About that Wisconsin recall election . . . .

Our good friend Wagonwheel was just ecstatic when Wisconsin Democrats collected enough signatures to force a recall election for Governor Scott Walker (R-Wi):

Gov Walker Recall: Well on the Way!

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Perry

It is not every day that a Governor is recalled, only two (2003: Gray Davis (D-CA); (1921: Lynn Frazier (R-ND)), but Governor Scott Walker’s egregious cost-cutting and extreme anti-unionism has Wisconsin taxpayers furious, furious enough to have far exceeded the number of signatures to begin the recall procedure. See here:

WASHINGTON — Democrats needed to collect 540,208 signatures to trigger a gubernatorial recall election against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). On Tuesday, they announced they had far exceeded that number, collecting one million signatures.

Tuesday was the deadline for recall organizers, led by the group United Wisconsin, to turn in their petitions. The number collected is 185 percent of the signatures required to force a recall election. Organizers also collected enough to trigger recalls of the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators.

The total went far beyond Walker’s expectations. ….

Well, that recall drive isn’t going quite as well as the Democrats had hoped; from


Democrats’ Wisconsin Worry


Some Fear Walker’s Surviving Recall Would Boost GOP’s Chances in November
By COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON and LAURA MECKLER

With little more than two weeks until Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, some Democratic and union officials quietly are expressing fears that they have picked a fight they won’t win and that could leave lingering injuries.

Recent polling and a head start on fundraising by Gov. Scott Walker have some Democrats concerned that the Republican will survive the June 5 recall election.

The election has taken on significance beyond Wisconsin state politics: Organized labor sees the battle as a major stand against GOP efforts to scale back collective-bargaining rights for public-sector workers, as Mr. Walker did after taking office in 2011. Some Democrats now fear mobilizing Republicans to battle the recall could carry over to help the party—and Republican Mitt Romney—in November’s presidential election.

The latest polls show Mr. Walker building a small lead over Democrat Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, with few voters remaining undecided, adding to the Democrats’ concerns. Mr. Walker led 50% to 44% in a Marquette Law School Poll last week in a survey with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

More at the link. But if the recall drive isn’t going as well as the union bosses and their Democratic Party stooges had hoped, the one simple chart, indicating the state budget deficits and surplus for recent years really does tell the whole story: what Governor Walker and the Republicans have done has worked!

No gimmicks and no bovine feces: the deep deficit that the Republicans inherited has been eliminated, resulting in a small surplus. That’s what conservatives call good, responsible government.

Of course, opinion polls might be indicators of what is going to happen, but they are, in fact, meaningless: the only poll with any significance is the one on election day. The election is scheduled for June 5th.

15 Comments

  1. Dictator Walker overreached, he did it deliberately and calculatedly, and now he’s facing the consequences.

    It’s also worth keeping in mind that Walker pretty plainly chose to govern in a far more hard-nosed, extreme, and deliberately hostile fashion than he campaigned on.

    He is a union buster, and blames public employees for the budgetary woes of Wisconsin. John Nichols wrote:

    “Walker never discussed ending collective bargaining during a campaign in which he promised to work across lines of partisanship and ideology to create jobs.

    Instead, he has chosen to play political games.

    The governor’s budget repair bill, which includes the plan to gut collective bargaining protections for public employees, does not seek to get the state’s fiscal house in order.

    Rather, it is seeks a political goal: destroying public employee unions, which demand fair treatment of workers and hold governors of both parties to account when they seek to undermine public services and public education.

    Former US Senator Russ Feingold decried the move, declaring that “Governor Walker’s request to the State Legislature to eliminate nearly all of the collective-bargaining rights for thousands of Wisconsin workers is big government at its worst. No private employer can do what the governor proposes, nor should it. For decades, Wisconsin has protected the rights of workers to collectively bargain with their employer on wages, benefits, workplace rules, and many other aspects of their employment. The governor is wrong to suggest that public workers are responsible for the state’s budget woes, and he is wrong to use that bogus excuse to strip them of rights that millions of other American workers have.””

    Now, as extremist Repubs always do, tons of out-of-state money is flooding into WI to uphold Walker and oppose the recall:

    “Nearly half of the $5.1 million raised by the embattled Republican governor since July 1 came from outside of Wisconsin. In all of 2010, when Walker won a hotly contested election that included a primary, just 8 percent of the more than $8 million he raised came from out of state.

    Out-of-state donors accounted for $2.4 million of the amount in Walker’s most recent report, or 47 percent of the total.

    In all, Walker has raised $7.6 million in donations since he took office on Jan 3. Of these, $3.2 million, or about 42 percent, came from out of state.

    “I’ve never seen any candidate — ever — get close to half their money from out of state,” said Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog. “I used to always be stunned when I saw a candidate for state office with 10 percent coming from out of state.””

    If Walker survives, it is because of the “money is politics” low to which this nation has sunk, in my opinion.

  2. WW wrote:

    If Walker survives, it is because of the “money is politics” low to which this nation has sunk, in my opinion.

    If Governor Walker survives, it will be because he got more votes than Tom Barrett.

    It’s also worth keeping in mind that Walker pretty plainly chose to govern in a far more hard-nosed, extreme, and deliberately hostile fashion than he campaigned on.

    And if the voters choose to retain him, that will be an indication that they have approved his governing style, and accomplishments.

  3. It’s also interesting to note what happened to the state budget deficit when a Democrat took over. Republican Governor Tommy Thompson was running a deficit, to be sure, as was his his successor, Scott McCallum, when Governor Thompson resigned half-way through his second term. But when Jim Doyle, a Democrat, took over, the deficit increased dramatically, even though the economy was running pretty well. Deficits got worse after the recession, but recession or no, Governor Walker managed to eliminate the deficit completely, and he and the Republican-controlled state legislature did it without raising taxes.

  4. Dictator Walker overreached

    Gee, Perry, prone much to hysteria and overstatement?

    Passive-Aggressive Perry can never figure out just where he wants to come down on: Is he against personal attacks or isn’t he?

    The truth is that he’s just too f***ing stupid to ever decide.

  5. Oh, don’t be too hard on Wagonwheel: he’s simply parroting what others have made up! A Google search for “Dictator Walker” yielded 8980 returns, primarily from hard-left Democratic sites like commondreams.org and democraticunderground.com. If yoiu don’t use the parenthesis, you get a few million returns.

    I addressed this on the old blob:

    To refer to Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) as “Dictator Walker” is more than just our good friend Perry’s formulation: the Democrats put it out as a talking point so thoroughly that a Google search for Dictator Walker returned 3,780,000 results. And what makes Governor Walker a “dictator” in the eyes of the Democrats? Why he, working with the state legislature, had a law passed which eliminates collective bargaining over some things by public employee unions.

    So, what would we call Governor Mark Dayton (D-MN), who is shutting down the state government because the Republicans who control the state legislature won’t agree to tax increases on the top producers. In Wisconsin, a governor who works with the state legislature, is called a dictator by our friends on the left; will they similarly label a governor in Minnesota who is working against the state legislature, and who is shutting down the state government on his own authority?

    I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for Perry to start talking about Dictator Dayton.

    In the Democratic Dictionary, a “dictator” is anyone who stands up for conservative principles, in opposition to the Democrats. If the American people show good judgement this November, and enable President Obama to get a four-year head start on his presidential memoirs, we’ll start seeing Wagonwheel referring to “Dictator Romney” somewhere after about January 21st, in response to the new President’s revocation of President Obama’s executive orders.

  6. If you check timelines and Perry’s increasing vocabulary, you will clearly see he is not all he has claimed to be. You will see him scooping up lots of vocabulary words from Conservative commenters and authors, and then using them as if they were part of his vocabulary to begin with. Such is, obviously, not the case. Just as none of his talking points are his own, but parroted talking points from other fringe Leftists.

    To be completely honest, Perry from Lose, Delaware, is neither very intelligent nor very informed, but is capable of parroting other fringe Leftists’ ideas and then claiming them as his own. Like a parrot, Perry is highly unlikely to even understand half of what he says.

    Much more reason to pity the unintelligent, passive-aggressive, dishonest African Grey known as Perry from Lose, Delaware.

  7. Mr Hitchcock wrote:

    To be completely honest, Perry from Lose, Delaware, is neither very intelligent nor very informed, but is capable of parroting other fringe Leftists’ ideas and then claiming them as his own. Like a parrot, Perry is highly unlikely to even understand half of what he says.

    I very much disagree. I believe that Wagonwheel is mostly wrong in his political positions, but he is neither stupid nor uninformed. It is my opinion that he proceeds from a wholly invalid set of assumptions about economics and politics, assumptions that some would liken to socialism, and, built from such a flawed foundation, he comes up with erroneous conclusions.

  8. I have heard rumblings about this on other blogs. Apparently, the recall isn’t turning out so well for the Democrats. It’s no wonder, given Governor Walker’s record of fixing the Wisconsin state budget. The re-callers just can’t deal with the facts.

  9. The esteemed Mr Jackson wrote:

    The re-callers just can’t deal with the facts.

    Well, no, of course they can’t. If Governor Walker had failed to bring the budget under control, they might have a case; he succeeded, and they don’t.

    Of course, the opinion polls seem to be going Governor Walker’s way, but the only poll that counts won’t be held for another two weeks. It’s looking good right now, but counting our chickens before they hatch is never a wise idea.

  10. Normal people would also question exactly how Dictator Walker achieved this anti-worker/anti-middle class result. It was on the backs of the Wisconsin middle class, state employees such as school teachers, fire fighters, police, and trash collecters. Equally important, it meant taking away the rights of workers to organize in order to negotiate reasonable wages and benefits for employees for whom Dictator Walker could care less.

    The whole deal brought out citizens in protest, not only from Wisconsin, but also nationwide, in support of the working people who were being sacrificed on the Walker altar. I, from the First State, DE, happened to be one of those who contributed to the recall effort. On the other hand, it has been the out of state funding from wealthy Republicans and right wing organizations who have poured tons of money into the state to oppose the recall of a really terrible governor, whose Machiavellian instincts of course appeal to a certain segment of Wisconsonites: the Republicans, like our Machiavellian Editor!

    The infamous Koch Brothers are the main financers of a divide and conquer campaign to ward off the recall voters, in favor of Mayor Tom Barrett. So the power of money in politics is playing a major role in this contest, against the better interests of Wisconsin working class families.

    Interestingly, Walker campaigned on delivering 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin, whereas the reality so far is a loss of 12,500 jobs in 2011, a terrible record to add to the woes of the State of Wisconsin under Dictator Walker.

    “The recall fever that has gripped Wisconsin since shortly after Republican Gov. Scott Walker took office last year has been attributed mostly to his sharp and successful attacks on union power and the hyper-partisanship of today’s politics.” I hope this virtual dictator is roundly defeated on June 5th.

  11. Normal people would also question exactly how Dictator Walker achieved this anti-worker/anti-middle class result. It was on the backs of the Wisconsin middle class, state employees such as school teachers, fire fighters, police, and trash collecters. Equally important, it meant taking away the rights of workers to organize in order to negotiate reasonable wages and benefits for employees for whom Dictator Walker could care less.

    Funny then how Walker is in a terrific position to win this recall election.

    The whole deal brought out citizens in protest, not only from Wisconsin, but also nationwide, in support of the working people who were being sacrificed on the Walker altar. I, from the First State, DE, happened to be one of those who contributed to the recall effort.

    And still Walker is in a terrific position to win the recall election.

    On the other hand, it has been the out of state funding from wealthy Republicans and right wing organizations who have poured tons of money into the state to oppose the recall of a really terrible governor

    Except, of course, for all the George Soros money filtered in through his innumerable organizations. And that “terrible” governor was not only elected (despite Passive-Aggressive Perry’s erroneous — and hypocritical — appellation) but will probably be elected again during the recall election.

    The infamous Koch Brothers are the main financers of a divide and conquer campaign to ward off the recall voters, in favor of Mayor Tom Barrett.

    As opposed, of course, to the infamous George Soros, the main financier of a divide and conquer campaign to ward off Walker supporters.

    Interestingly, Walker campaigned on delivering 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin, whereas the reality so far is a loss of 12,500 jobs in 2011, a terrible record to add to the woes of the State of Wisconsin under Dictator Walker.

    LOL … and what did Barack Obama campaign on, Passive-Aggressive Perry? What a riot …

    I hope this virtual dictator is roundly defeated on June 5th.

    I hope Passive-Aggressive Perry defeats his serial hypocrisy when it comes to personal attacks.

  12. Normal people would also question exactly how Dictator Walker achieved this anti-worker/anti-middle class result.

    And what about all the private sector middle class people who have to pay for all those union salaries and benefits?

    Again, you sound like a nut.

  13. Wagonwheel wrote:

    The whole deal brought out citizens in protest, not only from Wisconsin, but also nationwide, in support of the working people who were being sacrificed on the Walker altar. I, from the First State, DE, happened to be one of those who contributed to the recall effort. On the other hand, it has been the out of state funding from wealthy Republicans and right wing organizations who have poured tons of money into the state to oppose the recall of a really terrible governor, whose Machiavellian instincts of course appeal to a certain segment of Wisconsonites: the Republicans, like our Machiavellian Editor!

    So, you are complaining that out-of-state money has been used to defend Governor Walker, yet you have just admitted that you, certainly no Cheesehead, have contributed to the campaign to unseat him. :) Of course, Eric, also an out-of-stater — though much closer; he lives in Minnesota — sent a whopping $20 to support the Governor.

    One wonders if my tombstone will have the same epitaph, “Tanto nomini nullum par Elogium,” but, alas! I fear that it won’t.

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