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Dems spin Wisconsin

As the great philosopher Monty Python once said, "Always look on the bright side of life". That’s what Democrats are doing today in response to the Wisconsin recall elections.

“The fact of the matter remains that, fighting on Republican turf, we have begun the work of stopping the Scott Walker agenda,” said state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate.

Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, said voters sent a message that there is a growing movement to reclaim the middle class.

“Let’s be clear, anyway you slice it, this is an unprecedented victory,” he said.

Well, it certainly appears to have been a moral victory. Which is exactly like a real victory, except that it lacks, you know, victory. Republicans still control both houses of the legislature, as well as the governor’s mansion.  And, with two Democrat senators coming up for recall votes next week, losing either of those two seats—or both of them—will make their moral victory somewhat less relevant than it already is.

At the moment, though, not only does this mean that all of Gov. Walker’s previous reforms will remain intact, the Democrats cannot—except by fleeing the state again, I suppose—prevent further fiscal reforms in the state. At the end of the day, the unions dumped something like $30 million into the recall elections, and they failed to wrest control of the state senate from republicans. The most expensive single effort, the $8 million effort against Alberta Darling, failed.

One of the Democrats "successes" was against a state senator that left his wife for a 25 year-old staffer, then moved out of his district. You really had to be politically sharp to win that one.

But, I have no problems with the unions and their allies enjoying their moral victory. Perhaps Markos Moulitsos said it best: "But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such "losses" in 2012."

Me, too, Kos. Me, too.

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7 Responses to Dems spin Wisconsin

  • I’m always curious about what one SHOULD say after being beaten.  Sportsmen – people who compete for the love of the game and the desire to test themselves against a worthy and honorable opponent – would congratulate the victor and promise to give a good fight next time.

    Politicians, on the other hand, live in friggin’ La-La Land.  When they win, it’s an unprecedented mandate for their side.  When they lose… it’s the same thing.


    Is there a head coach in the country who would take his absolute first-string team to a game, lose by ten, and claim VICTORY????

  • Kos did the same spin dance:

    I’ve got to say, I expected to be torn up if we didn’t get to three seats. I expected to suffer through yet another bout of electoral depression, bummed at coming up short yet again. And we did  come up short!

    Short of what? Short of taking the Wisconsin Senate? Sure. That would’ve been nice.

    But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such “losses” in 2012.

    We took the fight into red territory, and took two seats. What was a safe 19-14 GOP advantage is now a narrow 17-16. If we had those numbers going into 2011, the anti-labor bill would never have passed—one GOPer voted with the Democrats (and hey, Sen. Dale Schultz, the water is mighty fine on our side of the aisle!).

  • Think of all the “stimulus” from that union $30 million being spent on printers, advertising agencies, radio stations, and so on. I certainly hope for hundreds of millions of union dollars being similarly blown in 2012. For an extra bonus, maybe Soros will dump a billion or two of his own funds.

    • I hope the union thugs spend their rank-and-file extortion VERRRRY liberally.
      It will be fun to see what happens to their coffers when dues become VOLUNTARY…!!!

  • If these results stand, its an undeniable defeat for labor and for progressive activists.
    Democrats and their allies are arguing taking down two incumbents is itself a victory, given that recalling an official is in­cred­ibly difficult and rare. But they invested very heavily in taking back the state senate and fell short.

    The moon-bat Collective can wallow in their delusions.
    Fine.   With.    ME.

  • Love how all the Dems are talking about taking it to their opponents “on Republican turf.” Last time I checked, WI was overwhelmingly Dem.
    If the left can’t win there, they have to deeply worried.

  • Isn’t Wisconsin the birth-place of Progressivism?  If it’s now “Republican territory,” the question is, is there any “Democratic territory” in this country that isn’t either northeast of the Potomac River or next to the Pacific Ocean?  If you have to cede your territory to the other side to declare a “victory”, doesn’t that mean you have already lost?  Is it a “moral victory” to win two games in a seven game championship series?  And if it is, is a “moral victory” worth more than a bucket of spit?  (Especially when you consider that one of your two victors is probably going to be “redistricted” out of office next year anyway.)