Wisconsin recalls: that was money well-spent

Posted by: Phineas on August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

**Posted by Phineas

That is, it’s good news that union bosses, progressives, and Democratic Party honchos (splitting hairs, I know) sank about $30,000,000 into a losing effort in last night’s state senate recall elections, money that they will desperately need elsewhere in 2012. It’s not so good if you’re a Labor boss, progressive, or Democrat (but I repeat myself) and have just seen that the old cheap tricks aren’t working like they used to. And it really stinks if you’re a union member who saw part of his or her mandatory, no-choice-in-the-matter dues flushed down a toilet.

Let’s recap:

In 2010, the people of Wisconsin elected a Republican legislature and a Republican governor who all campaign openly on the need for fiscal reform in the state, including the reform of public sector labor unions. They made no secret of this, and the people chose them. Then, in 2011, the duly-elected and democratically elected legislature and governor shocked everyone (who wasn’t paying attention) by actually trying to carry out their promises by introducing the necessary legislation.

The Left (let’s just use the collective term, for brevity’s sake) then did what any adult, mature, responsible faction that had lost a fair election would do: they threw a tantrum.

Eight Fourteen Democratic state senators tried to throw a monkey wrench into democracy by fleeing the state for Illinois (1), denying the senate a quorum and in clear dereliction of their duty. Meanwhile, their progressive allies unleashed their arsenal of reasoned discourse: they occupied the legislature (trashing it and the grounds), they held drum circles, they called their democratically-elected opponents Nazis, and they physically threatened Republican legislators, the governor, and their supporters.

And yet still those nasty Republicans wouldn’t listen to sweet reason; they passed the bill, anyway.

So the Left, being good democrats and respectful of the will of the People, did the next logical thing: they tried to overturn the results of the recent election by forcing recall elections for six Republican state senators. (Republicans retaliated by forcing recall elections for two Democrats next week.) They needed to win three to take control of the State Senate and hamstring Governor Walker’s agenda for at least the next several months.

And they lost:

Democrats won two state Senate seats in Tuesday’s historic recall elections, but failed to capture a third seat that would have given them control of the chamber.

By keeping a majority in the Senate, Republicans retained their monopoly on state government because they also hold the Assembly and governor’s office. Tuesday’s elections narrowed their majority – at least for now – from 19-14 to a razor-thin 17-16.

Republicans may be able to gain back some of the losses next week, when two Democrats face recall elections.

Democrats had hoped to block the Republican agenda by taking control of the Senate in the recall elections, but the GOP should be able to continue to advance its agenda.

“I think it’s a huge victory for us,” said John Hogan, director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate. “Voters gave us a mandate last fall. .?.?. They backed us up again (Tuesday). Voters told us loud and clear, ‘Stay the course. Things are working.'”

But Democrats claimed victory for the two seats they captured from Republicans.

“We went on their turf and we won on Republican turf,” said Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party. “We will not stop, we will not rest?.?.?.?until we recall (Gov.) Scott Walker.”

Yeah, good luck with that, Mike. Of the two seats you won, one is a heavily Democratic district and, in the other, the Republican was tainted by scandal. In the others you were beaten handily, even in one that was expected to be close. Your plot to seize control of the state senate is dead, and there’s a reasonable chance you could lose next week the two seats you gained this week.

In other words, Democrats, union bosses, and progressives, for your $30,000,000 and all your bussed in, slogan-chanting help, and even if you save those two seats next week, you’ll have won nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Bupkis.

So go ahead, try to recall Walker next year. Take your campaign to save your corrupt, self-serving arrangements to other states. Spend all the money you can. It looks like a great idea.

To conservatives.

via Memeorandum

EDIT: There were 14 state senators who went over the wire, not eight. Thanks to Steve in the comments.

LINKS: More at Hot Air. David Freddoso: “Unions lose big.”

(1) The Best Western in Rockford, to be exact, where they continued to collect their salaries and life was a hardship.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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17 Responses to “Wisconsin recalls: that was money well-spent”


  1. ST says:

    Wooohoo! Happy dance in progress ;) Thanks for the update on this. Have had zero time to write about this today. This is such great news! Next week’s recall elections should also be interesting …

  2. Carlos says:

    They probably should have an investigation for voter fraud, too, just to see how many of the jackass votes were from Mickey Mouse, Wiley Coyote and Virgil Stearns, who died in 1986.

    And, of course, prosecute those responsible for that voter fraud, which is something virtually no jurisdiction in the United States has done in the last 20 years because most people investigating and uncovering the voter fraud are Democraps, too.

  3. PE says:

    Unions: money aint no big deal. Easy come, easy go.

  4. George Brenner says:

    Followed the link at Hillary is 44 to this site, saw the 30 mil quote, followed the link to the WaPo piece and read this;
    Outside groups on both sides poured more than $25 million into this fight, in addition to the more than $5 million raised by the candidates themselves. According to the non-partisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s Mike McCabe, Republicans had a slight edge in the money race, but it was “remarkably close.” Unions were the main source of funds for Democrats; limited-government groups such as the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity invested heavily on the GOP side.”

    So it actually says that BOTH sides spent 25 mil TOTAL with a slight edge going to the republicans…that’s a whole mouthfull of hairs. You shouldn’t have to misrepresent the facts of articles you cite to make your point, it only serves to question your “truthfulness” and credibility.
    Will you post a correction?
    There is ALWAYS money on BOTH sides in every election, and the more contested or the more high profile they are the more “outside” money they attract. Claiming that ALL the money or almost all, rather than slightly LESS than HALF according to the source YOU cite is poor scholarship and even worse journalism.

  5. Harold Erickson says:

    George: You actually believe what you read in the MSM?

  6. Phineas says:


    Claiming that ALL the money or almost all, rather than slightly LESS than HALF according to the source YOU cite is poor scholarship and even worse journalism.

    Problems with reading comprehension? You can get help for that.

    At no point did I claim that all or almost all the money was on the Democrat side. Nowhere, no how. If I did, prove it. You can’t, because it’s not there.

    My point, which you would have understood had you tried to do anything other than to act on your own prejudices, was to mock, laugh, and point at Democrats for the amount of money they wasted in a stupid, childish, and anti-democratic effort in order to preserve a corrupt, corporatist arrangement between their party and the public employee unions. I didn’t mention the Republican money because –now, try hard, this may be tough for you to get– at no point was it relevant to what I was writing.

    You (and anyone else) are free to disagree with me, just try to actually read what I write, and don’t you dare question my integrity.

  7. Svensk says:

    After reading George’s commentary, one understands how Barry “Downgrade” Owe-bama won the election. so many duped fools roaming around the country…Sad….

  8. steveegg says:

    Minor point of order – it was 14 Fleebaggers. 8 were eligible for recall now, and 3 of those reached the election stage. One of those, due to a massive screw-up by the favored GOP candidate, survived. The other two are up for the election next Tuesday.

    Speaking of Tate, the Boy Chair Blunder, he previously promised to remain the head of the DPW until they got Paul Ryan. Snickers trucks have been going non-stop into DPW headquarters because he’s not going anywhere for a while.

    BTW, congrats on the Jolt mention.

  9. Phineas says:

    Thanks, Steve! I’ve fixed that. And send Mike a Snickers for me. ;)

  10. Carlos says:

    George, have you researched to see how much of the jackass union money actually came from in-state unions?

    Not that I care, being from a union-riddled, nanny-state type state, or that it’s terribly relevant buying into your red herring, but my guess is that less than half of the recall-supporting money came from in-state.

    Isn’t union democracy wonderful, George?

  11. captaingrumpy says:

    I just cannot believe there are so many Americans that don’t want a strong democracy.
    Where were thes idiots educated??? If you elect someone,and don’t agree with it,you don’t just say lets vote again. Get rid of the “recall law”.

  12. Vatar says:

    Kind of old news, but fleabagger Chris Larson flat out lied.
    Absent state senators paying for their own food and lodging, not accepting donations
    “We all are paying our expenses personally,” said Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, on a phone call from someplace in Illinois.

    Oh really? Check this out.

  13. 2/ 325th AIR says:

    :d But hey…look at the upside…thats 30 million they have less to spend on barry\:d/\:d/\:d/
    …now just imagine if they had put that $$$ to some good use and fed some hungry folks, housed some homeless folks, or clothed some nekid folks (well…depending on the nekid folk, I guess! doesnt matter to me…clothes or no clothes its all good!!!) Unions are weak and have been since the late 70’s…remember UAW’s “Hungry? Eat your imported car!”…those folks are getting hungrier by the minute with their fat selves!!!\:d/\:d/