinton has the unions/labor on his side – not Obama’s.

I smell showdown on the other side of the aisle.

Walker’s got Wisconsin.

gophergirl on May 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Then again…maybe he just wanted an excuse to meet Kleefisch.

budfox on May 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Shut it down. Thread closed…:)

JusDreamin on May 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Great News! Bubba’s track record is almost as good as Obama’s.

lilium479 on May 31, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Clinton’s task is to make sure the victory isn’t so solid, even if it happens.

Both Clintons pray that Obama loses. They hate his innards and will always do so, no matter what they say/do.

Richardson is the eternal Judas in this saga.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Great News! Bubba’s track record is almost as good as Obama’s.

lilium479 on May 31, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Yep, just ask Frank Caprio Governor of Rhode Island or Ted Stickland the Governor of Ohio…oh wait…LOL

Deanna on May 31, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Good. People have already made up their minds on the next election. Bringing in Clinton to campaign against Walker will just remind them why then voted for Walker in the first place.

tom on May 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Does anyone not think Bubba going to Wisconsin is going to help drive Republican enthusiasm through the roof? I do. They’re hitting the panic button. This is tantamount to Hillary replacing ole Joe.

Jurisprudence on May 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Actually, here’s something else to ponder. Billy Bob pulls it out. Then, as the Chosen One’s numbers tank approaching the Democratic Convention, Billy Bob points out how a CLINTON saved an election!

GarandFan on May 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Ahemmmm !

stenwin77 on May 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Just looking for women.

mike0993 on May 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.
Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

stenwin77 on May 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

So let me guess Bill Clinton is going to tell the voters of Wisconsin there is a good reason to vote to increase their taxes and return Wisconsin to the bottom of the list for being good places for doing business…It is almost like in 2010 Clinton was a mute…

DVPTexFla on May 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

ppp plus 9 Walker

CW on May 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

What the Democrat/Thug/Rioter campaign needs is a good, qualified failure and certifiable rapist. You have to be consistent and show your best face.

arand on May 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

That wasn’t intentional, the county clerk Kathy Nickolaus screwed up (and there was a pattern there) and so she (supposedly) isn’t handling elections anymore. Brookfield still had issues during the last election though…

Betenoire on May 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Yep. The funny part was the Dems flipping out over it, because the error didn’t afford them the opportunity to know how much vote fraud to commit. Poor babies.

Christien on May 31, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Clinton really doesn’t have anything to lose by showing up. That’s why he’s going and not anybody else. The Dim-o-crats are constantly in a state of denial anyway. They can’t face reality, especially not when they’re facing such an epic fail.

cicerone on May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Obama is dragging everyone down with him.

The Clinton’s are no exception.

so-notbuyingit on May 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Me thinks Love Actually is one of Billy Jeff’s favorite movies (and that he’s going to be playing the role of Colin):

Landing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Colin meets Stacey , Jeannie, and Carol-Anne, three stunningly attractive women who fall for his Basildon accent and invite him to stay at their home, where they are joined by roommate Harriet

pain train on May 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Wonder what little Bammie really thinks of the big dog going into Wisconsin? The Clinton machine rumbling to life? Think that doesn’t give him second thoughts?

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

This gives me a sick stomach. I don’t want to ever read again “At least Clinton loves his country” when comparing him to Obama. They both love themselves and the sounds of their voices. I am praying Wisconsin makes the right choice.

jazzuscounty on May 31, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Well at least Clinton didn’t eat a dog……….;-)……..on second thought he did marry Hillary ……°_°

angrymike on May 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

…well then angrymike unless he’s selfish…he ate dog!

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Put Big Dawg in a room with the women of WI, and half will be nude in minutes.

Billy Jeff is ….the Terminator

KirknBurker on May 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

How many losses in a row for The Rapist? I don’t remember the last time he stood behind a winner, and O’Bozo doesn’t count since he ran his butch wife against him.

One more opportunity to laugh at that douchebag.

Jaibones on May 31, 2012 at 8:45 PM

When we were recalling Gray Davis in California, Clinton came out here and solemnly told us,

“Don’t do this thing. Don’t do this.”

What a hypocrite.

gary fouse on May 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Do you trust RCP or internal Dem polls more?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/governor/wi/wisconsin_governor_walker_vs_barrett-1184.html

CW on May 31, 2012 at 8:04 PM

That is from the 2010 election, but I’ll take it. ;o)

kakypat on May 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Oooooh….you are baaaaddd! lol

kakypat on May 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Well at least Clinton didn’t eat a dog

angrymike on May 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

But Monica did.

The Rogue Tomato on May 31, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Clinton was dispatched to Texas to save Rep. Sylvester Reyes. He got his butt kicked.

PatrickHenry599 on May 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – A Beloit billionaire who is Gov. Scott Walker’s largest campaign donor owed no state taxes in 2010 because of a change in her corporation’s structure.

State Department of Revenue records show Diane Hendricks’ tax obligation dropped from $2.2 million in 2009 to zero in 2010. Hendricks owns ABC Supply Inc., the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing, windows and siding. Records show Hendricks had a seven-figure tax bill in 4 of the previous five years.

Hendricks is a financial supporter of conservative causes and has given Walker’s campaign more than $500,000. ABC Supply’s tax director Scott Bianchini tells the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/KyJ792 ) the company changed its structure so the profits and the tax obligations stay with the company, not with Hendricks.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

It’s officially over…they’ve brought in the clown.

BigOil on May 31, 2012 at 9:23 PM

ABC Supply’s tax director Scott Bianchini tells the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/KyJ792 ) the company changed its structure so the profits and the tax obligations stay with the company, not with Hendricks.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

So it’s Scott Walker’s fault that a supporter has a creative tax manager? Did Walker change any tax laws to benefit his benefactor?

Rio Linda Refugee on May 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

If I’m not mistaken, a Bill Clinton endorsement appearance has been the Democrat Electoral equivalent of kryptonite in recent years. Didn’t he campaign with/for Corzine?

fitzfong on May 31, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The company changed its tax structure so that it, not its owner, pays taxes on its income. No evidence here of anything irregular, or of any change in the company’s total tax payments (to all states in which it operates, not just Wisconsin), or in particular of any benefit to the company arising from any policies implemented by Walker. You are wasting our time.

Upstreamer on May 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – A Beloit billionaire who is Gov. Scott Walker’s largest campaign donor owed no state taxes in 2010 because of a change in her corporation’s structure.

State Department of Revenue records show Diane Hendricks’ tax obligation dropped from $2.2 million in 2009 to zero in 2010. Hendricks owns ABC Supply Inc., the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing, windows and siding. Records show Hendricks had a seven-figure tax bill in 4 of the previous five years.

Hendricks is a financial supporter of conservative causes and has given Walker’s campaign more than $500,000. ABC Supply’s tax director Scott Bianchini tells the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/KyJ792 ) the company changed its structure so the profits and the tax obligations stay with the company, not with Hendricks.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

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OK, are you familiar with the difference between an S-corp and a C-corp and how tax liability is allocated between companies and their owners? If ABC supply paid a lot of taxes in 2010, then there’s nothing fishy about this.

With an S-corp, the company pays no taxes because all the tax liability is passed through to the owners (via a K-1). With a C-corp (e.g., any public company that you might think of) the company pays taxes but the shareholders only owe taxes on dividends and capital gains.

http://www.scorporationsexplained.com/scorpexplained-faq.htm

Any time an S-corp converts to a C-corp, the owners’ tax liability drops like a stone. The government still gets their money — just directly from the C-corp.

If that’s what happened in this situation, the criticism is totally unfair.

If not, please explain how.

Pythagoras on May 31, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Pythagoras,
I suppose someone has to explain things and I give you credit for trying with a leftist.

rob verdi on May 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Pythagoras on May 31, 2012 at 9:48 PM

They don’t have a ready-made answer for that in his echo chamber.

stvnscott on May 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Pythagoras on May 31, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Very good, but you have to remember this: you can lead a liberal to the truth, but you can’t make him think.

Mirimichi on May 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Hendricks changed the type of corporation ABC Supply was. Nothing illegal or unethical about it. It happens on a regular basis.

You might also note that Scott Walker didn’t take office until Hendricks’ taxes for 2010 were already calculated. Did that 500K from Hendricks go towards building a time machine?

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Pythagoras on May 31, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I wonder how many more people ABC Supply was able to hire as a result of paying lower taxes? Perhaps they even expanded their business?

All better than throwing more money into the black hole of government.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Can we abolish recall elections already? They’re an affront to our political process.

Dunedainn on May 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion
Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

.
This must be some leftover OWS liberal rage at GE and Immelt’s crony relationship with Ofraudya.

I’m sure we will get to learn how much ABC profited from their Walker support like Immelt has profited from the Democrites and their phony crony “public venture capital ” scheme’s.

Let’s not think about the GE’s out their propping up their puppet.

FlaMurph on May 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I wonder how many more people ABC Supply was able to hire as a result of paying lower taxes? Perhaps they even expanded their business?

All better than throwing more money into the black hole of government.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I doubt the total taxes went down when ABC Supply changed from an S-corp to a C-corp. The big difference is that the taxes (and paperwork!!) become the problem of the corporation’s accountants. The owners then only have the tax headaches of a typical stockholder.

I’d guess that ABC outgrew the limits of an S-corp. S-corps are good for self-employed people and small, family owned businesses. The number of owners is strictly limited and the advantages turn into disadvantages as the company gets large.

If you had a company that was making you pay millions in taxes, wouldn’t you want to give all the tax headaches to the company and make your own taxes less stressful? Even if it meant a little more money for the government and a little less money for you in the end?

Pythagoras on May 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Now Clinton can prove the fool that he has always been. Had it not been for Reagen/Bush1 handing him a military fully ready to fight then he would not have been able to “save” all the money he claimed.He neglected the military for 8 years and left it in a shambles for the Bush 2 administration. Did you hear Bush whine?….not once…..Clinton is a shumck.

tractah on May 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

What worries me is that he must be sufficiently convinced by Barrett’s internal polls showing that this is a winnable race that he’s willing to stake a little of his own political capital on it.

So what?

Seriously, what does he need his political capital for? His next election race?

He’s the most expendable person the Democrats have with name recognition to even attempt to turn this around… and if it harms him a bit in the political capital department; why would they care?

gekkobear on May 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Bill Clinton goes to were the cameras are and there must be something in it for him. Perhaps in 2016…

William Eaton on June 1, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Classic example of a bought and paid for politician. Wisconsin needs to stand up against this puppet currently occupying their governors mansion

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Weak. Google “Lyndon Johnson and KBR/Halliburton.”

HaHa+

PS, garagemahal called. Needs you to FedEx her some more hemlock and absinthe.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Barrett will lose and Clinton knows it. He’s there to show that even in a losing cause, he’s “fighting for your rights,” blah, blah, blah. It’s a net positive for him and the Clinton name.

Aardvark on June 1, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Clinton really doesn’t have anything to lose by showing up. That’s why he’s going and not anybody else.

cicerone on May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head right there.

Sterling Holobyte on June 1, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.
Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

Do NOT stare at his cold sore.

stenwin77 on May 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I stared at his cold sore, Ray.

My apologies to Egon for stealing and mutilating his line.

Sterling Holobyte on June 1, 2012 at 1:50 AM

LOL

pat on June 1, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Then again…maybe he just wanted an excuse to meet Kleefisch.

budfox on May 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Shut it down. Thread closed…:)

JusDreamin on May 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Too hilarious!!! But, I know plenty who didn’t vote in primary that are going for Walker/Kleefisch on June 5th.

qestout on June 1, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Labor and Dems are widely believed to have a superior ground game to that of Walker, though it’s still unclear whether it will be enough to compensate for Walker’s seeming lead in the polls. A Clinton visit, Dems hope, will galvanize base turnout (the black vote in Milwaukee, for example) just enough to put Barrett over the top.

 
It’s not just the usual trading votes for packs of cigarettes in Milwaukee. Wisconsin’s voting residency requirement is only 28 days. There’s plenty of out-of-work union people from the labor temples of Chicago with nothing better to do. They’ve been here before.
 

ignatzk on June 1, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Actually, here’s something else to ponder. Billy Bob pulls it out. Then, as the Chosen One’s numbers tank approaching the Democratic Convention, Billy Bob points out how a CLINTON saved an election!

GarandFan on May 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

….

Do we really want to talk about Billy Bob pulling it out?

Hawkins1701 on June 1, 2012 at 3:21 AM

the Demon-rats already tried ‘Bring out the Sluts’ – and that was magnificent FAIL… why try again?

mittens on June 1, 2012 at 3:29 AM

B.J. Billy HEAD-ing to Wisconsin to cruise for chicks…

Pork-Chop on June 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I thought the dems claimed that Walker was the one with all of the out of state support. Maybe a reporter could ask him what has happened to all of the Haiti donations.

Kissmygrits on June 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Could be, but by now I would think there is nobody left on the fence to sway. Clearly, it is difficult to overcome an 8 pt deficit. Even with slick willy on the trail.

jake49 on June 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Unions feel abandoned after delivering tons of votes – some of them of living persons – to the democrats for decades, while the party has been distancing itself from this union directed debacle, fearing the odor of defeat attaching to the Obama campaign.

Obama needs the unions to feel like they were supported, so they turn out the vote, by hook or crook, in the fall So, in comes Clinton to save the day. The unions get support – they like Clinton better anyway because he’s not so snooty – and Obama Himself remains at arms length.

Simple political maneuvering, no great surprize.

Cricket624 on June 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Are there really THAT many really, really STUPID people in Wisconson???? Is Weasal Willie really gonna close the deal for all those greedy bastard DummycRATs???

Colatteral Damage on June 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

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