Six Republican seats were up for recall elections in the Wisconsin State Senate last night, and the Republicans held four of them.
The Tea Party effectively smacked the vitriolic left-wing progressive movement upside the head:
…[T]he union-backed Democrats picked up only two state Senate seats in Wisconsin last night, at a staggering cost in time, effort, and of course money. One of the seats was solidly Democratic, held by a Republican due to an apparent fluke of nature. The other was held by an alleged adulterer who had moved outside his district to live with his young mistress, and whose wife was supporting his recall.[…]
The people” were supposed to be on the side of the unions who protested at the state capitol when Walker’s bill passed, limiting the unions’ collective bargaining privileges against taxpayers and school districts. But it turns out that “the people” had other ideas. In the end, even a massive infusion of cash and union volunteers was not enough to deliver the three state Senate recall races the unions needed, despite the fact that President Obama carried all six of the seats in question in 2008.
This marks the unions’ third huge defeat in Wisconsin this year. The other two were the passage of Walker’s bill and the re-election of David Prosser to the state Supreme Court. The grand talk of recalling Walker himself next year seems a bit blustery now, given the great failure of last night.
The implications are clear:
…[A]almost 350,000 people voted in Tuesday’s recall elections — and Republicans won 53 percent of the total vote. After blowtorching the state with negative ads and benefiting from a favorable timetable, the unions could still only get 47 percent of Wisconsinites to support their effort.
This should make the unions think long and hard about whether they want to embark on a mission to recall Gov. Scott Walker next year. Doing so successfully would easily cost them five times as much as they just spent — and even with their recent deluge of cash, most of the public still didn’t support them at the polls. Additionally, the extra time will also give Walker’s reforms more time to work — and once the public sees that schools can manage their affairs effectively without being hamstrung by union regulations, organized labor’s argument gets even weaker.
When establishment Republicans talk about shying away from political battles, the “hills” that are not worth politically taking a hit for, I would urge them to look at Wisconsin. The Republicans there, with the Tea Party having their backs, stood for conservatism, stood for true reform, and won. Twice.
And a major hat-tip to Governor Walker who, in my book, is Republican of the Year. He stood up to the vitriol, to the onslaught of hate and violent rhetoric from the Left, to the deluge of union money and their thuggery, all for doing his job and standing up for conservatism. He never resorted to chest-thumping, never spoke with malice. He just made his case to the people of Wisconsin and they voted accordingly. All of this in the cradle of America’s modern progressive movement.
Kudos to Governor Walker, the GOP senators who won, and to the people of Wisconsin.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
Today was a good day for the Republic. A grassroots revolt took place among the citizenry over the better part of the last two years. Conservatives mobilized, organized and made change happen. The changing of the guard as it were, from one political party to another, in a chamber of Congress. Peaceably, without a nasty coup, violence or bloodshed. Breathe that all in. For the most part, the system works.
But that doesn’t stop the bitter, partisan and very, very angry left. See, they don’t like what happened today. In their eyes, this wasn’t supposed to happen. But who to blame for Republicans taking a sizable majority in the House of Representatives?
Why it’s you, you f***ing rubes!
I am still in mourning for not only the results and losing my favorite girl, Pelosi, but i am ALSO in mourning for my realization of the sheer stupidity of all these American voters.
How ironic is it for the typical rust belt white blue collar worker to lose patience in mere months and then vote in someone who gets turned-on by wanting to ELIMINATE that same voters’ unemployment benefits?
Stupid macabre, masochistic, dumbfuck voters!!! And, ya know what? I say, let ‘em lose their benefits if they’re that stupid to NOT realize who is FOR them and who is AGAINST them. Serves them right. No sympathy anymore here!!! Cuz with it, went MY issues like gay rights cuz Boner won’t do shit for GLBTs.
That’s right. Don’t you idiots get it? See, four years of Democrat Party rule has brought us endless reams of ruinous economic policies, helped raise the unemployment rate to near 10%, and initiated the government takeover of healthcare. You morons don’t understand how great you have it, and don’t even have the decency to re-elect the same corruptocrats that brought us to this glorious liberal utopia called the United States, circa 2010. And who’s gonna look out for teh gheys? Priorities, you idiots!
This is a microcosm of how the Left sees the United States. The politics of adolescence. The politics of hate and anger, of bitterness and jealousy. The majority of Americans be damned.
This kind of ignorance is disturbing but still, to be expected considering the source:
Not everyone at the Daily Kos was happy about the “One Nation” rally on Saturday. The blogger “One Pissed Off Liberal” was upset with MSNBC host Ed Schultz for honoring the troops, and that God person:
I was a little disappointed in Ed Shultz [sic], who at the end of his talk said, “God bless the troops who are keeping us safe.” And I thought, and Daniel later echoed, did he have to say that? Do we have to parrot rightwing memes to set the patriot heart-strings a quiver? With all the gut-wrenching problems that face us and the dire consequences of doing the same old nothing, must we resort to fairy tales and bull—- to inspire the masses? Do we have to create boogeymen who hate us for our freedoms before we get off our asses and do something about global warming, ocean acidification, resource depletion, planet-wide pollution, joblessness, homelessness, increased human suffering and all the rest?
Ocean acidification? Wow.
This reminds me of my evening commute the other day. Occasionally, I’ll listen to my local “progressive talk” radio on AM 1600, to see what’s driving the other side crazy. Extremist Thom Hartman usually has a show during the 5 PM spot, but on this particular day some other liberal was substituting, someone whose name I can’t remember at the moment.
She was talking to a caller about why Democrats were about to get destroyed in November’s midterm. I don’t remember word for word exactly, but it was something to the effect of “Democrats are not acting on the issues that are important…and two of those “big issues” are federal funding of elections and overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
No joke. I wish I can get my hands on a transcript.
These people create their own alternate realities and yet, these are the people who are embraced by the Democratic party. They’re so outside the mainstream it’s scary.
Things are getting testy in the Arkansas Democratic primary:
Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.
Using unusually vivid language to describe the threat against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Clinton urged the voters who nurtured his career to resist outside forces bent on making an example out of the two-term Democratic incumbent.
He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line.
“This is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate,” Clinton said in the gym of a small historically black college here.
This is getting fun. Here you have Blanche Lincoln, a vestige of the Clinton era up against the progressive nutroots, who have funneled buckets of cash to Bill Halter’s campaign.
That Lincoln requested Clinton’s appearance reeks of desperation, especially in a deep red state. It’s a last gasp for a career incumbent in a year of anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat voter discontent.
If Lincoln were to lose the runoff, it would show that the nutroots are really, really pissed. My gut’s telling me that this panic button time for the Lincoln campaign.
One last thing. It’s funny how I don’t hear progressive and liberal bloggers bitching about out-of-state money and influence in this election, as they did when conservative groups were helping Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election, or for Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts.
John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, can describe the state of Washington politics with a single word. And it’s not a nice one.
Asked in an interview with the Financial Times to comment on “the health of American political system,” Podesta responded: “Sucks.”
Podesta made the remark with a chuckle, but the man who chaired President Obama’s transition team expressed deep concern about the White House’s ability to pass big ticket items in the current political climate.
He blamed much of the gridlock on Republicans and a newly “strengthened” conservative movement.
Shorter John Podesta: “Why can’t you ignorant rubes and just shut the f**k up and let us pass our radical agenda?”
You can really sense the frustration and anger bubbling up in the progressive elites. They’re underlying cynicsm of American government and democracy in general is finally coming out as they’re seeing a groundswell of opposition to their agenda. They can’t help it. And like I’ve been saying, the list is long and getting longer.