Recall Recap Part I
I feel like I should start the blog similar to one of my heroes James Tiberius Kirk. Being that we are now entering into a new phase in Wisconsin government and politics as we know it.
<Do feel free to insert the Star Trek theme here as you read along>
Captain’s log Star date 10 August 2011…dust settled in the wake of a political frenzy known as Wisconsin. The new home and birth place of Battleground USA 2012. The quest for common sense and a return to government for the people, by the people, of the people was waged and fought here. Many brave souls fought a valiant fight against a mindless Borg but ultimately were defeated by the silent majority of Vulcans, the enlightened thinkers, Wisconsin voters….
After all the money poured into our state in the past few months, after all the commercials, infomercials, observations, polls, handouts, Facebook pages, tweets, rib give-away’s and everything else unpatriotic and unholy about politics, we now have some definitive results in response to Wisconsin’s Collective Bargaining Agreement Budget and Repair Bill.
Simply stated: We said let’s give it a try! We see results.
First you have to look at the entire race across six districts. Despite over $50 million dumped into media blitzes, Republicans came through battle tested and ready to move forward. But not so fast! Let us examine the real message sent last night.
The six recalls were fierce. For all that money and ground swell to have only moved two seats from “R” to “D” was a silly waste of time and resources better spent on 2012 elections. If the money and effort from yesterday’s races does not clearly show you how critical state budgets are to souled-out unions nothing else will. Wisconsin’s silent majority needed to be heard and felt. Message delivered! I am certain MSNBC’s Ed and Rachel Maddow along with Democratic pundits alike are scratching their heads today trying to figure out what went wrong. Ed and Maddow even more so since they had to break the news to those in Madison awaiting word of victory only to be let down like a romantic prom dance gone horribly wrong. “Sorry this just isn’t working out…” They dropped mics, exited stage right, and left Lena sitting there (looking marvelously stunning I might add, but a Dem talking head just the same) to comfort her flock.
I did not see too many brothers and sisters in those crowds. Could it be they saw something was not right? Did they too feel cheapened by the whole process, or could we just not catch the sympathetic eye of the camera to focus on us to show our pain too? I wonder how many of us were up there to rep the Black vote? Other than Lena, I saw only a few Hispanics but not any of us. I might have missed something though. Jesse, Al, hello?? Mike Moore, Mat Damon??? Anybody home?
What they did not expect is the massive turnout was not to vote out senators in most part, but rather in retaliation to the outsiders with big time money. Wisconsinites did not take too kindly to the outside interests coming in here and setting up shop. They had some nerve coming into our state with a country on the brink of fiscal destruction and telling us we are messed up. Hell we created jobs and got this state’s fiscal house in order. We paid bills, fueled funds that were raided by Doyle and others, and we created unforeseen savings to local municipalities and school districts with the “tools” Scott Walker and the right talked of. They too were surprised at how much savings we gained. Milwaukee alone is at $25 million in savings to offset budget cuts and now has ownership over runaway costs of employee benefit packages. We were real busy in Wisconsin making change while others made havoc. No one planned on the truth getting out so fast and that tangible evidence would be felt all over the state. Dems thought that they had time to do some damage, but they couldn’t. Even Gwen Moore could not help the cause because she would be lying and she missed a key vote that left her in the hot seat. She was exposed for not taking care of business. She can make excuses all she wants, but she missed the crucial debt ceiling vote and she goes down in history for that and made herself a target for future archers looking for a target.
The outsiders and Dems kept dumbing down the conversation with scary commercials such as “”Evil Republicans will take away your Medicare” rants. Wisconsin also said emphatically we heard enough of that and nothing ever changes. We all know State Senators have no power or control over Medicare so stick to facts. What will you do to change things? Where is your alternate budget? Dems had no answer, just rhetoric. Exactly who did they fool with that mess? The tired old mantra of the left had no golden boy (or girl) to rally the troops with fancy Teleprompters. The poster child for voter compassion who promised to lace up his sneakers had very little to say about the whole thing. Possibly President Obama could not lend a hand because he had pressing issues of his own to contend with. Funny how that always seems to happen when he is needed. So then where was Michelle, Pelosi, or Biden? Obama is busy saving his own hide and cannot afford to take the hit. Neither could sitting US-Wisconsin reps who are as worried about their own political futures and races. They too were sparse in these elections. Even Herb Kohl for the most part sat this one out. He had no reason to take action but then again when has he really done much leading and acting out?
In the end with all that was at stake in the six recall elections, it came down to the one race that was the most heavily emphasized prize fight on the card and with the most questionable place of all deciding the victor-Waukesha. Pasch vs. Darling was reminiscent of Tyson vs. Holyfield, and it was well worth the price of admission. Darling is no stranger to nasty fights. She has survived everything from breast cancer to crazed doctors looking to leak her medical records and she has stood the test of time. Pasch a House Rep had yet to lead but was comfortable all this time being a Doyle “yes” person.
So there it was, the seat most coveted and highly campaigned for. It went the entire 12 rounds with Alberta leading the charge congratulating her fellow victors and taking time to use the media to showcase all the change that Wisconsin has made. Darling did not waste a minute, she came out swinging. Typically the candidate or incumbent waits in back. Alberta was out there with the people, telling her story and greeting her supporters. Pasch however was absent most of the night. She came out for a hot second and was never seen from again. She took an unexpected one, two from Waukesha (why it was unexpected I will never know. They always vote Right!!) and she was down for the count. MSNBC and Dems quickly tried to get the cut man to tape her up but too late the ref was counting 8, 9, 10!! Ding ding…They tried to muster up that Waukesha had some fraud going on but the county clerk was so heavily guarded Dems knew they could not fly with that. MSNBC even tried but they too took it down a notch. Two Republicans did not fare so well on the right, but not by much. Hopper had to go, even though he had a problematic background he was short just a few votes. This tells me that even with a questionable background, Scott Walker’s agenda was far more important than this lousy excuse of a “man.”
Long and short of it, Wisconsin silent majority is very misunderstood and not as stupid as the left would have one think. The changes we vindicated last night in Wisconsin were not for the love of Scott Walker, the Fitzgerald brothers or Koch Family, THEY WERE FOR US!! Our votes went to saying yes to restoring sanity in government and fiscal accountability. We see what is happening in our country, across the globe and we can contrast that with progress we see here. We voted for the continuation of that experiment. I think for some time until proven undoubtedly wrong, Wisconsin will continue on this journey into a new realm of living within our means, reigning in big government and replacing tired old ways with more logical and simplistic solutions that do not include tax hikes and ridiculous fees and proposals. Wisconsin is open for business!! We intend to keep it open along this path.
As for a governor recall. I would be the first to kiss a donkey’s butt if that ever came to fruition. Dems here do not know it but last night will most likely end it for the Dem/union love being showered here. No more Ed, no more Rachel or Lawrence. They have ratings and numbers to get. For some time our Dems will be feeling a little lost without all the national spotlight and media attention. Show them some compassion as they learn to fly solo!
Signing Out from this star date log to boldly go where no state has gone before…
A special shout out to a great American who got me back up on my horse when I was under the evil empire’s grasp!!
Dave you’re a great JustUs League member!!