Quotes of the day; Update: Walker victory speech added

posted at 11:22 pm on June 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left that featured everything from the coordinated cross-border retreat of intransigent Democratic lawmakers, to the occupation of the state house by a band of radicals, bongo drummers, and high school truants, to ill-fated attempts to nullify Republican legislative majorities and pick off uncooperative judges. Walker’s enemies did everything but release the kraken…

Scott Walker saved his job by being the adult in the room. While Democrats in Washington seem to be relying on their belief that the United States government is “too big to fail” to justify a program of taxing and spending our way out of debt, the states don’t have such a luxury. And so, across the country, in states red, blue, and purple, they have turned to men like Scott Walker — and Chris Christie, and Mitch Daniels, and others — to close structural deficits, stabilize out-of-control spending, and break the death embrace between Big Labor and Big Government. In taking this toxic partnership head on, in a state with a rich progressive history no less, Walker became its biggest target. His enemies spent a year and a half preparing to take their best shot at him. And a combined total of $100 million or so later, they missed. They missed because voters are starting to understand that governing through crisis requires someone willing to make unpopular choices, stand up to entrenched interests, and hold the line against loud and determined opposition.

Quite simply, Wisconsin voters realized that if they no longer had Scott Walker, they would have to invent him.

***

Mitt Romney just issued this statement, congratulating Scott Walker for his victory in tonight’s Wisconsin recall election:

“I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. Tonight voters said ‘no’ to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and ‘yes’ to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.”

***

Of course, Walker’s victory is about more than public sector unions. What Walker has demonstrated is that voters will ultimately reward politicians for showing political courage on the big issues if they have the resolve to see their policies implemented and watch them succeed. Enthusiasm for Walker among his supporters was off the charts because people are more willing to fight for a leader who has actually taken a stand. As the United States faces a looming fiscal crisis due to prior generations unwillingness to tackle runaway spending on the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, wobbly-kneed politicians in Washington should look to Walker’s triumph in Wisconsin for inspiration.

***

Confrontations between the people and organized labor aren’t new, but they have a way of translating to the national conversation. A single sentence arguably made Calvin Coolidge president: “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.” It hit a nerve then, as it has now. I have seen conservative crowds give applause for presidents and political figures all over the country, but I have never seen them applaud as they do for Walker. That applause will only get louder now…

Walker’s reforms are nowhere near as severe as they’re made out to be, and they are less exportable than some might like. But branding this as the most important election of the year is not entirely wrong. Walker’s confrontation writ large is not with public sector unions, but with the dying Blue social model. It is one of the longest-lived coalitions in American politics, but one the White House is already letting slip – the marriage decision was a clear sign of that. Tonight’s Walker victory may prove to be its death knell.

***

The recalls began with anger over Walker’s stance on collective bargaining, but Democrats quickly changed the subject when it became clear that collective bargaining wasn’t a winning issue with voters, who had begun to see the positive results of reform.

But the public is smart — people understood that the Democrats’ constantly shifting issues were essentially a poker tell. The unions were trying to fill an inside straight, it was clear, while Walker pulled a new ace with every school district that praised his reforms. The fact that Dems attempted last-minute personal smears, they showed everyone exactly how far behind they thought they were. And on that count, they were right.

Now, the question becomes: With Walker’s victory, have Democrats blown any chance of beating him in 2014? Anyone gutsy enough to take him on had better be willing to tussle with a national star whose political courage will be the new standard in American politics.

***

Following his victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Governor Walker thanked the voters for their support and focused on the future.

“Bringing our state together will take some time, but I hope to start right away,” Governor Walker said. “It is time to put our differences aside and figure out ways that we can move Wisconsin forward.”

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Via the Right Scoop.

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Via the Blaze.

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Here’s the man of the hour, via Fox News Insider.



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Barrett lets go!
 
Uppereastside on June 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM

 
Indeed he did.

rogerb on June 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.”

the coward mitt rmoney speaks. meh.

renalin on June 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Wooohooooo!. I hope that everything holds, as this could mark a turning point for the nation

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Snoopy dance commences :)

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

ROTFLOL. Take that Demobrats. Your lies didn’t work, you’ve been soundly spanked, and now all you can do is toddle off to your rooms and cry.

MelonCollie on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Alla, since Barrett has turned in, where is the humpbot?

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Walker/Koch 2016.

A winner.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.

Go Mitt!

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM

What does a guy have to do to get humpbot around here?

65droptop on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Sometimes, things just work out.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Liberal Mantra: Walker outspent Barrett. You cannot win an election when you’re outspent by your opponent. I wonder what the mantra will be when Billion Dollar Obama outspends Romney and still loses?

AllahsNippleHair on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Humpbot has been up for well over an hour — when Fox and NBC called the race.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Funny seeing the Re-ve-RHUND JACK-son stating that the black unemployment rate in Wisconsin is 55 percent. 55 percent. So obviously someone is doing something right, huh Rev? Yep, shame we didn’t stay on that course.

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I really want to hear CNN and MSNBC explain their exit poll numbers tomorrow, in a way that justifies being 12 points off the actual final vote totals without it seeming to be simply because they were trying to gin up late Democratic turnout by convincing those who hadn’t voted they could still carry Barrett across the finish line if they got to the polls in the final minutes.

It was a repeat of the 2004 late afternoon exit polling that showed a Kerry landslide, in hopes of boosting Democratic turnout in the Midwest and on the West Coast and depressing late Republican voters. And odds are if they’re not openly called on their botched exit polling tonight — and reminded about it for the next five months — you’ll see the same thing tried on the evening of Nov. 6.

jon1979 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

i’ve never heard mitt thank God for anything. It was the first words out of Scott Walker’s mouth.

renalin on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

It’s in the amongst the updates on the open election thread.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

VICTORY!!

The War for Wisconsin is over……………………..

The Battle for Britian,crap,sorry,

The Battle For America Begins!!

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I’ve never commented on a “Quote of the Day” before but thanks to “End of democracy” ball-cap guy that’s about to change.

Pal, I hope you’re right and it is the end of democracy as you know it.

I think you and your buddies should just give up and sit the rest of the year out.

rihar on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Sweeeeet!, on the other thread?

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

That dude crying in the vid….tell me he wasn’t channeling Private Hudson.

“Game over, man, GAME OVER!”

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.

Yes, and please put Scott Walker on the VP short list.

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Barrett concedes race to Walker in Milwaukee, WI -

@AlexNBCNewsStory
Submitted 11 mins ago by editor

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

tee hee

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Thanks Cindy

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Recall Scott Walker Part 2: This Time It’s Personal

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Sweeeeet!, on the other thread?

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

The open thread.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I am so FREAKING proud of Wisconsin!!!

I was sick to my stomach when the “exit trolls polls” were first released. My bad for putting any credence in them. I am so happy for WI and our country tonight.

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

BOOM….BOOM…BOOM…..the

Lefty Chanting Drums of,

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRAY LOOKS LIKE……

is

*************** SILENT(inced)*************************

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

and to finish it; ” I don’t know about you, but we just got our azzes kicked” :)

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Huffington Post reports the percentage of UNION HOUSEHOLDS VOTING WALKER: 36 %

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Hi Grace, what a glorious night!

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

tell me he wasn’t channeling Private Hudson

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I saw you do that knife trick on his hand in that film.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Thanks John

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, well the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Badgers still suck.

So the Cheese State is still under the Mendoza Line…

Bruno Strozek on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I like what Philip Klein wrote—from the 3rd quote:

What Walker has demonstrated is that voters will ultimately reward politicians for showing political courage on the big issues if they have the resolve to see their policies implemented and watch them succeed. Enthusiasm for Walker among his supporters was off the charts because people are more willing to fight for a leader who has actually taken a stand.

Thank you, Wisconsin.

Read it, D.C., and get a clue.

INC on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

This is what Real Hope and Change looks like…

Not that Styrofoam version Obama promised..

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Operation Paint Wisconsin Red Almost Complete

Next, Operation Evict Obama

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Barrett concedes race to Walker in Milwaukee, WI -

@AlexNBCNewsStory
Submitted 11 mins ago by editor

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Thank God. I assumed he would hold out for a week.

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

What is the exit polling for the others that were up for recall?

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Walker is the new Palin. What a speaker.

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Now keep up the reforms and make Wisconsin a Right To Work State.

batterup on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Press Release: Governor Scott Walker Declares “Victory!”
June 5 2012
*************

The following is a press release from Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign:

GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER DECLARES “VICTORY!”

Waukesha, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker won Wisconsin’s historic recall election tonight, making him the first governor in United States history to survive a recall attempt.

“This is such a tremendous victory for Wisconsin taxpayers,” said Ciara Matthews, Walker campaign communications director. “Today, Wisconsin voters have told the nation they stand with Governor Walker because he stands with them.”

Following his victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Governor Walker thanked the voters for their support and focused on the future.

“Bringing our state together will take some time, but I hope to start right away,” Governor Walker said. “It is time to put our differences aside and figure out ways that we can move Wisconsin forward.”

Governor Walker also spoke about his immediate plans, saying he will meet with his cabinet tomorrow to discuss job creation measures and other actions he will take to bring Wisconsin together, encourage economic growth, and continue to address education reform.

###

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/06/05/press-release-governor-scott-walker-declares-victory/

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Recall Scott Walker Part 2: This Time It’s Personal

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

LOL. Someone wake the Dims from their stupor and tell them that THIS ONE was personal.

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

ed turning away from walker’s speech natch

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I thought I was off to get some sleep, but I see I’ll be up all night watching the crying guy over and over and over. Dang, but that’s enjoyable stuff there.

CJ on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I never had any doubt that Walker would win by doing the right thing, just like I never had any doubt that the tea party would win in ’10. Doing the responsible thing, like cutting spending and balancing the budget, is always met with resistance by special interest groups and Chicken Little’s, but in spite of their dire warnings, the responsible thing is also the only way to fix the negative consequences of irresponsible, profligate behavior.

FloatingRock on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Wow, too bad he isn’t running.

tetriskid on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I saw you do that knife trick on his hand in that film.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

But did you see me at the end? Man did I get effed up or what?

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I think you’re looking for this one…

In case you’re not keeping up on current events…

budfox on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

The sweet sweet taste of liberal tears. And since libs are such wussies, there’s alot of them. And it is sweet nectar

Minnfidel on June 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

the coward mitt rmoney speaks. meh.

renalin on June 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM


WOW !!!!

I bet it took you 10 minutes to think up that tantrum.

Time for bed, cranky.

PolAgnostic on June 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

No wonder why Obama stayed clear of Wisconsin the last few days…

Ain’t goin’ to help ya Obama….
Your days are numbered…..

150 or so?

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

But did you see me at the end? Man did I get effed up or what?

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Yeah, but you saved the little girl.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Wow, too bad he isn’t running.

tetriskid on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

That makes two of us! Man, I wish he was! I’d vote for him over Ron Paul unless Ron pulled out a last-minute miracle.

MelonCollie on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Thank you Wisconsin! The tide is changing and it started in Wisconsin…

d1carter on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Hi Grace, what a glorious night!

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Hey, uncommon. I’m over the moon. I’m also exhausted. Switching between 5 tabs, reading all comments, Allah’s updates.

NOW, I’ve opened a cold one. :)

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Humpbot has been up for well over an hour — when Fox and NBC called the race.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I think someone got humpbotted.

Liberal tears, they taste so sweet. Get that liberal some douche because November is going to hurt.

AllahsNippleHair on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Recall Scott Walker Part 2: This Time It’s Personal

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

LOL!

cynccook on June 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM

@TheFix tweeted:

Crowd at Walker victory rally chants “Thank you Scott”.

Submitted 7 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

NBC News declares Mitt Romney as the projected winner in the California GOP Primary – @CNBC2012Story metadata:
Submitted 10 mins ago by editor

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM

ed turning away from walker’s speech natch

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Ha Ha. Have to go to bed so I’ll be awake at 5 am for Moaning Joe Scarborough to fold his arms and say “Well I told you so” when he did no such thing.

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Huffington Post reports the percentage of UNION HOUSEHOLDS VOTING WALKER: 36 %

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Somebody hide the knives and ho hos before Ed Schitz sees that.

AllahsNippleHair on June 5, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Crying ball-cap guy:

If we didn’t win tonight, the end of the USA as we know it just happened!

and I feel fine.

;-)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Walker is the new Palin. What a speaker.

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

“May we always be happy, and let our enemy’s know it”

They both have that..:)

idesign on June 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

BISHOP!!

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Marcus on June 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM

will be hanging out with you then good buddy

g’nite!

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Tea Party dead? I don’t think so.

joncoltonis on June 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

When does the next recall start in Wisconsin?

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Time to OCCUPY THE RECOUNT

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

We’ve been stuck at 88% for a half hour. Are those trunk lids slamming that I hear?

phxconservative on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I think I’m in love with Scott Walker. Swoon. Dude!

JAM on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The problem with exit polls is conservatives keep their mouths shut and walk on by.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM
tee hee

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

cmsinaz:

Yup,man,I didn’t think this would be a slaughter…jus wow!:)

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Spring forward done broke.

Hummer53 on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

This is what Democracy looks like.

Grunt on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Tea Party dead? I don’t think so.

joncoltonis on June 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

There’s a little bit of Tea Party in each one of us.

Conservatism cannot die….

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Government unions are leaches. Good riddance. Now go cry in your beer.

exdeadhead on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

yea!

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

y’all stay cool, gotta call it a night

what a nice end to the evening :)

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

This is what Democracy looks like.

Grunt on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I guess they needed a reminder half way through….

We (Wisconsinite) reminded them again..

:)

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Yes a cold one is in order… I too had wondered how this would turn out, but it seems to be good, as the unions spent a boat load of cash, Walker has retained his spot, I just wonder how the others faired

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Want obnoxious, David Brooks? SUCK IT, PANT SNIFFER!

fitzfong on June 5, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Hats off Governor, and a salute to the people of Wisconsin…
I hope your courage in doing the right things for your state and your posterity show all decent people they can walk the nation back from the cliff….

harlekwin15 on June 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

When does the next recall start in Wisconsin?

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Seriously, right? Some folks just don’t handle it very well when they don’t get their way. ;)

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

By the way, have you heard that the Tea Party is dead?

Yeah… they’ve been saying that for a while now, as if repetition would make it true.

beatcanvas on June 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

@davidaxelrod Bad night in Boston…WI raises big questions for Mitt. http://trib.in/KdZpQk

Coming apart before take off. Crossing my fingers, hoping Obamacare struck down soon.

El_Terrible on June 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I think that this also works :)

uncommon sense on June 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Nite, cms.

I always look forward to your morning updates.

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM

When nasty childish people are saying it’s an awful day for America, you know it’s a great day for America. Woo hoo!

NukeRidingCowboy on June 5, 2012 at 11:54 PM

i’ve never heard mitt thank God for anything. It was the first words out of Scott Walker’s mouth.
renalin on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Very interesting observation, renalin.

Cleombrotus on June 5, 2012 at 11:54 PM

A great night for Wisconsin, and America. Thank you Scott Walker, and thank the good Lord.

Now, on to November.

paul1149 on June 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM

That dude in the video “it’s the death of democracy”. In their meager gnat-minds, being taught this way, democracy is ONLY when they win.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Obama abandoned Wisconsin Dems in June. Will they abandon him in November?

steebo77 on June 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Seriously, right? Some folks just don’t handle it very well when they don’t get their way. ;)

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

No they don’t.

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I think,that with all the Drumming at the Wi.State capitol building,
the vibrations,given off from said drums,has caused an over-whelming
positive force,that Super-Charged the the Silent Majority,who came
forward today,to vote!!
(snark)

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM

This situation seems to fit this quote

“You arrogant ass, you’ve killed us!”

for what WI liberals and Unions have just done for their cause.

I cannot wait for November!

bluemarlin on June 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

So, Schad. Is it still “As Wisconsin goes…?” I pray you are right, friend!! :)

4Grace on June 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

The Curse of Nomember 2010 Elections Strike`eth Again!!

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

I cannot wait for November!

bluemarlin on June 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Amen…

Electrongod on June 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

tears of that pudwhacker are so niiice.
aw.

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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