Read this. It looks as though the corporate media’s hiding something (as per usual). If the Democratic challenger holds on to their lead through recounts that are expected to take days, if not weeks, it means that Scott Walker‘s agenda is DEAD. It also means that there’s no upsurge for Neoliberal “conservatism” in Wisconsin. If there’s no “upsurge” in Wisconsin, there’s even less of one nationwide. This is not based on polls or other notional grounds. This is a down n’ dirty election; we’re talking about real-deal votes cast by legit voters. Even if the GOP candidate were to steal the election in the courts (not as possible in Wisconsin as it is in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina), this will resonate with Badger State voters, who’ll realise how CLOSE the real contest was.
A friend of mine in Wisconsin (a long-time union steward) said that two factors fed into Walker’s victory, neither of which apply in a Romney versus Obama matchup. Firstly, many voters feel that the recall mechanism only applies in case of official malfeasance. That was stated by 60 percent of voters in exit polls, and my friend confirmed it. “I had good union guys, strong Democrats, say, ‘Hey, the guy didn’t do anything wrong… he’s an asshole, but he didn’t do anything wrong’. It was hard going against that”. Secondly, the Dems ran a clueless candidate. Tom Barrett has a “shitty personality”, he “didn’t fire up the base”, and “he lost to Walker the last time because he sucked”. There was so much attention on Walker that no one realised that the recall election wasn’t to decide whether Walker was to be recalled, it was an actual rerun election… my friend said that confusion was used by Walker operatives, aided by the fact that Barrett’s loud pro-gun control stance didn’t fly well in areas outside of Milwaukee, Madison, and some union strongholds. That’s why Walker racked up a 17 point plurality amongst men… Barrett was perceived by rural gun-owners as a “confiscator”. It had NOTHING to do with national “conservative” politics. My friend said, “A lotta guys voted for Walker because Barrett’s made dumbass statements about guns and gun-owners”.
Also note this… 92 percent of the voters had made up their minds A MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION. All that much touted Super PAC money was cash stuffed down the toilet. In short… all the crowing you’re hearing from King Rush and Queen Ann (and all the rest of their drooling crew) is utter and complete 100 percent pure unalloyed bunkum and bullshit. Wisconsin was a Pyrrhic Victory… “One more victory like this, and we’ll be undone!” This was a battle… not the war. Don’t celebrate or get down in the dumps until you hear THE REST OF THE STORY.
Wednesday 6 June 2012