Survivor 2012: Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the first governor in history to survive a recall.
He didn't just win, he trounced the labor unions yet again. I mean, the Democrat union stooge. Sorry, that would be the Democrat contender.
Walker ran on a platform of doing what the people hired him to do which is what he thought was best for the State and its economy.
Barrett ran on a platform of getting the unions their power back. When asked what his plan was for creating jobs, he said his first priority was to reverse the Walker labor busting legislation and then he would look for ideas on bringing back jobs.
This race was a no brainer from the start. Or was it?
The unions -- shoot -- I mean the Democrats just had to use their $30 million to convince 2% to 3% of the voters who voted for Walker in the last election to swing over to Barrett. They knew that they could count on their base of sheeples, they just needed to find some new suckers.
For thirty million dollars they could have bought the votes (and don't think that didn't cross their minds).
When they realized this wasn't going to work, with one week left they commenced a campaign of shaming Democrats to the polls by sending letters to Democrat-dominated neighbors informing them that the guy next door didn't vote last election. A lot of people were displeased. The voting participation information is publicly available, it just seems like a desperation act - which it was.
Unfortunately, studies have shown that this tactic actually works.
Then they brought in the Democrat celebrity brigade including the likes of Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Noticeably absent was Obama who preferred to hobnob with his Beverly Hills buddies and Wall Street supporters. Apparently he doesn't think he needs to waste the jet fuel to get union votes.
Jackson tried to paint Walker as a racist by spouting dismal poverty and employment statistics among blacks in Milwaukee. Somebody obviously didn't tell him that Barrett has been the mayor of Milwaukee for the last eight years. Oops. Open mouth, insert foot.
In the end, not only didn't the unions get the 2% they needed but they lost several percent of their own base. The margin appears to be around 7 points. A landslide in political terms.
Democrats and their media minions are now on damage control around the country.
First order of attack is complaining about all the money the Republicans spent to buy the election. I guess they forgot about how Obama bought the Presidency with $778 million, outspending McCain 2 to 1 on his way to the White House.
Thecomplained about all the big Republican donors bringing big bucks in from outside.
"The real winner in Wisconsin on Tuesday was not Gov. Scott Walker, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but democracy." Huffington Post.
Never mind that 75% of Walker's money came from donations of $50 or less. Also, one group supporting Bennett spent $5.5 million in ads in the final weeks. Of those millions only $720 was from individuals. The rest was from unions.
When Republicans outspend Dems it's the end of Democracy. When Democrats outspend Republicans it's Democracy at work.
Next they're trying to claim victory for Obama since exit polls showed voters preferring Obama by an eight point margin. These are the same polls that were predicting a dead heat until almost ten o'clock last night. That would represent a margin of error of seven percent which would indicate a dead heat for Obama in November.
Also, keep in mind that Obama took Wisconsin by 14 points in 2010. Reporting an 8 point margin shows a big loss in support. Certainly nothing to brag about.
Still other Lefties claim that Walker's win is no big deal because he's going to be kicked out of office due to fraud charges surrounding some of his old staffers prior to moving to Madison. This is just silly but has legs because the prosecutors are Democrats on a mission. The reality is that the case is two years old and they haven't found anything implicating Walker. And, oh yeah, Walker was the one who initiated the investigation.
So the politician who was recalled by a small vocal minority of voters for having the guts to do what he promised he would do while he was campaigning survives. It will be interesting to see how this will affect the likes of Rick Snyder here in Michigan. Governor Snyder has been a little reluctant to rock the union boat. We'll see if this doesn't impact his decisions over the next two and a half years.