Walker Wins

It looks like Scott Walker has won the recall. More than that, he appears likely to win it by larger fraction than his initial election in 2010. But this has no national implications. No siree Bob.

Discuss amongst yourselves. And think about all the money burned on recalling a governor not over malfeasance, incompetence and corruption but over a policy disagreement — a disagreement that instantly vanished from the recall campaign.

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  1. CM

    As an outsider, the whole ability to ‘recall’ seems weird. Sure I can probably come up with extreme actions that might warrant something, but to be able to force a recall on (as you say) a policy disagreement is shocking. And totally a waste of money.

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  2. hist_ed

    As an outsider, the whole ability to ‘recall’ seems weird

    Another thing that we can thank the Progressive Movement for.

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  3. CM

    Wow, it goes way back.

    Recall first appeared in Colonial America in the laws of the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631.[3] This version of the recall involved one elected body removing another official. During the American Revolution the Articles of Confederation stipulated that state legislatures might recall delegates from the continental congress.[4] According to New York Delegate John Lansing, the power was never exercised by any state. The Virginia Plan, issued at the outset of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, proposed to pair recall with rotation in office and to apply these dual principles to the lower house of the national legislature. The recall was rejected by the Constitutional Convention. However, the anti-Federalists used the lack of recall provision as a weapon in the ratification debates.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recall_election#United_States

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    As an outsider, the whole ability to ‘recall’ seems weird.

    Think of it as a vote of no confidence.

    Recall elections are rare, and generally held when the elected official turns out to be a complete flake, in trouble with the law (but not convicted), grossly incompetent, or has been shown to have pulled a bait & switch with the voters. You have to REALLY piss people off before they un-elect you from office.

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  5. InsipiD

    Though his margin improved, the liberal media is rushing to declare it a “razor-thin” victory for Walker. While it’s closer than I would’ve liked, if you take it as a referendum on his platform and record, it’s clear that Wisconsin said “we want more.” This happened in spite of being one of the most expensive state elections ever. Attempts to form liberal dissatisfaction were all over the TV and it still didn’t work. This is what Wisconsin wants and the rest of the country needs. I hope that Romney is able to use this as momentum and a guide.

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  6. Hal_10000 *

    Have you seen the left’s reaction? Death threats out the wazoo….

    I think Popehat put it best: if you’re crying and saying “Democracy failed”, you scare me.

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  7. balthazar

    Though his margin improved, the liberal media is rushing to declare it a “razor-thin” victory for Walker.

    How is 7 point “razor thin”?

    Even MSNBC said it was a large margin. Im not sure where your pulling this “razor-thin” thing from. He won by more than he did the first time.

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  8. sahrab

    Think of it as a vote of no confidence.

    And it usually takes alot in order to get enough public support behind a recall election in order to make it worthwhile. So much so, that i heard on the radio today that Walkers win is the first time a sitting Governor has won a recall election.

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  9. TxAg94

    Though his margin improved, the liberal media is rushing to declare it a “razor-thin” victory for Walker.

    How is 7 point “razor thin”?

    Even MSNBC said it was a large margin. Im not sure where your pulling this “razor-thin” thing from. He won by more than he did the first time.

    I saw the “razor thin” headlines last night as well. Of course, once you actually click to the story there was no mention of it being all that close. I think it was just a tactic to keep people motivated to vote, hoping they could pull it out at the end. Either way, they know that most people don’t actually read more than headlines so if they can plant a “razor thin margin” in your head they’ve done their job.

    Let’s see, is this election enough to start shouting MANDATE!!!!? Every win for the left is automatically a god-given mandate for their social programs. If there ever was a sign of a real mandate (to start undoing all the damage the left has done) this would seem to be it.

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  10. InsipiD

    I did say liberal media, and indeed I meant it. They today still call it close.

    Let’s see, is this election enough to start shouting MANDATE!!!!? Every win for the left is automatically a god-given mandate for their social programs. If there ever was a sign of a real mandate (to start undoing all the damage the left has done) this would seem to be it.

    I see it that way, which clearly means that liberals won’t.

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  11. Miguelito

    I was pleasantly surprised at the San Diego outcomes. We passed both Prop A (no requiring PLAs) despite all the union/democratic scare tactics, and Prop B (pension reform). Unions lost a LOT across the nation in votes yesterday.

    Edit: Odd.. my joking post on the college health thread didn’t post and when I retried thinking it just failed to send, it gave me the “duplicate post” error.

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  12. Mississippi Yankee

    You knew it was coming well here it is:

    Hitler not happy about the recall fail

    On an added note,

    Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is fuckin’ hot.

    And the people in Wisconsin may have dodge a bullet here too.

    The last senate seat is wobbly with the Dims holding an 800 vote lead BUT the silver lining is that the best the progressive thugs got for their tens of millions spent and exposing their real “character” to a stunned nation is a symbolic victory:

    If Lehman’s win holds, Democrats assume a 17-16 majority, at least until next November’s elections. It’s unknown whether the Senate will convene in a special session before then.

    That’s correct — the Wisconsin Senate will be out of session until 2013. In November, 16 of the 33 seats will be up for grabs, and thanks to the redistricting that will be in place for the first time in that election, Republicans are supposed to pick up at least two seats. The unions spent millions of dollars and over a year’s worth of effort to get a temporary one-seat majority in a chamber that will never meet in session. And that’s assuming that their lone win from last night holds up in a recount. Congratulations, Big Labor!

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  13. Mississippi Yankee

    {Teacher’s unions earn “F” for Wisconsin recall abuse

    They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across the nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human shields in their battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and pension reforms. Students were the first and last casualties of the ruthless Big Labor war against fiscal discipline.

    To kick off the year-long protest festivities, Wisconsin Education Association Council led a massive “sickout” of educators and other government school personnel. The coordinated truancy action – tantamount to an illegal strike — cost taxpayers an estimated $6 million. Left-wing doctors assisted the campaign by supplying fake medical excuse notes to teachers who ditched their public school classrooms to protest Gov. Walker’s modest package of belt-tightening measures.

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  14. InsipiD

    Wisconsin Education Association Council led a massive “sickout” of educators and other government school personnel. The coordinated truancy action – tantamount to an illegal strike — cost taxpayers an estimated $6 million. Left-wing doctors assisted the campaign by supplying fake medical excuse notes to teachers who ditched their public school classrooms to protest Gov. Walker’s modest package of belt-tightening measures.

    I wonder if they realized how, in one fell swoop, they proved just how correct Walker is.

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  15. TxAg94

    From the Hitler video…

    The bosses at the teacher’s unions know the WHite House better than the tour guides.

    While their urban students couldn’t read their own addresses on this map.

    I laughed at that but sadly it’s quite true.

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