Big Labor drops a do-over deuce

posted at 8:41 am on June 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, well, well.  It turns out that the majority of Wisconsin voters don’t sympathize much with the plight of poor, downtrodden … government workers.  More than a year after public-employee unions in Wisconsin and the labor movement nationwide tried to make an example of Republicans in Wisconsin for enacting collective-bargaining reforms — which have save the state $1 billion already — they have won exactly one seat in the state Senate, and potentially a recount in another:

All eyes Wednesday will be on the 21st District. Results posted early Wednesday showed Lehman with 36,255 votes to 35,476 for Wanggaard with 100% of precincts reporting. The margin of 779 could bring a recount.

In a statement, Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller said:

“Tonight, Wisconsinites across the 21st Senate District elected a new State Senator. By electing a Democratic Senate, the people of Wisconsin have opened the door to responsible dialogue and if needed provide a bulwark against continued political extremism, and restored checks and balances to the Wisconsin Legislature. I look forward to working again with Senator-elect Lehman in the State Senate in the coming months.”

Wanggaard’s campaign manager Justin Phillips issued his own statement, hinting at a recount:

“We owe it to all of Senator Wanggaard’s supporters and the voters of Wisconsin to thoroughly examine the election and its results and act accordingly once we have all of the information.”

The results bring an end – for now – to recall elections of lawmakers after the November 2010 election of Gov. Scott Walker and the firestorm that followed. Tuesday’s results follow a series of recall elections in 2011 when Democrats picked up two seats in recalls involving nine senators, cutting into the Republican’s majority. The majority slipped to a tie after Galloway’s resignation.

If Lehman’s win holds, Democrats assume a 17-16 majority, at least until next November’s elections. It’s unknown whether the Senate will convene in a special session before then.

That’s correct — the Wisconsin Senate will be out of session until 2013.  In November, 16 of the 33 seats will be up for grabs, and thanks to the redistricting that will be in place for the first time in that election, Republicans are supposed to pick up at least two seats.  The unions spent millions of dollars and over a year’s worth of effort to get a temporary one-seat majority in a chamber that will never meet in session.   And that’s assuming that their lone win from last night holds up in a recount. Congratulations, Big Labor!

What of all the other races?   Unions and Democrats contested ten state Senate races over the past year, one Supreme Court position, and the Governor and Lt. Governor offices.  They ended up farther back than when they started.  Scott Walker improved his 2010 performance by 125,000 votes, and Barrett lost by a bigger percentage than in 2010.  Rebecca Kleefisch trounced her opponent, who hadn’t even been on record as voting until 2008.

This led to an inevitable amount of whining afterward about Democrats being outspent 7-1, but that only looks at the spending from the campaigns, and only in the gubernatorial election.  Unions dropped millions into Wisconsin in an effort to punish politicians who had the temerity to impose some fiscal discipline on the government class.  They calculated that voters would find bureaucrats more sympathetic than the taxpayers getting fleeced by the WEAC Trust and the PEUs.  They bet wrong.

Politico calls them the biggest loser, and for good reason.  The unions put on a great demonstration of their impotence over the last year and a half:

Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin recall — putting millions of dollars, months of organizing and its reputation as a political superpower on the line to defeat GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Then they got trounced on Election Day.

Walker’s decisive victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday has demonstrated the vulnerability of a long-formidable movement whose ranks are thinning across the country. The failed recall attempt has energized organized labor’s foes and emboldened lawmakers to pick fights with unions in other states. And it has underscored the fact that unions — a potent source of political power and dollars for Democrats — aren’t going to be the left’s counter to conservative groups’ outside cash in November.

They never should have picked this fight in the first place.  Big Labor’s David Prosser/JoAnn Kloppenburg failure should have warned them to drop the recall effort against Walker and Kleefisch and instead used the time to keep the threat of their action in reserve.  Instead, they played their card, and it turned out to be a deuce in a do-over.

Update: It was ten state Senate races, not eight, as Steve Eggleston reminds me.  In the comments, Steve notes that the margin in that close loss will be about 1% of the vote, likely too wide for a recount to matter.


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The unions spent millions of dollars and over a year’s worth of effort to get a temporary one-seat majority in a chamber that will never meet in session.

So the unions spent millions of dollars both by themselves and from state coffers in order to win what amounted to a beauty pageant… and I thought the parents on Toddlers and Tiaras were bad.

blammm on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Yeah, I do, too, ‘cuz she’ll be living in cheap outfits courtesy of the taxpayers for a few years afterward.

That would be a crime, dude, and, since FLOTUS is an unofficial position, she lacks immunity.

Good thing she appears to like the colour orange:

http://mashondaloyal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/122109-Obama-orange-400.jpeg

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Certainly not a leftist, but come from a proud heritage of union members in my family who have benefited greatly from them. Thus, my passion. inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Translation: Unions limited the right of workers to cut their own deals, thus shrinking the labor pool due to the unnecessarily high wages paid to union members, impinged on the property rights of business owners, and distorted the market generally to my family’s benefit. My approval of this record does not make me a leftist for some reason.

Akzed on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Certainly not a leftist, but come from a proud heritage of union members in my family who have benefited greatly from them. Thus, my passion.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Meaning they were lousy employees that the employer was unable to fire and who were wildly overpaid for the limited work they did perform.

I come from a proud heritage of non-liars, thus my passion with regard to your utter dishonesty.

Monkeytoe on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

And then inthemiddle woke up high and dry, and starting rummaging through his special collection of Michelle photos.

ElectricPhase on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Why is that? You’re in the middle, above all this partisan nonsense. Liberty, socialism, you win either way.

bernverdnardo1 on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I hope we can keep this energy up and going… it’s going to be a long election against Obama’s desperate campaign and surrogates (media). We need to remain POSITIVE and keep showing the differences of direction, and how our approach will continue to bring prosperity and new opportunity (like in WI).

tyketto on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

You do realize that all the wishful thinking you are counting on to turn PA blue – the Catholic vote, the “war on coal” protests votes – are the sames ones you had that failed in 2008.

Let’s face it…if Obama can openly call PA voters “bitter clingers” and they voted for him in droves, they will always vote for him.

inthemiddle ontheleft on June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

They voted for him….in 2008. What is it gonna take for you to understand that this is 2012 and Obama is not quite as popular as he once was? The Dems have lost key elections in every year since Obama was inaugurated. Many times by huge margins even in blue states and districts.

Can Obama win Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in November? Of course. But if you think it’s gonna be a cakewalk, you’re delusional.

Doughboy on June 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

That’s all you got? What a sad little world you must live in if this is the best you can muster.

tyketto on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Certainly not a leftist…

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Don’t worry, child. I’d be ashamed to admit such, too. That is why I identify with conservatives and libertarians. So why do you still cling to leftist garbage, while pretending to be something else?

MNHawk on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

No recount. Wisconsin voters of all stripes said clearly in the exit polling that they do not want more sniping. It doesn’t really matter anyway, since the agenda has been largely approved already.

Next, call a special session. Not to propose over-arching “big” changes, like a right to work law, but instead a session to get the Democrats on the record as opposing the most popular elements of the Walker Act 10 agenda. Make them vote all over again, or something…Something, anything, that Republicans can take to the voters in November. when Presidential election levels of turnout creates opportunities and challenges.

MTF on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

It’s a beautiful morning in Wisconsin. I’m keeping my “I Stand with Scott Walker” sign out for a while.

ineedahobby on June 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I’d be careful. There are a number of jurisdictions that have limits as to how long they can be up with fines for violations. There’s going to be a lot of bitter PEU bureaucrats with axes to grind who will be willing to get even with those who didn’t support their graft. But until that time is up, “Party on, Wayne!”

blammm on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Uncomfortable fact: Obama up by +12 in PA – Romney’s “goose is cooked” as the AK Snowbilly would say.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

How’d those “too close to call” polls work out for you yesterday?

BacaDog on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Why is that? You’re in the middle, above all this partisan nonsense. Liberty, socialism, you win either way.

bernverdnardo1 on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

She is attempting to be a “concern troll”, pretending to be reasonable and moderate and representative of independent voters and thus show us crazy conservatives our errors.

But, she is too damn stupid to even play the role correctly, constantly spouting pure liberalism thinking that pure liberalism is equal to “moderation”. That’s what happens when you are that far to the left. When you are a Marxist, the socialists look like moderates to you.

Monkeytoe on June 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Update: It was ten state Senate races, not eight, as Steve Eggleston reminds me. In the comments, Steve notes that the margin in that close loss will be about 1% of the vote, likely too wide for a recount to matter.

Ed,

The location of the 21st Senate District in Racine county is just above the Illinois border, and a short bus ride from Chicago.

Actual detective work on each of the voters who registered on the same day could turn up some evidence of fraud. This is more likely to be influenced by visitors from Chicago than the statewide election for Supreme Court was.

WhatNot on June 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

…oh look!…a walking and talking middle finger!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Uncomfortable fact: Obama up by +12 in PA – Romney’s “goose is cooked” as the AK Snowbilly would say.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Nothing a little sprinkling of Koch brother $$$ can’t fix! LOL!!!

Punchenko on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Walker spent 88% of the money in the campaign and won 53% of the vote. This is exactly the democracy the Founders envisioned apparently. If you’re not alligned with billionaires is there even a point of running for office anymore?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Someone please remind this genius which candidate in the 2008 election went against his pledge to take only public financing and out spent his feeble minded opponent 4-1.

dirtseller on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Don’t confuse the poor little liberals with facts. You know I would be extremely happy right now if it weren’t for the fact that seeing all of the liberal whackjobs spewing their hatred after the election. We truly live in bizzaro world right now and I’m literally worried about what may happen if Obama loses or worse yet if something happens before the election. I thought 2008 and 2010 was bad, but there could actually be riots this year if the whackos don’t get their way.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Why not just return to the property requirements on the right to vote?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

LMAO! Why not try dealing with reality for once?

cicerone on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

On this PA stuff: I live here. Many Democrats I know hate Obama and the mess we’re in. However, they will still vote for him. What MAY help Romney win is if the Dems just stay home instead, especially in the coal regions (where I’m originally from. Very Catholic. Very conservative, except they’re all Democrats because JFK and all that. Plus they’re very union). Mitt needs to not show his face with the Governor. He’s not very popular with most people I talk to, even Republicans. He’s turned out to be a status quo insider guy. State government continues to be out of control, but he’s cutting funding instead of bureaucracy. Can Mitt win here? Anything is possible. Maybe some PACs can run ads here with a strong message about what Obama’s policies have done to PA. I’m not sure the Romney campaign should drop bank here.

tyketto on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Me too! You pathetic tool. ; )

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

The 7-1 number also doesn’t include money spent by out of state independent groups. A figure that heavily favors Walker. There’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, I totally agree. That’s why I’ll help to apply the proverbial boot to the skinny backside of the guy who was elected nationwide in 2008 thanks to his 5:1 money advantage.

Archivarix on June 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Walker spent 88% of the money in the campaign and won 53% of the vote. This is exactly the democracy the Founders envisioned apparently. If you’re not alligned with billionaires is there even a point of running for office anymore?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And what of all that union money spent? Spare me the theatrics. You people are such hypocrites and so intellectually dishonest you’re an embarrassment. Go whine and cry elsewhere.

tyketto on June 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Certainly not a leftist
 
inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

 
Hilarious.
 

Gotta love capitalism, eh?
 
inthemiddle on May 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

 

Doesn’t matter – a judge will overturn this (NC gay marriage). We always get our way.
 
inthemiddle on May 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

 

– so thankful he did. Our President now openly supports gay marriage! Thanks, Romney!
 
inthemiddle on May 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

 

Great! No more warmongers ala 2001-2008: The Dark Years of American History.
 
inthemiddle on May 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

 

the TEA Party is focused on smaller government and lessening spending, not on theocratic extremism. Yeah – no one believed ya chumps and now we have documented ammunition to attack ya with.
 
inthemiddle on May 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM

rogerb on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Why not just return to the property requirements on the right to vote?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I’d much rather have the requirement be whether one pays taxes.

Also, one must prove (via some type of voter ID) one’s identity and residency. Additionally, I’d like to see something instituted that’s done in some Middle Eastern countries. Namely the dyed finger after voting.

Mitoch55 on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

This led to an inevitable amount of whining afterward about Democrats being outspent 7-1, but that only looks at the spending from the campaigns, and only in the gubernatorial election. Unions dropped millions into Wisconsin in an effort to punish politicians who had the temerity to impose some fiscal discipline on the government class. They calculated that voters would find bureaucrats more sympathetic than the taxpayers getting fleeced by the WEAC Trust and the PEUs. They bet wrong.

Ed, do you have some specific numbers here? I’d love to see a breakdown, if one exists, of the money that was spent in the campaign.

nukemhill on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Why not just return to the property requirements on the right to vote?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

LMAO! Why not try dealing with reality for once?

cicerone on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

cicerone, you and I have shared many differences of opinion, but that lib one is funny! Plus she is using the wrong kind of bait. Funnier yet! ; )

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

“From Koch’s pocket to liberal’s mouth.”

Archivarix on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The 7-1 number also doesn’t include money spent by out of state independent groups. A figure that heavily favors Walker. There’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Since you are determined to play the role of UpperYeastSide today, I will give you the same response that I gave him last night:

Cry me a bloody river already. Barrett has been the nominee for what? A month. Walker has been the governor, who is the target of the recall, for more than 15 months. He’s been raising money all of that time. How much out-of-state money did ALL of the Democrat candidates receive? How much out-of-state money has been spent on this recall?

Better yet, from where did many of the tens of thousands of original protesters hail?

Out-of-state.

Where did the 14 Democrat senators go to prevent a quorum?

Out-of-state.

Where do many of those that signed the recall petition live?

Out-of-state.

Where did much of the $21 million come from that Big Labour spent trying to recall Walker?

Out-of-state.

Where do people like Richard Trumka, James Hoffa, etc., live?

Out-of-state.

Where does the President, who accused the Republicans of “assaulting the unions,” live?

Out-of-state.

Where does the stunningly attractive MSNBC presenter, Rachel Maddow, who claimed that Walker did not inherit a $3 billion budget deficit, live?

Out-of-state.

Where does Special Ed Schultz of MSNBC live?

Out-of-state.

Where does Michael Moore live?

Out-of-state.

Where does George Soros live?

Out-of-state.

Where does your 11th hour cheerleader, Bill Clinton, live?

Out-of-state.

You guys started this. You kicked a hornet’s nest with this recall business and now you will have to live with the results. You cry about money and unfair advantages; yet, you overlook the fact that Walker received more votes in May than all of the Democratic candidates combined. Where did those voters live?

In-state.

“Barrett raised a mere $4 million on his own, while outside PACs did the heavy lifting — We Are Wisconsin raised more than $5.5 million in the last month alone, including seven-figure donations from AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, six-figure donations from the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, and a mere $720 from its three (that’s three) individual donors. The Left will complain that Walker outspent Barrett handily, but this is no vice considering Walker also handily outraised Barrett in individual donations, about three-quarters of which were for less than $50. It was Walker’s strength, after all, that convinced national Democrats to stop spending on a race they didn’t think they could win.”

If Walker wins tomorrow, you will have given the biggest scalp so far to the Tea Party because that’s from where Walker has gotten most of his money.

As Alanis Morrisette would say, “Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…”

PS: I wouldn’t care if it were 1 trillion:1. You deserve what you get. People are fed up with you prima donnas demanding unsustainable benefits and requiring all of the attention be on you. You are in the minority. Union membership in the United States is around 7%…not too much greater than the percentage of the population that is gay (2-3%). More people believe that Elvis is eating in a dinner in Minnesota right now and aliens are walking down 5th Avenue as I type than belong to a union in this country.

Talk about old, wrinkled, worn-out, washed-up, used, ridden hard and put up wet. Sheesh. At least Gloria Swanson and Mae West had the decency to retire or parody themselves.
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PPS: You lost in San Diego and San Jose, too.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Translation: Unions limited the right of workers to cut their own deals, thus shrinking the labor pool due to the unnecessarily high wages paid to union members, impinged on the property rights of business owners, and distorted the market generally to my family’s benefit. My approval of this record does not make me a leftist for some reason.

Akzed on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I thought it was an admission to being part of The Mob.

Fallon on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Also, one must prove (via some type of voter ID) one’s identity and residency. Additionally, I’d like to see something instituted that’s done in some Middle Eastern countries. Namely the dyed finger after voting.

Mitoch55 on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

You cannot discriminate against the fingers of color!

Archivarix on June 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

rogerb on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Yet another keeper from rogerb. Don’t worry I’ll always HT you. ; )

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Huzzah! Worth repeating…

Fallon on June 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Unions dropped millions into Wisconsin in an effort to punish politicians who had the temerity to impose some fiscal discipline…

…of course there is no off the books activity going on…(libliarordie)

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It lives!

Still an awesome post.

ElectricPhase on June 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The 7-1 number also doesn’t include money spent by out of state independent groups.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Remove the out-of-state money, and Walker still outraised Barrett by over 4-1. Care to explain that?

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The location of the 21st Senate District in Racine county is just above the Illinois border, and a short bus ride from Chicago.

Actual detective work on each of the voters who registered on the same day could turn up some evidence of fraud. This is more likely to be influenced by visitors from Chicago than the statewide election for Supreme Court was.

WhatNot on June 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

It’s been a long story in Racine. The immediate problem is those votes are in the system, so even if it can be proven, the remedy is to randomly remove the required number of votes.

Voter fraud cases are notoriously hard to prosecute as well.

Steve Eggleston on June 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Finally getting some of that “shared sacrifice” we’ve been hearing so much about. Curiously, the extra 6% health premium required has not caused me to have to navigate streets full of dead/dying government workers this morning.

stout77 on June 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Ed, do you have some specific numbers here? I’d love to see a breakdown, if one exists, of the money that was spent in the campaign.

nukemhill on June 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I’d expect the MacIver Institute to finish updating their union money chart. At last check, union money accounted for $21 million of reportable funds.

Steve Eggleston on June 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Again, do you remember when this guy tried to pass himself off as a moderate who was in general agreement with at least fiscal conservatism. His turn in comment tenor makes him nothing less than a liar.

Beware the opinions you absorb from obvious care trolls and mobys.

hawkdriver on June 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Big Labor drops a do-over deuce

They’ve been “prairie dogging” for months.

sparkle motion on June 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Too funny…I’ve had the Puffington Host interactive WI election map up in a separate tab all night, and keep hitting refresh. It’s apparently taking the Democrat Vote Fraudsters in Milwaukee almost a half a day to count the final 4/10 of 1% of the votes.

They probably can’t remember which car trunks they stashed them in…

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Don’t worry, child. I’d be ashamed to admit such, too. That is why I identify with conservatives and libertarians. So why do you still cling to leftist garbage, while pretending to be something else?

MNHawk on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Beat me to it.

hawkdriver on June 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

America is learning Republican ran states are doing well and Democrat ran states are not.

America is learning you can turn things around WITHOUT raising taxes on anybody.

America is learning Democrats are against anybody that knows how to create jobs, lower unemployment, and be fiscally responbile.

America won’t be fooled again.

Wagthatdog on June 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hollywood starlet, Amanda Bynes, arrested for DUI and appeals to the Barack Hussein Kardashian campaign for help.

“I don’t even drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me.”

http://www.people.com/people/tablet/article/0,,20601493,00.html#news

Obviously, the cop was acting stupidly.

Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Sean Penn, and George Clooney all agree.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I bet the Dems demand Walker call a special session of the legislature, because that lone Dem win is a mandate or something to “work together”. Just as they worked with Scott Walker by fleeing the state like petulant brats when things didn’t go their way. I applaud the Governor for keeping it classy in his victory speech last night..he’s a better man than I, because with what he’s had to put up with I would’ve been tempted to come out on that stage and give the unions the finger.

changer1701 on June 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that these are PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS that are involved. Such a thing is criminal. Public employees shouldn’t be allowed to have unions, let alone collective bargaining power.

btw – I write that as a non-union public employee.

mankai on June 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Uncomfortable fact: WI is still nationally blue with Obama +7 over Romney in latest poll.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

So even though the exit polls on Walker-Barrett were off by egregious amounts, you still choose to put your faith in the exit polls regarding the Presidential race?

That’s quaint.

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

At least you admit that you only want Obama to win out of spite, and you realize that they are just as much part of the “evil 1%” as the rest. You even flaunt the fact that they have become like royalty, ignoring the wishes of those who put them in office. What a pathetic charade, and what a good thing it is to watch your power diminish with Barrett’s defeat.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Let’s face it…if Obama can openly call PA voters “bitter clingers” and they voted for him in droves, they will always vote for him.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Let’s face it, He didn’t “openly” call PA voters bitter clingers.
He said it at a private fundraiser with rich people (in California, IIRC). And he didn’t know he was being recorded.

Wonder why he doens’t allow any cellphones at fundraissers any more…

Wethal on June 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Walker spent 88% of the money in the campaign and won 53% of the vote. This is exactly the democracy the Founders envisioned apparently. If you’re not alligned with billionaires is there even a point of running for office anymore?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He wouldn’t have had to spend a cent on a redundant recall election–he’s already the sitting Governor!–if the union thugs on YOUR side didn’t insist on pushing this recall election in the first place.
Keep telling yourself that’s why he won. Then again, delusional is what we would all expect from someone who worships at the altar of the sociopathic punk in the White House and takes her marching orders and talking points from David Axelrod Inc.

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM

here’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

OK, and how many $50,000 a plate fundraisers has your fraud of a President held in the last week alone?

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yeah, I do, too, ‘cuz she’ll be living in cheap outfits courtesy of the taxpayers for a few years afterward.

That would be a crime, dude, and, since FLOTUS is an unofficial position, she lacks immunity.

Good thing she appears to like the colour orange:

http://mashondaloyal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/122109-Obama-orange-400.jpeg

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

:). Ad a pair of handcuffs as designer accessory to the outfit you mentioned above, that will complete her post-election haute couture collection :)..

jimver on June 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Walker spent 88% of the money in the campaign and won 53% of the vote. This is exactly the democracy the Founders envisioned apparently. If you’re not alligned with billionaires is there even a point of running for office anymore?

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Something tells me that if Unions spent 88% of the money in the campaign, which comes from many unwilling union workers in the form of forced dues (which you probably want to expand by making voting for unions closed, hence making it easier for unions to forms) and won with 50.000000000000001 of the vote, you would have little problem with that.

And lets stop pretending that the founders were themselves not rich, because they were. And lets also not pretend that you have no problem with rich liberals holding 40k fundraisers for Obama, donating millions to his campaign, or doing what Soros does.

milcus on June 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The 7-1 number also doesn’t include money spent by out of state independent groups. A figure that heavily favors Walker. There’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Your tears are salty.

Woould you like some Wisconsin cheese with that whine?

Go tell ACORN about your problems….or Organizing for America who had poll workers there.

Hypocrite.

kingsjester on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well, yes, wasn’t that what Anna Wintour said in the ad on MTV?

/s

Wethal on June 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I read a stat that 18% of “same day” registrations are fraudulent. The good news is that we had a record day of new registrations and address changes. The voter rolls are being cleaned up by this election.

That means that if Voter ID is back in effect for November, those fraudulent registrations will be off the books, and they’ll have to show more than a utility bill & old picture ID to vote.

It was amazing how many people came after 7:30 to register to vote. Nothing like waiting for last minute. The clerk should have played the William Tell Overture.

Humorous moment (and I wish I’d gotten it on video): At the end of the night, when the polls officially closed, one of the workers stepped outside the polling place and announced, ” Hear ye, hear ye, all good citizens of the great state of Wisconsin, County of ________, town of __________, the polling place in this election of June 5, 2012 is now closed.”

Daisy_WI on June 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Your name is a lie, Lib. November’s comin’.

kingsjester on June 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The unions spent millions of dollars and over a year’s worth of effort to get a temporary one-seat majority in a chamber that will never meet in session. And that’s assuming that their lone win from last night holds up in a recount. Congratulations, Big Labor!

This sums them up perfectly: much ado about nothing! They’re nothing but a bunch of troublemakers driven by the obsession that if they can’t have actual power, they’ll go to ridiculous ends to intimidate everyone into thinking they do. I can’t wait to see the domino effect through the other states where these troublemakers need to be toppled.

South of the border in IL, the governor won’t even talk about this and one of Chicago’s newspapers is so in denial, their headline is all about how it’s good for Obama as they cite those bogus 50/50 exit polls as proof that Obama still has the edge in Wisconsin. And today the Chicago Teachers’ Union is taking a strike vote–they apparently want a 30% raise over the next two years. I’d laugh uncontrollably if it wasn’t all so unbelieveable!

stukinIL4now on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Just to clear up a few things:

The numbers reported last night are preliminary. Absentee ballots can continue to be counted until Friday at 5:00 and the Clerks have until Tuesday to submit their final tallies.

Daisy_WI on June 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Our liberal friends bewailing billionaire political activism probably have no problem with a billionaire embezzler like Jon Corzine bundling for Obama.

Just sayin’.

Mike Honcho on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Uncomfortable fact: WI is still nationally blue with Obama +7 over Romney in latest poll.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

You’re a fool for trusting any of those exit numbers from last night. You know, the same ones that showed the race 50/50? Heh.

I don’t know that Romney will win WI, but the recall demonstrated (again) that if the GOP gets out the vote they can overcome the Democrat advantage in Milwaukee and Madison. It’s up to Romney and his team to motivate those same voters, make them realize that the same tired Dem policies they just rejected at a state level need to be opposed at the national level, as well, and that means voting Obama out.

changer1701 on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Certainly not a leftist, but come from a proud heritage of union members in my family who have benefited greatly from them. Thus, my passion.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

ROFL!!!

Yeah… right…

dominigan on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Wanggaard lost?

DEMOCRACY HAS DIED TONIGHT!!!!!

Alright, enough of that.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

kbTexan on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

When you want to demonize just put Big in front of it:

Big Labor, Big oil, Big Tobacco, Big government, Big Ears,,,

flstc on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Certainly not a leftist

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I actually don’t think Wisconsin will be become a Right to Work State. Here why.

We don’t need to.

The unions in the private sector work with the companies. Private sector unions are limited by what the business are doing. They don’t elect Democrats that keep giving sweetheart deals to the Public employees unions.
What is interesting to me is the unions from 1800 hundreds to now. Unions that worked for 8 hour workdays and children having to be a certain age to work has become a power-hungry, corupt enterprise that people have rejected in Wisconsin. That amazing.

Some of the abuses are the Weac Trust (Insurance company of the Teachers Union that union contracts stated you have to buy the union Insurance) and The prision guards that could commit to work overtime,then call in sick for one shift, work the second and get paid overtime for the 2nd shift. When the harsh light of day was thrown on this crap and Public employees unions acting like two year old with the perputual recalls the people of Wisconsin rejected them.

This truly is what democracy looks like. Unionistas will never understand that the leadership got them in this mess and by never bending to the people paying your salary you made us vs. them. To bad the us was the unions and the them was the taxpayers.

Gracelynn on June 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

“inthemiddle” my azz. You’re really lib4life, admit it.

totherightofthem on June 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hey, Inthemiddle, what is it about this sociopathic arrogant lying punk and his snotty, privileged wife that you love so much?

Really, we want to know.

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

17% of Obama supporters voted for Walker, wowza. Inthemiddle may be right, this win could cause Romney to pour money into WI to no avail.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Big labor took their shot and a boatload of cash and lost it all. Now they are tapped. Spent. Out.Of.Gas. Done.

Liberalism – socialism – is dying. It withers in the light of reality and honesty.

I predicted Walker would win by 8 and it looks like it can very near that.

Now I look toward November and I see a not very good, bad, actually horrible day ahead for Obama. His clown posse sees it coming too.

dogsoldier on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Thank God the Senate isn’t in session until 2013 so there’s time for a reset. As far as the polls and Obama go, aren’t these the same polls that showed the governors race really close?

bflat879 on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

17% of Obama supporters voted for Walker, wowza. Inthemiddle may be right, this win could cause Romney to pour money into WI to no avail.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

And…you could wake up to a unicorn in your backyard.

kingsjester on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Koch Bros

have a lot of UNION workers at their Georgia pacific paper Mills in the Badger state.
Why bash the Kochs who hire american union workers?

Those union jobs won’t go to china.

Things go better with Koch.

seven on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Well,it sure does appear,that the whole Progressive Political
Centrifuge, miscalculated the “Hearts and Minds”,of Wisconsinites
on this Epic Win!!!!!

canopfor on June 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

You do realize that all the wishful thinking you are counting on to turn PA blue – the Catholic vote, the “war on coal” protests votes – are the sames ones you had that failed in 2008.

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

And worked so well for Senator Joe Sestak in 2010.

Oh, wait! Dem Joe Sestak was beaten by a pro-lifer from coal country, Pat Toomey.

Even Sestak couldn’t carry the Philly burbs enough, and he was from Delaware County. (You do know our geography, don’t you?)

Sestak’s old House seat went to the GOP in 2010, too.

Wethal on June 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

here’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This is rich coming from the supporter of a man who did absolutely nada in office but campaign non-stop for the past 6 years, and who participated in more fundraisers than any other president in recent times (on the back of the taxpayers to be sure, if you count all the travels and related expenses) and raked tonnes of money from the retarted hollywood bunch a.o…,don”t get me wromg, that is when he wasn”t playing gulf…as for your own political illiterracy, you should inform yourself more on the issues, read Ed’s post above and you will be surprised to find out that the so-called Republicans outspenging the Dems 7-1 in the recall accounts only for the spending of the campaigns, and only in the gubernatorial race, in reality big labour ((well maybe not so big anymore, thank to Walker :) put tonnes of money in the legislative races and for minimal gains….but the Dims conveniently leave that little detail out…bottom line, the dimtards started all this, they are responsible for the recall, if they are incapable of financing ttheir effort in futiility, then they deserve every single bit of losing, which they did…you kmow what they say, if you can’t stand the fire…

jimver on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Gracelynn on June 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Excellent. Thanks for posting…

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Of course you do, child….because you’re not a taxpayer.

You’re just an entitled little leech; who thinks money grows on trees.

Solaratov on June 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

“inthemiddle” my azz. You’re really lib4life, admit it.

totherightofthem on June 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

liberal4life was much smarter than this one in the middle.

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Easily one of the top posts of the year. My congratulations, I doff my hat to you.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

here’s no way you can spin out of this, the right is essentially arguing that Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Clearly what the founders intended.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

The Left is essentially arguing that you should recall any politician you disagree with, and that while out-of-state money is wrong, bringing in protesters from out-of-state to inflate the appearance of in-state outrage is just fine.

So give it up, pal.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on January 20, 2013 when President Obama begins his second four years. I hope Michelle wears the most expensive outfit possible (courtesy of taxpayers) as a big middle finger!

inthemiddle Lucky Pierre on June 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Can’t wait to drink the conservative tears on June 5, 2012 when Governor Scott Walker is recalled!

inthemiddle Lucky Pierre on January 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

How’d that work out for you, Lucky Pierre?

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

That’s correct — the Wisconsin Senate will be out of session until 2013. In November, 16 of the 33 seats will be up for grabs, and thanks to the redistricting that will be in place for the first time in that election, Republicans are supposed to pick up at least two seats. The unions spent millions of dollars and over a year’s worth of effort to get a temporary one-seat majority in a chamber that will never meet in session.

I was disappointed and a bit concerned about the state senate seat loss and takeover until I read this.

But now…Bwahahahahaha!

farsighted on June 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Eh actually the founders thought there should be lots of restrictions on the franchise. Perhaps what we’re seeing is a return to those original values, when only the privileged property owner could participate in Democracy. We’ve returned to pre-Jacksonian democracy.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The hands of time have turned backward just because Walker won? Please.

Let’s remember that this entire waste of time and money started because Gov. Walker initially asked the unions to pay a teeny tiny higher percentage of their health care costs, (still much lower than those of us in the private sector have to pay) and the unions told him to go to hell, demonstrating their complete disconnect from fiscal reality.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The important part is not withholding Union dues for government workers: make the workers have to fork over the cash on their own.

Result? About 2/3 drop in the number paying the Union.

That should be the gentlest reform that even a Blue State governor should seek. Then, in a year, go after collective bargaining and giving the State, counties and municipalities the ability to start charting their own courses on pension amounts, health care costs and such.

Once the money support is gone, the rest begins to become easier.

Walker’s great turn was to exempt police and firefighters, and show what happens with the non-emergency workers. Once people see that it isn’t Worker Armageddon, then you reform the police and firefighters.

What you are seeing is incremental roll back.

And it works.

ajacksonian on June 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Public unions all over the US are going to get clipped. Good!

StevC on June 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The problem with the unions is that they forgot where they came from. Unions originated with the people a long time ago as a way to fight for the people. As they grew in power and became ever more corrupt with it, they lost track of who they’re supposed to be and their true source of power. Wisconsin has been an object lesson for them. The question now is have they learned it?

blackgriffin on June 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

ElectricPhase on June 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Fallon on June 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Thank you, squires.

*deeply curtsies*

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

liberal4life was much smarter than this one in the middle.

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

You may be right about that, but becoming unhinged can make anyone a complete imbecile. ;)

totherightofthem on June 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Just to show what ignorant little idiots we’re dealing with here:

Washington ran for the House of Burgesses in 1758 while still serving as a colonel in the militia. He could not be at the polling place on Election Day, but he delegated a friend, Lt. Charles Smith, to tend bar in his absence. We know from their correspondence what the Washington campaign served: 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 34 gallons of wine, 46 gallons of beer, two gallons of cider (probably hard), for a total of 160 gallons of booze. There were 397 voters. Washington won. If you’re not the candidate of Change, be the candidate of Have Another.

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-215_162-3842512.html

ebrown2 on June 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

“The net overall effect of unions and of union policy has been to exclude non-union members, to drive them into less attractive and lower-paid jobs, to distort the structure and balance of production, to increase inflation, to reduce productivity, to discourage new investment, to retard capital formation, and hence to reduce the total production for all of us and the total real wages of the whole body of workers below what it would otherwise have been. It is altogether probable that even the highest real wages now received by members of strong unions are lower than such wages would have been if the unions and their historic policies had never existed. (The Strike, p. 74).”

http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/the-pursuit-of-happiness-henry-hazlitt-on-unions/

So…neener, neener

cavalier973 on June 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

liberal4life was much smarter than this one in the middle.

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Was? Did it fall under the hammer?

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The talking points coming from inthemiddle and libfree (the only lefty trolls who seem to have dipped their toes into this thread) about exit polls in Wisconsin and how Obama polls in Pa. are indicative of one thing:
They’re clinging to hope suggested by a few favorable polls. Yet, every statewide election result in anything vaguely resembling a swing state has resulted in either a big win for conservatives or a humilitaing repudiation of Obama’s “popularity.”

Elections and polls are not the same things.

Let the Axelrod-numbed Obamorons believe otherwise.

Right Mover on June 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Why did the liberal cry himself to sleep?

He can’t recall.

Moesart on June 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Despite the disappointing outcome of tonight’s election, there is no question that over the past year this recall effort sent a message to Scott Walker that his brand of divisive politics is offensive and wrong. Thousands of Wisconsinites mounted this effort in the face of a flood of out of state, secret and corporate special interest money– amounting to a massive $31 million war chest for Governor Walker to just $4 million on our side.

And as we turn our attention to the fall, we will not cede an inch in Wisconsin to Mitt Romney who has been behind in virtually every single recent poll and who wants to go back to the same failed policies of the past from which Wisconsin is recovering (thanks to Governor Scott Walker – RWM). And while we’re not taking anything for granted, if Mitt Romney thinks he’s going to be the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan he’s got another thing coming.”

- Tokyo Rose Wasserman-Schultz, 1 August 1945

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Yep. Him gone bye-bye.

kingsjester on June 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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