FUNTIMES  6:45 pm June 1, 2012

Watch Tom Barrett Tell Scott Walker He Is a Miserable Weiner (VIDEO)

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

Here is Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Tom Barrett telling off hated weasel face and current Republican governor Scott Walker in last night’s second and final debate before the recall election on June 5. Tom Barrett is of course wasting his breath when he reminds the public that Walker is an amoral tub of turd frosting who exists solely to punish his political enemies rather than to say, govern. But your Wonkette mentions the debate by way of noting who was not there in Wisconsin, at that time or any other time, as this recall campaign has gone on: Barack Obama. No, he’s just hanging out next door in Minnesota, a state that many coastal residents cannot even distinguish from Wisconsin, to fundraise. Might he have had the courtesy to fundraise on the other side of the country, so he at least didn’t look like he was specifically avoiding Wisconsin?

Tom Barrett is still trailing Walker in the polls and is being massively outspent. Barack Obama presumably does not want to be associated with the losing team, which is mysterious because that is exactly what is going to happen anyway if Walker wins. Why not just support Barrett himself instead of shipping Bill Clinton over to fart around?

Obama is being too hipster about this. And here is what we don’t want to happen: We don’t want to be laughing at the Democrats’ complaints about all those excited 2008 young voters who become too hipster this fall. We love a delicious bit of irony, but not that much. [Greg Sargent]

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nounverb911 June 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Do I have to? It's Friday afternoon and the Yankees are scheduled to lose in ten minutes.

Chill_Bill June 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Scott Walker is no Wiener. He's a Koch.

Barb June 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

"I have a police department that arrests felons, he has a practice of hiring them."
Oh snap! That made me chuckle. I like Tom Barrett.

nounverb911 June 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Isn't that a job requirement for republicans?

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Barrett for the win! I loved that remark, as the turd-polisher tap-danced. I feel sorry for the moderator, as he clearly has lost control of the conversation.

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

Don't (white) felons deserve a second tenth chance in life?

Spurning Beer June 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I do not understand Wisconsin. Maybe Barack or his team do. Maybe if he showed his face in Cheddarstan, he would stir up a frenzy among the, let's say, melanin-averse voters there.

Designer_Radio June 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Yeah, I'm hoping this is another of the many times I thought "What is Barry DOING!?", and then realize he's just way smarter than me.

George Skullfry June 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

The problem with that line of reasoning is that Barrett's chance for success hinges on an unusually strong turnout by the melanin-blessed folks in Milwaukee. The recall has received very little support from the President or the DNC during the whole process.

Maybe they think a recall is distasteful, or maybe they think a Walker victory, based on so much big-donor money, can be used to scare Democrats into voting in November. (I really, really hope that's not the case).

coolhandnuke June 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm

More a Bratworst than a weiner.

weejee June 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Walker is just the wurst.

Barb June 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Oh Weejee, you just stole my heart,.

weejee June 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

thanks, you stole the group's sometime back

Barb June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Seriously, I am still giggling at your post.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

See what you brat about.

tessiee June 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

"Walker is just the wurst."

He's also a brat.

trampndirtdown June 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

This calls for some Ramones

Monsieur_Grumpe June 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

It's always time for the Ramones.

nounverb911 June 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Do you know who else hired felons for his administration?

TanzbodenKoenig June 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Ronald Reagan? Oh wait no his administration just committed felonies, my bad… Uhm… Richard Nixon? Oh shit fucked up again

Native_of_SL_UT June 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Roger Ailes?

weejee June 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Think Nixon has to have a lock on that, NV911.

C_R_Eature June 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Hedley Lamarr?

TribecaMike June 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

That's Heddy!!!! Oh wait…

Callyson June 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Rick Scott? Oh, wait, he *is* the felon…

flamingpdog June 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm


coolhandnuke June 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Leif Garrett.

trampndirtdown June 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Warren G. Harding?

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

W. Bush?

No, can't be. Wasn't Elliott Abrams pardoned?

dyedwool June 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Barrett trails Walker, after everything that scumbag has done to the people of WI. Christ. Looks like the idiocy and assholery one normally associates with the south is trending in a northerly direction.

I need to go lie down.

Mumbletypeg June 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

It's beyond disbelief for me. We were so sure, after he was caught WHILE being recorded verbally sucking Koch (via prank-call, but still), there was no hope for this dope. People in Wisconsin must overwhelmingly be possessed with limited, selective memory.

dyedwool June 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

It isn't just WI that is surprising me in this way, though. I've got motion sickness from shaking my head so much from disbelief over HOW CAN SO MANY IDIOTS/SHITHEADS THE NATION OVER BUY INTO THE ROMNEY/GOP CRAP AFTER THEY'VE SHOWED THEIR TRUE COLORS AGAIN AND AGAIN?!

Oops. I shouldn't have gotten up to type that. I've given myself the vapors once more. Must take to my bed again.

Dashboard_Jesus June 2, 2012 at 2:49 am

I feel your pain/ outrage/ disbelief at how fucked up the GOP is and how they can continuously convince SO MANY FUCKING INBRED WHITE MORONS TO VOTE FOR THEM…see what you made me do there?

Isyaignert June 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

It's okay – you just have a mild case of Republicon Tourettes. Happens to me all of the time, and it's perfectly normal for sane people to "go off" when faced with such fukkin' stupid, ignorant, sheefukkin'people whose stupid, fukkin' voting habbits ruin the fukkin' world for everyone else around them. Stupid fuks!! I HATE them. Is it too early to start drinking?

Diabeetis June 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

It's because idiocy and assholery is a nationwide thing, that's why.

MadBrahms June 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

When Russ Feingold, American / Wisconsin Hero, was defeated in 2010, I remember coming home to Milwaukee to visit my parents. Right by the interstate was a giant billboard with a picture of Feingold next to Barack Obama reading "Feingold and Friend". I am somewhat convinced the "he's with the Kenyan!" strategy helped tip the scales.

Barrett is not only a Democrat, he's also a former mayor of a large and highly-segregated city who pushed for mass transit linking the inner city to the burbs, advocated for greater funding for public schools, and recentlyappeared on stage with a "gangsta". There are other issues (importantly, economic ones) in play, but I wouldn't underestimate white anxiety.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I guess no one believes in fair pay for work and decent benefits. Welcome to New China.

TanzbodenKoenig June 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Haha, if you don't start the video (don't worry I won't) Walker looks like he's practicing his fundraising fellatio. He's even cupping the balls, the guys good

tessiee June 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

He's good, yes — but is he Rick Santorum good?

bagofmice June 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Only one way to find out.

tessiee June 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Are you suggesting…
[dramatic pause]
a blow-off?

DalePues June 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I'm so disgusted with President Obama that I can't think of anything funny to say.

Diabeetis June 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Blame the charter school lovers in the DNC, too.

hellbabe June 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Thank you….I am so disgusted I will not vote for him….first time ever to not vote in a presidential election…I feel I was taken in.

Negropolis June 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Really, shut the hell up you WATBs.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I'm sure all the women, people of color and gay citizens will just totally send their love to these people when the Republicans win and pass a federal ban on "gay marriage", allow AZ to continue its 'no driving while brown' law and continue to defund women's health. Obama will continue to live in comfort and be a millionaire so the only people hurt at all will be average citizens…again. But you know, at least these hipsters will feel like they stuck it to the man and continue to puff themselves up at every opportunity.

rickmaci June 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Sorry to say this but candidate Obama is playing the percentages. Better for his campaign if he does not jump into Cheezelandia. If he goes all in and the insurgents lose, it's a referendum on him. If he plays arms length and they win, he can point to the power of the people and claim to represent that power. And if they don't win, it was a local matter that didn't involve the national issues before him.

DalePues June 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I'm sorry too because it seems he has been playing the percentages for three and a half years, and it hasn't been working. I would like to see President Obama try the proactive approach instead of the passive approach.

rickmaci June 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm


Fare la Volpe June 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Scott Walker looks like a Who.

There, I finally figured out why I hate his face so much.

weejee June 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Keith Moon libel.

ed. oops, you said a Who not the Who

Rotundo_ June 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Dr. Seuss was talented enough to allign the eyesockets and ears of most of his characters, particularly the ones on the "good" side of the equation. If Scooter were a Seuss character, he would be the bastard offspring of a Who and the Grinch or some other nameless evil type. Scooter would therefore be a malformed evil bastard in both the Seussian world and ours.

Boojum June 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Obama campaigning for Walker would just turn out the wing nut Muslin haters. I think he is doing what's best.

Or, he might be a secret Republican.

hellbabe June 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

he's a republican, but it aint no secret

Dr. Nick Riviera June 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Name me the other Republicans who support choice, planned parenthood, equal rights in marriage and unions. I can't wait for your list!

glasspusher June 3, 2012 at 2:45 am

Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt… Oh, you meant live ones? I got nothing.

edgydrifter June 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

They hate anyone different from them because they're afraid of being different, and they hate anyone they suspect might be getting a better deal than them because they're afraid of always being cheated. This is why Walker will win. Booo Wisconsin.

poorgradstudent June 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Maybe it's my imagination, but I think you can actually see Scott Walker think "Oh shit, he knows the actual statistics" near the end of the video.

Not that it makes a difference since it does seem like the people of Wisconsin might actually re-elect this stooge. It vaguely reminds me of the story that French peasants in the 19th century were so ignorant of national politics that they voted for Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte as President thinking he was his uncle, THE Napoleon, who'd been dead for decades.

Fare la Volpe June 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Shit, if people still think Elvis is alive, then a royal bastard like Napoleon could still be kicking around.

sbj1964 June 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Scotty, beam me up! Your a loser! Wisconsin no intelligent life here.The only way to be sure we kill them is to Nuke them from space.

Chichikovovich June 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm

When I think about this race, and that it could even be close, let alone that it seems that Walker might win, I just feel tired and depressed. My heart aches and a dull numbness pains. People of Wisconsin at this point know exactly what Walker is, they know exactly what he stands for (whatever he may currently claim to stand for) they know exactly what he plans to do, and it would appear that a majority of voters look at the last two years of authoritarian rule, scrambling as fast as possible to put as many labor-busting, vote suppressing, protest-quashing, big-donor gifting laws in place as possible, and they say: I'm in favor of that. I want more. (Appointing a commissioner of hunting who is opposed to the idea of public land, for Christ's sake.)

And he dances around the idea of making Wisconsin a labor-busting state (aka "right-to-work state", probably the most dishonest political label there is) after having announced his divide and conquer strategy. If there is a single person in Wisconsin who actually believes his dodge that he isn't interested in a labor-busting (aka RTW) law but he won't commit to not signing any such bill because it isn't going to happen and it's "hypothetical" – well, anyone who believes that is just too dumb to be part of the political process.

I'm sure there are gazillions of dollars in Koch-et-al sponsored ads being churned out. And that's a distortion of democracy, to be sure. But the fact is that people in Wisconsin should have no doubt about what the choice in front of them is. It could not have been made any more apparent. If they go for Walker, it's because that's what they want.

fuflans June 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

yeah but it's easay to forgive the rough edges when so many jobs have been created.

didgen June 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

I want to believe that people vote for the best candidate, that we think about issues cogently, and consider the welfare of others. I want to, I really want to believe.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

Probably more than half remain pig-ignorant of the facts. They'll vote based on a half-assed "feeling", generated by whichever campaign put the greatest number of flag-waving, feel-good, fear-the-other TV ads in front of them.

They'll put Walker back in office, and if you were to ask, they couldn't tell you why.

Dumbfuck voters maniuplated by big-money propaganda are nothing new, and Citizens United just made it easier than ever. You can thank the moron ideologues that Dumbya inflicted on the Supreme Court. What's most depressing is just how long-term the damage is — I'm unlikely to live long enough to see the fuckers replaced.

BarackMyWorld June 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Tom Barrett has a spine…are we sure he's a Democrat?

Having said that, I'm not sure why the Democrats should even have to put up a candidate. If a state is recalling a governor, should it be a referendum on the governor and whether he should be in office? When a regular person gets fired from their job halfway through their contract, they don't bring in other applicants to interview until after they decide the first guy should go.

TribecaMike June 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I'm guessing its Wisconsin state law.

BarackMyWorld June 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Of course it is, but I'm saying the way the law has it set up doesn't make any sense to me.

TribecaMike June 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm


HogeyeGrex June 2, 2012 at 4:01 am

That's sort of more how we do things in California. We still have candidates on the same ballot, but if the recall question fails the point is moot. No primary leads to one hell of a ballot. You may recognize a few names on there like Larry Flynt, Arianna Huffington, Gary Coleman, Jack Grisham from TSOL and the pornstar Mary Carey. It was a bit of a zoo.

I have no idea which would be "better" but Wisconsin's way seems more Wisconsiny.

Mittens Howell, III June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

If Walker wins the recall, prepare yourselves for the most obnoxious and Wingnut-Jism inducing convention speech ever.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Please, I'm eating!

NorthStarSpanx June 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Even more so than W's smirking SCOTUS handed marginal win that he treated like a mandate to federally protect a pro-life janitor's job from cleaning a hospital floor that led to a room that may or may not perform abortions?

MilwaukeeKent June 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Obama should have made a surprise appearance today, it would have dominated the news cycle and frankly it's disappointing he's avoided this recall. He could still cut a minute commercial this weekend. Woulds, shoulds and coulds out of the way, I heard an internal out of one of the polls showing Walker ahead by a few points over the margin of error. The poll was either 73 or 77% land lines and only 27 or 23% percent cell phones. That tells me the poll is skewing old and misrepresents the 40 and under vote. I'm without snark until next Tuesday night. Be funny for me.

Chichikovovich June 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

We'll do our best. In return, please do everything you can to get Barrett voters to the polls – don't let any slacker friends blow it off. Drive them yourself if you have to. I really think that this election is monumental. If Walker wins, I think people will look back in thirty or forty years and place it in the same category as the Taft-Hartley act, or Reagan firing the air traffic controllers, as a landmark in the destruction of organized labor in the US.

fuflans June 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

maybe, i kinda thought bamz was considered political poison in certain times / places. i would have thought this was one.

(i heard those poll numbers too. but i'm not very hopeful.)

mr. fuflans has been making calls all week (we're part of all the chicago outreach crap). he is very reasonable and quite effective as he is both knowledgeable and charming (he is from GA). so we do our liberal best.

MilwaukeeKent June 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm

There seems to be a small percentage of voters who intend to vote for Obama in November but don't intend to vote for Barrett on Tuesday. They find a recall a little unfair and need reminding that Scott Walker ran as a recall candidate when he won the County Executive office here in Milwaukee County (2002). Barrett's been doing that. The TPM poll average on this race shows a serious tightening up, with Walker on a downward trajectory and Barrett going upward. I think Chichi is right on the landmark status of this race, if Walker survives this, the only possible upside is the far right, filled with new confidence, overplays its hand between now and November, damaging its brand in races coast to coast (I want to think that's happening already).

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Rachel also made a good point in that aside from the governor recall, there are also four state senate recalls on tap, and that a win in one would be a practical victory regardless of the outcome of the guv recall race. Even if we lose everything, like you said, the only good thing to come out of their side is that they feel empowered, and even if they don't overplay it, we still have the state senate at a stand-still. On a practical level, Walker lost months ago during the original set of senate recalls. Boy, wouldn't it be nice to get any of the elections, but I'm not quite sure it's the end of the world if we don't as some are potraying it.

I guess the point is that they are on defense, regardless. If we win, this is huge, symbolically. If we lose, the loss isn't quite as bad for our side as a loss would be if Scooter's shown the door.

BTW, tangentially related, across the lake in Michigan a poll was released the other day showing state Dems up 50-35 on the generic ballot for the upcoming state house elections. Things are changing regardless.

MilwaukeeKent June 2, 2012 at 12:24 am

Two of those four Senate recalls are close, and the 2 wins we had last year, added to a very independent, old-school Republican Dale Schultz, slows their excesses but not enough for comfort, they have a knack for weasel work. I don't want to believe Wisconsin is turning Red, in fact I think the GOP wins nationwide in 2010 were based in economic panic (a-and the Dow drops 275 today, thank you *&%# "…unswerving puncuality of chance."/Greece) but it's possible we're turning meaner and dumber, both.

scvirginia June 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

"…hated weasel face and current Republican governor Scott Walker…"

Poor weasels getting a bad rep being so often compared to Republicans. It's not like THEY voted for Walker.

BelleSC June 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I was in Wisconsin once. EVERY GD thing on the menu had cheese in or on it. I think there is widespread brain constipation there.

Yes, I am fully aware there are many lovely, intelligent people in that state just as there are here in (godawful) SC. Mind you I didn't MEET any of them but that's something else.

SayItWithWookies June 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

One of the problems with Wisconsin is that the only way people still live there at all is that they've adapted to forget the previous winter whenever it gets warm — so Walker can commit all the crimes he wants when there's snow on the ground, but come spring the slate is wiped clean. If Wisconsinites had any memory of the previous winter they would all leave, and Scott Walker has figured out how to take advantage of that. Just a theory, mind you, but all the pieces fit together.

Goonemeritus June 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I’m going with faith on this one that the President felt he would do more harm than good. The people of Wisconsin know their Governor at this point if his opponent’s turnout and vote they will win the day. If they don’t it’s on them not our President.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I'm of the mind that Obama doesn't need to personally insert himself into this. But, I'd have lined up a big rally every day in the last days of the campaign. It's nice that Bill's down there, but I'd have lined up Bill and Biden and (fill in the blank) as a sustained offense. But, no, the president of the United States should not be personally and directly inserting himself into a special state election; the potential for it to backfire is just far too great.

I'm not as worried as a lot of folks. Walker has been burning money, and it's not changed anything. He's surely ahead, but it's so close that this is a game of turnout, not there being more Walker supporters. That he's outspent Barrett 10:1 and is still statistically tied with him kind of shows you where the momentum is. This was always going to be a Herculean task, and the Dems CAN NOT LET UP FOR A SECOND. I want the people of Milwaukee to yell so loudly that I can hear them across the lake.

glamourdammerung June 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Yeah, I feel like this is a catch-22 for President Obama as well as the national party since that "liberal media" keeps parroting Walker's lie about how outside money is pretty much funding the recall with no locals supporting it.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I haven't heard that talking point, but then again, I haven't been following this as closely as some. All I've been hearing is how Walker's side is basically funded outside of state and how well Barrett is doing despite being outspent massively.

Chichikovovich June 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I somehow or other got on a mailing list that brought me a fundraising letter from Walker. He went on and on about how "Hollywood" and "Chicago" and "Las Vegas"(?) money and bused in union thugs (again – from "as far away as Chicago and Las Vegas" – clearly symbolism was trumping rudimentary common sense there) were all that his opponents had going for them and how disgraceful that was.

"So please, out of state person, send me money!"

They're working that theme hard. Whether or not anyone is buying it, I find hard to believe, but then I find many things in politics hard to believe that turn out to be true.

fuflans June 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

to be fair – as i posted a couple notes above – there are a boatload of us down here in chi doing our evil union thug best to see that smirk wiped off his face.

glamourdammerung June 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Walker was in NYC at a fundraiser and claimed it and the media of course ignored the obvious. Well, two obvious things if one includes it just not being true.

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

Fundraiser with the head of AIG. Do' leave out the best part. Bailout king hosted the shindig.

trampndirtdown June 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Yea yea needs some Fightin" Joe Biden to bring the ruckus.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Yep, it's time to bring Wilmington Joey to Brew Town, baby. It's time to rumble. I want to see Joey putting a tree down right in front of the governors mansion in Madison, too, for good measure.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

BTW, someone needs to be down in Waukesha on election night. Some UN monitors or something. Those idiots run a third-world democracy out in those parts.

BTW x 2: Tom Barrett is a pretty awesome guy on a personal level. I remember him from the 2009 Wisconsin State Fair attack.

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

Carter can fly from Cairo to Chicago, then take a puddle jumper up to the MKE.

Callyson June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

"I have a police department that arrests felons"

OK, Milwaukee Police Department, when are you going after Scott Walker?

Callyson June 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

FWIW, there *are* internal polls that show a tie race:

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's campaign released a poll on Thursday showing the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall to be a dead heat. The release is the latest effort from Barrett and his allies to rebuke public polling showing Walker with a small lead.
The latest Barrett internal survey, which was conducted by the Democratic firm Garin-Hart-Yang, shows Walker leading Barrett 50 percent to 48 percent. It's the fifth survey released by Democrats in the last week with Barrett within the margin of error of the governor.
These polls stand in contrast to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday that had Walker leading Barrett 52 percent to 45 percent.
The Marquette poll was conducted before Memorial Day weekend. The latest Barrett internal survey was conducted after the holiday.

I know, I know, internal polls always make their candidate look good, but the fight is not over yet…

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The fight was never over, but leave it to concern-troll Dems and Libs to dispair at the end of every election, even the ones when we are winning. I remember people concern trolling 2008 when it was clear that Barack Obama had basically won the presidency the minute Hillary conceded in DC. We're great at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Everything shows this race to be a game of turnout, and yet we already having Dems calling the race and already placing blame for a loss that hasn't even happened yet.

If misery loves company, I'd rather be alone.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Why is it every time I see Walker, he looks like he is getting ready to suck a little Koch.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm

It's the beer-coaster-shaped bald spot, cromulent for resting your beer on while receiving.

Isyaignert June 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Because he is; it's what he does. It's his reason for getting up in the morning – to suck Koch and fuk everyone else.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

KBJ et al. I have to agree with Obama on this one. I think Obama would do nothing but add energy to the conservatives in Wisconsin, who already are being told that they are having their election taken away from them by outside forces. Note, too, even with Walker in the lead in the polls (although Barrett's poll and some anecdotal evidence indicates Barrett has momentum, and he definitely helped himself last night), Romney is staying away also.

And a recall is a strange thing. After all, one of the arguments being made is that you don't just replace someone because you are unhappy with them, that is what regular elections are for (Note: A lot of these people were not making this argument with Grey Davis in California), which I have some sympathy for. You might not want Walker, but don't think that a recall should be file every time a politician does something you don't like.

Basically, if Barrett wins, it is huge for the Dems. If he loses by less of a margin than he did before, it can't be considered a win for Walker, who will be lame from that point onward. And if they can split the ticket and take the Lt. Governor's position, that is also a win. It will be interesting, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but it is hardly the end of the world if Wisconsin doesn't throw the bum out early.

Chichikovovich June 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I have some sympathy for. You might not want Walker, but don't think that a recall should be file every time a politician does something you don't like.

I agree in principle. (Though I wonder if the same people were saying it during the recall that brought Walker to power in Milwaukee.) But this is precisely the case where you do need recalls: when someone gets power running a bland campaign, and then proceeds to steamroll all opposition to bring in huge, and hard to undo changes to the basic institutions of society (like, collective bargaining for workers) that he never breathed a hint about before the election.

trampndirtdown June 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I'm not a fan of recalls, but when an 100,000 people surround the Capital you know something is terribly wrong.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Well, Clinton got some "boos" from the idiots this aft.

flamingpdog June 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Ms. Editrix, I'm a-leaving the office right now and I'll be home in an hour. I'd sure like to see one more blog post about the time I get home that isn't quite as depressing as this one. I mean, I gave up beer for three weeks to invest some Ameros in brother Barrett's campaign!

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

No. Not beer. How could you? Beer needs you.;)

flamingpdog June 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I need beer, too, but beer will never be in trouble as long as there are sober children in India.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

What better thing to sacrifice for Wisconsin than beer? That's like a Lent-level committment.

Come here a minute June 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

This is Steve Martin's best role ever. (And I thought he was good as a banjo player.)

tessiee June 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

"Obama is being too hipster about this."

OK, apparently I spoke too soon when I said that "Alfalfa Bill Murray" inspired the strangest mental picture of the day, or possibly the week; because now I'm picturing Obama in skinny jeans, oversized glasses, and a scraggly little beard.

MadBrahms June 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Having a beer summit with PBR.

Wile E. Quixote June 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

And riding to Wisconsin on a fixie, while smoking an American Spirit.

Beowoof June 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Walker is being paid handsomely to put up with this, when it's over he will get a trip to Cali for a good time. The fact that its all true doesn't bother him a bit. He has he sweet sweet cash to hang on to.
Obama showing up in Wisconsin could have the effect of energizing the racist tea baggers and costing Barret the election. It is a conundrum, however the Big Dog showed up in Milwaukee today to support Barret and perhaps get a little strange.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Poor Walker can't even afford the Hair Club for Men, boo hoo. Life is hard.

Wile E. Quixote June 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

Obama showing up in Wisconsin could have the effect of energizing the racist tea baggers and costing Barret the election. It is a conundrum, however the Big Dog showed up in Milwaukee today to support Barret and perhaps get a little strange.

So Obama sits on his ass and disappoints his base because if he gets off his ass and does anything to energize his base it will energize the teabaggers and the rest of the racist dipshits on the right. Of course Obama is also being paid handsomely, and if loses this November he'll get to to on the DNC rubber chicken circuit with Bill Clinton and knock down the big bucks. The rest of us will of course be fucked.

MilwaukeeKent June 2, 2012 at 12:47 am

My thinking is the Tea Party is completely energized already. They can't change another mind for Walker, and as always high turnout is bad for the GOP. This is why, in principle, it's important to have voter ID to depress Democratic turnout by 1-3%, inconveniencing tens of thousands in order to prevent even ONE more instance of actual voter fraud out of every 4 million votes cast, as has been the practice.

George Skullfry June 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Although I'm not there, I agree with you based on what I read.

The result of this election is going to be determined by the turnout in Milwaukee, which is why I'm disappointed that the President has been so hands-off all along.

If he is doing this for strategic reasons around his own re-election, that's all well and good, but cold comfort to the pro-recall folks in Wisconsin.

TribecaMike June 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

The only way to truly cook a giant weiner is to grill it.

Buckminster June 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Grill, baby, Grill!!!!!

valthemus June 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Barrett is being outspent by people who would rather buy politicians to get rid of collective bargaining than pay their employees enough so that they wouldn 't feel the need to form unions.

Did Barrett and Walker intend to dress alike? It's like the White Head vs. the Black Head duking it out in matching school uniforms.

Negropolis June 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

After all that I've said, I have to admit that Barrett's exasperated look during the debate – the "I can't believe I'm even having to compete against this moron" – gives me flashbacks of Bush-Gore debates. Here's to hoping that Waukesha isn't Barrett's Broward County.

MilwaukeeKent June 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

I fear Kathy Nickelhaus–errant Clerk of Waukesha County–having announced her retirement, might fall on a sword for the state GOP. Didn't you suggest UN observers? An appearance by Jimmy Carter and a crew of observers/press late on election day in Walker-Sure might be in order.

MilwaukeeKent June 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

White guy, dark suit, red tie. Did Walker not look small and guilty? Turn down the sound and replay; which man would you trust?

Isyaignert June 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Snotty looks like a teenager who got caught stealing and crashing the family car and now dad's lecturing him on what a dumbass he is.

ttommyunger June 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

I don't know if Barry is right or wrong on this issue, time will tell. I know one thing for sure, if this situation were reversed, party-wise, during Dubya's Presidency (throws up a little in own mouth), Shrub would be all over that State like stink on shit….literally like stink on shit. I sometimes think that Democrats have an irrational fear of success.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

They definitely have a fear of looking like they're playing politics. A bad fear to have in…politics.

ttommyunger June 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

Their ability, at the highest levels, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is, I think, unequaled in history.

Monsieur_Grumpe June 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

I grew up in Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls and now I live next door. Walker brings out the rage in so many people on both sides that friends and relatives are at each others throats. It really pisses me off because of what he has done to my old stomping grounds. If he doesn't get the boot next week I hope the courts get him or at the very least, he gets caught with a Rent-a-Boy that has a nasty STD.

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

Rent boy with a nasty STD?

Tim Russell Libel Truth!

outragedcitizen June 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Actually, Walker is a wonderful weiner; however, he is a miserable human being.

Chichikovovich June 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Sorry, should have been clearer. That some protestors and supporters are from Chicago is plausible. What I was smirking at was the “Chicago or Las Vegas”. Minneapolis would have been plausible. Or Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Or even Columbus Ohio. But “Las Vegas” is just silly. Nobody is going to bus people in from that far away. And there is hardly any union presence there anyway. But they couldn't resist throwing in a reference to an evil, sinful place. I'm surprised they didn't claim people were bussed in from San Francisco and New York City too.—

tihond June 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Isn't "Meaner and Dumber" the Waukesha City motto?

horsedreamer_1 June 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

BoDeans Libel!!!

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