Wisconsin Recall Voters Head To Polls To Kick Out Koch Overlords

one of the pro-union hoodlumsThe hysterical right wing promised America a front row seat to fire, brimstone, rivers of blood, looting, rampaging, crying babies, sirens, thieves, chainsaws turning on by themselves, ski masks and eternal night in Wisconsin once these recall elections got under way, and probably if you drop enough acid and look very hard, all of those things are happening right behind this kindly hippie bagpipe player standing in the street in Madison last night, which is the “craziest” thing we have spotted so far. Or maybe that is just the fever dream of a Fox News editor who is wishing desperately to run footage of the crazy London riots behind Steve Doocy’s aneurism-inducing hate-froth about unions (which may yet “accidentally” happen, and if so, we called it first). Oh well, missed opportunity. Instead, here is the Netroots live coverage of the votes, which are seeking to recall six incumbent Republican state senators who voted for Scott Walker’s infamous pro-poverty union-busting bill.

Here is another fun photo diary of Wisconsin voters gathering on election eve.

Mother Jones has a piece on the GOTV effort that has been taking place in the lead-up to the recall votes:

Officials with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW), labor unions, and other left-leaning groups say they never anticipated such an outpouring of energy in an off-year election, in the dead of summer, and in mostly Republican-leaning districts. “We haven’t hit our volunteer numbers like this since the Obama campaign in 2008,” says Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party.

The numbers tell the story. This past weekend, 8,234 people volunteered for the state Democratic Party to support the Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s recalls. Volunteers made contact with nearly 785,000 voters last weekend alone, according to the Dems’ estimates. All told, the party says total voter contacts have surpassed 2 million. We Are Wisconsin, the coalition of labor unions that’s been a powerful force in the recalls, said it knocked on nearly 200,000 doors over the weekend—40 doors a minute statewide—and deployed hundreds of volunteers. “To have mobilized so many ordinary citizens, many of whom have never been involved in politics, to stand up and take their government back from Scott Walker and his enablers in attacking Wisconsin’s working families is nothing short of astounding,” says Kelly Steele, a We Are Wisconsin spokesman.

No more free Koch-aine, suckas! [Dane101.com/ Mother Jones]

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      1. GOPCrusher

        They are estimating at least 80% voter turnout. Yeah, I'd say they pissed some folks off.

        1. Guppy06

          Yeeeeaaaaah… I'll believe that 80% number after the dust settles.

          It takes two stalled wars and a presidential election to break 60% in this country. And that's 60% of the asshats who bothered to register.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            Wisconsin is a high turnout state in Presidential contests (70% + in 04 and 08), and they have same day registration (or at least for general they do). So 80% is too high, but not by as much as you'd think based on national trends.

  1. Indiepalin

    Scott Walker could be the next Ronald Reagan. Remember that Reagan, a one-time union activist, was a Borax-pushing, carpet-munching thespian. But look what he did for the country.

    1. Angry_Marmot

      I believe the theatrical expression is "scenery chewing". A little carpet munching, with its trace elements of zinc replacing the heavy metal pollutants in our diet, might have restored his sanity and saved us all a world of grief.

    2. PristinePantalones

      What, exactly, did he do for the country? Other than starting this whole bullshit about "trickle-down," or as his Veep called it, "voodoo economics"?

    1. fartknocker

      I hope WI voters start a tidal wave of similar actions in this country. I have a few legislators here in Texas I would like to toss out.

      Oh wait, I live in Texas – outside Austin and Lubbock no one gives a shit. Disregard.

  2. Oblios_Cap

    They couldn't have picked a better thing to do on the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's passing than to vote those Koch-suckers outta office.

    1. HobbesEvilTwin

      oh shit. Now I has a sad.

      I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.
      – Jerry Garcia

      1. Ducksworthy

        The 23% who are doing quite well are all in the Tea Party where insanity is less noticeable, or at least doesn't stand out so much.

  3. mavenmaven

    You know this won't have a happy outcome. The Koch folks must have this rigged already. I'll be happy to be wrong.

    1. Sue4466

      I'm guessing they have some plans to screw with the results to ensure the right results–i.e., the one that means no unions, no livable wages or working conditions for the poors, and continued corporate/Koch control of WI. Because that is freedom.

    2. MissusBarry

      Trying to remain positive. Of course the Kochs will try to pull something, but hoping the folks of Wisco are out in such numbers that the Koch-rigging doesn't begin to touch a resounding mandate for the rethugs to go fuck themselves with samurai swords. Rose colored glasses I wear.

  4. memzilla

    Let's put the "mad" in "Madison" and send these thieving Kochtards back to greasing their glory holes for their corporate masters, back into obscurity and shame, where they can't do any more damage to the poor and middle class. Then we'll see how much the Rethuglicans keep crowing about who sent whom a mandate about what, when.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      Apparently, the free market is full of freedom crushing donors, Home Depot, Wholefoods, Murdoch publications, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target and now freakin homemaker's paradise Michael's are corporate sponsors of privacy stealing/women/union/immigration-hating legislation in every State.

      Must we suffer poor quality toilet paper, sheet-rock, silk flowers and limit our sexting to make a stand for our freedoms?

      1. Geminisunmars

        Let's start a new corporation: Toilet Paper for Lefties. We'd be able to sell to all the progressives, as well as the left-handed Tea Partiers.

  5. Steverino247

    I want to see news reports of just how vicious badgers can be tonight on FOX.

    On Wisconsin! Get yer butts out to the polls.

    1. GOPCrusher

      As of last night, they are estimating at least 80% voter turnout. Let's hope they are correct.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        If he abided the Theory of the Unitary Executive as much as G-Dub, I think a public option, et. al., would have been pushed thru. But Barry chose to put himself at the mercy of the separation of powers & the desire of the Congressional (namely, Senate) Dems (not) to affect change.

    1. BlueMonkeh

      It almost feels like 2008 again, as in I'm thinking "oh sweet jeezus, please don't let this end badly."

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          The dude could rock the righteous bow tie.

          Like to see Ken Starr try to pull that shit off.

    1. Steverino247

      And don't forget how clueless Ben Stein, then one of his speechwriters, was about why Nixon was resigning.

      Anybody who couldn't figure out why Nixon resigned is too fucking stupid have his political opinions published.

        1. WhatTheHolyHeck

          I just interviewed a job applicant who referenced Stein's "movie" in an attempt to curry favor with me.

          . . .

          I can't even.

          1. GOPCrusher

            I have the same reaction when an applicant references their Facebook page when asked for a resume.

    2. glamourdammerung

      Remember back when the worst thing about Republicans was only being led by a highly intelligent sociopath?

    3. DoktorThompson

      "Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I've regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The Nixon I remembered was absolutely humorless; I couldn't imagine him laughing at anything except maybe a paraplegic who wanted to vote Democratic but couldn't quite reach the lever on the voting machine."

      –Hunter S. Thompson, "Presenting: The Richard Nixon Doll (Overhauled 1968 Model)," Pageant, July 1968

  6. Come here a minute

    Wisconsin voters gathering on election eve.

    Republicans have been known to suppress voting by reducing the number of voting machines in Democratic-leaning areas, but the lines won't be that long.

        1. memzilla

          Because we need more schooling, for more students, for Morescience High School. And we're not afraid of it, are we?

    1. Guppy06

      And yet there were three different presidential candidates on my '08 ballot whose party had "Socialist" in the name. And that's not even counting the Greens!

    1. fuflans

      seriously, i keep wondering when america is going to go all guns of brixton.

      then i remember we are fat, diabetic and fox news watching.

      1. MissusBarry

        That's only in "real 'merka"…I know lots of folks who vote and dont require a mobility scooter to do it. And, who tote guns and support teachers/firefighters/cops…all those damn unionized public service jubs. Sorry for the optimism, but I just need so badly to believe the teatards are going to get bitch-slapped and maybe the tide can turn towards sanity.

    2. Boredw/Gravitas

      No, the right is revolting. The peasants are just reclaiming what they won through decades of effort.

  7. SayItWithWookies

    Go Wisconsinites — give those bastards the thumping they deserve. I hope the Republicans' biggest achievement over the past year is to ensure that they never get elected to public office again. But of course I thought that was true after Dubya's fucking reign of error as well.

    1. HELisforHEL

      Seriously. I'm amazed that the entire republican party of idiots didn't jump off a cliff in shame after his reign of stupidity.

      1. freakishlywrong

        Assholes did what assholes do. Deny any responsibility for anything, double down on the the fucking crazy and blame the dusky. It's all they know. That and y'know, tax cuts.

      2. Gleem_McShineys

        jump off a cliff in shame

        Unfortunately, the shameless never have an issue with raising the shame ceiling.

    2. GOPCrusher

      Yeah I thought that too. Then started hearing say that the reason they got driven out was because they weren't far enough right, and I made the mistake of thinking they were slitting their own throats.
      I underestimated the stupidity of the voting public.

        1. Limeylizzie

          Not kidding, we have identical bodies, I am not as blonde, but other than that…she could be my younger sister.

          1. Limeylizzie

            So, basically your type is short-waisted, big-bosomed and not very tall….we must never, ever meet.

          2. DaRooster

            Like Mrs. DaRooster… now if only she would get as vocally disgusted with morans as you… she is disgusted… just not as vocal.

          3. DaRooster

            She sometimes makes the mistake of asking me,"So what's on Wonkette today?"… after about 3 minutes she says,"I can't listen about those assholes anymore."
            I guess it is good therapy here… I haven't beaten up an asshole in quite some time… I don't go anywhere, due to fear of the sky falling, but hey…

  8. SayItWithWookies

    And Warren Jeffs just got sentenced to life in prison — I hope today is a bad day for everyone who thinks The LORD gave them permission to visit horror and misery upon the innocent — like Scott Walker and his cronies.

  9. SorosBot

    According to FOX, those union thugs in Madison are rioting and destroying the city. They even showed footage of it; strangely enough the Wisconsinites all had English accents.

      1. Mapmonger

        Stars are pretty. How 'bout we settle for them seeing their withered manparts turned to jelly!!

  10. freakishlywrong

    Maybe they should riot. That seems to be the only thing that gets covered by awful cable newz, as I've seen NOTHING about our beloved Wisco except on the commie, radical far left blogs. Show em' a little of that "union thug" we've heard so much about.

      1. PristinePantalones

        Hey, shit, the last such rally held by its de facto head, Jim DeMented, featured an awesome SEVENTY WHOLE teabagroids. Over 100,000 workers on the streets of Madison=not news. Fewer than 100 fatasses on the streets of the Nation's capital=REALREDHOTSIZZLINGNEWSLOVEFEST.

  11. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    It would be fun to be a fly on the wall at FOX news as they are preparing their reports for this evening explaining how ACORN and the New Black Panther Party beat up all the conservatives and stole the election. I'm sure computer graphics will help fill in for reality.

    1. WhatTheHolyHeck

      So long as their pie charts add up to significantly more or less than 100%, all will be right with the world.

    2. GOPCrusher

      Exit polls show that 137% supported retaining the Republiklans that were being recalled.

        1. PristinePantalones

          I'm sorry, I just can't believe that. If I were to believe what you just said was NOT snark, I would not be able to hold reality in my brain simultaneously, and the resulting KER-POP would signify the end of Life, The Universe, and EVERYTHING.

  12. SexySmurf

    "I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how."

    –Scott Walker in a previous life.

    1. WhatTheHolyHeck

      Dude really needs to rock that stache. It would give him the dictatorial gravitas his current little weaselly face lacks.

  13. metamarcisf

    Governor Wanker needs to call up the National Guard in order to somehow stop the trainloads of illegal immigrants, gypsies and escapees from Joliet Prison from flooding polling places with their communist illicit votes and illegal opium. Godspeed!

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Don't forget the fake Acorn voters … thousands of non-existent voters will be out in force.

  14. comptoneffect

    Judas H. Priests, who the hell chose the outfit for that bagpiper, Helen Keller on mescaline I’m guessing.

  15. Mumbletypeg

    ALT-TXT: One of the pro-union hoodlums

    While bagpipes might double as a defense weapon if needed, the comic characters shown here seem to transcend the surrounding brouha, even if they're summoning Braveheart or whatnot in their own way.

    "A kilt! A kilt! My kingdom for a kilt!"

    Brav-O, trendsetters.

  16. OkieDokieDog

    A few weeks ago when I was in the mood to get some revenge on the pet troll, I followed his trail of slimey drool over to that Breitbart rag. Can't remember the exact story they were frothing over, but one of the "real American Patriots" was telling his fellow dimwits to boycott anything union made. I thought, Jeebus fucking Christ, how unAmerican can you be, you sorry assed jackwad? Yeah, keep buying that crap made in China and all the other crap that is made in sweatshops by child labor and sexually abused women all over the world – under American labels. That will really get your country back.

    Good luck Wisconsin, I'm a'rootin' fer ya!

    1. freakishlywrong

      If something is union made, it may have been touched by a filthy librul. The rest, (the sensible stuff you mentioned), simply no longer matters to these rabid fools. (My apologies to rapid fools).

    2. Ducksworthy

      But you can still get quality prison made goods and made by USA prisoners. We haven't begun harvesting their organs yet, I don't think, but our new Chinese overlords are working on that.

    1. Ducksworthy

      Grayson will be back. Have you seem the teabag goofus who replaced him? I think is name is Clayton Bigsby.

      1. Guppy06

        Scuttlebutt around these parts is that he may end up fighting a popular police chief in the primary, depending on how this redistricting clusterfuck turns out.

  17. DahBoner

    "hippie bagpipe player"

    I would tell him to get a haircut, but it looks like that guy already has a shaven head…

    1. Callyson

      Am compelled to respond with the ubiquitous, but accurate in this case, line…
      All of 'em, Katie

  18. Goonemeritus

    Wake up people this is a replay of Kristallnacht only instead of blood craze hooligans you have middle aged housefrau’s driving to polling stations in Subaru’s.

  19. DustBowlBlues

    Last night on the teevee that is permanently set to MSNBC (except for 7:00 M-F when it switches–as if by magic–to Current) told me that lots of out of state money had been given to the Cheese State Recalls and then went on to give names like the Kock Brothers.

    Whew! I thought they were about to blow the whistle on DustBowlBlues and the $200 she sent to We Are Wisconsin.

    1. GOPCrusher

      I sent my money to Wisconsin. As opposed to the DNC, Wisconsin may actually do something good with my meager donation.

      1. baconzgood

        From now on what your every write freak (no matter how bad of a pun) I shall fist it up.

  20. baconzgood

    OH. Baconz posted this on FB this morning

    WI recall elections today….Let's hope we can finally start to take these anti-american Koch brother proxies out of office and put in officals that actually "Care" about "the people" they are "elected" to "represent". Get some of these Leftists in now. I'm sick of these ultra-right wing Rush Limburger types that have been running this country into the ground for the last 30 years.

  21. KotBR

    Once these jokers are voted out, please don't send them east to Ohio.

    We have our own Koch-cronies to deal with already.

  22. arihaya

    hahaha yeah i remember when that obese lady suddenly found 14,000 votes somewhere in her computer in Waukesha County

  23. Steverino247

    Turn out is reported to be at or near the levels usually seen in Presidential elections. Good to know people are now paying attention. We'll see tonight whether they showed up to the polls fully awake or not.

    And if you're old and voting, bring your damned glasses this time.

  24. Steverino247

    A little perspective here on why it's important to vote today if you're in one of the contested districts.

    People actually died to secure the rights Walker and his cronies want to take away. All the private sector union jobs have already been sent overseas to places like China, so only the public sector union jobs remain. When those go, the middle class and the expertise that keeps the United States from becoming a really shitty place to live leaves for hundreds of years. Look at what happened to China when the Mandarins went away.

    And speaking of China, those jobs we sent there are going to leave and go to Vietnam and from there to trained penguins in Antarctica who work without heat and gather their own fish once a Vietnamese middle class starts to appear. The God of Profit at any cost must be appeased.

  25. neiltheblaze

    I wonder if that fat dumbbell who worked in Waukesha County is being allowed anywhere near this election.

  26. baconzgood

    Berry beetles? And he fuckin' bought that? At least the PENNDOT workers here will tell you the truth.

    Baconz (TO PENNDOT WORKER WHILE STUCK AT A DEAD STOP 20 MIN LATE FOR WORK): So when you going to be done with this interchange that you've been working on for 3 months?

    Worker: Shut up! It's too fucking hot to work. (exit worker to sit, drink a beer and smoke a cigar)

    True story.

  27. horsedreamer_1

    At least Randy Hopper will have sweet, sweet twenty-something lady to ease his pain.

  28. littlebigdaddy

    Today we are all cheap-beer-swilling, ice-fishing, seriously-misguided-in-sports-team-preference, cheeseheads!

  29. HelmutNewton

    No snark, but I've got a pretty good feeling about this. Doubtless, as others have said, the Koch Bros. will be pulling as many dirty tricks as they can. But unless they personally go to every Wisconsin GOP voters house with a big bag of Kochaine, I think we'll hear some good news tonight.

  30. lochnessmonster

    Correct me if I'm wrong but don't teevee ppl have to be in a union? Like SAG or something like it???

  31. Steverino247

    From a friend of mine who lives in one of the contested districts:

    "The senator from my district, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, should have had an easy reelection, but he has "family values" problems beyond the general discontent, and is perceived as vunerable. I went to the local community center to vote this morning and it was busier than I have ever seen it. In the primary the local school board snuck in a bond issue that had been turned down several times, and this time got it passed. None of that this time , the only question on the ballot was Hopper or King, and I doubt that many people used the write-in slot."

    Passing bond issues? Sounds dangerously Democratic to me…

  32. ttommyunger

    How many times do you have to pass this shit around before the numbnuts public gets it right? Jeesh!

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