Big Loss for Unions in Wisconsin
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    The Labor Gangs are tilting at windmills. Is it wrong to feel Schadenfreude, at all their wasted money and effort?

  • Kris

    Possible lesson for those forcing re-do elections: you better be darn sure of your prospects, because your opponents are going to be mighty unhappy, and thus highly motivated.

  • Kris

    From Ann Althouse: “There were over 900,000 signatures (supposedly valid signatures) on the petitions. That’s over 200,000 people who forced this expensive procedure on the state and then didn’t care enough to participate.”

    Speaking of primaries, this story (also via Althouse) is amusing.

  • John Wondra

    While we’re counting votes and looking for signs, did anyone notice the glaring disparity in the MSM-touted and union proclaimed support for the recall in the first place, as compared to the actual involvement of supposedly enraged masses of Wisconsonites?

    For weeks the MSM and unions embraced the “1 million signatures” claimed to have been tendered for qualiying the recall issue in the first place. Of course, the left-run Wisconsin state body charged with verifying these alleged proponents declined to perform its signature obligation and refused to conduct the only statutory duty it is empowered with; so, execept for die-hard and determined citizen volunteers’ internet cloud counting efforts, there was no one to contest these assertions on an “official” State record.

    Nevertheless, and assuming the “1 million” enraged signatories to be a fractional representation of the true numbers of Wisconsin citizens who felt victimized by the “radical’ reforms of Gov. Scott Walker, how do the Left explain that only about 670,000 of these self-motivated and fervent representatives of the voting populace actually showed up to vote?

    And what does THAT say, when Walker, in a virtually-uncontested race drew 626,538 votes from Republicans who really had nothing much at stake?

  • The REAL interesting part is that Walker’s reforms are provably, inarguably, saving taxpayer dollars NOW… give them another six months and the reforms will have saved far more mone, & Walker will have been proven correct by an even larger margin…. makes one wonder how many union members – who ALSO are taxpayers – will side with Walker to save THEIR tax dollars… Just as not all African Americans think Sharpton is intelligent, not all unions members think Trumka, et al, are worth any of their time, money or attention….

  • Mark Michael

    U. of WI Madison law prof, Ann Althouse posted the observation, “Why didn’t those 900,000 supposedly valid signers of the Walker recall petition all go vote in the D Primary Tuesday?!” Only 650,000 voted in the D Primary! See:

    She, Ed Driscoll, Sarah Hoyt, & Elizabeth Foley are filling in for Glenn Reynolds while he’s on vacation – explaining the “Instapundit” link for Althouse. (It takes 3 bloggers to fill the shoes of the inestimable Reynolds. A few others are also posting in his absence; i.e., Michael Totten.)

  • Mark Michael

    Whoops. I can’t count – 4 main bloggers are filling in at Instapundit for Prof Reynolds (Totten has quite 3 or 4 posts, too).

  • Charles R. Williams

    Walker will win because reversing his reforms will cause large tax increases and service cuts. He has played the game skillfully. Union power in Wisconsin will be permanently and drastically reduced. The same cannot be said of Kasich in Ohio. And the simple explanation is that he let the game get out of control and lost.

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