APOCALYPSE NOW  7:54 pm June 5, 2012

Live Bloog 2: Wisconsin Recall Television Bloogaloo

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Dreamboat Scott Walker

“Hey” — Barack Obama.

Hello, it is almost time for your live-bloog of the tellyvision to begin, where we will sit and watch it for the next three hours or so and all tear our hair at the same time shrieking WHERE IS WAUKESHA? (It is in Wisconsin, idiot. Everybody knows that.) No no no, WHERE ARE THE WAUKESHA VOTES? Oh right, they are in Kathy Nickolaus’s toolshed, behind the Miracle-Gro. FOR SAFETY you guys, leave Kathy Nickolaus alone!

Anyhoo, get your beverages. Your Wonkette is out of beer and wine, and the rest of her liquor bottles have one half inch of EXTREMELY SUSPICIOUSLY watery-looking liquor in the bottom of each. (Teen kid.) But there is one new bottle of Stoli, ice, and limes. See you on the flip side.

8:05 PM — This nice lady on The Ed Schultz Show is explaining that 119 % turnout is actually not a Chicago/ACORN joke, it is a possible true number, due to same-day registration. That is a good clarification to know! (GOOD FOR CHICAGO UNION THUGZ.)

8:08 PM — It is sort of annoying to watch a news show with a hooting partisan audience, maybe? (The only hooting partisan audience we like is YOU.) So we have switched it over to the nonpartisan O’Reilly Factor. Did you know he is an Independent? Sure, why not! It is “true.”

5:14 PM — Once you are done reading Charles P. Pierce, on kid troubles at the polls over at Esquire, YOU COME RIGHT BACK HERE. No lollygagging around reading the rest of his brilliances! You get home!

“This is what I did,” she told the guy from the election board, who was sitting on a window sill, while an observer from the state Democratic party looked on. “I took the turnout from 2008 and 2010 and I averaged them, and I ordered 1100 ballots for 203. They sent me 700. And I’m also thinking that my own estimate was low. So, I sent something I thought was low, and they didn’t even send me that many. The rest of them are back in the warehouse. Now, I’m thinking there’s going to be a rush at about five o’clock when people get out of work, and they’re telling me to call them when I get down to 100 ballots left. I’m going to call them when I have 200 ballots left, just to make sure there’s enough time for them to get here.”

Good luck, nice poll lady!

8:31 PM — Some person on twitterz reminds us of this greatness, dedicated to all the ACORN Thugz.

8:40 PM — This ancient person on The Ed Show tells us that Wisconsin was the first state, in 1959, to allow public unions to bargain collectively. #learning

8:50 PM — Oh. Horrors.

9:01 PM — The polls are totally not closing any time soon, so your Editrix will tell you a tragic tale of woe. (The Stoli is kicking in, we are pretty sure.) Once, in a small seaside California town, there was SUCH A CLOSE ELECTION. It was for County Supervisor. And one guy was a dick, and the other guy was an awesome veterinarian Mr. Cool Guy. And it was so close that there were a million recounts, and it came down to the provisional ballots (which you cast when for some reason they lost your name at the precinct.) Well! The county had fucked up the precincts on the sample ballots — the county had — and when people called the county registrar they were told to vote provisionally, and they did, and then they came to court and testified about all of it, and the judge, a Reagan appointee, ruled that the onus was on them to figure out their proper precincts EVEN THOUGH EVEN THE FUCKING COUNTY REGISTRAR WASN’T SURE, and invalidated all their ballots and Mr. Cool Guy Awesome Veterinarian lost, and the dick Republican won.

Our point (if we have one?) is FUCKIN ARGH YOU GUYS we think we might be already drunk. Also: this is not going to come down to “turnout.” It is going to come down to some fucking Walker-appointee judge.

FROWNY FACE.

9:10 PM — Your Kirsten Boyd Johnston sends you this, because she loves you.

That’s right. Fox News is scared of hippies. They probably would duck Jamie Kilstein too!

9:22 PM — Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Bullshit is fucked up and bullshit.

9:27 PM — One percent reporting! Walker 54/Barrett 46! EVERYBODY KILL YOURSELF AIYEEEEEEE!

9:31 PM — How will you kill yourself? Probably poison, don’t you think? Yes, “poison” sounds nice. TIME TO FREAK OUT. (For the next five weeks.)

9:53 PM — Confidential to the person whose Google search “Who tried to assassinate Gerald Ford” brought him to Wonket: IT WAS SQUEAKY FROMME, and the other one whose name no one knows because she was not named “Squeaky.”

9:56 PM — NBC has called the race for Scott Walker. We will believe it when we sober up and see it.

10 PM — DING DING DING! Commenter “Barto” figured out the mystery of the tragic county supervisor race. It was Bill Wallace, in Santa Barbara, and there has never been a fact in the history of the universe that has not been discovered by one commenter or another. Barto gets … nothing, as per usual.

WHO CALLS A RACE WITH 21 PERCENT? What kind of fucking nonsense is that?

10:06 PM — Seriously, we are not buying it AT ALL. We have vague hazy memories of other times a race has been called before it was won — can’t quite place where! — and we carry no brief for NBC. FO SHO.

10:10 PM — Well we for seven (please don’t make us do math) hope to fuck Tom Barrett doesn’t do anything stupid like CONCEDE before the fucking VOTES are counted. It’s just this weird hangup, we know, wanting to see the actual numbers. Haha, so silly, us!

10:27 PM — And now we shall pass out in a puddle of our own vague discontent (and limey vodka). Y’all hang out and watch the tellyvision without us. Someone please be sure to lock up when you leave.

 

Hola wonkerados.

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{ 582 comments }

chascates June 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

One side of his head looks bigger than the other.

Antispandex June 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

That's the side he hit extra hard with the Rogaine.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Antispandex June 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Left handed?

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Very sinister…

GuanoFaucet June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That's from the transorbital lobotomy.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Actually, that would be a transparietal lobotomy, but I only say that because I'm an anatomist AND an asshole.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Actually, that would be a transparietal lobotomy, but I say that only because I'm an anatomist AND an asshole.

bumfug June 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Shit fills in left-to-right.

Hedley_Lamarr June 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Koch Bros Brain Slug

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

The small side is from the drop as a baby.

Neoyorquino June 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

He's Gumby, dammit!

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

One eye is definitely higher than the other. Bad swaddling technique on his mama's part.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Probably put his head-binding equipment on crooked.

Antispandex June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The dreaded "What does it mean" moments are about to begin. Now, where did I leave the weed I was saving.

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Oh. You were saving that? Sorry bro.

FraAnima June 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Interception!

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

You sneaky Kenyan, you!

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Want some of mine?

Designer_Radio June 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Does your bowl have more than dust in it?

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

right. this is the thing i most dread and will in fact leave the radio off for the next four days ("news cycle")

and yes, i meant 'radio'.

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hmmm … do I have a life?

Hell no, I'm in!

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Barrett is, as of now, getting his ass beaten. I hope they counted Walker votes first.

ElPinche June 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I have a bad feeling that Kochnut may win. My wonkettey feelings are tingling (which is a diarrhea feeling). If he wins, I'm going zombie on someone and mail their half-eaten parts .

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

A win for Walker will just lull the 'tards into complacency.

Butch_Wagstaff June 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Please save the brain. You could mail it to our beloved guv Bob McDonnell. He needs one.
Also, a bit of a heart.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Gov. Mattress Mary down here in the Dust Bowl could use a big chunk of each. Bitch.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

DBB I've asked around but never got an answer. Why " Mattress Mary"?

moseyon June 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

ROFL

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

His giant forehead appears to have been flattened by Koch-buttocks.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I'm watching the Venus transit instead.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That'll go a lot quicker.

ProgressiveInga June 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Venus and Mars are alright tonight.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine

ProgressiveInga June 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Sitting in the stand of the sports arena
Waiting for the show to begin

scvirginia June 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Wish I could have seen it- too many clouds earlier & now it's dark out…

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm
trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for the link heavy clouds up here in the Northwest.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Same here in the Northeast, plus the sun's down now anyway. I was disappointed at the clouds and had hoped I could catch a glimpse live but it was not to be.

Lascauxcaveman June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Out here on the extreme NW corner, it's clear skies and blowing 20mph.

Damn, I could be watching this thing live if I'd scored some #14 welding goggles. (The forecast for tonight said rain.)

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I hope the next time it happens at night. Looking at the sun hurts.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Live Bloog 2: Wisconsin Recall Television Bloogaloo

Ain't no party like a Republican Party because a Republican Party always finds new people to screw.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

As they turn rich folks into millionaires and millionaires into billionaires and, therefore, enlarge their base.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

leave Kathy Nickolaus alone!

Kathy does better with stuffing than Richard J. Daley.

/ The Thanksgiving Turkey weeps

Corrugated Palin June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Wisconsin has same-day registration; that percentage is "119% of voters registered pre-election".

Not that this'll stop Breitbart from arguing it to be proof that ACORN tried to steal the election, of course.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Why, were their fake pimps seen in Madison?

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Yes, leaning against the palm trees.

barto June 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Miraculously, voter turnout in some areas is up to 119% (say whaaa?) Apparently latest librul vote fraud tactic is hiding voters in the woodshed until election time. Basterds!

ProgressiveInga June 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Is there an echo in here???

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Either that or same day registration.

VOTUR FROD!!!!

Antispandex June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Voter turn out is actually down 1%. The Republinuts were aiming for an even 120. More proof of Democratic election fraud. I AM THE 119% !!! (I really don't live there, but this would be a fun time to be in the Cheese State).

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I am sitting in sunny LA on our deck watching hummingbirds and finches, my trusty cats, Neville and Fiona by my side and I see this fucking, cuntish, lop-sided, wall-eyed freak and I wonder if God is in His Heaven and if all is right with the world.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Didn't go to the Diamond Jubilee? I loved the family swaying to the 'Hornpipe' which I believe is actually titled 'Jack's a lad' or something like that.

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I loathe those Battenburgs they should be drowned at birth.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

They didn't trick you with all those Mountbatten birth certificates they ginned-up during WW I?

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Krauts, every last one of them, look at Princess Anne, British people don't look like that.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Worth it to see Katherine Jenkins in that dress. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twaEifDmGqk

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This Jubilee thing is going over like gang-busters in the Irish-American community. (I had to invent a whole new level of snark for that one.)

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Can I marry you? Because this is my favorite comment ever.

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I'll ask MrLimeyLizzie what he thinks about that, we've been together for 10 years so he may be over me by now.

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Perhaps he would exchange for Mrs. Boojum. I know she's tired of me.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I know the Old Man and I are tired of each other.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Once Rmoney gets in the (once again, and VERY) White House, you might be able to have a sister wife. How do you look in drag, Booj?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

But, Lizzie, what do you actually think about Walker?

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

" fucking, cuntish, lop-sided, wall-eyed freak"

That's a face only money could love.

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

"Wall-eyed freak" – oh God…it's so fucking true…..

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

The nut blogs claim unions are busing people in from Detroit to vote.

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

4 buses. 240 people. Wow. Game changer.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Because they couldn't be taking part in GOTV, could they?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

If only one could trust Democrats to not screw things up…..

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

How many write-ins for Ralph Nader will there be?

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Staying pure is often pure folly.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

But so what if we got 8 years of W, Nader voters got to stay pure and anyway Bush and Gore were EXACTLY THE SAME!! Obama's just as bad as Romney because he's not perfect on a few issues so vote for the racist woman-hating lunatic Ron Paul instead, because of pot and war!

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I don't support Paul, either, sorry. Nice try, though.

And Gore actually lost because of the Supreme Court and vote fraud, the latter of which the Democrats were too gutless to call for investigations into.

Wile E. Quixote June 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Oh for fuck's sake. Saying that Gore lost because of Nader is like saying that Gore lost because of everyone who voted for the Socialist Worker's Party in Florida. Seriously, if everyone who voted for the SWP had voted for Gore instead of the SWP candidate Gore would have won Florida. Gore lost because he was a shitty campaigner, because he picked a completely useless piece of shit as his VP and because the Supremes got involved. If Gore had won his home state of Tennesee, which Clinton/Gore won in 1996 he would have been president.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Yeah, because voting for pro-capitalist Democrats (including the one currently in the White House) who have been shafting the working class and the middle class right along with the Republicans for the past four decades is no less folly.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Please. You can argue that there isn't enough of a difference between Dems and Republicans, but you can't argue that one is not significantly better for you than the other unless you are a rich white male who doesn't give a shit about anyone other than yourself.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Please. Voting third party is the exact same thing as voting for the Republicans, who much, much worse on shafting the working class (not to mention women, gay people, non-white people, etc).

Why do you want Mitt Romney to be in charge alongside John Boehner and Mitch McConnell?

kingofmeh June 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

however cynical one is, it's pretty hard to look back and say that president gore would have been just as bad as president bush.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Worse, how many for Pat Buchanan?

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Or zombie Vince Lombardi?

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Damn it! If only the Dems had run the undead corpse of Lombardi, they would have walked away with this!

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Oh, great, didn't take for this bullshit to start.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

The only things you can count on in life are death and democratic foul-ups

bumfug June 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

If Jonah Goldberg wimps out, maybe Jamie Kilstein can beat the fuck out of Walker instead.

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Do we have to settle for one or the other? Why not both?

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I'm listening to Townes van Zandt, so that whatever happens in Wisc., It'll be an upper.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Great songwriter, depressing singer. Into Blaze Foley?

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Hey if this isn't enough of a downer try some Jamey Johnson.

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Will check those out for future reference.

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I'm thinking that I may have adopted the wrong strategy…….

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

His son JT is a fine writer and musician himself.

fitley June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Teabagger votes count as two because of the extra scrotum laying across their forehead.

kingofmeh June 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

exit polls indicate obama leading romney by six points. that's good on two fronts; one, it may indicate strong D turnout, and two, a no vote can't be spun as an anti-obama vote.

JackDempsey1 June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Prediction: Walker will take the whole enchilada.
And by enchilada, I mean a delicious food substance consumed in places elsewhere, but not here, and certainly not by someone who votes here, because, c'mon.
Prediction (edit): Walker will take the whole enchilada, but will consult with several Koch operatives about how to delicately broach the subject of enchilada consumption.

ThundercatHo June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

If Walker does take the whole enchilada (and by enchilada I mean a giant, brass studed, superheated dildo) I hope he takes it up the ass. Repeatedly.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I don't know, doesn't "enchilada" sound kinda…
brown?
I predict that Walker will take a corn dog, but because of faulty depth perception, will stab himself in the forehead with the stick.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

As a legally state approved (Oregon) cannabis grower, my green godesses are ready for sampling and tonight is prime for some THC….and drink my bong water Scott Walker you slimy twerp.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I look forward to making your acquaintance whenever I finally make the move to Oregon.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I'm in the North Coast Region–Manzanita–and I will extend a ripe dank olive branch to cement the bond.

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

You hiring?

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I wish I could spread the health and wealth, but it is a Mom and Pot endeavor.

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Well, if you ever expand your operation – keep me in mind!

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I would love to see the exit polls, as they might give some hope.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Perhaps Wisconsin Democrats would have had a better shot of kicking Walker out if they had voted for Kathleen Falk in the recall primary instead of, you know, the same guy who lost the first time around.

Not that being thrown under the bus by the Democratic Party elite has helped matters, either, of course.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

The Dem nominee could have been Jesus atop a glorious, sparkling unicorn and it would not have mattered. This isn't about who did and didn't come to the state, or who was or wasn't nominated. This is about one party afraid to shoot, and one who will waste your life on a busy , urban sidewalk in broad daylight and call it self defense. This is about one party that doesn't have any qualms about bringing ricin to a knifefight.

When Dems can get over their qualms about what it takes to play to win, maybe we'll actually start winning consistently in competitive races instead of it looking like a crap shoot every time. When all the other side understands is power and force, and all that we're willing is to play "fair", we're going to get similar results, every time.

Does anyone think if the tables were turned and this was the recall of a Democratic governor that there would be a significant section of the Republican electorate that would fret over the very principle of a recall? That's exactly what happened, here.

One of these days, it's going to dawn on the Dems that in order to get into positions of helping people that they are going to have to want to win more than wanting to be "right."

BTW, I'm just glad we didn't spend more money than we did for this mixed result. In a way, it's kind of a good thing that Walker and his Kochwhores had to max out their credit cards to keep his seat and lose the state senate. So, I guess we got the result we we're willing to pay for, maybe.

Chet Kincaid June 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

What the hell, did I write this?! (Wink)

imissopus June 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

OT but my Facebook alter ego had an entertaining encounter with some Paulbots while cheating on Wonkette with another blog. I very quickly got one guy to call me a communist and another to suggest that since we live in the same city, we meet up so he can kick my ass, because I am a loser whose ass NEEDS to be kicked. Then he called me an uneducated snark-trolling chode (paraphrasing that) and muttered something about Obama having unleashed the Stuxnet virus, and Stuxnet being responsible for the nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan last year, the result of which is that there is radiation in California now. What that had to do with anything I am not sure, but it was damned entertaining. Those Paulbots can be so much fun. I suppose we should thank Reagan for closing all the mental institutions, otherwise we would have missed out.

cheetojeebus June 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

That Stuxnet is one clever mutha fukkin piece of code, geeze, able to cause a massive tsunami? Crack containment pools for stored rods..wow.

imissopus June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

The exact quote was Your President had a hand in creating Stuxnet and may have caused a meltdown worse than Chernobyl and the radiation is in CA… So he didn't actually SAY he was talking about Japan, though I think it's a safe bet.

The first guy was blaming Ron Paul's poor showing in the primaries on the GOP hacking the electronic voting machines. Which actually wouldn't surprise me, but what about states that didn't use those machines? These morons are so far down the rabbit hole they're going to pop up in China.

Terry June 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

We can only hope.

Sharkey June 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

You, sir or madam, are a hero and a patriot.

I would call you out on the "cheating on Wonkette" thing, but in reality we should all be more like you.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Did he end his screed with "cancel my subscription if I have one"?

GeneralLerong June 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Isn't Stuxnet so 20 minutes ago? Aren't we all afeared o' Flame now?

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

???

I thought we were all afraid of "bath salts".

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Reading this thread is like walking into Cheers, except everyone is smellier and drunker.

On the upside, Kelsey Grammer wouldn't dare show his pasty face around here.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

MITTENS!!!

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

"How's it going Mr. Romney?"

"I've got the old fire in the belly."

"Meaning?"

"Well, I fired 200 people at the pork belly plant."

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Hey! How's the veal in this joint?

FakaktaSouth June 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I would like to state for the record that I smell fantastic, like skinny Kirstie Alley maybe, but I say dumb shit like Cliff. AND I have to tell you how much it hurts me that Frazier is such a tool in real life. Just, gross.

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

As long as Niles isn't an asshole, I'm all set.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

No, he's the shit. I've seen him on a number of different talk shows. He's awesome in real life, too.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Last night I had a dream where I was dining with Norm, my girlfriend and Punky Brewster at the Hungry Heifer. I guess I shouldn't mix bacon and Dead Guy Ale after 10 pm.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

He only shows up in the finest material like An American Carol or if there are some sexy babysitters around

AncienReggie June 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I'm pretty sure SorosBot is actually Kelsey Grammer. Or Woody Harrelson, I get them mixed up.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Hey now, I was still in high school when Cheers ended! And I'm probably more like Clavin than anyone else on the show.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Cliff Clavin voice/accent:

I, eh, think you're mistaken, theah, Soros. Maaa and I were watchin the History Channel, and it eh, seems that the word "Soros", theah, comes from the ancient Greek for commenta. And then the word "Bot", that's from your ancient Romans, they carried on the tradition by chiselng their comments into clay tablets from the rivahbed, theah.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

if we could all walk into Cheers the wonkette girls would hug you.

with abandon.

and we don't smell in any way you don't want us to…

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

"On the upside, Kelsey Grammer wouldn't dare show his pasty face around here."

Not enough strippers.

Blendergoathead June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I'm cautiously optimistic, but if the count goes against Walker, I'm sure there are *just enough* "misplaced" votes waiting in various locations to bring him back into the game.

Mmmmmm… vodka.

Millennial Malaise June 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sigh. The cynic in me says that there's no way Koch Bros Inc is gonna let their big investment go to waste.

Schmannnity June 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

When I think of Walker, it reminds me of Old Milwaukee Beer.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Walker's prissy smug mug brings to mind Squiggy from "Laverne and Shirley."

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

"I'm sorry, Laverne; he's just not Squigg-Tone material."

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

That's really cold. A clear win, but cold.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Fucking near piss. Wait…

randcoolcatdaddy June 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I have a theory that Nature abhors too much vile rot and will eventually eliminate it. No matter what the outcome, win or lose, there will be corruption charges in Walker's future.

Of course, that theory doesn't work with Dick Cheney or Wall Street bankers since they are Satan incarnate.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

7:23 PM – Today
Herman Cain: If Walker Loses, You May As Well Write Wisconsin Obituary
THEHermanCain @ THEHermanCain : I told @cavuto on @Foxnews: If #scottwalker loses u may as well write obituary for #wisconsin. Dens & unions win right to keep status quo!

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Since you're covering winger tweeters, how about letting us know how Sarah explains how this upsets her, the half-term guv.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

She issued a support tweet for him last week and will crow if he wins, ignore if he loses.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

But will she go his bail when the time comes? Or does David Koch already have that covered?

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

As opposed to working people being repeatedly skullfucked for their Ameros until they die a painful, uninsured death?

barto June 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

that Herman is one smart mother-hushyourmouth!

alteredimages June 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I resent the fact that Walker is wearing a DEVO New Traditionalists hair helmet. He is no spud.

ProgressiveInga June 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

State Senator Lena Taylor on the Ed show. L-O-V-E her!

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I refused to make dinner for the Old Man because I knew you guys would be here, but I'm sad I missed saying something rude to my favorite ginger, the barely legal age editor.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

But it is dark out, when Gingers usually scurry about safe from the sun. I"m hoping that Newell will join the fun.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

He'll scuttle back from a darkened liquor store with smokes and vodka and be with us soon, I expect.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

He'll look 25 when he's 60!

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

You know, I used to think Wisconsin would be a neat place to live if I could stand being away from the coast, but between Scott Walker and Greta Van Sustren, I'm wondering if the Eye of Cheney shining down from Wyoming has not cast an evil spell on the entire state.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

So Wisconsin was the first state to allow socialism.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Well, the Mayor of Milwaukee when we first moved to Wisconsin was a guy name of Frank Zeidler and he was a socialist even while Joltin' Joe McCarthy, the junior senator, was pulling commies out of thin air. That took some huevos, Frank not Joe obvs.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Oklahoma was a socialist state at the Constitutional Convention, then Bill Murray, who would go on to glory as the Guv, Alfalfa Bill Murray, (the guy I mentioned on a thread a few days ago who declared war on Texas) and a few of his cronies ran them out of the state.

commiegirl June 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Butte, Montana (or was it Missoula?) was lousy with Socialists once too.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Well most modern Americans are not aware of the right wing screwing they will have coming. I am afraid only another depression will make that clear to bring back socialism.

scvirginia June 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I think of history as cyclical: one generation fights to redress serious injustices & they achieve some progress. The next generation takes that progress for granted & by the 3rd generation, complete amnesia has set in & the labor leaders' grandkids are wondering why businesses must be hamstrung with needless rools, regz & worker protectionz. Then they will get screwed over & the progressive movements will once again look viable & even necessary.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Probably Missoula. I know there was a branch of my commie Norsk family tree in Missoula.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Wayne: "So, do you come to Milwaukee often?"
Alice Cooper: "Well, I'm a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers began visiting here in the late 16th century."
Pete: "Hey, isn't "Milwaukee" an Indian name?"
Alice Cooper: "Yes, Pete, it is. In fact, it was originally an Algonquin term meaning "the good land.""
Wayne: "I was not aware of that."
Alice Cooper: "I think one of the most interesting things about Milwaukee is that it's the only American city to elect three Socialist mayors."
Wayne (to the camera): "Does this guy know how to party or what?"

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

In grade school in Shorewood (which abuts Milwaukee), I learned that Milwaukee meant, loosely, "place of the stinking waters". Mudflats by the lake, y'know.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

In 1959 yet.

scvirginia June 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Will this Liveblog stay open through the recount? Just askin'…

Jerri June 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I hope the Great Dane is serving pitchers of tasty beer, because that will be entertaining TV.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Is this a bar, or are you exceptionally hostile toward your partner?

Jerri June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Haha, no, it is a brew-pub about two blocks from the Capitol building. They have lots of fantastic beer, a lovely little beer garden and giant, tasty nachos that I don't at all miss like the dickens right now.

(It is where the Ed Show on MSNBC is broadcasting from right now.)

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Wisconsin Recall drinking game:

1) Every time an announcer says "It's too close to call," Drink

2) Every time you see Scott Walker and want to slap him: Drink.

3) Every time some pundit says this is a referendum on Obama: Drink.

4) Every time some pundit says this represents the death of Unions: Chug.

5) Every time someone says "We are now going to Madison": Take a bong hit.

6) Every time someone says "Walker is leading": finish the bottle and hit yourself over the head with it.

ProgressiveInga June 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

And for those of us who no longer drink,

7) If Walker wins, call your sponsor

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Are you trying to kill us?

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Really its 9:07 and by 9:15 you would have alcohol poisoning.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

SLndakl assddn vodka shooters asndkj askdf aad fiwuhtk GIANT FUCKING SNAKE an aithahe nsnks. Cairo! Loasdfn pwero witn gns gdids feel a touch ill.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I'm pretty sure I'd never even make it to no. 3.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Sadly, I don't have any alcohol tonight, and the state stores have been closed for over an hour now so it's way too late to get any.

Mumbletypeg June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

That is about the saddest thing I think I've heard any 'bot say~

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

Ah, Sorosbot, get out to the coast, I'll get you drunk and stoned. Its lotus land out here.

Designer_Radio June 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Billo "Independently" fists himself with a loofah glove, if that's what you meant by "Independent".

chascates June 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

PBS Newshour just finished with the roll of (mainly) kids who died in Afghanistan. God damn it, can't we just declare victory and leave?!?!?

succalina June 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Fucking DO THIS Wisconsin!

Barb June 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I just got back from voting here in New Mexico. The place had no A/C and the line was long. Got me a "I voted" sticker.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

No flag pin? Bunch o' Commonists there in the Square State With a Dangly Thing At The Bottom.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Good for you.

MosesInvests June 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Voted last week here in Tejas. Long line here, too. Got me a "Yo vote' " sticker to piss off the wingnuts (the few that we allow in the People's Republic of Austin).

Jerri June 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Man, I just want it to be over. This waiting is horrible. Not enough beer/antacids in the world for this right now.

barto June 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

THIS JUST IN: busloads of Canadians being driven to WI polling locations and let out for a "smoke break". No telling what could happen here. As reported by some guy on a mobile phone in hush hush tones to Fox Gnus, he was told to get on the bus so he did it. Smart guy! Now he's an undercover reporter for a major Gnus outlet. Even smarter! Good times!

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The Medicine Hat contingent started brawling with the Ungava Bay crowd, and then a hockey game broke out. At least word, the death toll is in the single digits.

Spurning Beer June 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Alright. Barrett is ahead so far, 0 to 0.

Jerri June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

"Zero percent reporting and too close to call!"
WHO KNEW, NBC NEWS!

I mean, really Rachel Maddow? Really? What the fucking fuck with that bullshit.

(Edit: This was about 3 minutes after the polls closed with people still in line to vote, by the way.)

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Another drink

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

People always forget she has a Ph.D. in political science.

Jerri June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

It just sounded so over the top and insane at 8:02 that I couldn't believe it.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

0% 0%. I don't need a degree in Pol. Sci (although I do) to know that's too close to call. How about simply saying "no votes have been counted".

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Re; The 8:50 tweets.
Fuck Ann Coulter with a Kathryn Jean Lopez.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Scott Walker is Ann Coulter's second favorite Wisconsin politician, after Joe McCarthy.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

She really did stick up for McCarthy, she's such a nut case! From the June 1 LarryFlynt,com blog:
When the name Ann Coulter is mentioned, a flood of words comes to mind: mean, angry, extremist, conservative, inflammatory, hideous, arrogant, male. Regarding that last adjective, we are speaking specifically of a male who is angry because he looks like a woman — sort of. You could throw the adjective ugly into the mix, but that’s probably redundant. Seriously, how many men have you seen in a dress who are good-looking?

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I'm probably in the minority on this, but I think making fun of her looks seems unnecessary considering how ugly she is on the inside.

commiegirl June 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I'm in the minority with you.

Butch_Wagstaff June 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Same here. I've never cared for "Annie is a tranny!" jokes. The major reason I object to such jokes is that all the M2F transgendered persons I've met tend to be very smart & extremely tolerant individuals.
EDIT: same for the F2M folks I ever met.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Agreed people are people, being trans has nothing to do with it.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

"Seriously, how many men have you seen in a dress who are good-looking?"

From the tv show "My So-Called Life":
Patty: Your brother is always so difficult to get along with.
Graham: He only acts that way because he's insecure.
Patty: Well, that's no excuse. I mean, who Isn't insecure?
Graham [thinks]: RuPaul?
Patty [considers]: Yeah, actually, he seems pretty comfortable with himself.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

this is OT but exactly how many Number Two Leaders does al quaeda have?

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Every time one dies, a new Number 2 else takes their place. Like on "The Prisoner."

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

they're like 'co-producers'

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Be Seeing You

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Patrick McGhooan's ever interesting series cancelled way too soon for me.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I was remarking on that earlier. When El Shrub was Presidente, it always used to be the #3 person in Al-Q getting offed, but now Bammaz did over #1, it's always the #2.

Who volunteers for that job? Might as well call in the drone strike yourself.

Crank_Tango June 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

All of 'em, Katie.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

In Soviet Al Qaeda, your leaders are number two.
In America, leaders number two on you.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

it's a franchise, like the Dread Pirate Roberts.

SayItWithWookies June 6, 2012 at 1:41 am

One less every time?

el_donaldo June 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I'm out of tonic water, so I'm drinking straight gin. In solidarity, brothers and sisters, in solidarity.

NellCote71 June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I switched from white to red wine. Hard core for one in her dotage.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

One more glass and I'm switching from red to white. Almost out of red.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Ann Coulter lives in Cali? Suddenly, it all makes sense.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Our editrix lives in California. Have you ever seen the two in the same room at one time? I mean, except for the face, the neck, the boobs, the legs, (?naughty pieces – sorry, BarackMyWorld, I'm kind of in a rotten mood tonight) and the personality, they could be separated at birth!

johnnyzhivago June 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Too lose one second in command leader sounds like misfortune. To lose 30 sounds like carelessness.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

And Toulouse sounds like some Frenchy painter.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

hey i just got back from hot yoga. cracking open a bottle of cab. feeling good.

anything going on?

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

"Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday denied a request for an emergency injunction allowing Tombstone to use heavy equipment for work on its spring-fed water system in a Coronado National Forest wilderness area."
http://www.roselawgroup.com/blog/wordpress/?p=521

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Interesting, thanks. Having once lived in the area, I got a chuckle from the article informing its readers of the pronunciation of Huachuca.

johnnyzhivago June 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Just checking NJ results: scary – 2/3 of races were uncontested! Just like Russia!

I take that back!! Just like Syria!

johnnyzhivago June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I should have run for Congress on my "hey relax, things will work themselves out – now let's party" platform.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Anne Coulter: "If he loses the entire country will be California."

Would someone please tweet this rancid crone and remind her about the Gray Davis recall and Arnold.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

She should be showing Sean that her dick is bigger than his.

coolhandnuke June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I believe it was Bill Maher who described Coulter's penis/pussy as looking like a combination of Spiro T Agnew, three pounds of chewed up bubble gum and Yogi Berra's catchers mitt from the '55 World Series.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Yeah, but Ahnuld was a "RINO" anyway.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

She knows, but as long it doesn't effect book sales and speechifying fees, she couldn't care less.

CapnRadio June 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

8:05 PM
8:08 PM
5:14 PM

Time travel on voting day? I call ACORN shenanigans! O'Keefe! O'KEEEEEEEEEEFE!

PubOption June 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

My computer looks to be showing the time/date as GMT, so it's already Wednesday morning.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Walker leads with Wisconsin households with children.

Does having children turn one into a reactionary schmuck? It seems like that with a lot of people I know.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

This bottle of Rex Goliath Zinfandel is going to get a work out tonight.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

HA!! i am drinking rex cab. rex is my favorite as it is so very well priced for our flourishing economy.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

A good choice and one that opened the door to big chicken for me.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Layer Cake Shiraz here.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO

A girl brings in a crumpled cable bill. Fills out a sheet. Votes. ‪#milwaukee

Fare la Volpe June 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

MSNBC is forcing Rachel to report that things are "too close to call" with only 1% in.
CNN has Wolf Blitzer's nasty mug saying absolutely nothing, but with more repetition, redundancy, tautology.
FOX News is screaming invective against Obama because, unlike Walker, he's not a "leader."
And HLN is reporting on a gay porn star serial killer cannibal. Lovely.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

When did Headline News turn into the Weird Al song of the same name?

Fare la Volpe June 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

One of the old bitties who called in referred to the host as "Dr. Jew," so that was a plus.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

What percentage of the vote did the gay porn serial killer get?

FakaktaSouth June 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

How do teevee people say "High turnout usually favors the Democrats" AND "We are a center right country." Both of those things cannot be true at the same time. And don't start with me about how sucky and right wing dems are, y'all know what I am saying.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal exit poll @ 50%:50%.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

CNN showing 4% in and the cunty weasel leading.

scvirginia June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Weasel libel!

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Not to criticize her job performance, but Alex Moe on MSNBC right now looks like she's late for home room.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

At least this isn't like the GOP primaries where the winner is announced 10 seconds after the polls close.

Wile E. Quixote June 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Wow, Scotty has a serious case of Chinese eyes. I wonder who his connection is?

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh, I thought it was the old rubber band gag.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Walker's been smokin' ganga? What a waste!!

marinmaven June 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I am far too busy watching a planet pass by the sun to pay too much what is going on.

cheetojeebus June 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

fuckin planets.

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

How do they work?

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

FUCKITY FUCK FUCK!!!!!!!

chascates June 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Romney wins South Dakota primary, CNN projects

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Santorum & Paul are tied for second with 12% each. Another nail -biter in Stickney!

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Is the Corn Palace still standing in Mitchell?

alteredimages June 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

At just the right height.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Has tornado season started yet?

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Walker is taking Waukesha 75%:25%, surprised it is that close. Milwaukee, Racine, and others waiting to report. Don't stuff too many, just enough to win.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

EVERYBODY KILL YOURSELF AIYEEEEEE!

i am already prepared for tragedy as nate silver is never wrong.

plus! cabernet and wonkette for comfort! and i will turn to 'bring up the bodies' when walker starts to gloat and think about the briefness of those dress'd in authority.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

MSNBC needed to do the whole election-night roundtable thing tonight. That have been more fun than constantly going to embedded reporters all saying the same thing…

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

The two huge protests that I attended last year, the only "bad" behavior I saw were guys lining up tp pee on the Fox News remote truck. I'd have protection too. if I were them. If Walker wins we may have the first instance of a TV remote truck being turned over. These early numbers are coming from the smaller towns, so Walker leading at this point is no surprise.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

MK are the fireflies out yet?

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

No, despite the warm Spring (warm March, cool April, normal May). Fuck, everyone is calling it for Walker now. Few results from Milwaukee so far, a third of the vote in from Dane (Madison) County. People still in line to vote in Milwaukee!

barto June 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

"And one guy was a dick, and the other guy was an awesome veterinarian Mr. Cool Guy"

You're taslkin 'bout Willie Chamberlain (major dick) vs Bill Wallace (cool guy, and our vet at the time), no?

Anyhoos, now we gots us a new major dick, goes by the name of Steve Pappas. Guy just can't take "loser" for an answer, gotsta sue, which is now his full time "job".

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Walker hangs on, Wisconsin is fucked. Another election bought and paid for by the Coch brothers.

Beowoof June 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Now I will anxiously await an indictment.

Come here a minute June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Yes, “poison” sounds nice.

Jumping off a bridge seems so much more scenic. Just make sure it's high enough!

Designer_Radio June 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

When Walker wins, can he finally just say "Spaghett!"?

Barrelhse June 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Latest has Walker at 52%- This will be a sad day, perhaps the end of America's middle-class. I doubt that the country can survive the extreme agenda espoused by the current GOP.
Revolution!

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Walker wins in a moneyslide.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

+100

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Outta sight Outta state moneyslide.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Wisconsin people: did Barrett run any attack ads containing bit from that Koch prank call? I was thinking something like this:

Murphy: Right, right. Well, we’ll back you any way we can. But, uh, what we were thinking about the crowds was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, the, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Not aware of any that did run with that. That conversation with the billionaire who wants Right To Work, the divide and conquer conversation, that WAS used.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Here comes Lawrence O'Donnell to tell us how this is good for Obama…

(I'm not exaggerating…that's literally what he said at the beginning of his show.)

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

well, i could use some comfort.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I don't trust those GOP-approved cuneiform ballots… http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/wp-cont

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Sara Jane Moore, duh.

commiegirl June 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

She needs a nickname.

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

"Not Squeaky" seems about right.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Squirmish.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Oh, FUCK. So, you can totally and shamelessly buy and election in America, today.

Obama better watch his ass.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

The electoral college system looks better every day.

Schmannnity June 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Tundra Twat on Greta who says Walker heals the wounds by "keep on keepin on." Churchillian.

Designer_Radio June 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

First time watching cable news for a very long time, this Lawrence Odonnel fellow made a funny: He said "…aspirin contraception advocate, Foster Friess."

lulz.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

CNN, HuffPo calling for Walker.

Also Fox, WashPost.

iburl June 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Money is not speech. Corporations are not people.
End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy.
Support a constitutional amendment against Citizens United. http://movetoamend.org/

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Shitfuck McGee. CNN just called it for Walker.

Gah.

Only 34% reporting, but Walker leading 59% : 40%

Mittens Howell, III June 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Crestfallen. My crest, it has fallen.

*clunk*

Mumbletypeg June 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Crestfallen

I always liked that word, I think it goes back to when I read it in one of the Pippi Longstocking series – no joke.

And where is our crested-avatar'd Starfangled tonight, anyway?..

Come here a minute June 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

AL GORE is your new president of Wisconsin!

steamynachos June 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

"I have ridden the mighty Cheese Wheel!"

chascates June 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

And Drudge is triumphant:

WALKER WINS WI [AGAIN]…
'RECALL' DEFEAT SPELLS DOOM FOR PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS…
'PULITZER' NEWSPAPER MOCKS DRUDGE FOR INFORMING READERS…

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Last I heard, Joseph Pulitzer hasn't published a newspaper since 1911, the year he died.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Conservatards haven't had an original thought since at least 1911.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Will we ever be able to have nice things?

I guess the answer to that is only if we buy them individually by private citizens, 'cause the public is fucked.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

The very craziest thing is that there is such thing as an Obama-Walker voter, and it's a whole helluva lot of people. Obama crushed Romney in tonight's exit poll.

God, my head hurts.

Left_Leftie June 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Ouch, that is mind scrambling!

Gainsbourg69 June 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

It's the same on either side. Look how many Wisconsinites voted for the recall and against the individual mandate.

alteredimages June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

eh, Ifigured as much. Big money putsch from the Kochs. And Obama didn't want to rustle Wall Street by appearing to be pro union, and didn't want to give Mittens any ammo. He C'd his A at best.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

well there you go.

i guess we got that one win in 2008 when everything was TOTALLY fucked up and…well, yeah that's it.

on the plus side, it's easier to bitch than govern. so we have that to look forward to.

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm
flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

the end.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I love the smell of face palm in the morning.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

GOP.com
We stand with Wisconsin

Tonight, the people of Wisconsin rebuked the liberal labor unions’ recall efforts and sent a loud message to President Obama: see you in November.

Donate today to help fight for a better America.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

For weeks, if not months, the polls have shown that Walker would win. Unfortunately, they can't poll the inevitable apocalyptic groans of doom and gloom which resound when one side loses after putting in an immense amount of effort to fight the good fight, but gets outspent by 31-1.

chascates June 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Greg Mitchell at The Nation:
10:10 Howard Fineman tweets: "Exits were hinting at too-close-to-call late night but in the end it was a quick call for Walker — bad news for Dems, unions and Obama."

10:05 GOP leaders on TV claiming some Dems in Wisconsin will stay home in November, angry that Obama did so little on recall. Wonder if true….Lawrence O'Donnell opens MSNBC show by claiming big winner in Wisconsin tonight is…Obama.

10:00 What does it mean that exit polls showed 12% edge for Obama but perhaps easy win for Walker. Anti-union fervor?

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Barry's an old-line moderate Republican?

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

And nobody has their pulse on the minds of Democrats like GOP leaders on television. Good lord…..

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

That is all just a sense from many here that a recall in ths case is unwarranted, and the people who sensed that weren't aware of Scott Walker's history with recalls. He was all for them until he became Governor, then he "dropped the bomb" to "Divide and conquer". I thought money wouldn't matter in this, until it did, and upstate, outside of Milwaukee and Madison (and the Progs on Lake Superior) they just didn't have a dog in this fight. The people who felt a recall were unnecessary stayed home but intend to vote in November.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Wai,t Walker l going to end up in prison, right? If that's the case, this will make the loss much easier to swallow. If some weak-assed "indepedents" will is too weak for a recall, or it offends their silly, fucking sensibilities, the law can take out the garbage.

Scooter's dumb as a box of rocks, mean as a snake, and crooked as a street in the medina of Marrakech. This may win you election, but let's see if it keeps you out of jail.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Independent voters — can't live with 'em, can't afford to rent all the buses it would take to drive all of them over a cliff (although it's the only thing I can think of that might wake them up).

glamourdammerung June 6, 2012 at 1:03 am

Wai,t Walker l going to end up in prison, right?

Assuming someone does not pull that "looking forward" nonsense because they know the Republicans will scream about how it is just revenge for Walker winning the election. Though if they did, and I was Barrett, I would issue a very short, very snide version of "I told you morons so".

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

it would be good if a toilet exploded somewhere soon.

Mumbletypeg June 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

FWIW, this won my night (last night).
Wrought with good old wonkette-worthy aplomb~

fuflans June 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

oh my thank you.

it was the rex goliath speaking really.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

in my fantasies Walker's toilet explodes while he's making jailhouse gin in it

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

You think Obama and the national Dems are going to regret leaving Wisconsin teachers twisting in the wind? Hopefully they learned something from this.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Wait…weren't you just arguing there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans? If so, what difference does it make if Barrett or Walker wins?

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Just because I think they're both crappy candidates doesn't mean the Democrats didn't have an opportunity to win this.

And I normally don't argue with people about the Democratic Party's worth (or lack thereof), but seeing people still whining about Nader after twelve years sets me off. I'm not even an admirer of Nader's and that shit annoys me.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

The Dems were outspent 31 to 1. I doubt any amount of money the national party put it would've changed a thing.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

No, see, it's all Obama's fault, if he had enough willpower he could have made Walker lose!

Crank_Tango June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

He's morally weak, also.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Holy crap, really? Was it that bad?

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

II don't think so. But it was something like 31 to 7 (million), so pretty much the same for all practical purposes.

imissopus June 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Yeah, I've been seeing that ratio tossed around for a couple of weeks. I don't know what the Dems were thinking, but if it was along the lines of "We can either deplete our funds to match this now, or husband our resources for the fall and try to win back the House while holding the Senate and the Presidency," then that strikes me as reasonable.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Yeah, unfortunately the millionaires who funded this have very deep pockets that are never depleted.

anniegetyerfun June 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

It doesn't cost much to play dirty. They should have.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Ruffly, as my dog might say if I had a dog.

Designer_Radio June 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

I though Larry O'Dawg from MSNBC said something about 7:1, which is still almost encouraging, that it took a 7:1 spending ratio for them to get their landslide.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Are you serious? You think Obama putting himself in the middle of this clusterfuck would have changed the results? The exit polls show that Obama still has a good chunk of Walker voters. What he did was smart. It's clear now from the exists that if he would have gone in, Barrett still would have lost, and Obama would have alienated that very strange voter that votes for Walker and him both.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I don't think we'll know what the final margin is until Milwaukee reports, so it may be premature to judge the effect of the DNC and Obama's hands-mostly-off policy. I'll agree that it was the safest thing to do as far as the Presidential race goes, but as a Democrat for 43 years now, I sometimes wish the national establishment would just do the right thing.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Yeah. But the truth is, Walker will do a lot less damage than Romney and a less corrupt justice system might throw ol' cross eyes in prison anyway for his various crimes.

And I think they were using this as a test case for the difference unlimited fundraising is going to make. Because honestly…if you can't get rid of this scumbag…?

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Fair enough. The Presidency is a much bigger deal than a mid-level governorship (based on SCOTUS appointments alone), even for the folks in Wisconsin. I can't fault the national political organization for being political.

I suppose it's that I grew up in, and went to college in, Wisconsin, and this result just makes me sick.

imissopus June 6, 2012 at 12:58 am

A couple of other thoughts I've been having about this: Much of the damage Walker wanted to do he and his cronies in the legislature have already done, and no governor could wave a magic wand and undo it. And if after all the shit he pulled he still had fifty percent of the people supporting him, then you need a truly transformational figure to oppose him. Barrett is not that guy. He's a non-fiery technocrat who just lost to Walker two years ago and who threw the unions under the bus during one of the debates last week. He's only been fundraising for less than three months, while Walker has basically been fundraising since early 2011, so he had a hell of a head start no matter where that money was coming from. And Barrett still couldn't move the needle towards the Dems' column in a significant way.

I've never been to Wisconsin, but my guess is that the damage ol' Scotty has done would take more than this recall to undo. If anything, the recall succeeding would have just enraged the other half of the population. It's a toxic morass and Obama is going to have enough of that to deal with this fall.

So let the Repubs gloat. Remember how nuts they went after Scott Brown won? Health care reform still passed. So fuck 'em. Ol' Cross Eyes has an excellent shot at seeing a federal indictment anyway in the near future.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

i was going to say the same thing, but you said it far better than i could have (hot yoga, rex cab, etc.).

i will only add: if he'd gone in, he would have had to own the loss (and the news i'll be ignoring for the next three days will make it a referendum on him anyway). coming up he's got a likely greek withdrawal from the euro and/or possible euro collapse, 5-4s on health care, fucking syria coming to a global crisis point AND eurovision.

if i were playing the long game i wouldn't be fucking around with walker's recall either.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

So, with 98% in, we see that the turnout was about 112% of 2010, both statewide and in Milwaukee. That's actually pretty impressive for an out-of-season election.

Unfortunately, Barrett's chances relied on an exceptionally large turnout in Milwaukee (and Dane County), and a 2010-like turnout elsewhere. Neither of these things happened. Apparently the vast amount of out-of-state GOP money was able to jack up the pro-Walker turnout. While I still believe that a more vigorous involvement by the President would have increased the turnout in Milwaukee, I have to say that it doesn't look like it could have been enough to change the result. Even with 2008-level results in Milwaukee, Barrett would still be 80 or 90K short statewide.

So, score one for 11-dimensional chess. It would not have been worth the money and effort and commitment to lose 52-48 instead of 54-46.

Still makes me sick, though.

Gainsbourg69 June 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

Let's wait and see how the senate races pan out.

Thurman Munster IV June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I haz a sad.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

me too.

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Condolences, Cheeseheads.

It Gets Cheddar.

Angry_Marmot June 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Gouda to know.

Abernathy June 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

Thanks! But right now, we got Jack.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Bear in mind "percent of precincts reporting" is one of those "Bill Gates walks into a bar and everyone is a per capita millionaire" figures, it's the percent of precincts, one precinct might have 200 registered voters (village of Nadaville) another 8,000, etc.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Yeah, but Walker won. The margin almost doesn't matter. It's over, son.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I'm not ready to be totally depressed either. Possibly because we have the open Giffords seat election next week and I'm saving some for that.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Surely, you are a glutton for punishment. Turns out her personally chosen replacement ain't worth shit as a politician. That big, fucking baby of a man – the one that used all kind of borderline violent and violent rhetoric against her in 2010 – will win her seat.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Ron Barber is a smart and well-respected guy. That is a fairly conservative district, and nothing personal meant here, but your knowledge of southern AZ politics appears to be on a one-dimensional Hanna-Barbera level.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I didn't say he was stupid nor that he wasn't respected, but he's made a series of missteps that I think show that he's not a good politician. I don't know if you've been watching this nation over the last few years, but smart and well-respected don't win elections on their own.

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

errrrrrrrrr…….thanks?

and, well, to be fair, Kelly is a lying sack of shit too.

edited for Shirley's sake.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I was talking about Kelly. People don't think I was referring to Barber in that second sentence, do they?

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox was on "The Last Word" just now.

When's our current overlord gonna get on the tizzube again?

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

But is the current overlord a fox?

BarackMyWorld June 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hellz yeah.

Crank_Tango June 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

Oh I'd hit it.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I wish I could be sad, but I'm just kind of burning with anger, at the moment. Surely, there were a lot of legitimate right-wingers coming out to vote, but they didn't win the election. What won this election were those fence-straddling "swing voters" who don't give a shit about issues, but give a shit about process, and they won this for Walker because their tender fucking sensibilities were hurt by even the idea of holding a recall. This folks will be the death of this nation; the people that will destroy the nation because someone hurt their fee-fees.

We'll still have Wisconsin in November, but I almost don't want them. Wisconsin, you've been relegated to Indiana-grade stupid.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I think the best evidence for that is the 12% difference between Obama and Romney.

It's funny because they are appalled people put their nose in WI politics, but somehow missed out on almost all of Walker's money coming from out of state.

Crank_Tango June 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

It's a referendum on Nobama alright, and uh…

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

It's funny because they are appalled people put their nose in WI politics, but somehow missed out on almost all of Walker's money coming from out of state.

Irreconcilable cognitive dissonance? Republicans? Say it ain't so!

mormos June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

it also might have had something to do with Walker outspending Barrett 25 to 1. You know, because he destroyed the unions that provide all the large sum donations for the democratic party.

We are well and truly fucked people.

102415 June 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I agree Negropolis. What a load of utter crap.

Jukesgrrl June 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

The thing I hate the most is when working-class non-union people are jealous of people who DO have unions and vote to punish them, as if they are the problem. "Oh, if only for that teacher's union, I would have a better life." "I can't vote for Nobama because he's beholden to the AFL-CIO." You know and I know, those people wouldn't have the pay scales they have right now in their non-union jobs if it weren't for the unions. Let them move to a state where unions never even had a foothold. Instead of making $20/hr while their union neighbor is making $30/hr, they'll be making fucking $11/hr. And if they can't understand this now, they'll understand it even less when the Republicans finish their destruction of public education.

fartknocker June 6, 2012 at 12:31 am

You have struck the proverbial nail with your hammer. This is all about eliminating the middle class. It was a sad night in Wisconsin. I hope that this is a wake up call to the middle class, but I sincerely doubt it.

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Goes back to my CONSTANT call that logic should be taught in grade schools (to replace the magical thinking most Americans currently engage in).But I'm lucky if there will even BE grade schools in the brave new world.

Abernathy June 6, 2012 at 12:29 am

Srsly, I could have personally slapped each and every idiot I heard whining about how they oppose everything Walker stands for, but recalls are wrong.

subsum June 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Fuck Wisconsin.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I just feel sorry for the public sector workers there.

This sucks donkey balls.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I feel more than sorry. Unless Wanker gets frog-marched out of the State Capitol building pretty soon here, it's going to be payback time against the public sector workers.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

This sure did.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Fuck 'em sideways with a wheel of cheese.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Even better, with a cheese grater.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm

So 59% in and 552,000 for the D.

What happened to those million signatures? Where are those people?

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Robocalls told them they had already voted when they signed the recall petition and didn't need to vote again. Maybe Dems and Indies can be morons, too?

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Not only did they not NEED to vote, if they voted, it would be voter fraud and they would go to jail. Helpful robocalls!

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Well, a lot of them are in Milwaukee, which is only 44% in at the moment.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

"Confidential to the person whose Google search “Who tried to assassinate Gerald Ford” brought him to Wonket: IT WAS SQUEAKY FROMME, and the other one whose name no one knows because she was not named “Squeaky.""

It was Arthur Bremer.
This is the kind of stuff I remember, instead of my password, or where I left my keys.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Sorry, tessiee, but Bremer shot George Wallace in 1972.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Bremer was the one who tried to off George Wallace.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Oops. Note to self: Refresh before commenting.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Been there, done that.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

^^
^
You're right.
But then…
WHERE ARE MY KEYS??

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

They're in the last place you look.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

"there is one new bottle of Stoli, ice, and limes"

Haw, I read this as "new bottle of Stoli, ice, and lines", as in lines laid out on the coffee table.

Designer_Radio June 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

That coffee table setting is called a "Breitbart".

ttommyunger June 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

If the voting and counting is on the level, all I can say is: Wisconsinites, you deserve everything you are going to get.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Except for the ones who didn't vote for Wanker.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Which is a good percentage of them. And amazingly a good percentage of those that did vote for Walker are somewhat insulated from harm in the state by wealth and prestige. Weird how that works out.

ttommyunger June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

You know, if they did all they could have done, then now they can move out. I'm resigned to living in the Sovereign State of Dumfukistan, so I don't complain, I just deal with it as best I can.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

It's gonna be close when they finish up.

ttommyunger June 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

In that case, they'll prolly be able to steal it.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Is the last hope for democracy for all of us to work at the local level? We've got a Democrat who has a good shot at taking out a Republithug two counties over. The House minority leader spoke at a dinner I recently attended about that particular race and how we need to cross district lines and work on races that are possible for us.

Is it possible to take back the country from the very bottom? No? Then this is how we're going to live forever? Thanks, Ralph Nader and Sandra Day O'Connor. (And you, too, Clinton, for screwing the D. party worse than that intern. If you'd kept your ego and your zipper under control, we'd never have Bush and this fucked SCOTUS).

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I was thinking about this, tonight. You know, play their game; come in with a shitload of Soros/Moore/Stryker-bucks in some out-of-the-way state house/senate district, and just fucking bury the poor GOP schlub on the other side.

Citizens United can not stand. Well, it can stand and the nation destroyed under its weight, or we can save the nation and grind Citizens United into sand.

I hope the Dems take this as the boot-to-the-face example that the GOP and its money — or should I say the money and its GOP — will do anything, anything to win. I'm looking for revenge at the highest level, too, for this. I want Romney destroyed. NOW. And, if Reid doesn't change the rules in the Senate, after this, he can go to hell.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I see your point, but when did wealthy Dem donors ever give a damn about a measly gubernatorial race? I gotta hand it to the right in that regard. They understand the importance of local and state politics.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

They are very very good at politics. They have an excellent long game.

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

They spent 40 years in the desert. Then they built all this slowly, carefully, think tank by think tank, Fox News by Talk Radio, local election by local election, disaffected white by disaffected white, out of Richard Viguery's use of Goldwater's mailing list, since1964. Demographics are against them in the long run, but meanwhile… The suburban vote just around Milwaukee nearly equals the urban vote in Milwaukee and Madison. Throw in a bunch of rural counties where Walker edges by 600 or 1000 votes and such. Shit storm.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 1:03 am

The problem the Democratic party has is that it's led by George McClellan types when it needs to be led by William T. Sherman types. Or for another historical analogy it's led by Neville Chamberlain/Lord Halifax types when it needs to be led by Bomber Harris types (fuck Churchill, he was an overblown hack).

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

This is true. If we had a party with half the skill and gall of the Republican party, we'd never lose an election. I can't believe it's possible for a major political party to be so terrible at politics.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Boy the way the Beatles played. Songs that made the Hit Parade.
Working guys, we had it made. Those were the days.
Didn't need the police state. Everybody pulled their weight.
Gee, our old VW ran great. Those were the days.
Democrats had balls back then, there were sane Republicans.
Mister, we could use a man like Lyndon Johnson again.
People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Score some weed that cost you under a fin.
Skirts were short and hair was long. Hendrix really sold a song.
I don't know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

Is it possible to take back the country from the very bottom? No? Then this is how we're going to live forever? Thanks, Ralph Nader and Sandra Day O'Connor. (And you, too, Clinton, for screwing the D. party worse than that intern. If you'd kept your ego and your zipper under control, we'd never have Bush and this fucked SCOTUS).

You know something, as long as there are Democrats who are so goddamned stupid and lazy to believe that Ralph Nader cost Al Gore the election in 2000 the Republicans are going to stay in power. Seriously, do you know how fucking stupid that is? Why not blame the Socialists and Socialist Worker's Party candidates, if only half of the people who voted for the Socialists and Socialist Worker's party had voted for Gore he would have eked out a victory.

If Gore had won his home state of Tennessee, which Clinton and Gore won in 1996 he would have won in the Electoral College. If he'd any of a half dozen states that the Clinton/Gore campaign carried in 1996 he would have won re-election. Did anyone at his campaign understand how the Electoral College works? Obviously not. Gore ran a lousy campaign, he picked an absolutely worthless running mate and he should have been all over Dubya like stink on shit. Why the fuck wasn't Gore hammering on Cheney's deferments, on his drunk driving record, on his last minute move back to Wyoming so he'd qualify to be Vice President? What the fuck was that mannequin doing in 2000. Go look at the Wikipedia entries and see how badly Gore blew it. He had a great economy going for him, the budget was actually running a surplus and he lost it to a moron like Dubya and a coward like Cheney and now idiots like you present him as some sort of martyr instead of as the incompetent fucking hack of a candidate that he was.

Yes, the Supremes got involved and they shouldn't have. But if Gore hadn't sucked the issue never would have been placed in the hands of those corrupt fucks on the court in the first place. Al Gore sucks, fuck Al Gore and fuck the morons who think that Nader cost him the election.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 1:48 am

You know who sucked evern more than Al Gore? George Walker Bush, that's who. Republicans don't care if their candidates suck.

Republicans get shit done. Horrible, fucked up shit, excuse my French. So, the kool kids can keep playing in their little isolated sandbox, pretending to build a democracy while the winners of elections (Republicans) take it away faster than they can build it. I just don't hope they have the gall to ask what happened to democracy after it's gone.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 2:34 am

Republicans would vote for a pumpkin if it had a flag pin attached to it and an R next to its name. That is because they understand you don't just vote for the guy, you vote for his whole party.

I remember thinking that Kerry sucked as a candidate but I got my happy ass down to the polling precinct and voted because Kerry et. al (and I would even include Edwards) and their agenda on their worst day were better than Bush and Cheney on their best.

But whatever, heaven forbid anyone besmirch the progressive prince who called Obama an Uncle Tom.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I remember thinking that Kerry sucked as a candidate but I got my happy ass down to the polling precinct and voted because Kerry et. al (and I would even include Edwards) and their agenda on their worst day were better than Bush and Cheney on their best.

Same here. And even though I caucused for President Obama in 2008 I would have voted for Hillary Clinton if she had been the Democratic nominee. What is it about the Democratic party that attracts so many goddamned pearl-clutchers (I'm looking at you Cory Booker) and purity trolls? Am I unhappy with a lot of President Obama's policies? You bet I am. Am I unhappy with the way he keeps bitching out and bending over for the national security police state (NDAA anyone)? You bet I am. Do I wish that he'd stop governing in a way that seems designed to earn the approval of David Brooks and go and kick Republican ass? Damn straight I do. Am I going to sit this election out and hope that a wonderful progressive candidate will come along who will dismantle the national security police state, kick the shit out of Wall Street and the rest of the crony capitalists who are ruining this country and whip the Republicans until they're whimpering and cringing like the worthless pack of yellow curs they are, will come along in 2016? Fuck no!

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

Well, being one of those morons, I'd like to respond.

First, let me agree with you that Gore ran a terrible campaign, and made a really bad decision with his VP pick. One mistake you didn't mention was his refusal to make use of Clinton for what were apparently moral reasons (while Bill still had something like 63% overall popularity). If Gore had been a better, or even more pragmatic, campaigner, the election wouldn't have been close.

Nevertheless, Gore was who he was, the election was close, and was known to be close, and it was even known in which states it was particularly close. And this is where my irritation with Mr. Nader arises.

I've always admired Ralph, and so I believe he is serious when he says things like "there is no difference between the D's and the R's". But I think he is wrong about that, particularly with respect to Presidents, and I think a quick examination of SCOTUS and Circuit nominations over the last sixty years will give one example why I think that.

I also know Nader is smart, so I'm sure he is aware of that example of difference. He chooses to ignore it for rhetorical purposes, which is usually fine with me. His point about the parties' similarity is kind of an argument on average.

But, in the very specific, non-average, 2000 election, the identity of the next President was at issue, and very closely contested in several states. In none of those states was Ralph Nader going to be the victor. In a few of them, the probable Nader voters represented a significant fraction of the estimated difference between the major party candidates. In those particular cases, Mr. Nader had the opportunity to tell his partisans in those states "You know, in this special case, the lesser of the two evils is Al", but instead he chose to continue to tell them "They're both the same, vote for me".

I want to be clear that my irritation is not with those who voted for Mr. Nader, it is with Mr. Nader himself. I think he, like Al Gore, made a big mistake.

I don't think Gore is a martyr; I think he ran a shitty campaign. But it is possible to think that and simultaneously to think that he could still have won the election if Nader hadn't been such a tight-ass.

As they say, YMMV.

Cheers.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

You make a lot of good points. I have an issue with this one though.

But, in the very specific, non-average, 2000 election, the identity of the next President was at issue, and very closely contested in several states. In none of those states was Ralph Nader going to be the victor. In a few of them, the probable Nader voters represented a significant fraction of the estimated difference between the major party candidates. In those particular cases, Mr. Nader had the opportunity to tell his partisans in those states "You know, in this special case, the lesser of the two evils is Al", but instead he chose to continue to tell them "They're both the same, vote for me".

It's not that I disagree with you about what Nader should have done in this case, it's that I don't think that it was in him to have done it. If Nader had said anything like this he would have seriously weakened the raison d'etre for his campaign, which was that you should vote for him because both parties were the same. The kind of people who buy into the "both parties are the same" logic are not the kind of people who understand nuance, if Nader had come out and said "Yeah, both parties are the same, but Gore sucks less than Bush so you guys in Florida should vote for him instead of me" his supporters would have accused him of selling out.

There's also the fact that Nader is a huge drama queen. If he had come out and said "Well, I know that I won't win but I'm running to make a statement about how similar the Democrats and Republicans are and corporate control of our political process." he would have ended up getting about as much media coverage as the nutjobs from the Natural Law party or the Constitution Party or the Reform Party or the Libertarians did in 2000 (Want to wind up a Libertarian? Point out that in 2000 Nader managed to get seven times as many votes as their candidate, Harry Browne did, despite being on the ballot in fewer states). If there's one thing that Ralph Nader believes in it's that nobody puts Ralphy in the corner.

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 1:24 am

Much as I respect you Dusty, I have to say you're full of it.

I voted for Nader because I am not a Democrat, I do not believe in neo-liberalism or Wilsonian foreign policy or any of the Clintons or that hypocritical Gore, nor the imperial drift of the presidency since Nixon. I voted for a candidate who is opposed to all the above.

I am a far left-winger, and I vote for whom I chose, not because you think it's pragmatic or practical or what the fuck ever.

If Barney Frank (a raging homo) had been on the ticket, I probably would have voted for him over anybody.

It may be shot to shit, but this is still a democracy and I vote for whom I please and not to please you.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 2:44 am

On the one hand you get Bush, but you have a clear conscience. On the other, you get comparatively more progressive legislation but you make compromises with said conscience. And no matter which you choose, you live with the consequences and so does everyone else.

When people lose their collective bargaining rights, women lose access to birth control, a Federal ban on marriage is put in place, you can hardly expect people to say "thanks" to you for putting your clear conscience above their actual rights. But as you said, it's a democracy and you get to choose who to vote for. Just don't expect everyone to thank you for it anymore than the 40 or so percent of Dems are going to thank the 50 or so percent of Republicans who exercised their rights tonight in Wisconsin.

If someone gave you 100 dollar bill and you suspected it came from somewhere nefarious, you would have a couple of options (assuming there was no way to know where it came from and they gave it to you, there was no giving it back). You could tear it up and say "This is my stand, I don't accept dirty money" and keep a clean conscience. Or, you could spend it on food for the homeless. On the one hand, you've participated in a dirty process with dirty money but that homeless guy appreciates it. On the other hand, you keep your principles. It's your choice and your choice alone and nobody can take that from you. But you can't expect the homeless guy to feel great looking at the tattered remains of what could be a hot meal lying int he gutter.

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 3:13 am

I am going to try to say this with as little drama as I can: my political position is the spearpoint of the "liberal" agenda. I have have been on the barricades for a long long time, fighting an exhausting, uphill battle, however, I am a realist and, with Alinsky, do not expect to live long enough to see the day of the Revolution.

However, without me (and my fellow believers) with our misguided pure ideals and voting patterns, liberals would not even be where they are today, which is not really saying much, seeing as how you milquetoasts nominated that piece of shit Bill Clinton, just for starters. (Have you ever even been to a local party caucus?)

Be resentful as you want, justify it all you like, but I don't work for or believe in the Democratic party, or buy into their so-called planks.

The Constitution is moribund, the two-party system is a pay-to-play bait-and-switch game, and if you had any guts at all you all would be fighting for a new Constitution, one that was actually mutually beneficial, rather than the bullshit winner-take-all situation we see today.

The Republican Party may be full of blockheads and run by Neanderthals, but at least they have the guts to say "No", and mean it.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 4:57 am

There will not be a new Constitution (read the rules) without a violent collapse of the existing structure.

A violent revolution, even if successful, will lead to an oppressive government (cf., every revolution since the American one, which had non-replicable circumstances).

The two-party system sucks. Do you see a lot of examples of multi-party systems that don't suck? Also, the existence of the Presidency pretty much forces the two-party system nationally (I guess the Framers had something against the parliamentary system).

The country got much bigger (and in some areas more sparsely populated) than the Framers could have imagined. It's a problem, but for now it's a problem we have to deal with.

Are you seriously admiring the ability of the Republicans to obstruct?

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 3:42 am

I'm not DBB. For one thing, I'm halfway into a bottle of aglianico. But I have a response to you, which is:

1. You absolutely (at least for now) have the right to vote for whomever you choose. You should also expect to receive both praise and criticism for your choices, even as I do.

2. I'd like to point out, however, that in the upper comment DBB did not criticize people who voted for Mr. Nader, but Mr. Nader himself. For my own reasoning on this matter, please see my reply to Wile E. above.

3. Whether you like it or not, the electoral system bequeathed to us by the Constitution, and formalized over the last two centuries, has a strong tendency towards a two-party system at the national level. I am not arguing that this is a good thing, just that it is a thing.

4. With respect to item 3, when you vote for a third-party candidate for a national office (Pres/VP, Senator, MC) you are effectively casting one vote for whichever major party candidate you like least. The same thing is true if you don't vote at all. Failing to vote, or voting for a non-viable candidate, is always equivalent to voting for the candidate you hate the most. I also don't claim this is good, just that it's true.

5. Personally, I think the point of voting is to try to elect somebody (or, since I live in California, to legislate by referendum [I don't like this much]). But, voting can also be about expressing opinion, and that has certainly been important at various times.

6. Would you mind briefly describing "Wilsonian foreign policy"?

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

You hit upon a very important point, and that is voting for a third party at the federal level, and hinted at the difference of doing the same for lower office. Our system is not set up at the presidential level, especially, for successful third party success.

I've been wanting to get some Greens in at the Congressional and state legislative levels for some time, now, and I think it's a realistic goal if anyone was ever dead serious about it. But casting a third party vote in a presidential race is quite literally throwing away a vote, at best, and actually voting for the opposition, indirectly, at worst.

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

I prepared a massive, multi-part rebuttal to your comments, but the internets keep crapping out, in the meantime, this: read Chomsky's What Uncle Sam Really Wants.

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

Switched browsers, this seems to be holding a tenuous connection, so, to answer your questions as long as it holds out::

6. In context, I really should have said "neo-Wilsonian" foreign policy, as Wilson himself was somewhat two-faced vis a vis the implementation of his stated policies, which include self-determination for former European colonies; Wilson himself used the phrase, "making the world safe for democracy," which leaves a lot of wiggle room for all sorts of shenanigans. More recently, his policy can be can be summed up colloquially in the expression "exporting democracy at the point of a gun." It was Wilson, after all, who brought the US into WWI, against the isolationist wishes of the majority of the American electorate while promptly re-instituting the Sedition Laws. Not to mention his numerous military excursions into Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. By these actions, Wilson showed his aristocratic neo-Platonic and anti-democratic elitism, while at the same time justifying his actions as being in "America's long-term interests." Again, weasel words, recently updated in the term "The Long War."

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

time for some foreigner now.

(i don't really know why i just said that.)

Designer_Radio June 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

uh, cuz it's awesome?

flamingpdog June 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

cuz you wish you were one now?

marinmaven June 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

This is exactly how I felt after watching "The Empire Strikes Back". Now our only hope is to find the Ewoks or allow the renovated Death Star just do its thing.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

LOL! I needed that laugh.

Ryy June 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

At the end of the day, facts have to be faced. The recall was defeated resoundingly. The voters have spoken twice, and stronger the second time…..

Ryy June 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Now it is getting closer 55/44…… hmmm

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

It'll be closer at the finish. Milwaukee County is only 50% reported. It's not gonna change the result, but it's not going to be that resounding.

DustBowlBlues June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

The vote margin was wide? I turned off the teevee machine and began eating Itlalian Blood Orange Sorbet and Girl Scout lemon cookies. Being a recovering alcy, it's all I've got.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

It's going to tighten up A LOT over the next few hours simply because the heavy Democratic areas have come back in. But, it's still likely to be a three-to-five point win, at least.

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

71% in
Barrett needs 200K

102415 June 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

He needs to look in a brief case or two.

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Slightly OT (but it doesn't look like his campaign appearance in Wisconsin was worth Scott snot) but fuck Bill Clinton. Anybody got an extra cheese grater?

finallyhappy June 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

yeah, he needs to shut up- he already fucked us over once. I don't care what he has done since that is good(if it is ). For all the blathering(or what they consider intelligent conversation up above here), Clinton really helped us lose the election

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

(Huh, couldn't comment for a bit there)

Walker is going to have better numbers in the recall than in his initial election.

and, seriously, Walker's campaign headquarters is in Waukesha? Home of that election-fiddling woman?

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I count at least 300k to come in just from Milwaukee, Dane, Kenosha and Racine. Everyone has called this but there are a lot of votes still to come in from strong Barrett areas. I never did the Kenosha Kid.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

It's over. It'll be nice to have the final tally, but let's not get delusional, here. Things are bad enough as they are without getting silly.

trampndirtdown June 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Hope your dead wrong brother.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I'd love nothing more, tonight. Nothing. Well, maybe something, but I'm not at liberty to say what that is. lol

Ryy June 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I wish, but no

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

At the risk of sounding like that creepy Nate Silver guy, it's a bit odd that in the lieutenant governor's race, the Dem, Mahlon Mitchell, has a slightly better % than Barrett.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Fuck, Barrett concedes. Might as well move to Alabama, same political climate, better weather. Except, fire ants.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Look on the bright side: Alabama is a bit more culturally diverse.

One_Man_Band June 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

In a futile attempt to make everybody feel better WITH HISTORY:

"Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.

If Wisconsin voters toss out Walker in favor of Milwaukee's Democratic mayor, Tom Barrett, it will be only the third such electoral ousting of a governor in American history."
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/politics/recall-his

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Yup–Arizona came close to recalling Evan Mecham, but the slimy bastard managed to get himself impeached first.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I feel sorry for Barrett; I really do. What makes this worse is that Scooter is such a personally weak candidate, so this is ALL about the money propping up this clown. How must Barrett feel to again lose to such a horrible human being and terrible politician? It reminds me of the 2010 gubernatorial race here in Michigan where the citizens wouldn't give my city's mayor the time of day, with the only difference being that Snyder is nowhere near as shitty a person, personally, as Walker.

TribecaMike June 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

How does it feel? Like a rolling stone, I would think.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

i hope this will become clear-er in the next 14 months.

wi has another chance. and soon.

iburl June 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Maybe a lot of middle-of-the-roaders just don't like recalls. I guess it's only happened twice historically. Trying to find a silver lining in this shitstorm.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

That's been a bigger factor than anyone thought, we were late to emphasize that Walker rode to Wisconsin prominence in a Milwaukee County recall wave in 2002. Such short memories…

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

He's a personality-less gimp of a candidate. I'm listening to him right now, although it's hard to do for long.

His scrote-podium has the word "Forward" written large on it; I wonder if the right-leaning press will speculate on it being uber-socialist, as they've done with Bammaz? Oh, who am I kidding.

This is awful. Money buys elections now. It's not a good sign for November. The equally non-charismatic Willard-o-matic 5000 could pull it off with the amount of money I suspect he'll raise.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm

"Forward" is the state motto.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Bloody socialists.

George Skullfry June 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Used to be. Kinda.

MilwaukeeKent June 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

We've been thrown into reverse, it's back to the Gilded Age. Start the count-down to urchins slaving away in coal mines…or in the case of Wisconsin, fracking-sand pits.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

Man, as a native (although long-gone) Badger, my condolences.

It looks like the the turnout was only a few percent greater than 2010, both statewide and in Milwaukee, so I suppose the result isn't that surprising.

Sucks, though.

Abernathy June 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

Don't waste your pity; Barret's impersonation of a bland lump waiting on a centrist log to return to his day job as a not particularly well liked mayor didn't help anything.

steamynachos June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Boycott Wisconsin Cheese!

Jukesgrrl June 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Yeah, buy California cheese. Maybe it wasn't made by Lutheran farmers who vote Republican.

fuflans June 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

well i think we can all take comfort in the fact that republicans will be magnanimous in victory.

An Asexual Ungulate June 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

You just made me laugh scotch into my nose, you sick twisted fiend.

iburl June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

magnanimous = insufferable assholes

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm

He actually has been. He mentioned speaking to Barrett tonight and shushed the booing.

TribecaMike June 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

Shades of another sanctimonious twat, John McCain, in his 2008 concession speech.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

YAY TROOP PANDERING!

Fuck you, Walker.

Negropolis June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I hope that Walker enjoys tonight, because it's not going to get any easier from here on out. Rage can be a quick passing fad, but entrenched bitterness can last a very long time. You've won tonight, Scott Walker, but you'll wake up tomorrow to see what you really won: a state you so badly divided that maybe no governor will ever be able to put it back together again. Thanks for that. You have also won a whole new level of scrutiny. John Doe is not going to go away, and the spectre of a trial will not be ignored.

Koch is a helluva drug.

TribecaMike June 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

And Koch looks helluva ugly in drag. Let's face it, he's no Hoover.

Jukesgrrl June 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I just finished reading a book about the Spanish Civil War. Between that and this, I'm ready to off myself.

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Cheer up and join me in reading about the Battle of the Somme…

flamingpdog June 6, 2012 at 12:29 am

Republicans: Taking us back to the '50s.

The 1850's.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 6, 2012 at 2:38 am

I've been reading Poli Sci, Economics, religious history, military history and books about dogs

Winner Takes All Politics – 9/10

It's even worse than it looks – 8/10

Rommel's Desert War – 9/10

The Religious History of America – 7/10

Also some Hayek and Keynes, but I've not finished those.

Mostly it just makes me angry as fuck that there are people who don't understand how they're fucking themselves.

Oh yeah! Dog book – Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage. Mostly great fun. I just love dogs.

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

A book called It's Even Worse Than It Looks?Are you trying to kill me?

DerrickWildcat June 6, 2012 at 3:21 am

Another fun war to learn about is, "The War of the Triple Alliance"
Apparently, Paraguay decided it would be a good idea to attack Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay…the countries that surrounded Paraguay.
This did go as well as planned.

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

There's a lot of that going around.

deanbooth June 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

I read a lot of history. Spoiler Alert: everyone dies at the end.

SayItWithWookies June 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Well — I was hoping to see a corporate tool who relishes disenfranchising his own citizens and pretending it's the state's job to force down the cost of labor and make the poor suffer, and who outspent his opponent ten-to-one, would get righteously thrown out on his ass.

I did, however, catch about a solid minute of the transit of Venus before the clouds covered up the sun for good. I saw one thing that only happens every hundred years. I should be happy.

Nevertheless — fuck.

Huevos Ocupados June 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

Venus went tranny? I'm no astrologer but that sounds like bad juju.

Jukesgrrl June 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Somebody open up Tonette's designer handbag and see if there's 30 pieces of silver from the Koch Blockers in there.

MissNancyPriss June 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Is someone's name "Tonette"?

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Scott Walker's wife is Tonette.She had a “charity” fundraiser recently where she asked women of a certain class to donate their designer handbags for an auction she held at the governor's mansion.I'm not making this up.

Jukesgrrl June 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Do I dare hope that the FBI/Justice Department can do something about those don't-vote-because-you-already-did robocalls? I didn't think so.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

You know, anyone who is so goddamned stupid as to fall for a robocall like that really shouldn't be voting. Seriously, if you're that goddamned stupid you don't deserve to have a voice.

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

I don't think the calls had much effect really, but I'd love to see them get nailed for it. Right now I'm remembering how Nixon swept in '72, despite Watergate bubbling under. I'm hoping Walker gets similarly shamed when his luck runs out.

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

That's a good point.There are definite parallels there.Unfortunately, I don't think there are enough ethical people left in politics to compose anything like the Watergate panel anywhere today.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

1. Of course not.

2. Seriously, though, anybody who fell for that, I don't know, maybe shouldn't vote?

Jukesgrrl June 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

You DO have a point.

TribecaMike June 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

I gotta hand it to you, Wisconsinites, you showed some brass and fought the good fight. Still, I can't help but "recall" what Jim once said to Bart…

"What did you expect, 'Welcome, sonny'? 'Make yourself at home'? 'Marry my daughter'? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons."

Anyway, you showed a lot of moxie and done yourselves proud.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

Democrats need to gun up.

flamingpdog June 6, 2012 at 1:03 am

Tired of them gumming up things.

imissopus June 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

Bad news from California: with 13% of precincts reporting, Birther Queen Orly Taitz is far behind the top two vote-getters, DiFi and Susan Emken, a Republican who has done, um, something or other. Orly trails her by about 200,000 votes, so I don't think she's going to get there. Ah well, it was a good run.

TribecaMike June 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

Oh well, it was funny while it lasted.

Huevos Ocupados June 6, 2012 at 12:44 am

"It's not getting any smarter out there—you need to come to terms with stupidity and make it work for you." – Frank Zappa

This seems as good a place as for this quote.

Steverino247 June 6, 2012 at 1:10 am

It's certainly true where I work. I get subpoenaed to testify every so often. When it happens, I remind myself that the point of it is to make me look stupid, so the sooner I do that, the sooner I get back to work.

Steverino247 June 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

Good news from California: Orly Taitz finishes a distant 6th.

So, while I'm sad about the recall, I can only hope Orly comes through with some more insanity about why she finished so far behind tomorrow.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

That still suggests a horrifying number of mental defectives casting ballots for her.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 1:38 am

Be still my beating heart. Is it true what I'm hearing over at the Kos kids website? Are the Wisconsin state Dems on the verge of actually taking back the state senate?!

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

If anyone is still paying attention, one of the state Senate recalls, Van Wanggard v. democrat John Lehman, is hanging fire, 52.6 to 47.4 with 75 % of precincts reporting. A win there would put a brake in the Senate against Walker excesses.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 1:59 am

The lead is now just a bit over eighty votes with 95% of the wards reporting…I'm going to faint.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

The wire has called it! Wisconsin Dems win the state senate! Walker agenda REJECTED. Walker, himself? Yeah, not so much.

It's recount territory, but we struck first.

Went to bed too early, now didn't you Scooter?

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

Consolation! Brake on Walker and…Walker and…[breaks down, weeping]. No, this does take an edge off the pain.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 2:10 am

Oh, it does for me. Not losing everything, and the thing we did win putting a permanent crimp in Scooter's plans makes me muy happy.

I like symbolic victories; I like practical victories even more.

LetUsBray June 6, 2012 at 3:50 am

Yeah, at least until some teabagging election official "finds" a bunch of votes for Van Wanker.

horsedreamer_1 June 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

That's my fear. Kloppenburg-Prosser Redux. Who'll be Racine's Kathy Nickolaus?

(Though, an 800 vote margin for one Senate seat is healthy than a 2000 vote margin in an entire State.)

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

Linky link o'link? I couldn't find it!

That's great news.

GeneralLerong June 6, 2012 at 3:42 am

Dude, thanks for this. I think I'll have another pull from the pony to celebrate!

Sorry, I can't deal with HTML alt text just now: http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-p

Blog comment that seemed to best sum up this election was over at Hullabaloo, I think [alcohol fog 'n all] – that it was, at bottom, anti-union resentment. So progressives should resist despair, it was simply mentally-arthritic Repub oldz doing their knee-jerk "Unionz BAD" schtick.

OK, so I prefer to think we're doomed to corporate oligarchy, but that's just me.

horsedreamer_1 June 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

Love that the unemployed guy in the article voted for Wanggard, again. Maybe he can get together with "guy who wants lower corporate taxes do small businesses will start hiring" & the two can make a Baby Rand buttbaby.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-p

"Former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine led state incumbent Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard, with 36,255 votes to Wanggaard's 35,476 votes, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting. "

This is the most interested I've ever been in a state senate race, and that's just because I'm seeking solace after that fucking ALEC-Koch CUNT remains governor of WI.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

If I'm calculating correctly, this is above the 0.5% free recount level. Of course, I don't suppose the Repo will have any trouble coming up with the fee for a recount.

DerrickWildcat June 6, 2012 at 2:27 am

Hey you guys, have you ever heard of that saying, "All Politics is Local"

So yeah, not so much.

ratcityrebel June 6, 2012 at 2:31 am

Some lady cold slapped Barrett after his concession speech.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/woman-sl

MittBorg June 6, 2012 at 3:34 am

Your Kirsten Boyd Johnson doesn't love ME enough to even acknowledge that I have been fapping all OVER her virtual presence for weeks now.

LetUsBray June 6, 2012 at 3:37 am

Has anyone heard anything about exit polling in Wisconsin showing a much thinner margin, like close to a dead heat?

I heard about this on the Book of Face, so it's clearly true. Still, I'd be interested in hearing if anyone heard this anywhere else.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 6, 2012 at 4:51 am

CNN:

"Voters were split 52%-48% with Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, taking a slight advantage over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, the CNN exit polls showed. Asked how they would vote if the presidential election were held today, a 12-point margin emerged. President Barack Obama would have carried the state with 54% to GOP candidate Mitt Romney's 42%."

Not too far off. More interesting is the "Obama voters must have voted for weaselcunt" portion of the electorate. What on earth is up with that?

horsedreamer_1 June 6, 2012 at 6:01 am

"Process". Democrats are too fair minded to support an "unwarranted" recall. Never mind that Walker has warrants.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

Unwarranted?

Hell, in California we recalled a Governor for telling the truth about how Texas oil companies were fucking us over on energy prices.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

Excuse the multi-level reply. Intense Debate has been doing some more strangeness to me.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

Warrants for his arrest might have helped.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

Look at Indiana in 2008: Obama won, so did Bush budget director Mitch Daniels.

SudsMcKenzie June 6, 2012 at 4:05 am

For anyone who watched the "the Ed Show" tonight, I was the handsome bon vivant with the body of a svelte pre-teen Swedish boy in the background, I left after 10 minutes because it was a bummer, and Ed's head is frightening in real life.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 5:08 am

Oh, come on. I wanted her to go against DiFi. I was waiting for the "hotter, wetter, tighter" ads. And Orly's response.

George Skullfry June 6, 2012 at 5:41 am

Completely OT: when the comment timestamps come up as date and time, rather than "x hours ago", what the hell time zone is Intense Debate in? GMT? Geneva?

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 6, 2012 at 6:06 am

For me it does that sometimes (and I also can't post new topix) but then it sorts itself out.

Who knows why?

DahBoner June 6, 2012 at 6:21 am

Ugggh!!!!!

proudgrampa June 6, 2012 at 6:33 am

Oh, crap.

thatsitfortheother1 June 6, 2012 at 6:34 am

Fuggin fugs.

BaldarTFlagass June 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

Fuck. First the Spurs go down 3-2, now this. Come on extinction-event asteroid!!

Terry June 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

Wisconsin had two shots at this, the first election and the recall. Basically, they deserve the Koch paradise they're going to get.

neiltheblaze June 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

Well, I suppose there's always the "wooden stake and garlic" approach.

Jerri June 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

Godfuckingdamnit. HOW?!! This makes no sense!

The worst part, besides him winning and all that goes with that, will be the smug gloating we will have to endure from all his supporters and the man himself. That will be insufferable.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

Can't wait for the Dumbya-style claims of a "mandate", based on only 46% of voters wanthing the fucker thrown out of office.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Per the NYT, "Almost a fifth of the electorate was 65 or older, with only about one in 10 voters of college age."

WTF??? Watch these ignorant/apathetic whiners complain, when they graduate to no jobs.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

Yeah, and turnout, in general, was not good. It was above 2010 levels, but not nearly close enough to the 2008 levels Dems needed to win. It probably didn't help that the recall was held a few weeks after classes let out, either.

CivicHoliday June 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

And not surprisingly, the MASSIVE influx of money had a major impact on the election. Sigh…Citizens United the monster had a little appetizer and is now gearing up for a big November feast…

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yeah, but that's one thing you can say for Obama-unlike Barret he's got the cash to at least be competitive with the $infinity Romney will raise

Biff June 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

Fuck. do they make Thundershirts in human size?

Fox n Fiends June 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Vice President Walker sure has a nice ring to it.

Warpde June 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hey everyone.
I just came off a 22 hr Diablo 3 binge.
Did I miss anything impotent?

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Oh. so what if many poor women die in back-alley abortions after Roe v Wade is overturned, at least Diabeetis didn't have to sully himself by voting for a Democrat who is not good enough!

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

That's a pretty ironic thing to say considering it's actually rich white male liberals who push the lesser-evil nonsense most often (because they're economically and socially cushioned from the negative consequences of broken promises and compromise from the Democratic Party). By contrast, much of the non-white and non-rich Democratic base has gotten fed up and just stays home.

And for the record, I'm part-Latino and have been unemployed for over two years.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Bastards open their presents on Christmas Eve, because they're a bunch of sausage-munching imposters.

Negropolis June 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

But, Katie Middleton is from the isles and Diana brought in some native blood, so you'll have a fairly indigenous monarch one of these days.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Women and non-white people are getting the shaft by the Democrats, too. Try again.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

And you really think the Republicans are going to commit political suicide by actually seeing to it that Roe v. Wade will get overturned?

Oh, and please explain to me how it's different when a Democratic president does the same things as his Republican predecessor (i.e. supporting more neo-liberalism and turning Afghan children into red mist).

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Wurst-gobbling overlords.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Saxe-Coburg-Fotzes

Limeylizzie June 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Herring-chomping Hemophiliacs.

weejee June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Perhaps you should invite them to Cappy's for Boxing Day?

flamingpdog June 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I posted this just for you last night, Ll, but in case you didn't see it, I know you get hot over uniforms so I thought you'd like this.

BearNoLike June 6, 2012 at 2:16 am

Offshore-country-starting… well… effing whackos, really, when you think about it.

Seriously, though? Who would be dumb enough to invent a currency that could unite disparate cultures with similar core interests that equalize and support economies that would regularly trade anyway, and wait look a flotilla.

Nice Hat, Old. West Ham are you serious???!?!?!@#$P#@FOOK

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

But you get a reach around and a snuggle after.

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Yes, I do. And it is different because the Democrat works to ramp it down, instead of up. If McCain had been elected, we would be blowing up Iranians as we speak.

Designer_Radio June 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Yes, and you get to not change any of that by voting with the other 2% of ideologues for a third party candidate, instead of making a difference by voting in The Much Much Lesser Of Two Evils, (or) the Party That Didn't Start The Two Longest Concurrent Wars In American History That Turn MiddleEastern Children Into Red Mist.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Yes, because they appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court who do their dirty work for them.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oh right, so a President Romney wouldn't appoint more Supreme Court Justices like Alito and Roberts who make Scalia look moderate. And Obama doesn't do the exact same thing as W – do you think he would have ever given us health care reform? Or that Gore would have invaded Iraq, or McCain pulled out?

We understand, you want the Republicans to ruin this country so you can claim you were pure by not sullying yourself by voting for a Democrat who is just not good enough. But don't lie to us and claim there is no difference when there are huge differences.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Obama *has* been ramping it up, and we're getting ready to blow up Iranians any day now.

So dead Afghan civilians are alright with you as long as a Democrat is in charge. Okay, got it.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Don't forget America's greatest foe: Russia

miss_grundy June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

We would also be on the way to blowing up Syrians because McCain and Romney are now interested in getting into the fight there. But they haven't volunteered their children for the fight.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

The most enthusiastic voters heading into the 2012 election are African Americans and teabaggers. Poor people vote in lower numbers in part because they have a nasty habit of being disenfranchised.

And for the record I'm 100% Latino whatever that has to do with anything.

Wile E. Quixote June 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

And for the record, I'm part-Latino and have been unemployed for over two years.

And for the record I'm a white guy and have one leg. What the fuck does that have to do with anything again?

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Well, you're the one who seemingly implied the only ones who were angry at Obama and the Democratic Party were wealthy white progressives.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

And because of everyone who voted for Ralph Nader, which was the exact same fucking thing as voting for George W. Bush.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Granting that Gore ran a pretty half-assed campaign, thereby making the election easier for Jebbie and the Supremes to steal — Nader didn't take any votes away from bush.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

lol, no. I said the only people who could argue there is no difference are rich, white males (and let me go ahead and throw in "straight"). And that is because for every single other group there is SOMETHING that Dems offer that Republicans don't. Now, as I originally said, you can say "That's not enough! 2 parties should differ more" but you can't say "Meh, no difference at all" because the only people that could possibly be true of are rich, white, straight males-progressive or not.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

No no, see, Obama and Romney are exactly the same, see, because Obama isn't a 100% perfectly pure liberal and he hasn't used his magic powers to make Congress do whatever he wants to push through a pure liberal agenda that would never really pass.

Boojum June 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I just read all of your posts, since the beginning. You, sir or madam, are a concern troll. Begone.

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Nah, this is a purity troll, not a concern troll; both are very annoying but they are different animals.

Doktor StrangeZoom June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I'm way too lazy to look up the numbers, but didn't the fuckups caused by the butterfly ballots in Palm Beach County alone outnumber the intentional votes for Nader statewide?

Mind you, Elderly Jews for Buchanan could always make a comeback.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Exactly. The same people (still) bitching about Nader could just as easily as blamed the other third-party candidates running or the Floridians who didn't vote.

Bill Bradley should have gotten the nomination, or at least been Gore's running mate.

MilwaukeeKent June 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

Exactly right, my favorite fact from that 2000 cluster fuck is when the press polled their efforts and actually counted all the votes. Gore team just wanted to recount urban areas, because of course that's where their missing votes would be. He would have lost, Bush team, trying to run out the clock, wanted every county recounted. Done that way, Bush would have lost. We went through the glory hole and it's been weirdness ever since.

Diabeetis June 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

My black Marxist union member friend who sees no difference between the Democrats and Republicans would disagree with you on that.

neiltheblaze June 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

What bothers me most about him is his refusal to wear his Superman costume. We would have had single payer.

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

He should tell Congress he wants to abolish corporate taxation, disband all social services, and overturn Roe v. Wade. They'd do the exact opposite because Obama said it.

alteredimages June 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

It means you, the black Marxist, and the unemployed Latino better walk into a bar and start a joke soon.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

So would Alan Keyes and Marco Rubio. That doesn't mean they're correct

miss_grundy June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

There will always be people who will never be happy because the Dem isn't pure enough. Have these people been sleeping for the past three years? This man has been called a socialist, a communist, a Kenyan, a terrorist and everything else under the sun. He is the only one who believes in pay equity for women, the right to birth control and abortion, in health care for Americans. What does the other party want? They want this country to turn around and go back about 150 years, so that women, minorities and anybody they don't like do not have any rights in this country. There will always, always, be stupid people who will vote against their own interests. The "purists" are stupid because no one will ever be good enough. These are the people who will cut off their own noses to spite their faces.

CapnRadio June 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

If it's the one where, when the bartender asks them, "What'll you have?" they answer "Black Russian," "Margarita on the rocks," and "I'm stumped," I've heard it.

imissopus June 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Here's something I just dug up from last week:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/wisc

And here's something from Mojo today:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/06/wisconsin

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

No, Obama is Green Lantern and we don't have single payer because he didn't use enough willpower:
http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2009/12/the-gre

SorosBot June 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I think some of the purity trolls must like being losers. They always want to complain that any given Democrat is really a Republican, regardless of their record, and would rather see Republicans in office then a Democrat who is not quite good enough for them. They'd rather have the country go to hell, so they can say they were fighting the good, pure fight and not making any of those messy compromises like actually voting for the best candidate who can actually win.

But hey, Obama hasn't given us true socialized medicine instead of a compromise that could actually pass, legalized pot, or completely eliminated the military, therefore he's just like Romney/McCain!

tessiee June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Please, Gore couldn't have been worse than bush if he'd personally flown a plane into the World trade Center.

UW8316154 June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Slightly east of your extreme NW corner (i.e., Skagit), mixed clouds with some clearing on the horizon.

Blueb4sunrise June 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I didn't . I was putting on a brave face and piling on Kelly.

Designer_Radio June 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

INSIDE JAWB!1

SorosBot June 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

And it's just about over now, with Venus almost at the right edge of the Sun.

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

I admire their golem-like obstinacy and obdurateness, yeah sure, just as I admire "Dr." Rivera's feeble attempts at bogus analogy and strawman arguments.

As for the Paleoconservatives, their tactics are like a diamond piercing one's opponent's forehead. (Hey, it worked for the Vietnamese.)

Beanball June 6, 2012 at 7:29 am

Prince Phillip is a Greek. Greek, I tell you.

And yes, the House of Windsor is actually the House of Saxe-Coburg.

Which is wut makes them fookin Brits.

WunkRocker June 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

That's the part stuffed with Kochs.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

lol, attacking usernames? Next thing you'll tell me Sorosbot isn't really a robot and Sexy Smurfette isn't really a Smurf. Good lord…

fuflans June 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

I've never been to Wisconsin

you have missed cheese.

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I see what you did there. Take me! Take me now, you magnificent stallion!

Wile E. Quixote June 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I'm not really a Quixote, but I do like to think that I possess a certain amount of wiliness.

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