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Not so total recall in Wisconsin

Well, the Democrats may have picked up two state Senate senates in the Wisconsin recall vote yesterday, but, they, as Allahpundit reports, “outspent Republicans two to one”, thus they “lost two to one on tonight’s seats — with two of their own still to defend next week.

Do wonder how much of that money will no longer be forthcoming as it came directly from the Badger State’s coffers, skimmed off from the salaries of public employees and sen straight to their unions, active supporters of the state Democratic Party.  They may just not have the money to spend they once did.  Thanks to Governor Walker’s reforms, the state won’t be sending that money directly to those allies of his partisan rivals; they’ll have to collect it on their own.

Allahpundit offers what he calls a “nice data point from Nate Silver which he claims “can be read as more of a rebuke to the left as [well as] to the right”:

In total, GOP leads 52-48 among all votes counted so far tonight in Wisconsin. Walker won those districts 56-43, Obama won them 53-46.

Not a great night for the Republicans nor for the Democrats.  But, Republicans still control the Senate in Wisconsin and the labor unions spent a tens of millions to pick up two Senates, one just barely.

Quoting a “Twitter friend” who quipped “Democrats in #Wisconsin spent about $263 per vote to not get a majority in the state senate”, Michelle Malkin suggests that “rank-and-file union members” consider recalling their “own profligate Big Labor bosses.

The public employee unions are the real losers in Wisconsin.  Let’s hope they suffer similar fates in other states, including (and especially) the (once-)Golden one.

UPDATE:   Not sure I’ll have time to get back to this today.  I had penned this post just before heading to bed last night and as I take a break and scan the blogs, seems it’s a much bigger defeat for the unions than I had originally thought.  Jennifer Rubin has a good post with some helpful links, including an observation that the GOP was caught “flat-footed,” thus was clearly out-organized by the unions.

Michael Barone, as usual a whiz with statistics, points out that Democrats “won only narrowly in the 18th, despite a gravely weakened candidate (he left his wife for a 25-year-old woman and the wife campaigned against him) and won solidly in just one district, the 32nd, which voted heavily for Barack Obama in 2008, with Republican Dan Kapanke running well ahead of his party to take the seat.

Robert Costa details just how hard Democrats and their union allies worked to defeat Senator Alberta Darling:

Mike Tate, the state Democratic chair, dubbed Darling’s prospective defeat the “crown jewel” of the August elections. Over $8 million poured into the suburban Milwaukee district, making it the priciest of the six GOP recall campaigns. In the final days, union workers canvassed small towns such as Glendale and Thiensville, hoping to lift Pasch over the well-known lawmaker.

She won by a margin of 54-46.



  1. The republicans still have a chance to pick up 1 or 2 seats in the remaining recall elections since they are both democraps. This victory finally has the tax payers with a seat at the negotiantion table instead of just the wealthy union bosses and democrats pulling off their usual money laundering scheme that gives the tax payer contracts they can’t afford.

    Comment by Richard Bell — August 10, 2011 @ 9:09 am - August 10, 2011

  2. But wait! Are you sure the votes of the dead have been counted? Have they scoured the alleys to make sure there are not a few bags of ballots that got overlooked? What about irregularities such as prohibiting people from voting twice? If it’s close and the Democrats can’t cheat, it is unAmerican.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 10, 2011 @ 9:17 am - August 10, 2011

  3. The Unions and Democrats sent a strong message with this election. The message was, anyone who tries to fix our country’s fiscal problems will be attacked in the severest terms possible.

    Comment by V the K — August 10, 2011 @ 9:44 am - August 10, 2011

  4. The Unions are imploding; they spent $30 million on this recall election with the help of the Obama White House through Union proxies. The fleebagger Democrats may fall next week given the strong turnout.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 10, 2011 @ 9:49 am - August 10, 2011

  5. BIG DEFEAT for Democrats, Obama, and his disciples.

    A Democratic win would be have been spun as a rejection of the Dark Side, DNC folks would be all over TV hyping the win as support for entitlement spending.

    Wisconsin would have been declared back to BLUE; Obama probably would have changed the bus route to go through Wisconsin.

    15 more months! Aaargggh

    Comment by Geena — August 10, 2011 @ 10:13 am - August 10, 2011

  6. If the Unions can’t win in Wisconsin, with a huge money advantage, their leadership should be worried.

    Comment by JervisTetch — August 10, 2011 @ 11:00 am - August 10, 2011

  7. Is this a FAIL…. Or a FLAIL…. Or Both????

    This is really bad news for the Democrats. Remember, it was just a few months ago that the tide had turned for them because of that one single electoral victory in New York, where, if I recall, the cards were stacked against the Republican anyway. They thought they had momentum, and they really thought that since the media was blaming the crappy debt ceiling deal on Republicans and the Tea Party, why they were sure to win!

    Meanwhile, rumor is, out here in California, since the latest figures on revenue for the state are well below expectations, and the government is completely in the hands of Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown is going to just go ahead and pas a bill to raise taxes on the rich like they wanted to do all along. Hey, they won! They have the power to do so, even if it means breaking a major campaign promise…. Why does that not even sound the least bit alarming anymore?

    Should be an interesting next few weeks.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 10, 2011 @ 11:09 am - August 10, 2011

  8. One liberal blogger friend who lives in WI is already geared up for the next round of recall elections… This Time, It Will Be Different!!!!!

    He’s a smart guy, but way too blinded by partisanship.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 10, 2011 @ 12:45 pm - August 10, 2011

  9. It seems that the unions have an easier time pulling together mobs who attack the government buildings by breaking windows and chanting slogans than they do getting people to vote. I still wonder how many of the people who descended on the capital after the GOP started changing things had actually voted in the previous election. Or this one, for that matter.

    Comment by Dottie Laird — August 10, 2011 @ 2:05 pm - August 10, 2011

  10. The state house and Senate were pessimistic about the elections, so they passed a redistricting bill on Monday and Walker signed it yesterday. They have a good shot at picking up one Democrat seat next week, which would give them an 18-15 lead. And redistricting will be favorable for the GOP, so the Dems are in a hurt of trouble in the Badger State. What a shame to such nice people!

    Comment by davinci — August 10, 2011 @ 10:40 pm - August 10, 2011

  11. Chief Koshole Mulitsassususususus has really got a brass clitoris for claiming a WI victory.

    Comment by TGC — August 11, 2011 @ 1:42 am - August 11, 2011

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