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This is it. The Badger State goes to the polls today to choose between fiscal responsibility and fiscal ruin. Conservative leadership or Big Labor thuggery.
Barack Obama and the union bosses and their DOJ lawyers are on the run and bracing for defeat. GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s chances of survival on this recall election day look good. We’ve come a long way, baby.
Sixteen months ago, I wrote my first post on the battle over Wisconsin. Flashback Feb. 16, 2011:
As Wisconsin goes, so go the nation’s bankrupt and near-bankrupt states.
The SEIU has declared full-scale war on the Badger State over attempts to rein in bloated public union pay and benefits.
This was the scene last night at the Capitol Rotunda as the Purple Army and its allies stormed in for a sleepover protest:
GOP Gov. Scott Walker is walking the fiscal responsibility walk — and those who have lived high on the hog are squealing every step of the way from the trough…
Democrat fleebaggers have nowhere to abscond today.
The “get a little bloody” intimidation of businesses, voters, donors, and supporters of Wisconsin’s fiscal reformers has backfired. The teachers’ unions (and their fake note-writing doctor friends) exposed the full extent of their radical, exploitative colors. Conservatives across the country rallied for Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and GOP state targets Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Sen. Van Wanggaard, Sen. Terry Moulton.
As I said earlier this year, President Obama, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and left-wing operatives know that Wisconsin is Ground Zero in their battle against limited-government activists. Their demagogic propaganda war against Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, who is leading entitlement reform and budget discipline efforts in Washington, is of a piece with the campaign to overturn the popular elections that put Walker, Kleefisch and the GOP majority in place. If they can chill fiscal responsibility and free market-based reforms in Wisconsin, they can chill it everywhere.
Today, limited-government advocates and activists draw the line.
Oh, look. The Occupiers are going to take to the streets tomorrow to throw a post-election tantrum. Anarchy-manufacturing business as usual.
Update (DP): As predictable as the sun coming up in the east:
With only about four hours into the Election Day voting, members of the Milwaukee Democratic Party claim that calls are going out to voters telling them if they’d signed the recall, they didn’t need to vote today.
Milwaukee County Dem Chair Sachin Chheda said that Walker supporters can’t get through the day without “cheating.”
A state GOP source dismissed the claims, saying it was expected from Dems who have made voter suppression claims part of their playbook.
“That’s just what they do, they’re simply setting the stage for a close election,” the source said. “The story doesn’t exist until they provide evidence.”
Meanwhile, State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, sent a letter to Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy asking for an investigation into that alleged call and another that claimed the election was Wednesday.
So far nobody who has allegedly received one of these calls has been able to provide a copy to state Dems. Then again, if somebody can be led to believe that signing a petition is the same as casting a ballot, there’s a good chance that person won’t have a grip on how to operate digital recording equipment.
Update II (DP): Turnout is reported as strong. Drudge is running a headline saying that exit polls show Walker with a five point lead. Five points is the same margin Walker had over Barrett in 2010, and around the same separation shown the most recent polls. But we won’t know anything for sure for a few hours and anything can happen.
Update III (DP): Live results coming in here.
Update IV (DP): CNN just projected Scott Walker will win and retain his job as Wisconsin Governor. I was just noticing on the county-by-county map that Barrett seemed to be under-performing in the Milwaukee area when CNN made the call. We’ll now see what the margin of victory is and if it’s large enough to ward off any recount efforts.
CNN also projects that Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who faced a separate election, will survive the recall effort.
Ari Fleischer just raised a question that I’ll paraphrase: “Since Obama virtually abandoned the unions in Wisconsin, will the unions abandon him heading into the general election?” I can’t see that happening. The unions might toy with Obama over this a little, but in the end they’ll fall in line as usual.
Update V (DP): I’ll kick myself tomorrow if I can’t find a clip of this Barrett supporter I’m watching on CNN right now who is in tears saying “democracy died tonight… we all had a lot invested in this… the end of the USA as we know it just happened… democracy is dead!” This guy’s destined to be the “leave Britney alone” of politics.
According to this exit poll, Scott Walker won over 36% of voters who are either in a labor union or in a household with a labor union member.
Update VI (DP): President Obama was nowhere to be seen supporting Wisconsin unions in the weeks leading up to the recall election. Throw another broken promise on the pile.
Update VII (DP): I found the video I was talking about earlier. Enjoy:
Update whatever Roman numberal we’re on now (DP): And now, the obligatory “Hitler finds out the recall effort failed” clip: