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Posted on 08/16/2011 8:35:00 PM PDT by quantim
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Democratic Wisconsin state senators targeted by Republicans survived their elections Tuesday, ending a tumultuous summer of recalls spurred by anger over how lawmakers reacted to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing collective bargaining rights of public workers.
Democrats picked up two seats through the nine recalls but were unable to wrest majority Senate control away from the GOP, which now holds a narrow 17-16 majority. Before the recalls, Republicans had a 19-14 edge in the chamber.
The two senators facing recall Tuesday were among the 14 senators who fled the state in February in opposition to Walker's proposal which passed despite their absence and has been held up by the state Supreme Court.
Democratic Sen. Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie defeated Kenosha attorney Jonathan Steitz, and Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover beat tea party Republican Kim Simac of Eagle River.
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Who’s the pubbie that’s gonna flip now?
Ah dang, was hoping they’d at least take one down.
I bet MSLSD is doing porn now as they orgasm over this “victory”.
I dare not watch.
Serves as a reminder of how many voters in the country are happy to see the US fall, as long as it doesn’t inconvenience them. But the pain is spreading, may be a different tune after another year of this free fall.
Why. This is very upsetting. Oh well, it’s only a matter of time before the “on the teat” sheeple vote for the European disaster. Remember Alexander Tyler.
Well they have many more elections on the block in WI in only 448 days.
And they threw Feingold out in the same stroke as ushering in Scott Walker.
Things are a’ changing in the upper Midwest.
Exactly why the Kenyan is wasting his time on a bus tour through the region.
The lesson from tonight is that the GOP here needs to run good candidates that are squeaky clean and can appeal to a middle of the road voter. This doesn’t mean RINO’s but it does mean people who don’t scare off a portion of the independents.
In our district up north we nominated a Sharon Angle/Christine O’Donnell type in Kim Simac. I give Kim credit for running and putting up a fight. But at the end of the day, Simac was involved in a bizzare spouse swapping situation years ago and didn’t pay her taxes. Nor could she articulate anything in hostile environments outside her one talking point. The GOP and Tea Party are not going to win running candidates like that.
The other district was a pretty solid Dem working class district. The GOP candidate Steitz was a pretty good guy. But he’s from Illinois, works in Illinois and is a corporate attorney who has an office in London. That type of guy is not going to win in a democratic/Archie Bunker type traditional Dem district. Just not going to happen.
This is why it is so crucial we get the Presidential nominee right in 2012. That’s why I’m agnostic on Rick Perry at the moment. Can he win the middle of the road voter in Ohio, PA, WI, MI, MN, Iowa, Colorado? Maybe he can. Not sure yet.
Scot Walker for President!
I am really disappointed, too. However I did manage to get 5 relatives to vote today. As I’ve mentioned, those of you in WI who could vote today represented all of us who could NOT vote. Read on another thread of a Grafton, WI fellow who offered to carpool down to Steitz districk to help last weekend.
The trouble with the GOP is that we have jobs, families, etc. Those Dems / union thugs care about nothing but themselves. Did you see the Verizon jerk who placed his daughter in front of a “scab” truck trying to pass through a picket line? Now THAT’s what we’re up against. Low life scum with wild eyed and tantrums fighting against hard working Americans. Then as a Tea Party person, I get called a terrorist. That Rhodes guy in Iowa (?) - more power to you for questioning the fake president.
Dont’ give up - keep up the good fight. Keep the faith, folks. We can’t win them all, but this is still the beginning of the 2012 election. It won’t come easy, but good things come with hard work.
Shame, shame, shame.
A sour note to go to sleep on for sure.
Yes, getting rid of Russ Feingold was very satisfying for us in WI.
His replacement Ron Johnson is the epitome of a grassroots TEA Party conservative too.
The look on Feingold’s face that night when he lost, was priceless. He couldn’t believe he lost! It was sweet.
That’s liberal BS...he isn’t going to flip.
Cheating and lying their way to power.
“Spouse swap” for Kim Simac sounds far more kinky that the story describes...
It shows the power of the headine.
At least they married and waited two years...:^)
Great job, WI!
What a waste of time. GOP should just ignore WI, because they obviously aren’t ready to make the hard decisions.
If these rural precincts on our northern borde show an unexplainable spike in votes compared to the 2008, 2010, and 2011 elections, then we'll know that irregularities are occuring here, and if here, then likely elsewhere too.