ELECTORAL HANGOVERS  10:46 am August 17, 2011

Millions of Dollars Later, Wisconsin Dems Win Last Two Recall Elections

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

and nothing will ever change this fact.The final two Wisconsin senate recall elections ended in victory for Democrats on Tuesday, so hooray for that because it is good, and also maybe now is a time to reflect on the fact that this series of nine recall votes cost “candidates and outside interest groups” an estimated $31 million. What is that, like 600 annual teacher salaries? Probably “somewhere down the road” after the history of the post-civil war American sell-off to the Chinese has been written, people may begin to reflect that the U.S. flushed itself down the toilet shortly after it started spending serious amounts of money on state-level governance questions like “should we elect the woman who believes that public schools indoctrinate children with Nazism to represent us, or the Democrat?” That is the description of one of yesterday’s recall races, which the Democrats won, thank God. Besides that weird and depressing thought, what is our other takeaway?

From Reuters:

Both Democrats and Republicans were claiming victory on Tuesday in a series of nine summer recall votes in which Democrats unseated two incumbent Republicans but fell short of winning control of the state legislature.

Democrats had hoped to win a majority in the state senate following a fierce battle with Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies earlier this year over public workers’ union powers that involved mass protests, legislative maneuvering and court challenges.

“This was a political Rorschach test in that anyone can read anything into the result,” said Mordecai Lee, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee governmental affairs professor and former Democratic lawmaker. “Politically, it was a draw.”

Yes, but it was a $31 million dollar draw, which feels more satisfying. [Reuters]

 
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Chillwaver August 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

By Democrat standards, 3 out of 9 is considered a "comeback."

elviouslyqueer August 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

#winning! Also.

prommie August 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

Tiger blood!

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:17 am

Democrats do not "win" elections. They capitulate them.

widestanceshakedown August 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

Yet, by Republican standards, 3 out of 9 is a mandate.

subsum August 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

It's called getting 98% of what you want regardless of the math.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

Well when you lead the country 98% of the way to total economic collapse, you can certainly call that a victory.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

By Republican standards, apparently 1 out of 9 is a mandate.

Perhaps we've been looking at the wrong definition of "man-date."

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Four. Let's be accurate in our self-flagellation.

Captain_Quark August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

I believe that the true result should be characterized this way: the people of Wisconsin don't care for unlubed Republicanism, but they're OK with the "lube and reacharound" version. I think Santorum might do well in that state.

baconzgood August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

31 Million…..That's a lotta cheese.

EatsBabyDingos August 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

But only three pounds of Koch's Unicorn Bacon.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I like to think of it as stimulus money. Meaningless and unproductive work, but most of the dough went straight into the Wisconsin economy. I'd feel better if most of it came from the bank accounts of the rich, turning them into actual job creators for a little while.

Lascauxcaveman August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I only spent $50 on this thing, so I guess I'm not much of a playa. Although I like to think it was my $50 donation that brought those two bastards down.

horsedreamer_1 August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

We do know that Valerie Cass going down brought an end to one of the GOP losers.

ifthethunderdontgetya August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

so hooray for that and maybe now is a good time to reflect on the fact that this series of nine recall votes cost “candidates and outside interest groups” an estimated $31 million.

According to Charles Kraphammer of the War Criminal Post, Republicans won in spite of "millions of dollars of union money."

This proves to Kraphammer that the system works.
~

prommie August 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

That asshole should go take a swan-dive into a shallow pool, the stupid fuck.

BornInATrailer August 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

This time we're going to have to throw him. That's not going to be a problem for me.

widestanceshakedown August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

He could be dragged slowly and helplessly.

AJWjr. August 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

I hear if you pull a shark backwards through the water, they drown.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

Again.

prommie August 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Think of all the people that accident saved, of the carnage he would have caused as a physician. A physician who is completely wrong about everything, all the time.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

He awreddy did. That's what caused all his problems, and by extension, all of ours, too. He's determined to make humanity pay for the fact that he hasn't had an erection in 30 years.

GOPCrusher August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Also heard this meme. Except the way I heard it, it was millions of dollars spent by the union that was taken from members that don't want to be in the union.
I guess in some states, it's legal to force people to join the union at gunpoint.

horsedreamer_1 August 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The myth of no money spent by the Koch Bros. And their army of dick.

Pres.Beeblebrox August 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

quite the standup guy, Kraphammer is.

Come here a minute August 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

Good thing the anti-union people wasted all that money in failed recall elections — it's not like the Koch brothers have a virtually unlimited amount of money to spend on politics.

metamarcisf August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

I see no mention of the massive voter fraud that virtually overwhelmed the citizen teabugger patrols at polling places throughout the state. Do I have to log back in to World Net Daily to hear the truth?

anniegetyerfun August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

Oh, god! Did some black people show up?

elviouslyqueer August 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

Voter intimidation! Thuggery! ACK!1111!11!11!!!

BarryOPotter August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

ACK

Ah, Nantucket. Summer's almost over, time to make the change from Gin & Ts to Scotch & Ws…

ifthethunderdontgetya August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

Oh, and just because I did major in Economics many decades ago, the $31 million was not "wasted".

It was spent in the high unemployment area known as Wisconsin. The cheeseheads could use more of these, especially when the result is fewer Republican assholes in the government.
~

Terry August 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

I wonder what the breakdown of that spending was. TV time must have gobbled a lot up, as did campaign consultants.

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

just remember, it's pronounced Wiscansin. stronger inflection seems to depend on how bad your WI accent is.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

And here I thought all these years it was Westconsin.

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Oxysconsin.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

Teevee talking heads like "Chuck" Todd are asking whether Wisconsin voters are tired of recall elections. Which is their way of saying "We teevee talking heads are tired of paying attention to a state whose actual location and correct pronunciation are unfamiliar to us."

elviouslyqueer August 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

Shorter Chuckles: "Why don't Wisconsin voters just STFU and allow free market elections rightfully paid for and bought by your friendly neighborhood corporatocracy "democracy" to work the way in which the Koch Brothers, et al. God intended?"

not that Dewey August 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

Fuck Chuck. Sure — one recall election is absolutely exhausting to an electorate that was blindsided by Koch money.

Aside from his views on Wisconsin, he's positively jizzing himself over the idea of a Rick Perry presidency. I can haz librul media now?

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

Plus: do you have any idea how hard it is to find a good restaurant in Madison? And Milwaukee — don't get me started!

not that Dewey August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

I hear his elbow was jostled by someone whose entire outfit cost less than $75. The Horror!

BarryOPotter August 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The Horror!

"God, I know! I heard this "person" had previously served from the right, and while clearing from the left – I know! The left! – "accidentally" bumped Chuckles. Good help is truly hard to find. They all seem to want to stab us with salad forks or spoon out our insides…"

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Essen Haus, Lombardino's, The Great Dane, that weird diner on University in Middleton with all of the pies, etc.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

DC teevee celebs have very high culinary standards developed at all the fine restaurants at home.

Buckminster August 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

How dare we take valuable time away from "air personalities" that they need for preening and grooming and make them study the facts of the story? Have we no shame?

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

They have to prepare¹ for interviews² with important inside-the-Beltway decision-makers³ like Chuck Schumer!___________¹Scan the staff-prepared questions faxed over by the interview-subject’s staff²Trading softballs for pre-cooked talking points³Readily available teevee whores

Chet Kincaid August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

So cynical! I'll bet you don't believe most college football programs are clean and honorable, either!!

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Big-time college football programs all aspire to reach the high ethical standards of Gordon Gee and Ohio State.

SorosBot August 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

What's wrong with regularly hiring prostitutes to service players and recruits?

lochnessmonster August 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I remember when Chuck Todd was a journalist. I liked him on CSPAN Washington Journal. now he's just a sell out like the rest of the talking heads…

weejee August 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

'Scusies, there appears to be a Reince Priebus in my Wonkette soup.

neiltheblaze August 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

Reince and repeat!

prommie August 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

You know why all shampoo bottles tell you to rinse and "repeat?" So you will have to buy twice as much shampoo.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

Son of a bitch! All that shampoo down the drain for nothing!

weejee August 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

No. I helps to muck-up the sewage treatment plant, so that help's to create jobs shoveling out the shit. It's part of the Rethug jerbs pogrom.

Ruhe August 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

You'er just imagining it. This disorder is known as Dementia Priebus.

Ducksworthy August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

I continue to hold that Reince Priebus it the medical term for a prolapsed rectum.

nounverb911 August 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

Toyota called, they want their name back.

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Pubic Re-Rinse. (thanks, Daily Show.)

Negropolis August 18, 2011 at 12:15 am

You got your Priebus in my Wisconsin! No, you got your Wisconsin in my Priebus!

LabRodent August 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thats good and all, Hooray for our side. But wake me when that Dick Scott Walker's no longer the Gov.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

Not a problem, Mr. Van Winkle.

DashboardBuddha August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

No possible…he'll declare martial law before he leaves office.

neiltheblaze August 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

$31 million? If the rest of the country only followed Wisconsin's example, think of all the millions of dollars that would have been pumped into the economy by now!

NorthStarSpanx August 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

There's only so many writers that can claim "Make Obama a One Term President" as their own for their candidate's most memorable and resonating qualifier for POTUS.

MissusBarry August 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

I'm so horribly disappointed in the recalls…can't help feel like without an overwhelming mandate to GTFU, these Kochsuckers actually gained some momentum. Cheese for brains.

ShaveTheWhales August 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Wisconsin is, generally, a slight-left swing state. There are a lot of Republicans, particularly in Republican districts. The six R's who were up for recall didn't include any of the new ones who snuck in in 2010 (they couldn't be recalled because of the 1-year rule). Generally, they were R's in R districts. Getting rid of two of them was a major accomplishment; three would have been phenomenal. The three challenged D's all won.

Taking over the senate majority would have been golden, but there is no way this result indicates increased mo for the R's.

MissusBarry August 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

All valid points and I appreciate the dose of optimism.

Negropolis August 18, 2011 at 12:18 am

I honestly don't see how barely holding off losing power can be seen as a win for them. More Democrats ended up voting than Republicans in these recalls, with the only catch being that the districts picked for recall were all across the state. Remember, Dems weren't supposed to be winning anything, especially after the rout in November. I'm not saying this as some partisan.

Monsieur_Grumpe August 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

$31 Million!!!!!!
Revolution is cheaper.

MissusBarry August 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

Have you been pricing torches and pitchforks? Perhaps we could get a bulk discount.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

You can get molotovs pre-lit on sale.

AJWjr. August 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

You know what makes the very best Molotov Cocktails? Those incandescent lightbulbs that Miche1e loves so much. You can look it up.

slithytoves August 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

I'm guessing the money spent by the Dems went to materials, etc with a union bug, so I'm not seeing where the waste is on that side.

Radiotherapy® August 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

It's not the first time we fought to a draw.

JoshuaNorton August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

“Politically, it was a draw.”

Only by Fux Noise/Mark Halperin standards.

All Dems kept their seats. 2 Repiggies got kicked out and several others just barely won.

Ergo, this must be good news for John McCain. Somehow.

weejee August 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

And has savagely victimized Lou Sarah.

ManchuCandidate August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

Wisconsin: Ever heard of Rekall? They do those funny elections where they find extra votes in Waukesha.
Koch Sucker: Oh, "Rekall, Rekall, Rekall." You thinking of going there?
Wisconsin: I don't know, maybe.
Koch Sucker: Well, don't. A friend of mine tried one their "special offers," nearly scored himself some rich people only health benefits.
Wisconsin: No shit?
Koch Sucker: Don't fuck with your Koch overlords, pal. It ain't worth it.

SayItWithWookies August 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

I just love how the only party that lost seats claimed victory. With that kind of outlook, they should be able to carry that momentum through to 2012.

Ducksworthy August 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

On the other hand, that's $31 million that won't be going to prove that the president is actually a Kenyan witch-doctor.

ManchuCandidate August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

Shit, that's a billion dollar fund.

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

http://youtu.be/FMowJxXB2Bs

or, in the lesser world we live in, ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang.

fuflans August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

on wisconsin!

i mean it was a recall of two repubs in heavily repub areas. and the dems hung on.

walker's next.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Can someone explain why you'd target Rethugs in heavily Rethug districts? Surely these weren't the most vulnerable targets.

ShaveTheWhales August 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Couldn't target the 2010 newbies because of the gotta-serve-one-year rule.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

So there's still hope…

Billmatic August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

Boy for all the optimism for people that still believe in the Democratic party this is pretty much like a death knell. I'm sending my application for asylum in the Netherlands right now. You guys have fun in this hellhole! I'mma be smokin weed with some prostitutes tomorrow.

SpurningBeer August 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

Yes, me too. I'm going to seek "asylum in the netherlands."

Billmatic August 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

That is what the kids are calling it these days.

genxr August 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I recommend the Purple Kush Asylum. It costs a bit more, but when you roll it you'll know where that extra money went.

user-of-owls August 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

sic interdum tyrannis.

Crank_Tango August 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

Well, there's one way to get the rich to actually spend their money–buying elections. It's just a big stimulus package, only horrible.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

Ya gotta spend money to make gobs and gobs and gobs of money.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

Sounds like you're saying money spent on producing and distributing manipulative and dishonest television ads isn't a productive addition to society.

Crank_Tango August 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Let's just say I think it would be better spent on hookers and blow. It's called the multiplier effect, people.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

What, you're creating a lot more jobs for hookers and dealers than if you spent the same amount on political consults and ad executives, is what you're saying?

Crank_Tango August 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Perhaps not, but at least you're eliminating the vile, worthless middlemen and getting the money to real americans, like dealers and hookers.

Billmatic August 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

huh huh huh big stimulus package huh huh huh

SorosBot August 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

Yes, a gain of two for the Democrats is a draw. That's our "liberal" mainstream media, ladies and gentlemen!

hollywooddood August 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The Republican victory chant of the day: "We lost! We lost!".

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Twice! Twice!

glamourdammerung August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I kind of wondered how they were going to spin the GOP losing seats as a victory myself. It really sucks being right so often.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

It's amazing to watch them do it, though. It's hard to believe the rubes can be *such* fucking rubes till you actually see these overpaid putzes basically opening their great fooking cakeholes and saying things that are completely at odds with stuff like facts, reason, logic, basic principles, common sense, etc. Do they actually believe that losing = "WINNING," or is it something more sinister? I.e., are they all terminally stupid motherfuckers, so that we can look forward to them going tits-up any second because they forgot to breathe? Or are they just trying to bamboozle all the *others* who are terminally stupid, et cetera, ad infinitum, ad nauseam?

donner_froh August 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

Besides that weird and depressing thought, what is our other takeaway?

The only solution is revolution?

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

But I'm tired.

genxr August 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I dunno. What's on teevee tonite?

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

That's Incredible.
http://youtu.be/loHP2O8mb7Q

DerrickWildcat August 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

6000!? Try 6 teacher's salaries when you factor in that sweet sweet benefits package those teachers get.

Mumbletypeg August 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

yeah. "All I Ever Need to Know I Learned from my million-heiress kindy-garten teacher." Right.

genxr August 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Next week on "Paris Hilton: The Teacher Life"

DashboardBuddha August 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

Not to mention the discount teachers get on hired help, luxury automobiles, and private jets.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

How many of these "school teachers" are declaring their yachts as second homes? Sounds like an investigation is in order.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I believe some 50 years or so ago, the average NYC schoolteacher made a few thousand less per year than a beginning lawyer. These days, the salary discrepancy is so not-even-funny.

MrFizzy August 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

I think Jeebus may be thinking of recalling the whole country.

proudgrampa August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Jesus is coming and, boy, is he pissed!

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

If the descriptions of Jeebus in the KJV are to be believed, he'll have a hazmat team handle the recall. Teabaggers would not rate high on his list of "Peeps to rescue and rehabilitate."

EatsBabyDingos August 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

Rick Perry, Mr Lone Ranger fer sher, shoud ask Scott Walker, Wannabe Texas Deranger, to be his Tonto. Then we can tell jokes, like…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Lone Ranger disguised himself as a wall. Instinctively, Tonto plastered his crack.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Lone Ranger disguised himself as an elevator. Instinctively, Tonto rode his shaft.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Lone Ranger disguised himself as a light switch. Instinctively, Tonto turned him on.

Dr_Zoidberg August 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

Woooooo!

Oblios_Cap August 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

Yes, but it was a $31 million dollar draw, which feels more satisfying.

It might feel satisfying, but there's no Happy Ending.

FakaktaSouth August 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

The "welfare dept" or "US government" or whatever, should get a tv station. Then they could also play commercials and get corporate money. No?

Who is getting this money? I really don't understand where it goes. Lotsa rich ad people and owners of various tv stations in small towns everywhere?

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

Furnaces?

FakaktaSouth August 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

Like the old lady Yosemite Sam tried to marry. "Money to Burn" Exactly.

prommie August 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I always thought Sam was one of them "confirmed bachelors" they have in Hollywood, like that nice Liberace fellow.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

My mother thought he was wonderful, and often bemoaned the fact that none of her sons turned out that way. (She was wrong about that, as about everything else, but.)

PS: Liberace, not Yosemite Sam.

loulouroo August 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hey, if some of the Koch brothers money trickles down to lowly and poor media salespeople like myself, I'm all for it.
I wish they'd have a few recall elections in Louisiana. I could really use the scratch.

SorosBot August 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

That's the thing; yeah, $31 million is a lot of money to spend on an election, and that extra money getting pumped into the economy is a good thing. Hell, the Presidential election should help the economy with all that campaign money that's going to be floating around.

loulouroo August 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

This may be the only case of trickle down economics actually working.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

At least 2 billion so far. Except for people like Newt, who is now enjoying all the pennies he's raking in without paying salaries. That $31 mil went to hire workers for the offices of the Congresscritters facing recall, paying for food, drink, transportation for said workers and the existing staff of each of those critters, political consultants, at least some of whom came from in-state, supplies from the local businesses (I've never handled that stuff for a campaign, but I do recall way back when I actually did that kind of work, that office supplies were a regular little item in the budget; you have to buy that shit on a weekly basis). Hotel/motel rentals, car rentals, Web gurus, video/sound/materials developers/producers — that money probably got spread around some.

elviouslyqueer August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

I wish they'd have a few recall elections in Louisiana.

What, and do away with two centuries of perfectly good corruption, graft, extortion, and general political malfeasance? What kind of Louisianian are you?

HistoriCat August 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I thought folks in Louisiana were all about tradition and heritage. Loulouroo is obviously a LINO.

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Loulouroo, where ya live in La? I have a farm up in NW La.

loulouroo August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

In New Orleans. A block from the Fairgrounds.

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Ah, born and raised in Shreveport. Live in Dallas now (since 1993) but visit the farm every other weekend.

elviouslyqueer August 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I hate to break it to ya, j_w, but if you're north of Alex, you're basically Baja Arkansas.

PuckStopsHere August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yeah, well, good luck with that, I was applying for a sales job with some company that runs half a dozen stations and was told they pay no commission on poly ads. So, literally, all the money is going rich station owner, All of it, Katie.

WhatTheHeck August 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

$31 million? It takes lotsa money to oil the gears of a dysfunctional democracy.

henrypuppyhead August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

I want to see Walker get his guts stomped in the recall.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

The media is now chanting the mantra that support for Walker's recall is very very low and WI folks are rethinking it altogether. I hope to fuck they're wrong, because he's the fetid little boil that is the source of the poison on the WI body politic. I don't trust the media on this. Even I can see that they're lying out their asses 99% of the time these days.

lulzmonger August 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Yep, from 50% all the way down to 47% … in August.

Note that 35% would be enough to git 'er done if enough "R" voters stay home on Recall Day. Child's play to point out to all the Tighty-righty hippy-haters that he's the cause of all the unsightly protesting to begin with.

PristinePantalones August 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thanks for the info. The Mighty Wurlitzer of RW news roars on, obscuring any real signal. Here's hoping he's gone real soon.

Callyson August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

This guy Mordecai Lee is determined to see defeat where victory exists–he went on to say:
He expected the results would embolden Democrats to try to recall Walker, which would require a half a million signatures just to schedule an election. "By November, we'll know if they're pursuing it seriously or not."
Um, with all due respect, WTF *wouldn't* they? All the momentum is with the Dems at this point…
President Obama, please take note: when we fight, we win!

horsedreamer_1 August 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Ol' Mordecai is an ex-legislator of Dem persuasion turned favorite liberal of ISN radio's closet maitre d' Mark Belling. So, basically, he's a Wisconsin, Jewish Harold Ford.

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

OT: Am I the only one getting the Shepler's Western Wear ads?

Oblios_Cap August 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

yes

genxr August 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

What? No A&F Jersey Shore ads?

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Well, I clicked their site the other day to snag a photo of a "cowboy" needed for some story stuff I was writing at work. Maybe I now have a Sheplers cookie. I wonder if I vist A&F will that change my ads? <g>

Lascauxcaveman August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

[/types victoriassecret.com in browser address line]

GOPCrusher August 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Seriously. What kind of a scummy asshat do you have to be to have a company offer you money to not give them free advertising?

prommie August 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I'm getting an anti-Verizon ad from the CWA, and of course Kortney and her zuchini.

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I should introduce Kortney to one of the Shepler cowboys.

SorosBot August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I'm getting the anti-Verizon ads too, keep getting Kortney, RAM upgrade and rotating books ads, and currently have a flower ad I don't think I've seen before.

Lascauxcaveman August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I'm getting all that and World of Warcraft, too. Must be a carry-over from one of my night managers who quit a while back. Who's got time for that stuff?

mavenmaven August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Considering that Kim Simac was "Wisconsin's Sarah Palin", I'm feeling good about this. http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2011/08/stupid

GOPCrusher August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Yeah, but these days, saying stupid shit is a badge of honor.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Holy Mother of God. I knew that woman was a rancid cunt, but I had no idea she was *such* a *stupid,* rancid cunt.

Fox n Fiends August 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

First they came for our Wisconsin…..

BZ1 August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Unfortunately,, one victory short of really doing something…

Steverino247 August 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

As I wrote previously, the D's tried to take out six R's in districts drawn up to remain R who might have been doing ok by their local constituencies as a means to get to Walker before his pull date arrived. The fact that they got two of them is wonderful political news for Democrats in Wisconsin.

However.

The problem is the messaging of what the D's were trying to do. They should have announced right up front that it was going to be tough to do that so if the statistically likely result occurred, it would not look like a GOP victory. But no, they acted like they were likely to get all six and now look like they lost.

If the Democractic Party wants to stop doing shit like this, I'm available.

ShaveTheWhales August 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

You know, in this case I think the over-optimistic messaging may have been necessary to keep morale as high as possible. If they had openly said "well, there's a couple of these we know we won't win", I'm not sure the enthusiasm would have held up.

An_Outhouse August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

5-4 is not both sides won. The Dems won you WATBs. Are these Republicans the kids who got the trophy just for showing up?

johnnyzhivago August 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Blame this shit on the "founding fathers". If they had just declared George Washington a divinely chosen king, we would be a prosperous nation under King George or Queen Martha.

Or if they had said, "independence?? nice idea, but give me a break in 200 years the idiots who take over for us will fuck it up". Today we would be like Canada only richer and with better TV shows.

widget2011 August 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Turds all over the world are protesting being equated with Scott Walker.

ttommyunger August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I haz depressed. Wuz counting on Scotty being neutered.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Of course, there's the recall yet to come. You may see your dreams fulfilled yet.

ttommyunger August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Chubbing up!

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Jesus, you sicko, I laughed so hard I almost pissed myself.

ttommyunger August 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thank you, thank you very much!

ShaveTheWhales August 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

There is this one semi-sane R senator, who has actually voted with the Dems on some things. Optimistic cheeseheads think this will cut down on the degree of insanity Scooter will be able to put through.

Oh wait, did you mean literally neutered? 'Cause I'm with you on that.

ttommyunger August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Finding them would be the problem.

Negropolis August 18, 2011 at 12:24 am

It was a botched neutering, which is a good thing.

ttommyunger August 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hedge clippers, perchance?

hollywooddood August 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I'm waiting for the Walker recall vote when Milwaukee and Madison are included and the voters hand him his ass.

horsedreamer_1 August 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Kathy Nickolaus will be there to counter that.

Waukesha uber Alles.

owhatever August 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Democrats bought their two new seats because of union thug money and brutal intimidation. Penniless Republicans bravely held back the hordes of collective bargainers because the GOP is pure and respectful and trust in God. Unfortunately, God wasn't registered to vote.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You see why God's poll numbers keep dropping? He's just dumb as fuck-all, always doing this shit. He's the one who invented these poll-thingies, and now he can't even remember — ah, don't get me started on God!

Negropolis August 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

Out of focus, again. On the most extreme parts of Walker's agenda, which would cost his state far more than a measly $31 million, he doesn't have a workable majority in the Senate, anymore.

$31 million is more than worth cost of preventing or fighting back against the stripping of union rights. The Wisconsin Democratic Party is just about the last one with balls in this country. Let's encourage our allies, instead of knitpicking their efforts. It'd have been different if they bombed, but they didn't.

V572 T-Blow August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

Good thing Prommie NPDES in the bud!

poncho_pilot August 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

are these the restaurants that batter and deep fry foie gras and put it between glazed donuts?

prommie August 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

If only I could find some bud to nip.

jus_wonderin August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

LOL. I know. We are not the fun part of the state. And that dang pin on the Bible Belt buckle is irritating. It chafes me.

Fare la Volpe August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Served at only the ritziest of IHOPs.

horsedreamer_1 August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I will put Hinterland up against any DC restaurant.

And Tulip is better than the Turkish menu at that place on Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown.

PristinePantalones August 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

True Entrepreneurs. I get it.

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