Skip to comments.Ignore the spin: Wisconsin was a disaster for Democrats and President Obama
Posted on 06/05/2012 8:51:51 PM PDT by Qbert
If you pause and listen carefully, you might be able to hear the despair coming from Jim Messina, President Obamas 2012 campaign manager, and David Axelrod, Obamas top strategist and communications director, as the meaning of Wisconsins recall election becomes clear.
In the final hours before Governor Scott Walkers victory, with the writing on the wall, President Obama and his campaign could only muster a tweet and a last-minute video for challenger Tom Barrett. But do not let that tepid support fool you: Democrats and their union allies spent an astronomical amount on a judicial election, four state legislative recalls and the recall of Governor Walker, only to lose.
The spin has already begun. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Wisconsin recall election probably wont tell us much about a future race. Regardless of what you hear, the results are a colossal failure for Democrats and President Obamas re-election efforts. Even former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell, speaking on MSNBC last week, said the recall election was a mistake.
Democrats, Big Labor and Team Obama initially put all their chips on the table, organizing a massive get-out-the-vote effort to unseat Walker. The day before the recall, Wisconsins MacIver Institute illustrated just how much money Big Labor has spent: more than $21 million. Earlier in the month, the MacIver Institute put up a matrix to put an end to any stories that Big Labor, the Democratic Party and other left-wing organizations arent going all out to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The spin aside, Team Obama, Big Labor and Democrats were heavily invested and suffered a huge loss in Wisconsin.
The recall sums up a season of abject failure for Democrats in Wisconsin. Since taking office in January 2011, Governor Walker has pushed for audacious spending cuts, comprehensive improvements to public-employee union benefits and the most agitating reform to the union monolith: lasting changes to Wisconsins collective bargaining laws.
Democratic legislators responded by childishly fleeing the state in order to prevent a quorum in the State Senate, while the Republican majority assured passage of Walkers budget. After weeks of wringing their hands over their absent colleagues, the Republicans found a way to pass Walkers budget.
In response, the left tried to invalidate Walkers reforms by attempting to alter the composition of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Liberals organized a record setting challenge to incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. Prossers challenger, ultra-progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg, was the lefts answer to all their union reform problems. The total cost of the race between Prosser and Kloppenburg topped $3 million. In the end, Prosser won re-election and Walkers reforms were upheld.
The Democrats war on Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans continued, with groups organizing the recall of four state senators in an attempt to recapture the Wisconsin Senate and block Walkers reforms. In their attempt to take back the Wisconsin Senate, Democrats and their backers spent $23.4 million, with outside groups spending $18.6 million against Republicans. But the attempt failed and Republicans triumphed.
Now, Democrats have lost yet another high-profile Wisconsin race. With this string of events taking place in a state that has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984 and is considered the birthplace of modern progressivism, Republicans must be starting to like their chances in November. Once considered an unassailable Democratic stronghold, Wisconsin is moving into the almost unthinkable swing-state territory.
As if the wind was not blowing hard enough against Democrats and Team Obama, Governor Walkers reforms have been a resounding success. Walker cut a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes or curtailing state services, and he is expected to create a $150 million budget surplus by the end of the year.
While Barack Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, its important to remember that George W. Bush came close to winning the state in 2000 and 2004, missing by 0.22 and 0.4 percent respectively. The efforts by Democrats this season have forced Republicans to build a grassroots machine. Their actions have proven to be very successful, pushing the estimated voter turnout to a whopping 60 to 65 percent of all adults. This machine will no doubt be in full operation in November, causing Axelrods and Messinas hearts to flutter.
President Obama and Democrats are in trouble and no amount of Washington spin will change the facts in Wisconsin. Unions had their way for decades, but times change. And this time, it is not just the future of organized labor that is in peril, it is the political future of one of their biggest supporters: President Obama.
Thomas Grier writes on constitutional law, campaigns and elections, and pro-growth policy. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Arizona State University. He lives in Arizona with his beautiful wife and two amazing children.
Many thanks to the union thugs for creating the opportunity for taxpayers to start ending the extortion.
I love the media spin I heard on my local channel tonight. They said the race was “very close.” (snicker) Then they made sure to point out that the voters in WI favor Obama over
Romney by 9 points.
Useless tools all of them!
Let me be the first. FUBO AND THE JACKASS YOU RODE IN ON!! SAME TO THE REST OF YOU SORRY ASS RAT BASTARDS!!!
This one was too big for the DemonRats to steal.Hope it’s a potent of things to come in November!
Typo on portent. Sorry.
Hmmm - I wonder if Wisconsin ‘rats will turn out for Obama in November after Obama failed to turn out for Wisconsin ‘rats in June - I sorta doubt it.......
As the old saying goes, “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Democrat and union hubris in Wisconsin forced Republicans and Conservatives to fight back hard, and in so doing, they developed muscles they didn’t know they had.
Now, with the succulent taste of victory fresh in their minds, they can turn their attention towards November.
I agree with this writer. The Democrats are totally screwed — and they have nobody but themselves to blame.
Oh MAN... I can’t wait for the next DU funnies!!!!
Walker is the bravest leader in America. He should be our President.
Walker is the bravest leader in America. He should be our President.
Does it remind you of a Chairman Mao poster hanging somewhere in commie land?
Thanks to the union thugs for putting so much money back into the Wisconsin economy, he,he.
Public Service doesn't mean you're to be serviced by the public for life
President Kennedys Executive Order 10998, allowing Federal unions, is what opened the door for public sector unions at the state and local level, which is leading to bankruptcy from bloated public sector salaries, benefits, and retirement plans. Businesses that offered plans like many governments have would go bankrupt. Govt entities will, too, eventually, but it will be much more painful.
This is why unions should again be outlawed for public employees.
When collective bargaining was brought into American schools in the 1960s, it was a revenue stream and power base for Big Labor. Suddenly, union bosses became more interested in building political muscle than educating children.
At that point the battle between unions and school boards became more focused on salary, benefits, pensions and working conditions for adults, and less about students.
Kids are only pawns in the self-serving union game.
What is the purpose of teacher unions? To work for children? Establish new and better requirements? Push their members to better serve parents and children?
"Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees" ...National Education Association's just-retired General Counsel Bob Chanin. (The NEA is the County and State Association's parent body).
NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell:
As legendary New York teachers union leader Albert Shanker said, "When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children."
All government unions should be banned. The idea that government workers need protection from guess who?? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, is ridiculous. remember, teachers are government employees. Ban government unions.
That’s appropriate, the Demwits have been a disaster for our country.
"As the old saying goes, that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. Democrat and union hubris in Wisconsin forced Republicans and Conservatives to fight back hard, and in so doing, they developed muscles they didnt know they had."
Romney should take heed. Conservativism sells. Walker did better than Romney polls in WI, a Dem leaning state. You know that Rush will emphasize this fact with good reason tomorrow.
Maybe this will get the democrat liberals so low down in the dumps it will affect turnout in November.