And a big thank you to the Washington Compost for summarizing the NSDWP talking points about how utterly insignificant the WI recall election is and their numerous excuses why their candidate was really very, very popular but nevertheless, UNFAIRLY, lost to a clearly inferior Walker.
* The Democratic primary: To hear those who worked in the trenches of the recall tell it, the fact that Democrats had a contested primary between Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk bears considerable responsibility for Walker’s victory.
Unclean Thinking!™ The Evil Kathleen Falk is to blame! Funnily enough, the “damaging” GOP primaries don’t seem to have hurt Mittens McRomney all that much.
* Money: As of Monday, more than $63 million has been spent on the recall fight with Walker and his conservative allies vastly outspending Barrett and other Democratic-aligned groups.
Walker himself had raised in excess of $30 million for the recall campaign while Barrett collected just under $4 million.
And let’s not talk about the $100 million that the unions spent trying to AxelTurf the vote out for Barrett because… RACIST!
* 2010: There was considerable internal discussion and disagreement between Washington and Wisconsin Democrats (and organized labor) about whether to push for a recall election this summer or wait until 2014 for a chance to unseat Walker. (Washington Democrats broadly favored the latter option, Wisconsin Democrats and labor the former).
As the recall played out, two things became clear: 1) There were almost no one undecided in the race and 2) those few souls who were undecided tended to resist the recall effort on the grounds that Walker had just been elected in 2010.
The sentiment among those undecided voters, according to several Democrats closely monitoring the data, was that while they didn’t love Walker they thought he deserved a full term before passing final judgment on how he was performing.
The voters of Wisconsin really, truly LOVED Barrett and hated Walker with the fury of a thousand suns, but they just didn’t like the recall election!
Of course, had it gone the other way, the Washington Compost would now be trumpeting the victory of people power over entrenched corrupt GOPism and G-d knows what else.
* Milwaukee: As is true in any state that has a single dominant city — in terms of population, profile etc. — there is resentment toward that city from everyone who doesn’t live in it.
Barrett’s ties to Milwaukee, therefore, wound up hurting him far worse than many Democrats expected at the start of the contest.
Wisconsin voters were really all behind getting that evil ScottHitler out of the governor’s mansion, but they just didn’t like that his opponent was from Milwaukee. After all, what does ideology matter if your candidate doesn’t have the right zip code?
We’re going to be having so incredibly, indecently much fun watching the Liberal Fascist Media trying to spin that 24-egg omelet off of their fascist little faces!