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What Wisconsin Teaches us about Barack Obama

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Arrogance

By deciding not to campaign for Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, the president showed his fear that should his fellow partisan lose–as then seemed likely and now has happened–it would reflect poorly on him.

This is not the first time he has put his own political interests ahead of those of his party.  Back in March, Politico reported that top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told. . .

. . . Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi . . . that that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA [Obama for America] or the DNC [Democratic National Committee], at least not before Election Day . . . .

Today, over at Ace of Spaces, the fetching Gabriel Malor reports that Barrett had supported Obama long before his party had coalesced around his candidacy:

Tom Barrett was one of Obama’s earliest, most prominent supporters in the Democratic primaries during 2008 cycle. In fact, Barrett presaged Obama’s eventual 2008 slogan by declaring in 2007 that Obama was the candidate who would “create hope in this country.”

Obama repaid Barrett’s early, crucial support by virtually ignoring him during the recall election. Obama made eight visits to Wisconsin after he was elected, and then abruptly stopped visiting once Barrett’s campaign to defeat Gov. Walker began and despite repeated overtures from Barrett to come to Wisconsin. The president actually played hopscotch to avoid Barrett last week, hitting both Minnesota and Illinois, but jumping twice over Wisconsin.

Via our loyal reader Leah.  So focused is Obama on his own image, his own campaign, that he neglects someone who offered his support when most Democrats assumed Hillary Clinton would be the nominee. (more…)

Watcher’s Council Nominations – On, Wisconsin Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions (more…)

A great woman honors a great man

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:57 pm - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: Ronald Reagan

Eight years ago yesterday, the greatest domestic policy president of the last century left us. To “mark the eighth anniversary of his death“, his lady visited his grave:

Wonder how the Washington Post failed to track down this gal

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:58 am - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias,New Media

In 2008, Harvard Law classmate, law review colleague remembered Obama as ‘a pretty cold fish’:

While details from President Barack Obama’s college years are scant, with the exception of a few acquaintances’ recollections, in 2008 one of his Harvard Law classmates offered a few seldom-heard remembrances of the president’s time at Harvard. (more…)

Wisconsin Recall 2012: This is what democracy looks like

In the regularly scheduled Wisconsin gubernatorial election, Scott Walker bested Tom Barrett by 124,638 votes, winning with 1,126,941 votes. The margin was 52.29% to 46.52%.

Current returns show Walker roughly 180,000 171,000 votes ahead, with 53.4% 53.2% of the vote. Barrett can console himself that his 2012 tally puts him only a few thousand votes behind Walker’s 2010 tally boast that he’s running ahead of Walker’s 2010 tally, but Walker is running about 177,000 190,000 votes ahead of his previous showing.

There still are some precincts outstanding, so it is possible Barrett’s final tally will has put him ahead of Walker’s 2010 tally, but this time around it isn’t enough. Will turnout up, Walker is running well ahead of his 2010 tally–and yet some folks think democracy died last night in Wisconsin:

Via Instapundit.  Not quite sure how democracy dies when the people vote.  Let’s turn to the Lieutenant Governor of the Badger State who got it right:

Also via Instapundit.  Do hope Jerry was listening tonight from Sacramento. (more…)

An 8-point margin is a photo finish?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:32 am - June 6, 2012.
Filed under: State Politics & Government

Well, that’s what they’re calling it at the Huffington Post

UPDATE: So now it’s an unexpected finish? Weren’t these guys paying any attention to recent polling? (more…)