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.
Even busing in ‘rat voters without IDs from Michigan was not enough to undo this landslide.
Pray that the GOP in DC can find their gonads ASAP as there has been a severe shortage for some time.
Tomorrow: it was close and it's not a big deal, move on.
Hey Obama, WE WON you jerk.
Why is that legal? No one is allowed to display any type of political propaganda at a voting place and here is the usurpers poster (huge) plastered on the wall????? I don’t get it!
Yep. When they follow Conservative principles and have a spine, they win in landslides (Walker, Reagan, etc.); when they get weak-kneed and compromise on Dem terms... they lose.
Quite simple...public employees should have no better benefits and perks than those of their employers , We the People.
That simple, common sense law, would have our public employees far more concerned with the welfare of their Employers.
Thanks for the link Baynative.
I wonder what school that picture was taken at in Milwaukee.
Saw your post above on another thread as well. Great! Can’t see it too many times. Most people know that unions are supposed to protect workers from ‘greedy’ corporate employers who hold ‘unfair’ bargaining positions. Almost no one extrapolates from that the purpose of public sector unions must be to protect their membership from the beneficial owners of their employers: us. The absurdity of it strains imagination. Like so much of the insanity the Left foists on the nation to advance their mercenary or bizarre agendas.
They have gotten away with this for decades! Perhaps, with Wisconsin, we’re seeing the whole thing come apart before it completely and irrevocably bankrupts the whole of society.
The presstitutes have a serious problem. Walker was called even on exit polls but he won by about 10 points.
Why wouldn't anyone with an IQ even approaching room temperature expect Romney to gain +10 since he's a Republican?
One possible conclusion is that the presstitutes are all idiots with low IQs. :-)
The other more likely possibility is that the Prestitutes are so biased, they can't comprehend the fact Americans are tired of our race baiting, lying, criminal, corrupt and incompetent POTUS. Obama has to go and the biased press needs to be digging ditches for money, they obviously are not investigative reporters.
If Romney is even in Wisconsin already, the Dems will be slaughtered in another landslide in November, even worse than the 2010 mid-terms.
Holy crap, I know the writer of this story!!!! He’s a great kid
These same polls had Walker/Barrett at 50/50 today. We all know how that turned out. Does anyone really think that exit polls, with all the out-of-state union goons hanging outside the polls, were going to be accurate? A dozen thugs stand between you and your car, and you’re going to admit to voting for Walker, or intending to vote against Obama in November?
Theirs shouldn't even be AS GOOD as ours. We produce wealth and our segment of society could survive if theirs didn't exist. We might not like certain things about it, but we could survive. They CANNOT survive without us. We create the wealth that pays for their cars, houses, food, health care, etc.
We must exist for them to exist, while the reverse is not true.
That one would actually be a tough choice for me. On the one hand, lying to them and storing up frustration to come crashing down upon them later, vs. sticking your finger in their eye right now. Tough choice.
ok....putting my spin doctor hat on a dim could argue since the poster is from the 2008 campaign it is a historical artifact and not “political”
That’s why our Local. And federal governments are “prone” to run deficits..our employees looking out for themselves.
I damned well got arrested in 1988 for wearing a Ron Reagan T-shirt to the polling place. Not making a statement, I just put it on to do yard work and went to vote! “Disturbing the Peace”, my ass.
“Walker is the bravest leader in America. He should be our President.”
If only the Speaker of the House of the US Congress were a leader. The House has the power of the purse, yet for the past two years under Republican leadership it has continued to support out of control deficit spending. No courage, no victory.
Oh, that's OK then. What's the count of historical artifacts recording Dem campaigns vs. Pubbie ones?
See how far we've come since then? Now the Black Panthers can go to a polling place carrying clubs and harassing voters and not even be prosecuted.
Obama is sure changing America!
The Repubs know what is going on, you apparently (like almost all Americans) don't have a clue.
As Obama continues to destroy America, his plan was to blame the Congress for the petty fights as they won't support him, they try to impeach him, they fight him on X, Y and Z. Obama wanted to use Bill Clinton's sympathy card but now he has nothing.
Instead, they let the little traitor rot out in the sun for all to see, figuring we can recover from the spending but we can't recover from the race riots that will burn America down. They won't try impeachment for Libya, for FAST AND FURIOUS, for political payoffs like solar companies... Take your pick, he can do anything he wants. That is exactly what you are seeing.
You could hear the sadness in the local TV-heads voices. Just like whenever W won.
Channel 6 goes to a reporter @ 10:45 who says there are still people in line and theyve run out of initial voter registrations.
Well, unless there are more than 2 times the population of Green Bay in line, please explain the concept of operating business hours and tell them to go home.
Barrett supporters will always have their Shangri-La in Illinois to move to.
Doesn't it remind you of the big pictures of Chairman Moa, Castro or Saddam?
When liberals spend more, they never complain do they? Poor old liberal Juan can't comprehend what happened so he's trying to put his best liberal spin on it all. The truth is Conservatives may have spent more because they fought harder They raised more because this meant more to them.
It boils down to this -- Liberals were fighting against a man they hate while conservatives were fighting for the country they love.
There's an old axiom that a coyote can't catch a rabbit on the run because the coyote is running for his dinner while the rabbit is running for his life.
Thanks for that. I’m a little ashamed for not better understanding the dynamics of unions, conventional and public sector, a long time ago.
I now understand that JFK’s purpose for legalizing public unions was a political calculation although I have nothing to back that up. Common sense really like so much else.
I don’t recall seeing you at FR over the years. I joined in 2000 (under a different name, took ‘fire and forget’ some time after 9/11). Pleasure making your acquaintence and thanks for helping folks (myself inclusive) get a better grasp on what’s really happening. Look forward to seeing you around.