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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Even considering the importance of public music education to the careers of great musicians? OK then…

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

lmfao this is precious.

tom daschle concerned on June 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Wrong. Stunningly wrong.

Most of them work multiple side jobs and live modest lifestyles to support their artistic endeavors.

But I forgot, in lib fantasy world, every white person is privileged, so they can’t possibly work for what they have. It has to be the patronage of a rich bandmate or family member.

I guess it’s the liberal vision that art be defined, funded and produced by the whims of a few elected officials, rather than decided by the free market.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Good Solid A-Plus.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Uppereastside on June 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

How eloquent.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.”

- Albert Shanker, former president of the AFT & UFT

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.”

- Albert Shanker, former president of the AFT & UFT

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

lol, Al’s picture appears in the dictionary next to the entry for “weasel”.

I personally experienced the Great 1967 Teacher’s Strike in New York City, as I was in 8th grade there at the time. Epic.

Shanker was thrown into jail for that illegal strike, and again the next year for starting another illegal strike that also played the race card.

BTW, Al also said this:

“..a lot of people who have been hired as teachers are basically not competent.”

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

jimver on June 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

LOL! We can send it to the Isle of Wight and tell it to sing Kung Fu Fighting.

hehehehe

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Haha,…only ‘it’ would probably be the offended Chinese/Asian who cried ‘raaaacist”:)…

jimver on June 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Perhaps this explains why people aren’t willing to look at… Canada. [It] are capitalist and yet not in our situation.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

So, you’d be up for a 29% top marginal income tax rate, a 10% capital gains rate, a 19% dividend rate, and a 15% corporate tax rate?

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Notice how after her ‘how great EUropean socialism is’ argument blew up in her face, now she’s hanging desperately unto the Canadian ‘model’…she typically fails to mention that Canada has huge amounts of natural resources (oil and all) and a tiny population and also that it was their inspired conservative PM that got them out of the crisis on top by actually ignoring the environmental left monumental stupidity and by embracing a healthy energy policy that kept canada afloat during and post-crisis…but even then, I wouldn’t look up to the canadian ‘model’, I lived in Canada for three yeras and I can tell you that they have the worst type of govt bureaucracy and red tape there that beats everyting I have experienced in EUrope, beats France hands down…might be a good place to lve or model to emuate for massochists….wonder if next she will invoke the Aussie model? :)… And with that methinks she just ran out of the socialist heavens models/examples….unless she brings in VEnezuela or CUba :)…

jimver on June 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The Dems are now in controm of the Senate – a body that will not meet until the Fall, (unless called to emergency session by the governor). They will probably lose their control in November before ever meeting in session. Woop-de-doo

mouell on June 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

After Wisconsin: Denial Ain’t Just A River In Egypt

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/after-wisconsin-denial-aint-just-river.html

M2RB: Ozzy Osbourne

“I will tell you I’m OK, but deep inside I’m afraid.
I don’t drink holy water, I’m not a son of Christ.
I ain’t no Black Messiah, and I don’t load my dice.
You can tell me you’re all right, but why you so afraid?
You’re in denial, you never will believe it’s you.
Denial, you always hide behind the truth.
You’ll never believe it, you never believe it’s you.”

- Denial, Ozzy Osbourne, Ozzmosis (1995)

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Weird. I recall a prior thread from a few months ago being similarly abandoned after nearly exactly the same “public education/music geniuses” comment was challenged.

rogerb on June 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM

So has anyone found out why the huge delay in releasing Racine’s tallies last night? Were the Dems up to mischief? For hours it had Wanggard up by thousands of votes, but the totals werte not updated for a very long time.

disa on June 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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

I keep a natural history museum of sorts, with nifty dioramas of ahot-and-stuffed trolls in their natural environment. :-) Here’s the thread where Ed swung the mighty Trollnir Bannhammr and nailed liberal4life square between the eyes:

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/09/chaffetz-why-wont-the-white-house-let-us-talk-to-fast-furious-witness/comment-page-1/#comment-5709994

Mary in LA on June 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Even considering the importance of public music education to the careers of great musicians? OK then…

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Mm-hmm. Bach, Handel, Purcell, Corelli, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Brahms, Bruckner, Ravel… all products of public education. Who knew?

Mary in LA on June 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

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

So there was no 527 money, the Unions weren’t running ads against Walker for months BEFORE Barrett was the candidate, and the only money that was used was the money Barrett reported after the Primary?

Ok then… interesting.

Do you have someplace that makes up these lies for you; or do you have to make them up yourself?

gekkobear on June 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Even considering the importance of public music education to the careers of great musicians? OK then…

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

You can’t be serious.

Really?

98ZJUSMC on June 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Perhaps this explains why people aren’t willing to look at… Canada. [It] are capitalist and yet not in our situation
libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM.

Putting that wonderful union-controlled, Dept. of Education protected, public school education to good use, are you?

That’s fine. That’s just fine.

Hope it works out for you someday. In the meantime, I’ll have a super-sized Squirt with that order.

You bet. I’ll pay at the first window.

98ZJUSMC on June 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Walker spent 88% of the money in the campaign and won 53% of the vote.

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

You do see the…….oh, never mind.

98ZJUSMC on June 7, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Congratulations, Big Labor!

Even considering the importance of public music education to the careers of great musicians? OK then…

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

So… what exactly is your position on the matter? Are you insinuating that without Big Uncle Sam with the fat wallet, that the artists whom you are (badly) referencing would have otherwise never flourished?

Thanks for the debating point; that was very nice of you. You’re still getting no Christmas card from the Hillbilly Household, however.

Aah. ……… and then………….

…Thank you; you just jumped into the juxtapositioned, jibbering jubilant joiners of jarring jackaxxes.

It’s all good; fire, as it turns out, does melt steel occasionally — especially when it’s in the service of BOOOOSHHALLIBURTONHITLERTOJO.

Heh.

Liberalism is so g-blessed dumb it actually hurts.

Again —-

Absorb and appreciate the cosmically comical stupid:

Even considering the importance of public music education to the careers of great musicians? OK then…

libfreeordie on June 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

That’s so incredibly lame that I can’t find a jibe low enough to associate with your amazing intellect.

Thank you for … well … you. Bright targets are cool; and by bright I don’t mean intelligent.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I will right after you are done sucking me off sis.

Uppereastside on June 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Do the rest of us have to put up with this tripe? This is not an argument or a comment, this is pure gutter language.

zoyclem on June 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Mary in LA on June 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Just wish Ed was more into swinging the glorious hammer. He won’t lend it to me. Have no idea why. / With that said, there would be three less.

Bmore on July 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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