Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin recall’
This piece by Daily Caller contributor, Thomas Grier, hits tonights Walker landslide victory on the nose.
If you pause and listen carefully, you might be able to hear the despair coming from Jim Messina, President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, and David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist and communications director, as the meaning of Wisconsin’s recall election becomes clear.
In the final hours before Governor Scott Walker’s victory, with the writing on the wall, President Obama and his campaign could only muster a tweet and a last-minute video for challenger Tom Barrett. But do not let that tepid support fool you: Democrats and their union allies spent an astronomical amount on a judicial election, four state legislative recalls and the recall of Governor Walker, only to lose.
The spin has already begun. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Wisconsin recall election “probably won’t tell us much about a future race.” Regardless of what you hear, the results are a colossal failure for Democrats and President Obama’s re-election efforts. Even former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell, speaking on MSNBC last week, said the recall election was a “mistake.”
Read the whole thing. And then watch the spin for the next few days.
(This post will be updated throughout the night)
“Republicans are playing dirty.”
“Democrats are trying to steal the election.”
“Exit polls show virtual tie.”
“Exit polls show more union households turning out.”
“Exit polls show more older voters.”
Quote after quote, line after line – it is what makes up modern day reporting of politics.
I’m not a fan of exit polls – in part, because they are usually wrong – but also because when exit polls are reported hours before the polls close, I think it could have an impact on turnout, and that just seems wrong.
There is a LOT riding on the results tonight, and based on what Democrats are saying, there is an expectation that Scott Walker will remain as Governor. Even the White House is downplaying the importance of the election.
More to come…
[UPDATE – 8:00 p.m. EDT]
One hour to go and more news out of Wisconsin that does nothing to add clarity to the election picture. Places like liberal Madison could have more than 100% turnout, because of same-day registration. Exit poll analysis remains a completely mixed bag, but there are nuggets which both sides cling to.
Most are predicting a close election and a long night. I still think it’s going to be a wider than expected, but I’m in the distinct minority with that opinion.
Time will tell.
[UPDATED – 8:12 p.m. EDT]
This live stream from Huffington Post is epic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/wisconsin-recall-election-2012_n_1569607.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
[UPDATED – 9:40 p.m. EDT]
With 12% reporting, Walker leads by nearly 20 points. It will certainly tighten, but this looks to be a double digit Walker win.
[UPDATED – 10:00 p.m. EDT]
Walker has won the Wisconsin recall. With 25% reporting, Walker leads by 20 points…
In a word… wow!
Today is election day in Wisconsin for the recall of Governor Scott Walker.
If the good people of Wisconsin think like the folks in this ad, it’s going to be Walker by double digits.
This is a fascinating approach to a unique situation:
Tuesday was the primary election for the recall of Governor Scott Walker. Democrats fielded four candidates and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett prevailed. There was a “challenger” to Governor Walker, a “protest” primary candidate who received a whopping 3% of the vote.
The problem for Democrats is that the combined total of votes cast (with 92.4% reporting) in the Republican primary was 589,176 and the combined total in the Democrat primary (with the same 92.4% reporting) was… 585, 888.
Think about that. Democrats had a robust primary campaign between Barrett and Cathleen Falk, but Walker had no real competition, and more ballots were cast in the Republican primary than the Democrat primary.
That does not bode well for Democrats going into the June 5 general election for the recall.
Prediction: Gov. Walker wins the recall, further minimizing union power in Wisconsin and putting Wisconsin in play for both the Presidential election and the U.S. Senate election.