Skip to comments.Wisconsin Recall Sputters
Posted on 05/10/2012 7:09:14 AM PDT by CaptainKrunch
That sound you hear may be the sputtering of Wisconsin Democrats and public-sector unions campaign to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. On Tuesday, Democrats went to the polls to choose a candidate to square off against Walker in next months recall election. But the union-led oppositions hopes that the standard bearer would be a Big Labor darling were dashed with the election of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, rather than the unions preferred candidate, Democratic operative Kathleen Falk. Falks defeat marks only the latest setback for a recall campaign that is increasingly running out of steam.
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I wonder just how many millions the Unions have blown between all the recall attempts, court battles and the failed OWS crap. I suppose if there is any upside, their coffers should be pretty low going into the fall, I don’t see them dropping another $150 million on Obama like they did in ‘08.
I am convinced Walker will win in the recall and all the unions will have to show for the recall effort will be empty coffers for the presidential election in November.
Walker will emerge as the Republican standard-bearer when all is said and done....all they are doing is making him even stronger.
I see no problem with your theory.. :)
One does wonder how much Barret’s heart will be in it, particularly if Walker opens up in the polls, versus Falk being bought and paid for and willing to get ugly. Barret may not want to sh^t the nest given he has an eye on Johnson’s Senate seat. I don’t think Feingold will run again, ever.
Amen to that!
love that predict!!!
Memo to rich socialists and union thugs:
Keep pouring money into Wisconsin!
Victory is near!
Prediction: Scott Walker will survive. He may even go on to become a senator. But the Left will find a way to destroy his reputation so that he can't go any further.
They did a masterful job on Rick Santorum to deny him re-election in Pennsylvania. They buried Sarah Palin.
It's what's wrong with the US political system when 1 side has exclusive control of the Media and all we have is the echo-chamber of our own on-line blogs & forums.
Sorry for the downer. Having a rough morning.
Of course, the Dems and Unions always have the court to declare any significant reforms unconstitutional...the battle is not over.
How I wish these destroyers would get a taste of their own medicine - although Elizabeth Warren seems to be getting some now.
The union leadership is not worried because the main goal of “legit” funneling of massive amounts of union members money into their pockets is going just fine.
The problem with liberals like Elizabeth Warren is that they are like the “Un-Dead”. You can’t kill them (or their political careers to be precise). She’ll pop up at some NGO until the next Dem administration. Then she’ll be made ‘Czar’ of something so that she can by-pass Senate scrutiny where she might have to answer for this fraud in public.
In short, she will slide in a way that conservatives cannot.
IF they could destroy Walker’s reputation, they would have already done so. They did attempt to smear him over some actions of staffers, IIRC, but it went nowhere so fast, that I can’t even recall the allegations. They make up lies about his actions as Governor and those lies get swatted down w/the truth.
Scott Walker really is a nice guy who has values and character and lives them.
At my polling place, which is predominately donk-leaning, only 1/2 the registered voters had voted as of 7:pm. We also have about 100 eligible voters (by age) who are old order Amish and who never vote. No ID, of course, but we did have to sign the roll. Back in 2010, people were bringing in their kids who had just turned 18. We had ID, I think, for that election, and we had to sign the roll, but I noticed that all first-time voters were noted as such on the master list.
To clear up a conservative media meme that Republicans had no reason to vote: we did. We were all informed that the donks had placed a challenger to Walker on the Republican side and were urged to vote to make sure the unions didn’t run an Operation Chaos to beat Walker in the primary.
Another question would be how much the Union’s heart is in helping Barret after this defeat of their candidate. Dem can’t win without the Unions. They are the only ones who wanted this recall in the first place.
All that shows is that Walker is a stand-up guy. But that doesn't preclude further attacks.
They'll fabricate something... that will take time. With Rick Santorum it was his children's homeschooling and his residence. That resonated in the unionized state of Pennsylvania.
Look how long it took them to grind Sarah Palin down. That didn't happen overnite.
If Walker is able to survive to 2016 he will be the country’s number one choice for president. The best thing he can do to all attacks is not to respond to the the lies except to say of course it is not true and instead, point out the agenda and the people behind the lies.
Pulling back the curtains, will clear the air.
As far as the MSM is concerned, they need to be attacked and held accounable for their behaviors. When a reporter is connecting with a leftist in government this should be screamed from rooftops. I miss you Breitbart and We are Breitbart.
Whatever doesn’t kill Walker will only make him stronger.
I’m not too worried about Walker, he fight’s. Love the emails and ads he runs. He is a smart person who understands you must refute lies immediately, but nicely.
It doesn’t hurt that his policies are working and Wisconsin is improving in the eyes of business execs as a place to do business.
The ugliness that the left has shown in regards to Walker and republicans in general is really turning off independents and conservative Dems in this state.
Also it is only infuriating the Republicans to remain fired up and turn out in force come election time.
My wife and I were going to vote for Falk in an operation Chaos effort, but changed our minds and voted for Walker to make sure he made it out of the primary. Glad to see the 629,000 others did the same.
Rush noted that more people voted for Scott Walker (running unopposed) than voted for the two Democrat contenders ... combined. This suggests that Walker will NOT be successfully recalled.
Thank you, collectivist unions from across America, for injecting hundreds of millions into the economy of Wisconsin.
Now, please go on back home, and you have a good day.
Dump the lying Socialist scumbag Willard !
Sarah Palin is FAR from buried. She is infact already pre-vetted. I read her first book and would vote for her in a second and there are millions of like mind.
The crap about the resignation is immaterial. Its nothing for a sitting candidate in one office to spend half the term of that office campaigning for the next office. This is in fact normal course and is no different than resigning the seated office. In actual practice, her resignation was the noble, honest and ethical path and she took it.
Agree to disagree. For most people who are not conservatives there’s a ‘vague’ feeling that Palin is unqualified. Nothing that they can put their finger on, but for squishy moderates it’s enough to prevent them from ever voting for her. It was “death by a thousand cuts”.
I’d vote for her tomorrow, but I know that I’ll never get the chance.
There was no official get out the vote effort, and the LSM did not even mention that Walker had a token Republican opponent. The vote for Walker was pretty much just symbolic. And yet more of us came out for him than did Democrats to vote in an actual primary (I make that statement with the presumption that a significant number of votes for Kathleen Falk were actually Walker supporters hoping to push her through to the general)
What I take away from all of this is that the silent majority is plenty sick of the whining, the protesting and the general bad behavior of the Dems, Communists and unions (but I repeat myself) Their displeasure in all of this will be largely undetected until they can take the only action they have left - at the ballot box.
Some of what you say (no LSM info disseminated), is true. However, we received emails explaining the donk ringer running on the R ballot and it was part of a grassroots campaign to inform the conservative base. Those emails, of course, all got fwd on, so likely most conservatives knew why they had to vote.
Dems did not necessarily vote because all they care about is getting rid of Walker. Doesn’t matter if Barrett signed their pledge or not; they can and will pressure him. Any Dem opposing Walker is fine with most of them.
Walker has beaten Barrett before, both in Milwaukee County and statewide. He will do so again. We all know the petitions were fraudulent and the complicity of the GAB and SoS helped the recall effort. We have a wonderful AG and hopefully, we can also get rid of the SoS, LaFollette, next time.
I will still maintain Walker is going to be very difficult to defame, marginalize and demean.
There was at least the truth of homeschooling and residency w/Santorum. Palin just was so easy a target because she is also not perfect and is beautiful and (I hate to say it) had 2 daughters who spoke and acted before they thought.
All they have with Walker is lies and they are refuted quickly with facts and then they disappear.
Everyone knows this about the unions’ access to dues without even having to put forward an administrating process. Even union members will see their property taxes increase if Barrett becomes Governor. This is pure tribalism on display.
I know that in many small private venues, conservatives with the facts are confronting ranting union members with unassailable truth. The unionistas are usually outnumbered and out *truthed*, so they shut up. But I hear these anecdotes all the time from disparate sources. I don’t think that even all the union members will lockstep vote for Barrett.
Think of how demoralizing it would have been for "Dishonest Abe" to have received hundreds of thousands of votes....the soundbytes practically write themselves.
I can tell you that even though it really didn't make any difference, I could hardly wait to cast my vote of support for Gov. Walker, and yet that level of passion was unmet on the other side. Why? Because it is a very small percentage of very loud people who are creating an impression of a large pool of rabid discontent.
Anyone have any info and/or insight on what’s going on with the Senate recalls? Are the Dems abandoning the Walker recall effort in order to put their resources there?
Please, it took me 30 years to forget that flick ...
Wouldn’t that be nice, and then we could beat them back one, by one. I’ve heard nothing.
As far as I know, the battle will be for the independents and the uneducated. Out state will be key. Everyone around Milwaukee and Madison has his/her mind made up and they are not budging.
My accountant was relating a story this AM. He said that on the east side of Milwaukee (Shorewood, WFB, etc.) during the petition gathering, if you came to a stop with your car at an intersection you would be surrounded by folks with recall petitions. They wouldn’t move out of your way unless you signed.
So, maybe those 900,000 petitioners weren’t all that enthusiastic — just intimidated. Maybe that accounts for all the phony names which the GAB didn’t throw out.
One petition I viewed was signed by Richard Gebhardt, Tip O’Neil, and Molly McGuire. I called I verify about that one — 2 Dem pols (one dead and one from out of state) and a mythical Union organizer! They laughed, but the GAB accepted them.
I think it will be close, but Walker will win.
OTOH, don’t underestimate them. Especially since they seem to be able to manufacture votes, especially in Milwaukee and Dane counties. They do hate all of us who don’t agree with them. They will vote when it is Walker vs. Barrett. I just hope even more of us vote next month than did on Tuesday and I think that is possible.
The cheating will be rampant and blatant.
5/4/2012 5:42:00 AM
In 2010, WEAC salaries surged by $1 million; brass top $200k
WEAC president Mary Bell
The Wisconsin Education Association Council continued to boast a robust financial bottom line in its latest reported fiscal year, with wages and benefits for union staff employees in 2010 surging by nearly a million dollars over the fiscal year ending in 2009.
The organization’s net assets rose substantially as well, jumping from $15,301,436 to $16,142,325, a gain of 5.5 percent.
The figures are gleaned from WEAC’s 2009 Form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service for the year ending Aug. 31, 2010. It is the latest filing.
All totaled, WEAC’s revenue for 2010 slipped just slightly from the previous year. The union took in $25,102,225 compared to $25,480,973 in 2009. Of the 2010 total, $23,322,957 came from union dues, also down a little from 2009’s take of more than $23.4 million.
According to the IRS documents, the union mustered $1,543,455 from the National Education Association last year, up by more than $100,000 from the NEA’s 2009 addition of $1,419,819.
The revenue dip occurred mostly in the union’s investments. WEAC had $367,482 in investment income in 2009 but only $42,256 in 2010.
There ain’t no opps to this!!!
That would be a excellent ticket Palin/Walker.
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