Illinois signBy John Ruberry

Four years after Wisconsin became the chief battleground in the war of taxpayers versus public sector unions, a new front is developing south of the Cheese Curtain in Illinois.

With the possible exception of California, no where else in America are government unions so powerful. And of course it should be no surprise that both states are fiscal basketcases.

My fellow Land of Lincoln taxpayers and I are burdened by over $100 billion in unfunded public worker pension debt. Over $150 million has been contributed by just six government unions to Illinois pols in addition to countless hours of volunteer time by unionized state employees. Illinois’ new reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, has proposed banning public sector unions from donating to Prairie State political campaigns. Major state contractors are already prohibited from doing so.

“After you win, let’s negotiate our pension and work rules and healthcare,” Rauner says is the longtime game plan of the government unions, one that has been successful for them–but toxic for everyone else in the state. AFSCME represents the most state workers, its contract in July and there is speculation that there will be a first-ever strike by state public servants. Their is much for taxpayers to dislike in the current AFSCME contract, for instance, workers can play hooky from work twelve separate times before getting fired. At my job, I’d be fortunate if I got away with that once.Rauner sign

Four years ago Wisconsin’s reform governor, Scott Walker, fought the unions and won. But Walker had Republican majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, while thanks to gerrymandering, the Democrats in Illinois enjoy veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly. On the other hand Rauner has a $20 million PAC, much of it self-funded, to promote his case, and unlike his predecessor, the self-made multi-millionaire is not deeply unpopular.

Rauner has another ally in his upcoming fight against the unions: mathematics. Unlike the federal government, states can’t print money. And the great majority of Illinoisans are not union members or public sector employees.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

John Hinderaker summarizes

Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, has subjected Governor Scott Walker and nearly every conservative group in Wisconsin to a four-year campaign of harassment in the form of a “John Doe” investigation that has now been branded as illegal and enjoined by a federal judge. That case is on appeal

Under Wisconsin law, a “John Doe” is essentially a gag order, since it allows prosecutors, with a judge’s approval, to require complete secrecy from all involved. It has the effect of preventing targets or witnesses from publicly defending themselves or responding to damaging leaks.

Stuart Taylor, Jr. of the American Media Institute reports that the District attorney’s wife drove case against Wis. Gov. Walker, insider says

Now a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people involved … She took it personally.”

Eric O’Keefe, one of the directors of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has argued that the investigation violates First Amendment protections on free speech.

Guy Benson agrees, and links to former FEC official Hans Von Spakovsky, who (emphasis added)

Last week, I joined three other former members of the Federal Election Commission in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief for the organizations unfairly targeted. Based on our extensive experience interpreting federal campaign finance law, we argue that issue advocacy is at the core of our rights to free speech, to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

To allow an investigation of issue advocacy based simply on allegations of collaboration between elected officials and the public would chill core political speech. The right of citizens and their membership associations to directly engage elected leaders is all the more important on politically charged questions of public policy. Such collaboration is the norm in the political arena, where there is extensive interaction between citizens groups and elected officials about proposed legislation. In fact, such coordination is vital to a functioning democracy.

The Left is engaging in a campaign to criminalize political disagreement; whether that conflicts with civil liberties doesn’t matter to them. After all, they are guided by rule #12:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Illinois BlagoBy John Ruberry

Isaac “Ike” Carothers used to be a Chicago alderman until he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a developer seeking a zoning change. Ironically, his father, William, was convicted on similar charges three decades earlier  when he served as an alderman in the same part of Chicago.

Carothers is on the ballot again–this time he is running for an open seat on the Cook County Board. As the ex-con enjoys by far the biggest name recognition of the five candidates for that office, Carothers stands a good chance of winning in this month’s Democratic Primary, which will again make the Land of Lincoln a nationwide embarrassment, because in this heavily Democratic district, the general election will serve as a coronation.

In 2012, voters chose to send Derrick Smith, another Chicago Democrat, back to Springfield even though he was under indictment on bribery charges and had been expelled that summer from the state House of Representatives. An independent candidate was chosen by local pols to run against Smith in the heavily Democratic district–but Smith won easily anyway.

Smith, who is still awaiting trial, is on the ballot again this spring, but this time Democratic Party bosses are backing him.illinois lawyers

Not so with Carothers. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held a joint press conference where they declared their support for Emanuel’s former political director.

Oh, I almost forgot. While state law prevents Carothers from running for a Chicago City Council seat, he can run for other offices, including US Congress.

This ignominy troubles the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn, a liberal, who is calling for what he calls “Ike’s Law,” which would prevent ex-cons running for any public office in Illinois. That’s a great idea.

In a column last week, Zorn wrote of down-ballot offices, “But in races for smaller offices, voters will be less well-informed.”

Zorn moves on from there, but in that sentence he hit at the core of the problem as to why Ike’s Law is needed. What Rush Limbaugh dubs “low-information voters” are a key constituency of the Democratic Party. Generations of party and labor bosses have drummed into their followers these two words: “Vote Democratic.” Added by, “Just listen to us–only listen to us.”

That is why Derrick Smith won his seat back two years ago.Cook County sign

And the problem low-info voters extends beyond Illinois. At an Occupy Milwaukee rally two years ago, I watched in disgust as Gilbert Johnson, an AFSCME local president remark about the Tea Party, “What you have is a bunch of haters, people that tell lies, people that want to go back to the ’50s. White man rule. White man only.”

I’m pretty sure that hate-speech–by Johnson and others–was parroted by other union bosses across the nation during the 2012 campaign. And by precinct captains and even preachers at rallies of all kinds–not just Occupy gatherings.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) said on the floor of the Senate last week to “turn off the Fox News” so people can only hear her version of the truth about ObamaCare.

Also last week, in a speech to political supporters, Obama called on them to reach out to Republicans “who watch the wrong newscast.”

If the low-information in voters  in Illinois start watching “the wrong newscast” or researching issues on their own instead of listening to ward-heelers, community organizers, and demagogues, the presence of Ike Carothers on a ballot would be good for one thing–a plethora of chuckles.

But the Democratic Party needs those low-info voters. And shame on Zorn, a nice fella by the way, for leaving that crucial fact out of his column.

Oh, imagine that–a president making choices about the “right” or “wrong” newscast.

How far we have fallen as a people.

Half of the battle in media is to decide what to report on and what doesn’t. Yesterday the London Telegraph has this story on Scott Walker and the situation in Wisconsin titled How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note:

There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news. You must remember the story? Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath. He wanted to reform the unions and bring spending under control – and the public sector came out onto the streets to stop him. It was a kind of velvet revolution led by teachers and social workers and the folks who shoot bears when they start eating out of trash cans. They tried to remove Walker from office, but that didn’t work because he somehow won the recall vote, making him the only governor in US history to do so. And then it all went oddly quiet from the Badger state…

Which is a pity because it turns out that Scott Walker’s conservative agenda has actually worked. Really, really worked. The American Spectator reports:

In 2011, Wisconsin had a whopping deficit of $3.6 billion dollars. But a corporate tax cut and collective bargaining reforms invigorated the state economy. Now, the state is boasting a $911 million surplus, credited to “good stewardship of the taxpayers’ money.”

Unemployment is down, too. It’s hit 6.2 per cent, the lowest figure since 2008.

How did he do it? With a mix of conservatism and pragmatism.

Given how many Wisconsin stories  that Scott Walker’s battle vs the left and the unions has generated  over the last two years FYI (Ann Althouse covered it best) I would imagine that this story is generating a huge amount of links given an new election coming up and the talk of Scott Walker as a possible 2016 contender.

Wheres da links

Let’s zoom into red box where that Scott Walker story was…

Wheres da links 2

No links below it, as Rush would say…Zip Zero Nada.

The power of the MSM is to set the agenda, and that agenda is set by what the gatekeepers of the news media decide is worth speaking about.

Never forget this.

Update: If someone can explain to me why this post ended up below a post on SE Cupp being made a co-host on Crossfire in Memeorandum I’m all ears.

Update 2: OK the story itself is all about Scott Walker but the title on Memeorandum is misleading.

Ben Franklin: Mr. Dickinson I’m surprised at you, a rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.

1776 1972

We’ve been hearing all about how it’s necessary to get dangerous weapons away from fringe extremists. Every day MSNBC has been pummeling the 4 million members of the NRA and Morning “565k viewers” Joe has calling them fringe extremists.

I can certainly understand their worry. If you take a group of political extremists who fanatically believe in their cause and the evil of their enemies it doesn’t take much for them to device to try to slaughter recently re-elected executive who they consider a tyrant.

If the NRA isn’t stopped I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until we see stories like this on MSNBC:

The man, Kvon R. Smith, had reportedly used Facebook to threaten to do harm at the Capitol. Law enforcement was ready for him and arrested him as he attempted to enter the building. Smith then reportedly claimed to have a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. Police evacuated portions of the capitol building and a bomb squad reportedly arrived and handled the backpack. Police did not say whether or not the backpack contained the explosive device the man allegedly claimed it did.

And then discover that such a fellow has been on twitter talking politics .

Why I wouldn’t be surprised if such a guy even made videos showing his Molotov cocktails on facebook.

And when it happens we’ll demand strong statements from the right, like this:

Political violence is terrible and we must vigorously condemn it where ever we even suspect it; thus is the rule for all those violent-minded Tea Partiers. We must make it clear to them that political violence is unacceptable. And those who don’t make that clear — opinion leaders on the right, for example, who don’t condemn the idea of political violence upon command — are aiding and abetting the violence, encouraging it through their silence, their tacit approval.

The public can be sure that the good folks at MSNBC in general and Morning Joe in particular will lead with the story, decry those who promote such political violence and vigorously question those who might be the political allies to make sure they feel the heat for supporting and encouraging such unstable people ready to commit murder for a cause.

Unless of course like Tuesday the person is an occupied, his target is Republican Scott Walker and his political persuasion is support of the left and Barack Obama.

If that’s the case then MSNBC and Morning Joe will react thus:

Oh just a note. Morning Joe started 54 minutes ago.   Not a word about this yet…

…nothing to see here, move along.

Guys Since January 20th of 2010 I’ve been saying

Ride Right Through Them They’re Demoralized as Hell

In my under the Fedora column that will be going up later today at the Minority Report & The Conservatory I go through example after example after example to support this thesis.

It’s now 7:23 a.m. as I type this and I’m watching Morning Joe and I see Chuck Todd making excuses for the democrats and watching Mika go on about the exit polls supporting Obama’s strength in Wisconsin.

Donna Cahill: Who I had some clashes with during the primaries has it exactly right:

 

Watching the exercise of denial reminds me of the very first time I used the phrase: January 20th 2010:

I spent all yesterday asking if the Democrats …

by Datechguy | January 20th, 2010

…would take the right lesson or the wrong lesson from yesterday’s vote:

As I was driving home with Stacy after an errand I heard Rush reading this column in the Globe and I had my answer.

The sheer contempt for the electorate that the column and those who commented with approval of it drips of the bigotry I heard at the Obama rally combined with the arrogance of the Coakley campaign.

If the GOP doesn’t take advantage of this foolishness it’s only because they are not trying

Anyone who watched Rachel Maddow restate the history of the protests and the recall after midnight saw the very same attitude I just quoted above.

Guys it’s been over two years and THEY HAVEN”T LEARNED A THING, cripes even the Kimberlin stuff reeks of panic, people who are winning the argument just don’t do this kind of thing.

Just because the left remains in denial doesn’t mean we should be too. So now with the evidence of Wisconsin in front of you when I say:

Ride Right Through Them They’re Demoralized as Hell

You damn well ought to believe it!

Updated: Added the Rachel Maddow line.

Update 2: Under the Fedora is up at the Conservatory read it, it has example after example of what I’m talking about a peek:

The bottom line is the signs have been clear that the Democrats are crashing and burning for a long time but we on the right have been so tentative and no nervous that we haven’t wanted to believe it.

maybe it should say “dared” rather than wanted but guys believe it, we are winning!

Update 3: The Washington Post is still quoting the exit polls to say Obama is popular in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is on his way to victory in the state’s recall election tonight, but looking forward to the fall, the Obama campaign may have something positive to glean from the results.

While the totals have Walker ahead significantly, exit polls suggest he did it with a healthy dose of support from voters who are leaning toward President Obama in the fall.

In fact, exit polls show Walker winning 17 percent of Obama supporters — much higher than Democrat Tom Barrett’s 6 percent of Mitt Romney supporters. Overall, the electorate that turned out today is backing Obama by a significant margin: 52 percent to 43 percent.

If Obama was that popular don’t you think he might have showed up in Wisconsin to campaign against Walker, particularly to appease the Union folk?

Guys we are wandering into Kevin Bacon Territory:

And we are going to flatten them the same way.

Update 4: Instalanches all around, thanks Glenn: I disagree though, we SHOULD get cocky, we just shouldn’t get lazy.

and via Smitty and Nice Deb we have this video:

Keep up the scare.

Update 5: This Esquire piece is simply astounding

As the room grew steadily more rowdy, I fell into conversation with Ed Hannan, a lawyer from Greendale, who was glad-handing anyone who walked by, which showed considerable pluck, since one of his arms was in a sling. “I am surprised by the margin,” he said. “I expected large amounts of voter fraud, both in Milwaukee and in Dane County. That has had me concerned. Given the level of participation today, I can tell you, I voted at 7:30 this morning, I was number 78 at 7:15 in the morning. That has never been seen before.

“It means the restoration of integrity in government,” he continued. “It means an understanding of the role of government, the limitations of the role of government, and the return of power to the taxpayers, as opposed to union organizers. That is how important this is. Going forward, what we will then see is more legislation that is going to limit the role of government and, more than that, a repeal of laws. For instance, the Minimum Mark-Up Law, a limitation on the environmental laws. We need to have sunset laws on environmental restrictions and the employment-related laws. This election was never about collective bargaining. It was about legislation that removed the state as the collection agency for union dues.”

There was no point in arguing with the man. There didn’t seem even to be any sport in pointing out that the “restoration of integrity in government” that he saw in the results was on behalf of a guy who took to the podium last night three steps ahead of a sitting grand jury. The distance between what I saw and what Ed Hannan saw was too great. I might as well have been talking to him in Finnish.

Read this entire piece and compare it to the Globe piece I quoted above it’s all their, the same dripping contempt for the voters, the same level of denial and the expectation of entitlement.

This is what the left has become, although I suspect it was what was always there but in their anger and frustration they are unable to keep up the mask.

It’s a Trap!

Admiral Akbar: Return of the Jedi & Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

With a houseguest, my son’s graduation and Robert Stacy McCain I have been behind in my posts on Brett Kimberlin and friends.

lucky for us Stacy McCain doesn’t currently have a home and in between sightings all over he hasn’t missed a beat:

The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin

While researching further background material, I happened upon a November 2011 post at DFQ2 in which Seth Allen discussed Brett Kimberlin’s ties to the left-wing news site Raw Story. Allen was particularly interested in Larisa Alexandrovna, a former Raw Story reporter who is an indefatiguable defender — or perhaps we should say, idolator — of Kimberlin.

It’s amazing what you can find when you go into the archives of Democrat sites and it’s even more amazing how they duck when word gets out:

Raw Story Disavows Ties to Kimberlin

And of course he hasn’t confined himself to the star of the show

The ”TwitterGate” story was a brief blip in the blogospheric consciousness: An ugly online spat between Left and Right that seemed rather silly to those who did not grasp two key facts:

Rauhauser was a paid consultant with the Progressive PST firm, providing “social media” services to Democrat candidates; and
Rauhauser has described himself as a “hacker.”

Fact 2 could be dismissed as mere boasting — Rauhauser may have exaggerated his hacking skills — yet it is nonetheless relevant in light of Fact 1: Why would candidates for public office hire someone who bragged of his ability to engage in deceptive and potentially criminal activity? What services did Rauhauser’s clients expect him to deliver?

The full post goes deep, VERY deep, and as Ladd Ehlinger comments:

Exactly so. If you want clues as to what a liberal thug is up to, look to what he’s accused others of doing.

The accusations are long, varied, and frightening: criminal conspiracies! Libel! Slander! Smears! Stalking! Lies! Distortions! Racism! Fascism! Totalitarianism! Voter fraud! Denial of the Vote! Violence! Denial of free speech!

And anyone who isn’t a team-playing progressive thug is outright evil, and must be stopped no matter what the cost. And if you think of your opposition as pure evil, then there’s no tactic that’s out of bounds.

Because as Patterico reminds us we are the real villains if only the rest of the world was smart enough to see it:

Since Weinergate, we have learned that key Kimberlin associates and supporters Neal Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion have been absolutely obsessed with Weinergate since it happened — as has Ron Brynaert.

Shortly after Weiner sent out the Weinertweet, Rauhauser wrote an email to the FBI blaming Stack for having “hacked” Weiner. Three days after my swatting, in a post titled “Patterico’s Penalization,” Rauhauser tried to implicate me and a man named Seth Allen in the alleged plot to bring down Weiner. (Rauhauser also asked for pictures of my wife and suggested that private detectives should stake out Seth Allen’s residence.)

The inclusion of Seth Allen in the post was a red flag to people who had written about Kimberlin, since Seth Allen was a very low-traffic blogger whose principal claim to fame was that he had fought a one-man war to draw attention to Kimberlin’s past, as well as Kimberlin’s partnership with blogger and radio personality Brad Friedman.

Ever since then, Rauhauser and anonymous Kimberlin supporter OccupyRebellion, along with other anonymous Kimberlin supporters, have pushed a version of “Weiner Trutherism” that argued Weiner didn’t actually send out the Weinertweet. The people they have blamed have included Mike Stack and various enemies of Kimberlin, including myself.

The bottom line is this: Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion were early and vigorous advocates of Weiner Trutherism, and blamed two of the SWATting victims, me and Mike Stack, for being behind a plot against Anthony Weiner. Since then, Rauhauser’s close association with Brett Kimberlin has become quite clear — and a long-running campaign of cyberstalking and harassment of Kimberlin critics by Rauhauser, Kimberlin, Brynaert, and OccupyRebellion has been quite evident.

Given my involvement in the Weiner story I’m shocked I haven’t had any issue with them myself, then again perhaps they don’t like going after Sicilians.

As for all these weird moves I had a conversation with Ladd Ehlinger on the subject, I talked about how odd it was that the left was sticking with these people, he commented that we would see this and more as they got more and more desperate and on cue in Wisconsin we have this:

I obscured names and addresses, but be assured, this was a list of real names and addresses of people who live near me, with the information about whether they voted in the last 2 elections. This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.

and this:

The surveillance effect! It’s important for people to know when political organizations, like the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, are deliberately using a psychological manipulation that has been tested and studied. Please, get out the word that mailers like this are trying to mobilize…

this:

ADDED: In the Comments, The Drill SGT points to this article, from a couple days ago, in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Hey, Here’s Who Your Neighbors Gave Money to. Sincerely, Harvard.”

and now this:

There’s a lot of desperation and maybe all the desperados went there at once. Well, this is the link, if it works. The article is called something like Legal Cloud Gathers Over Scott Walker, and it purports to have sources that say that Walker is the target of a criminal investigation.

and a last minute college “love child” accusation already adamantly denied by the woman in question when spoken to by an actual reporter

Why such last minute hail marys and some on the left are jumping all over? Perhaps because of this:

When I tweeted the photo above of the “Teamster for Walker,” several people responded that they too were Teamsters who would vote for Walker. The out-of-state union bosses will leave Wisconsin after Tuesday, but the residents will be left to repair relationships with their neighbors. Showing that this is a battle for all Wisconsin and that the dividing line is one between operatives and citizens, and not against union members, is step one to making Wisconsin that light on the hill.

And this isn’t even counting the arrest of a lone protester to protect a small crowd from pro-walker opinions.

I think the panic is really not unexpected, after all if you have Maureen Down crying for a change it can’t be good for DaLeft but it’s really more than this.

Normally a national party like the Democrat party would restrain things so far over the top that they threaten the brand but the big red wave of 2010 frightened them. When the folks went nuts in Madison last year the party and their friends in the media embraced it. When the occupod movement (a movement as organic as meat glue) raised their colors the Democrats and the Media were at their sides figuring this would be the thing that changed the equation.

With Wisconsin looking horrible and the National election starting to show signs of the cracks that have been obvious for a year the party has to go all in to keep 2012 from being a rout that shatters them on both a national and a state level.

The problem You can’t go “all in ” without the activists, and with the party as far left as it now is the activists are the people doing the very things that make the democrats unelectable.

The left acted in haste and will repent at leisure because they wouldn’t listen to me last October either here or at the Conservatory:

I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.

Now begs the question: Will the democrats be forced to stand by the side of the Kimberlins by the occupods? by the desperate folks at the Wisconsin Citizens media group, and how will they react if thrown under the bus?

A smart party would boot them soon and begin the rebuilding process but with a party built from different parts all wanting different things one can’t simply dump one part or another.

Normally I’d enjoy their trouble, but the more I see the more I’m convinced that Ladd Ehlinger is right, we haven’t seen anything near just how far these people will go in a last ditch effort to keep power.

I suspect it won’t be pretty or clean but it will be better then them actually keeping power.

Update: Patterico gives us the latest example of what the left does when …it thinks it’s winning:

After Aaron Walker went to court to get a peace order based on the site, Rauhauser sent me and others an email titled “Aaron Walker murder/suicide risk” that said, among other things:

Given Walker’s state of mind I would say his wife might find him hanging in the garage tonight when she gets home from work. Another possible outcome would be a two digit body count from some mosque in Virginia after Aaron goes full tilt Jared Loughner on the congregation. Someone who knows his wife or real world associates in Virginia should take steps to get him hospitalized before something grim happens.

My emphasis. Note the reference to Aaron’s wife. Bringing spouses into the harassment is a common tactic with this crowd.

and Stacy follows up:

Rauhauser (who has boasted of being armed with a Glock 9-mm pistol) was making ominous threats online, Kimberlin was pursuing a ruthlessly vindictive strategy of legal and workplace harassment against Walker, and when Walker tried to put a stop to it, Rauhauser suggested that Walker was contemplating some act of desperate violence.

Meanwhile in a Fitchburg far away Scott Walker reacts to all of this:

“This is an example of how incredibly desperate the opposition is,” Walker said. “It is sickening… I think this will backfire, and I think there are a lot of Democrats across the state that will say that this is what is exactly what is fundamentally wrong about politics in America today.”

“They are so desperate, they can’t stand by their record, they cannot stand by the issues , they have to make crap up that is fundamentally untrue, and I think this is why it’s going to turn,” Walker said. He added that because of the types of personal attacks he is receiving, voters are “not only likely to see us win, they’re likely to see us win by a large margin, because I think voters have had it — they’re disgusted and they’re ready to move on.” emphasis mine

This is the exact situation as the national election so expect this squared as the true scale of the Democrat party’s upcoming disaster becomes clear.

Update 2: Fixed a tag and via Ed Driscoll word is Washington is beginning to see it

it’s fair to say that Washington insiders are reading the tea leaves and increasingly preparing for a Romney victory — especially following Friday’s bad economic news. The danger for Obama is that in political campaigns perception can quickly become reality. If influential liberals such as Dowd suddenly have no problem saying Obama appears to be in over his head, pretty soon everyone will be pointing out the obvious. Thus far, Obama’s meteoric rise has been largely dependent on a press that went straight from beat sweeteners to beatification. If the press turns on the president, the Obama campaign may not know what to do.

I don’t think these people are just figuring it out, I think, they just figured they can’t hide it anymore.

Update 3: Time magazine has its “media credibility day

Walker has surfed a controversy of his own making to the center of the national stage. Fellow governors have flocked to Wisconsin to campaign alongside him, lashing their reputations to his. Mitt Romney called him a “hero.” In the final days before the June 5 recall election, he has shattered fundraising records, befuddled his opponents and pulled ahead in the polls. The referendum has transformed a rookie governor into a conservative superstar….

Meanwhile according to Time, Madison continues as it was

Every weekday since the bill was signed, opponents have gathered at the capitol at high noon for an hour-long protest. “No matter what happens, this doesn’t end here,” says Chris Reeder, 41.

But Walkers fans are unimpressed

“They can protest,” Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks says of Walker’s opponents. “They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on.”

Even as Time acknowledges what already exists the question comes: What do they mean by “it doesn’t end here” and will the Democrats go along for the: all protest (or worse) all the time.

Update 4: Stacy gives even more backstory on the Weinergate connection

There is widespread suspicion that Brett Kimberlin is behind the “BreitbartUnmasked” site, which has access to information that could only have come from Kimberlin, and which is fixated on Kimberlin’s enemies to the exclusion of nearly everything else.

As Stacy continues to channel his inner Donkey I suspect Kimberlin & Company are thinking of that famous line from Shrek:

Yeah, it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick!

Stacy McCain ain’t shutting up anytime soon.

Update 5: Michelle is still fighting mad

How much wore can the situation in Wisconsin get for the democrat party? This much worse

You have public-employee unions that force public-sector employees to pay dues and make the state act as their bagman. The state refuses to collect dues and changes the law to make dues and union membership entirely voluntary. What do people do?

That’s easy … they quit paying the dues:

and this much worse:

Crowd for Clinton-Barrett rally in Milwaukee 10 minutes before scheduled start: 400 people? …
..ALSO: Where’s the live-stream? Barrett’s own Twitter feed, an hour ago, said “Huge crowd ready to rally as shown by this photo submitted by a supporter,” and within minutes, there were 2 responses, asking for directions to a live stream. Nearly and hour later, and with Clinton close to going on, there’s no answer. I found an indication of a live feed at WAOW.com, but clicking on the link doesn’t work for me. What’s irritating is: I keep clicking and getting the same commercial and then it goes dead. It’s a public service ad featuring a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow. I want streaming, and I’m getting no-flow.

and this much worse:

A lone Scott Walker supporter was arrested at a campaign rally for Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett today, where Bill Clinton also spoke. The man had been arguing with rally attendees since before the rally began, and held a sign that said “Support Scott Walker, Not Union Thugs.”

After the end of Clinton’s speech, the man was taken away by police and taken to the corner of Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee as the police waited for their car to arrive.

The arrest was the latest in a long series of incidents in a race marked by intense, personal bitterness on both sides.

“I have no idea why I’m being handcuffed,” he told the gaggle of reporters who had followed him. “They won’t tell anybody what I did wrong. What rally specifically do I get to peacefully protest?”

A crowd of Barrett supporters formed around the Walker supporter, yelling “Why agitate the people?” and “Bye-bye!” as he was led into a police car.

A police officer on the scene would not say why the man had been arrested.

Would not say why the man had been arrested? cripes is Judge C.J. Vaughey of Maryland moonlighting in Milwaukee?

Ann Althouse comments:

Quite aside from the free speech rights, it’s stupid to arrest someone in this situation. Now, he’s the story, instead of Clinton rallying for Barrett. And the police are the story. The Milwaukee police. The Madison police didn’t treat protesters/counter-protesters this way. And you know something about Milwaukee? Its mayor is Tom Barrett.

Well it could be worse, they could have Biden there complementing Jon Corzine

and it isn’t looking good in Brooklin either

This election is going to be so much fun.

Question: When can you tell when a poll report is trying to spin you?

Greg Yes I report what Media Matters says, it’s just a form of outsourcing Sargent. breathlessly reports that Wisconsin is a dead heat according to an automated poll, and reinforces his argument with an “internal” democratic poll by a using group calling Wisconsin a “dead heat”

In paragraph 7 he finally finds a poll that is worth questioning:

A public poll taken from May 17-22 by Saint Norbert College found Walker ahead 50-45, though that remained in the poll’s margin of error. Union officials questioned its sampling, and a pollster for Barrett argued to Chris Cillizza that some of the public polling had been taken before Barrett mounted his TV ad offensive against Walker.

So the poll that shows Walker ahead, consistent with report after report is questioned, in fact polling in general is called out in the last paragraph:

Indeed, even neutral Wisconsin political observers believe that public polling of this race may not be predictive, since turnout in a mid-year gubernatorial recall election is impossible to anticipate.

Yeah who believes these polls anyway?

The post gets updated with the results of the Marquette Law School poll with Walker up seven. Sargent notes it’s “just inside the margin of error” and quotes a different source saying Walkers lead is under a point. That source? Talking Points Memo!

Sargent’s piece whether a press release for TPM & Media Matters or an attempt to con one more bit of work or dollar from democrat loyalists who ignore any non MMFA approved source does have a glimmer of truth (as any good propaganda does), in questioning reliance of polls. I’m a big believer in watching actions instead so lets look at the actions:

Item: The National Democrat party has pulled money out of the race.

Item: We see Debbie Wassarman Schultz insisting that Wisconsin is all about Wisconsin with no national implications.

As although as I type this Joe Scarborough just asked Van Jones why the president wasn’t in Wisconsin, (Jones changed the subject at once) the MSM that was once all Wisconsin all the time suddenly doesn’t find the recall all that interesting.

Frankly Greg I would include your own post as more evidence of the point I’ve been making right along:


Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

One year ago in March E.D. Kain was calling Wisconsin the GOP Waterloo. It was a joke then and 15 months later the only question left is this: Will the Unions be exiled to Elba or St. Helena?

In my last post I mentioned things I’ve seen door to door that bode ill for Obama. James Carville is no political fool sees it too:

You think that Democrats around the country are going to win — as I hear time and time again from people on the street.

Democratic fundraisers, activists, supporters, and even politicians alike have somehow collectively lapsed into the sentiment that the president is going to be reelected and that we have a good shot to take the House back while holding the Senate.

I ask: What are you smoking? What are you drinking? What are you snorting or just what in the hell are you thinking?

Now he doesn’t dare hit Obama’s policies and spends a good amount of time hitting Romney in his latest piece but he seeing what is right before his eyes. The left seems to be blissfully unaware of what is coming this fall aided by a media that kept up the illusion right up until the Jon Stewart rally fell flat on its face

I don’t know if it will take until the Monday before the election for Media Credibility Day to come. As Dan Collins notes and Captain Ed note Scott Walker might highlight reality a lot sooner than they think, but when it does it will be a storm and within a few weeks it will be gone and no results favorable to any Republican will mean anything to the media.

However Mike White might see donations pick up again.

Update: Panic Time!

Over at the Conservatory we have video of, as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, rubes self identifying:

MacIver videographer captured Tubbs telling the protesters, who did not have a permit, that they’d promised him they’d leave before the weddings that were scheduled to take place there for Valentine’s Day:

The video from the event is telling the chief can’t understand why these people aren’t willing to keep the “deal” after he has allowed them to violate the law, and his annoyance with the cameraman who notices this says even more.

Dishonorable people acting dishonorably, who wouda thunk it?

Now this is why Scott Walker is going to win this recall and win it big. The three couples who were planning to get married at the Capital. This was going to be a totally apolitical day. The brides, the grooms, their friends and families, the guests could be from any political background. Their primary focus is on the big day.

They planned and spent money to make it perfect, their expectations were high as they always are at the start of a marriage and relationship and what do they get?

They get the Fathers of the occupy movement in their way.

All the permits, planning and fees didn’t matter, a political point had to be made and the Capital Police knowing this conflict was coming were more interested in allowing the political point to be made than holding these protesters to the same rules as the three couples being married.

Let me tell you something, each member of that wedding party, each bride and groom, each person who had been invited and each facebook friend will remember who spoiled their wedding day and who allowed said day to be spoiled.

And that in a nutshell is the occupy movement and the democrats problem.

Andrew Breitbart, Lee Stranahan et/al might point to the occupy rapes and idealistically expect it to mean something to the party that stood behind Bill Clinton, however the real danger the occupy movement and its fathers in Wisconsin pose to the left is that sooner or later it gets in the way of regular people trying to do regular things.

A horrible crime happening to someone else far away in a shame, but it is a lot less likely to move a voter than to have their wedding day, their picnic or their day with the kids and family spoiled because some occupod somewhere is in the way. That changes votes.

It’s simple human nature and the left can’t see it any more than Jimmy Carter could see this:

In November these guys are going to get an education.

As I already said a week ago 2010 was a big GOP year so the surviving democrats would be either:

1. The strongest democrats

2. The candidates in the districts farthest left

3. Facing the weakest GOP candidates

I was really surprised by the polls showing Simac up last week, I chalked it down to people being upset at the Democratic Paul Revere caucus. It reflects poorly on the voters of Wisconsin that they are willing to reward the run away brigade but if the voters want to reward that kind of behavior then they should expect more of it.

Either way the bottom line is Scott Walker is safe, the new laws are safe and the progressives are in check. Walker’s program will have a chance to work and people will have a chance to see them work or fail.

Bottom line, as always Wisconsin is getting the government it deserves.

Update: Here is the story

Bottom line: Republicans will continue to control the agenda in the Capitol, but it will be difficult for Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders to get everything they want.

Holperin said he believes his win and that of Wirch showed that voters in both districts supported the move by the 14 Senate Democrats to leave the state earlier this year to delay a vote on the budget-repair bill that limited collective bargaining for public employees.

Althouse puts it best:

I did not like the “fleebagging,” but I don’t like recalls either. Let’s have regular elections and take them seriously, then accept that elections have consequences. This all politics, all the time crap is ridiculous. Okay?

The net result of all of his cost the Democrats and Unions plenty nationally and financially , it will be interesting to see if they learn anything from it.

MSNBC went all in last night on the Wisconsin recall, they broadcasted live from Wisconsin surrounded by union activists with Ed Schultz and on Morning Joe this morning the scheduled Sam Stein and Bill Press anticipating talking about the democratic victory.

Unfortunately for the unions who like MSNBC once again went all in it didn’t work out that way. When I got home from gamenight, there were still Union Crowds around Ed Schultz talking tough but on Morning Joe it was all doom and gloom for the left. On Twitter this morning the left is so busy trying to spin their failure to take the senate into a victory that I started a new twitter tag #bsintolemonade

As for the actual vote…

Turnout was very large, which is good, after all it was a bell-weather election for the nation.

Of the six recalls four were not close, Three Republicans (districts 2, 8 & 10 ) and one democrat (district 32) won easily. The district 32 margin win was a surprise since big successful recalls win usually require malfeasance.

Two races were much closer, in district 18 democrats won a 51-49 race and in district 14 the GOP managed a four point win.

Oddly enough the last race of the night to be called was district 8 even though it wasn’t close. The democratic stronghold of Milwaukee held back their vote as long as possible, traditionally the tactic when trying to game the system, but there apparently was too much scrutiny and too large a margin in GOP districts of Waukesha & Ozaukee that also took their time reporting, to overcome. (I wonder how those laid off teachers in Milwaukee who lost their jobs after the city rushed to lock in the old pre-Walker contracts voted)?

In the end I would have perfected to hold all six seats but considering the amount of money spent by the union I guess it just wasn’t possible.

The only bright spot for the left will likely be the Democratic recalls. Although running away from your job is a pretty good reason to recall someone, since only the strongest democrats were likely to survive the big red wave of 2010 it seems unlikely that even their Midnight Ride would be enough to cost them their seats.

Already we are seeing the left cry fraud, If I’m Scott Walker my response is to push a voter ID law to counter fraud.

Bottom line: Politically this failure is likely the final nail in the national power of unions outside of the most liberal cities and districts and it’s an even more bitter defeat since it was self-inflicted.

What does it tell us about 2012? I know what it tells me:

Ride right through them they’re demoralized as hell!

Aw you guessed!

Update: cleaned up one line that sounded off.

Update 2: Here come the headlines:

Beltway Confidential:
Unions lose big in Wisconsin

J. S. Online: Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall elections, hold Senate

Political Animal: Dems come up just short in Wisconsin

Top of the Ticket: Wisconsin news: Unions’ recall drive falls short; GOP holds state Senate

Hotair: Al Sharpton tries to cope;

Truthdig: Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle

Don Surber: Democrats lose Wisconsin. Again

Powerline: Dems Foiled

The Guardian: Democrats fall short in heated Wisconsin recall elections

Politico: Wisconsin GOP holds on to Senate

TPMDC: Wisconsin GOP Holds On: Dems Take Two Seats In Senate Recalls, Not Magic Three

That last one is the closest to a happy headline for democrats I saw.

The Other McCain: GOP Wins Recall Battle in Wisconsin

The Lonely Conservative: Good news in Wisconsin

It’s kind of funny if you examine the #wiunion and #wirecall threads Democrats are claiming victory but none of these headlines reflect it. Here is a story that they aren’t pushing:

As elections took place Tuesday in six state Senate districts, Gov. Scott Walker privately signed legislation to redraw their boundaries along with the remaining legislative districts.

Walker waited until nearly the last possible moment to announce he had signed the legislation, which will give Republicans an advantage in the upcoming 2012 elections for both the Legislature and Congress.

No word how this map will affect the newly elected democrats. I’ll give the last word to Ann Althouse:

Imagine if they’d gotten their majority. What gloating and grandiose claims would gush forth? They’d be merciless. The recall elections were a referendum on Walker! A referendum on the Tea Party! A victory for Obama and for taxing the pants off the rich! Especially the Koch Brothers!

It was just one state senate seat that made the difference. The Republicans got it. Should they exult and make their version of the extreme statements the Democrats would be making right now if Fred Clark had managed to scramble over the top in District 14? (If only he hadn’t quipped that he’d like to smack that lady around, or if her answering machine hadn’t caught it, this country would be a completely different place today, now, wouldn’t it?)

It is this fact more than any other that put Democratic crowing on twitter in context.

Sarah Palin April 2011 Madison Wisconsin:

…Your governor Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent to keep in order to keep their promises, and that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to is trying hurt union members, Hey folks he’s trying save your jobs and your pensions.

Post Crescent.com June 29th 2011 Kaukauna Wisconsin:

As changes to collective bargaining powers for public workers take effect today, the Kaukauna Area School District is poised to swing from a projected $400,000 budget shortfall next year to a $1.5 million surplus due to health care and retirement savings.

and the result of these savings?

Kaukauna School Board President Todd Arnoldussen:

“These impacts will allow the district to hire additional teachers (and) reduce projected class sizes,”

Sarah Palin right again!

Shhh….Don’t tell Mika Brizezinski!

Liberals in Wisconsin should be very worried about the “investigation” concerning the Supreme Court business in Wisconsin.

Why, because As I’ve already pointed out if Justice Bradley was actually assaulted by Justice Prosser then she would have already filed charges against him. The fact that instead we have an investigation undertaken by the Capital police suggests she realizes that such charges would not be supported.

The “investigation” meme gives our liberal friends a few days more of cover but sooner or later they will have to risk filing an actual complaint or drop the matter entirely.

My prediction is when the “investigation” fails to find evidence of an assault by Prosser the left will fall back on “corrupt” capital police covering things up and will use this as a meme to excuse the lack of charges. This will of course not fly with the general public but will fly with the “true believers” whose hatred of the GOP in Wisconsin has become religious belief.

One is forced to conclude that we are dealing with people either dishonorable or irrational.

The latest attempt by liberals to undermine things is Wisconsin by accusing Judge Posner of physically assaulting another judge would be laughable if they didn’t sound increasingly like a Mubarek trying to retain their power as the people desert them.

Let’s put things simply and directly: Do you think if this was true for one moment the left would not have run with it on the day of the incident rather than 11 days later? Do you think for one moment that it would not have been a bigger headline than the actually ruling? Would it not have been national news?

If your answer is to that question is “no” you might be hopelessly naive or be funded by a liberal group as Byron York points out:

The report was done by the liberal Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which was working in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Radio. The Center recently unveiled a project, funded by the Open Society Institute, to “shine a light into the operations of Wisconsin’s government.” It hired Bill Lueders, a longtime news editor and columnist for Isthmus, an alternative newspaper based in Madison, to run the project. Lueders wrote the Prosser report.

The report was posted on Saturday. It was immediately picked up by ThinkProgress, the activist arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. (ThinkProgress has some of the same funding sources as the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.) “BREAKING: Wisconsin Justice Prosser ‘grabbed fellow justice around the neck’ prior to union bill decision,” the group tweeted on Saturday afternoon. ThinkProgress sent out more details, and within an hour or two posted an article headlined, “Four Ways Justice David Prosser Can Be Removed From Office.”

These tactics seem to smack of desperation. The left in Wisconsin showing a lot of that lately or worse.

The final nail was driven in the coffin of the Wisconsin left as the Wisconsin supreme court ruled 7-0 that the court of Mary Ann Sumi flunked the Wisconsin Constitution:

[i]f a court can intervene and prohibit the publication of an act, the court determines what shall be law and not the legislature. If the court does that, it does not in terms legislate but it invades the constitutional power of the legislature to declare what shall become law. This [a court] may not do.”

Even harder for the left not only is Sumi overruled but the law by a 4-3 vote is now considered in effect.

That tells you how important the Supreme Court election Prosser vs Kloppenburg was and the decision to politicize the race will be a cause of regret for decades.

Meanwhile Legal Insurrection spikes the ball

Update: Allah comments and at Michelle Malkin’s site Fiscal Sanity triumphs

Update 2: Professor Jacobson posts an objection from an academic colleague in Wisconsin and after due deliberation gives his measured legal response to the argument.

Looking at the continuing recount in Wisconsin and the reactions of the Kloppenberg it is increasing clear that she doesn’t have the temperament desired for the Judiciary and Wisconsin dodged a bullet here.

I actually think this is a case FOR rather than against the election of judges. Elections reveal things about candidates and perhaps it would be better to find out if a person is out there BEFORE they get a lifetime appointment.

What I’d do is have a “re-affirmation” vote (at least 33% to keep a seat) every 5 or 10 years. That way a judge isn’t out for an unpopular decision but can be out for an outrageous one.

I would give her credit on one thing, I think holes in the bags and bad ties are a legit issue, but it’s not going to make the difference. Why:

1. On election night people SHE was thought to have the lead of a few hundred votes, that being the case the suspicions would be in a different direction.

2. The swing in results was from a reporting error rather than “discovered” votes

3. Unlike the Durant race, you are dealing with a gap of 7000+ votes vs 1-4 votes. Just how big are those holes supposed to be?

I still think while we are doing these recounts Wisconsin should be looking at the irregularities we were talking about before Prosser took the lead. Why miss the chance to root this stuff out when we can?

For several mouths we have been told by the MSM that the republicans in Wisconsin were overreaching, that their actions are energizing democrats, that things like the Ryan budget were going to turn into disaster for the GOP.

Even after the Supreme Court win in Wisconsin the meme continued unabated.

Now after months of this we see a concrete measure of democratic confidence. Herb Kohl a 4 term democratic senator has decided to call it quits:

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) will announce Friday that he won’t seek reelection in 2012, a Democratic source confirmed.

Kohl, the quiet Wisconsin senator and owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, will depart from the Senate after four terms, setting up what could be a tough battle for his seat.

Hotair has more and Steve Eggleston at the green room has some commentary but more important than any of this is the situation.

In 2012 President Obama will be on the top of the ticket. We have been told repeated that he is a shoe in for re-election. Hasn’t the left been trumpeting poll after poll saying that no Republican in the field, certainly not a conservative like Sarah Palin, has any prayer against him? This would be the time when democrats would turn out en-mass to support him joined by the elderly in revolt against the Ryan plan!

Yet with all these trends that the media is pushing Mr Kohl decides its time to head for the hills.

There is only one response to this nonsense: Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell!

One of the questions that was asked at the time of the Democratic Revolt in Wisconsin was why are the left and the Unions going all in? After all Wisconsin is a traditionally blue state and if the Republicans went too far wouldn’t Democrats be swept back into power and easily roll back any “extreme” changes?

Today in the Boston Globe, the answer has been given:

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

This is all the more amazing when you consider that there only 32 republicans vs 128 democrats. (In the Senate the spread is 36-4).

Last year the Democrats and the Unions were terrified by this election, they went all out, used every bit of muscle and political power they had to preserve their power. The public unions were out in force (by an odd coincidence schools in most towns were closed due to a “development day”. The Democrats managed to hold the red tide back They kept every statewide office and only lost about a dozen house seats (yes that 32 is after a big win for the GOP).

Yet less than six months later, the fiscal realities are coming home, and state legislators in Massachusetts seeing that the tactics of the left and the Unions in Wisconsin could not only stop Scott Walker but were not even powerful enough to win a Supreme Court Seat felt bold enough to make these changes. This unmasked the reality of the Union’s declining power, ineffective tactics and scant public support.

The question remains if these changes are enough or if they are cosmetic. (I can’t imagine the House taking such a vote without knowing the Senate would back them up) but there is no question that if the Unions are no longer strong enough to make Democrats in Massachusetts toe the line, their relevance in states any less blue is on the way out.

Update: Great minds think alike but the Captain gives the possibility that the bill would not pass.

Yesterday I spent the day after the show at the Border Restaurant in Leominster and followed that up with a trip to McCoy stadium to see the PawSox play this evening so I missed most of the Tea Party events.

Having knowledge and access to blog that does not hinder my ability to find out what happened in places like Madison Wisconsin yesterday.

First there is the video of Breitbart’s into:and then Palin’s SpeechBoth via the right scoop:

And if you prefer a transcript Governor Palin provides that too.

Then you have write ups such as John Nolte’s at Big Government:

If Sarah Palin’s not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I’ve heard since, well, Palin’s ’08 convention speech, which just happened to be the single most electrifying political moment of my adult life. A thrill didn’t just run up my leg that night, it ran up everything in me that’s American, and today in Madison, WI, it happened again.

You have Jim Hoff updating, Sissy Willis reminding of her tactics. William Jacobson reminds us her targets are not confined to democrats, Nice Deb opines and Dan Riehl notes the following about leadership:

As I said to a friend and colleague tonight, wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.

There has been some media coverage at Reuters and Politico however there is one aspect of the story that they seemed to miss. The Left’s Reaction. For that we have Jim Hoff and Big Government.

And for other non-Wisconsin issues of the left we have the Blaze for Oregon and IC Arizona for Arizona.

Why has there been so little on the air about this? For the same reason why you will not see the full clip of Palin’s speech embedded in MSM sites or why there was no commentary this weekend. Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them while watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

This is why “Ann Althouse” has become a dirty word for the left because she objectively looked at the happenings in Madison and said this

There is incessant ringing of cowbells. Then, we can hear that a young woman is speaking from the stage to the Tea Party crowd as the protesters do what they can to drown her out. She finishes — “God bless America” — and the tea partiers cheer but the protesters overwhelm them with boos. The emcee comes to the mike and we hear that the speaker was only 14 years old.

ADDED: One of the chants during her speech is “Go home! Go home! Go home!”

and this :

But today was distinctive because it was a Tea Party rally, and many people wanted to hear the speakers, especially Sarah Palin. The counter-protesters were there to drown out those speakers. Their earlier anti-Walker protests were about how they wanted to be heard. Over the last 2 months, the anti-Walker protesters have said many times — often directly to me or Meade — that they felt the GOP governor and legislators had the obligation to listen to them, that it was terribly wrong for their voices to be excluded, and that dialogue is the essence of democracy. They made a godawful noise saying that (and more), but what they did today was hypocritical, because today they showed up for the express purpose of denying other people the right to listen. So today was loud and angry, but it was nowhere near as loud and angry as it has been on other days. Nevertheless, today was bad in a different way, a way that betrayed values the anti-Walker protesters had voiced many, many times.

And remember this was written while saying things weren’t as bad as Breitbart thought.

You will see no quoting of Althouse tomorrow on the air, nor will you hear Elizabeth Scalia either:

can you imagine the hissy-fit the press would have if a tea party crowd had tried to drown out a speech by anyone? They’d say it was “downright unAmerican,” and they’d be right.

Put Sarah Palin’s speech next to Barack’s Obama’s, and forget about their policies for a second; just watch and listen. Which one do you believe? Who is transparent and clear and who is obfuscating and duplicitous? Who is natural, and who is affected? Who spends more time saying “I” and “Me” and who says “Us” and “We”?

That comparison is necessary for the American People to make an informed comparison between the two directions this country can be taken, and for that reason alone, the media, the left and the establishment GOP will do their best to prevent it.

Update: Two great examples: Who are you going to believe, CBS or your own eyes in Wisconsin and in Boston Union folk disrupt a prayer,

These are not the actions of people winning the debate, and remember this is Massachusetts where their allies overwhelmingly control the government. If they are that insecure here what does that tell you?

When I left the house to run an errand and have a bite with the wife the word had just come out that Prosser was up by 40 votes:

Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser took a 40-vote lead over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, according to new totals released Thursday afternoon.

Kloppenburg had been leading by 204 votes, but newj unofficial totals reported in Winnebago County show that Prosser received 20,701 votes to Kloppenburg’s 18,887.

My first thought was that a certain law blogger was suddenly going to have a change of heart when it came to vote fraud. Ann Althouse agreed:

I wonder if the concept of fraud is suddenly much more appealing to certain people.

Now I come home after picking up the kid from his college course and WOW:

A conservative-leaning Wisconsin county on Thursday corrected its count and gave an unofficial 7,500-vote lead to the incumbent in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive union rights law.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said the votes weren’t reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to “human error.”

“This is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found,” she said. “This is human error, which I apologize for.”

Ann Althouse quotes herself:

UPDATE, 11:43: Dane (Madison’s county) is nearly all in. I don’t see how Kloppenburg can net more than about 3,000 with what’s left of Dane. Waukesha is now shown as completely in, but the numbers didn’t change, so I think something may have been misreported. I took the trouble to do a calculation and was going to predict that Prosser would net 40,000 more votes in Waukesha. What happened?

Jim Hoff is crowing. I suspect the left must be both devastated and suspicious. If I was on the left I would have raised eyebrows too. As a rule when you are stealing an election you don’t do it by “thousands” after the fact (too dramatic) , but I can’t see how the left can’t be thinking something funny is going on..

This is what is so ironic, in my opinion thanks to that error, the people who wished to say tweak the election reported the numbers that they did when they did in order to bring their candidate just over the line.

If the correct numbers had been reported the first time then I suspect we’d still have counties out to allow for further necessary “corrections”.

Michael Moore says we shouldn’t because Klop had already declared victory, I kid you not:

Want a laugh? Check out Michael Moore’s Twitter feed. He’s upset that the counties are conducting a canvass — you know, to make sure that the votes actually get counted correctly — because, er, “Kloppenburg has already declared victory! Repubs in WI r behaving like sore losers.” No, this is not a parody account, either, although it’s hard to tell.

And apparently the best part is that the presser announcing this took place just as Chris Matthews was droning on about Klop’s victory. Mary Katherine Ham owns the best line:

Small, state-wide election with vital national implications soon to have no national implications whatsoever.

Looking at left leaning sites and the sudden respect for “now-discredited allegations” in comments has been fun, but the most fun I’ve had is looking at Rick Hansen’s site who just this morning said this:

While the fraud allegations remain stuck in the public’s mind, no proof of any systemic fraud has been unearthed. Instead, close examination of elections show, time and again, that our election systems are not perfect – but this is due to human error and not fraud.

His site links to this Media Matters piece with a fun title:

Predictable: Right-Wing Media Respond To WI Supreme Court Election With Baseless Voter Fraud Allegations

There has been no update, I wonder if they still consider fraud charges “baseless”?
As for Hansen he says this:

Here’s what I expect: With Prosser in the lead, the claims of fraud on the Republican side will stop. The Democrats will not raise claims of fraud even if they contest the election.

UPDATE: I already may need to take back the last part of this post: looks like Dems may soon start playing fraud card in WI Sup Ct race, focusing on the clerk who found the lost votes.

I give him credit for not changing his own opinion but I disagree. I still think those fraud charges need to be checked out properly and completely. I think a complete recount needs to be done even with a 7000 vote margin, after all that is still only 1/2 of 1% of the total vote certainly close enough to be worthy of scrutiny. Fraud isn’t wrong only if an election is stolen, fraud is wrong because it is FRAUD. We need to smoke it out now so that when things are close enough to make a difference those who would commit it will think twice. And who taught me that? Why Tip O’Neill:

People used to talk about Mike Ward and his Chinese hat trick. The story was that Mike would hire ten Chinese men, pay them each five dollars for the day (this was in the 30’s & 40;s when that was good money btw DTG) , and have them vote repeatedly under different names. Each time they came to the polls, however they would be wearing a different hat, the idea being that to Caucasians, all Chinese people looked alike.

With the help of Mike Ward, Walter Madigan pulled a few fast ones, such as using the names of people who hadn’t voted, and voting the dead…

O’Neill still won that race by about 400 votes but he was mad and decided to do something about it.

As soon as I returned to the state house I filled a bill that anyone caught repeating in an election would be given an automatic 1 year jail sentence. Getting that bill out of committee was a cinch, because who could dare oppose it? Privately, however, some of the members let me know how disappointed they were, a that they hadn’t expected I was the kind of guy who would rock the boat. But I didn’t like people stealing elections –and I especially didn’t like people stealing them from me! The bill passed easily, and that particular brand of corruption virtually disappeared from Massachusetts.

The time to smoke this stuff out is NOW while we have the win, investigate the lot, we will look magnanimous doing it with a lead because I suspect that the left can’t stand the heat and if we catch them on this now we won’t have to worry about it later.

And frankly if there is anything funny on our side, it SHOULD be exposed. I want to win, but I want an honest election first and foremost.

Update: Funny because it is true:

Reader Stu Wagner writes: “My suspicious, cynical side says that the Republicans delayed the full count to flush out any Democrat tricks. God bless ‘em, I hope they’re just that smart.” I’d be very surprised if they were that smart. . . .

So would I Glenn, so would I.

Update 2: Stacy and Ace are feeling good and Tom is just loving that Media Matters has confirmed there is no vote fraud:

And, of course, we are all relieved to know that Media Matters has already cleared up any idea that there was any voter fraud in this election. So there can be no doubt Conservative Judge Prosser won. And that he will also be the one to decide if the Republicans acted properly in passing the law limiting the Public Union’s collective bargaining privileges.

What a nice birthday present for Nice Deb.

This is an emergency! Control must be believed and obeyed! No-one in the colony believes in Macra! There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! There are no Macra! Dr. Who the Macra Terror 1967.

I couldn’t help but think of that lost episode when I read this from Ann Althouse response to this wild screach by Richard Hasen:

See, that’s the meme among Democrats. There is no fraud. You’re not even supposed to talk about “[t]he possibility of some fraud” — which was the phrase I used in my 11:55 p.m. post on election night. Note that I wasn’t even making an accusation. I was just trying to sign off and go to bed. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. But the mere mention of fraud triggers the reaction: Don’t talk about fraud! Fraud?! There is no fraud! Everybody knows there is no fraud, and anybody who mentions it is, by that mere mention, an agent of discord and deceit. This is an effort to delegitimatize the very interest in the problem of fraud. I expect a label to emerge, a label like “birther.” Ugh! She’s a frauder.

The left does seem to act like Doctor Who Villains lately don’t they.

Since this morning when I first posted on this subject we’ve seen much more

Madison and Milwaukee conservative radio show host Vicki McKenna aired several concerns during her Wednesday show. She told TheDC she spent almost her entire two-hour show taking audience calls, in which listeners detailed what may be considered full-blown voter fraud.

One caller, McKenna said, talked about a “missing box of ballots,” a voter overheard poll workers talking about. On air, McKenna said the ballot box could have contained blank ballots or it could have been filled with Wisconsin voters’ completed ballot. Either possibility presents a dilemma, though, as blank ballots in the hands of the wrong people could be used to illegally influence counts after the election.

Ed Morrissey is suggesting caution:

Having been a radio show host for several years in the Twin City through four elections, I can attest that not every allegation made on the air is the absolute sterling truth. That doesn’t mean they’re all false, either, and Wisconsin has a recent history of voter fraud that certainly serves to reduce the trust in the system there. Talk radio can help focus a spotlight on fraud, but it can also provide a lot of red herrings, too. Wisconsin voters should demand transparency, but also should not jump to conclusions before assuming the entire election was stolen.

I like Ed a lot but the problem with this advice is if we are cautious while the left falsely states these claims are “discredited” we lose the fight before it even starts.

Update: I’m with Steve Foley at the Minority Report:

But even in the face of all this liberals are claiming victory and trying to ridicule (as is their go-to tactic) anyone for even mentioning voter fraud. In fact, a commenter named Murry, replied to my Opinion Journal video post saying:

Oh spare me the “voter fraud” meme.

As if we should just shut up and move along. According to Murry somehow mounting evidence, facts, and abiding by the law have no place in this debate and we rubes should just accept the fact that special interest groups stole this election and quite complaining.

I’m sure folks like Murry would love it if we did just that…

Newsflash — we’re not going anywhere and the fight has just begun!

Update 2: Now Prosser is up by 40. Expect the left to suddenly find an interest in vote fraud.

Shades of the Durant election (Worcester 6th) in Wisconsin:

BREAKING VOTER FRAUD: Poll workers conducting registration on election day, voting, then registering again to vote. High school students registering other high school students under 18. When complained, the poll worker said mind your own business.

You might remember yesterday I said this about the precincts not reporting:

Two of them in Milwaukee and 8 in Salk. In my opinion (and likely the opinion of most of the right) at this moment people are counting how many votes Kloppenburg needs to win and deciding how to report their figures so the numbers will look credible.

It is a painful thing for Wisconsin that I am saying this, but it’s more painful that the state has reached the point where I suspect everyone is actually thinking this.

Lo and Behold in Milwaukee:

As Vicki McKenna was saying earlier, I find it interesting/troubling that 100% of Milwaukee County was reported on for the Stone/Abele numbers, but not for the Prosser/Kloppenberg numbers. What the heck is the problem?? She had some interesting callers this morning that make you sit and go “HMMMMM!”

And don’t worry the Police have your back when it comes to preventing Voter Fraud right?:

Two witnesses confirmed that a Police Officer who reported to address the incident apparently refused to deal with the protesters initially. Jessica Schmidt, Grafton Town Clerk, and another witness heard the officer say, “I used to be a conservative but I’m not anymore.” Apparently, this behavior was a result of the recent debate over union rights that has consumed Wisconsin. The officer then walked outside and without addressing the issues presented by the protesters and refused to do his job, allowing the intimidation to continue. The officer’s behavior was apparently upsetting enough that an elderly poll worker was shaking immediately following the incident and needed to be calmed down by a nurse that was present at the polling place.

That members of the Wisconsin police have thrown away the biggest difference between America and third world dictatorships over this issue is disgraceful.

And now lets follow-up with shredding ballots:

For some reason one of the counties in the state is destroying ballots that ‘were not counted’ yesterday. Apparently this is a very bizarre and egregious move.

After all we can’t have a recount determining that these were in fact valid votes can we?
Talk show host Mark Belling is trying to act:

I have filed a Wisconsin Open records request with the City of Mequon demanding any ballot submitted but not cast in yesterday’s election, including any remnant of a shredded ballot. We have received reports Mequon poll workers destroyed submitted ballots before poll closing time, demanding a driver’s license number from the absentee voter. This request is unusual and the destruction of ballots is of grave concern, given the closeness of the state Supreme Court election. I will consider seeking an injuction to back up my request if Mequon officials are not copperative.

Within the margin of fraud indeed!

This is it for Wisconsin, if the voters of this state allow this without protest then frankly they deserve exactly what they get and I’m disappointed in Stacy for not being in more of a fighting mood.

A long drawn out lawsuit that will help paralyze the state and the government

With 206 votes separating the candidates out of over 1.4 million (a difference of .00013%) with one precinct still left to report (My guess it is narrows the distance by anywhere from 89 to 110 votes with the final difference being under 100 votes.

From this day on there will no longer be trust in either government or the elections.

The prolonged litigation will also keep the supreme court from ruling on a ton of stuff as well. It will be a question of what the constitution says, but if the court is deadlocked who decides what the constitution says?

Since the Union goal is to delay and/or thwart the Governor and legislature they might consider this a positive but if it is a victory it is a Pyrrhic one. Millions upon millions of union dollars are going to be sunk into Wisconsin, thanks to social media the thuggish tactics have been exposed and the right didn’t bother to fight this fight on any kind of scale.

In the end the unions are fighting a delaying action against reform much like Richard Russell of Georgia did against civil rights, and while Russell figured he would hold out “100 years if successful 20 years if not” the unions are unlikely going to make it anywhere near a tenth of that time frame. Simple economics and the disgust of the producing class will not allow it.

Last night I posed two questions that I thought were mutually exclusive but the current results as the same they were at 3 a.m. with 34 presents left to report. Of those 34 2 where precincts where Prosser was lead and 32 where in precincts where Kloppenburg leads.

With 99% of the precincts reporting the current numbers are:

David Prosser (inc) 733,074 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,489 50%

They are separated by 4 ONE HUNDREDTHS of one percent of the total votes cast.

UPDATE*** 6 more precincts have reported the current numbers are now

David Prosser (inc) 736,878 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,043 50%
Prosser’s lead has leaped to a whole 5.6 ONE HUNDREDTHS of one percent of the votes cast

Of the remaining 24 precincts 2 are in areas that favored Prosser and 22 are in areas that favor Kloppenburg.

UPDATE AGAIN the 6 Ashland precincts that held out all night finally reported and the lead is down to 419

REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 737,224 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 736,805 50%

They are separated by under 3 ONE HUNDREDTHS of one percent of the total votes cast.

18 precincts left 2 that favor Prosser and 16 that favor Kloppenburg.

Two of them in Milwaukee and 8 in Salk. In my opinion (and likely the opinion of most of the right) at this moment people are counting how many votes Kloppenburg needs to win and deciding how to report their figures so the numbers will look credible.

It is a painful thing for Wisconsin that I am saying this, but it’s more painful that the state has reached the point where I suspect everyone is actually thinking this.

Update again That didn’t take long:

Joanne Kloppenburg 738,368 50%
David Prosser (inc) 738,228 50%

They are separated by under 1 ONE HUNDREDTH of one percent of the total votes cast.

10 7 precincts left they favor Klop 7 5-2 Expect those last two Milwaukee precincts not to report until the two outstanding Prosser ones do.

Down to 5 precincts, Milwaukee still holding out but now its 2 Prosser vs 3 Kloppenburg Precincits left and the count?

Joanne Kloppenburg 738,883 50%
David Prosser (inc) 738,514 50%

Final Update? With one precinct left in Jefferson county (Where Prosser won by 16 pts) not reported yet, here are the numbers:

Joanne Kloppenburg 739,711 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,505 50%

206 votes. A difference of just over 1 ONE HUNDREDTH of one percent of the total votes cast.

***End UPDATE

Let’s forget for the moment the same day registration nonsense that likely meant an awful lot of people particularly in the cities voted who may have been illegible, lets ask a logical question:

Consider, Democrats ran from the state for weeks, labor paid for massive protests, doctors were willing to give out phony sick notes to facilitate the protests, Unions and the left poured millions upon millions to turn this election into a referendum on Walker and a potential supreme court justice apparently ran on the basis of pre-judging a case.

Given all of those actions and all of that investment, with a the vote this close, do you honestly believe that the left will not attempt to steal this election assuming through false registrations they haven’t tried to already? Is there a single person on the right side of the blogosphere who believes this will not happen?

And as for the ballots currently under guard by police Ace of spades puts it succinctly:

Police guarded the ballots overnight, but that doesn’t really reassure. Would this be the same police that stood by and did nothing while union thugs tore up recall ballots aimed at Democrats?

Take a bow police in Wisconsin, your actions in the lead-up to this election turned that statement from an outrageous insult to an interesting conjecture.

Let’s remember Ann Althouse back from March 12th:

Anyone can look at the pictures and video and see crimes being committed. The low number of arrests is evidence that the police chose not to enforce the law. Meade, outnumbered in the center of an angry mob, was physically assaulted by a very large man, and all the while a police officer looked on and did nothing. Should Meade have said “Arrest this man!” — under those circumstances? Think about it! The police seemed to be on the other side, and he was surrounded by people who’d decided he was a “Walker plant.” How, exactly, was he supposed to extricate himself from the situation if the police didn’t respond to his accusation? What do you do when you can’t count on the police? You’re on your own.

The CSM article is also about whether the federal government can come to the rescue under the Guarantee Clause of the Constitution. Article IV, § 4. You mean, when the state can no longer fend off domestic unrest, the feds have a duty to help us? Pardon me if I laugh. The Obama administration might send in forces to do what the local police here won’t do?

Sorry. I’m a constitutional law professor, and I’m especially interested in all the federalism stuff, but I live in the real world, here in Madison, Wisconsin. I want real police, enforcing the law, equally and with a high sense of duty — not self-interested union enthusiasm.

Given this is there any chance whatsoever that Conservatives will believe that any result where Kloppenburg wins is legitimate?

And on the other side, the left spent the last 2 months insisting that the Walker administration which won by a wide margin is not legitimate. Given that there is no chance that they will consider any result where Prosser wins legit. Expect (at best) loud protests but I would expect much worse.

Unfortunately there is no actual solution to this. It is going to be litigated, and since judge Prosser of course can’t rule on his own election you have a 3-3 court. I suspect Libya will be resolved before this is.

Wisconsin is going to be in a quagmire for years over this. Wisconsinites when you see these divisions, when at best the expense and the gridlock that comes of this or at worst the violence that will come of it. (And I predict that we will see the worst) remember this has been brought to you by Wisconsin’s public unions and by the media’s unwillingness to call out the senators who ran away.

Update: Big point made on the right side of the sphere, by Robert Stacy McCain:

The unions lost. Their claim that their rage-filed protests represented an overwhelming majority of Wisconsin voters? Repudiated.

and the Right Sphere:

Regardless of how the race turns out, the fact of the matter is the “revolution” was a flop despite the efforts of a lot – thousands and thousands – of Leftists to create the impression that Wisconsin didn’t vote Scott Walker and Republicans in to office to tackle the real problem of public sector unions raiding the treasury. The Leftist’s hopes of using the situation in Wisconsin to create a national pro-union movement have been squashed.

and HotAir:

But the unions have a bigger problem. Many gave Prosser little chance of holding his seat in this off-year, otherwise sleepy election, as unions organized fiercely to unseat him before the state Supreme Court could hear the challenge to Scott Walker’s law. Given the usual lack of turnout for April elections in off years, the organizing power of the unions should have been overwhelming, and Prosser should have been toast even in less-progressive areas of the state. Instead, Wisconsin voters thundered to the polls to support Prosser, and Kloppenburg turned out to do poorly outside of Dane and Milwaukee counties — and even in Milwaukee, Kloppenburg led by just a 57/43 margin.

What should have been a slam-dunk if Walker’s proposal was really as extreme and disaffecting as unions claim turned out to be an even split. Given their power and the investment of time and money by the unions, this is an eye-opening stumble.

I guarantee this will be spun differently by the MSM

Update 2: Ann Athouse (an Obama voter btw) speaks some realities aloud:

There’s one more precinct in Madison’s Dane County. You can try to calculate what that precinct should be, using the 73-27% difference between the candidates in the 248 precincts that have reported, but I’d like to know what part of town the nonreporting precinct is in. More important, I’d like to know why that one precinct hasn’t reported, because, without more, I’m suspicious that politicos with a “by any means necessary” attitude are waiting to see how many votes are needed.

And her point about the court once a final result is given is even worse:

This race has been so politicized that, whether Prosser or Kloppenburg wins, the public will lack faith in the work of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Every 4-3 decision — assuming the winner of this election is one of the 4 — will raise suspicion. The power of the court, in the end, rests on the faith of the people. It cannot balance the power of the other branches of government without the faith that this election has eroded.

I’ll say it again, Wisconsin, by not nipping this in the bud you have done this to yourselves. When you are frustrated by this for years, thank the Unions.

As I write this with 37% of the vote reporting it is 50%-50% with Prosser leading by a mere 1884 votes so we have no idea how this is going to turn out.

So I don’t know which of my two questions apply but here they are:

If Prosser wins: Considering the level of death threats and intimidation that has been used by the left in Wisconsin will a Prosser election result in overt violence by the left? My guess is yes.

If Kloppenburg wins: Will the right make an attempt to have her disallowed from ruling on the Walker case on the grounds that is has been pre-judged? (Yes it will fail) and the will that be the basis of an appeal all the way to the supreme court (maybe, but I don’t know if it would be taken as it is a purely state matter).

I think it is all going to come down to this election, either way the people Wisconsin will get the government and the court they deserve.

NOTE: In the time it has taken me to type this update has come in 38% reporting David Prosser (inc) 319,941 52% Kloppenburg 301,187 48% a lead of over 18k.

Update: As Prosser maintains his (slim 52% reporting David Prosser (inc) 412,848 50% Joanne Kloppenburg 409,965 50%) lead one more question. The left has been claiming that the Republicans have been acting against the will of the people of Wisconsin. Since this election has been painted as a referendum on Walker if Prosser wins does that claim now ring hollow?

Update 2: It’s after 1 a.m. EST and the election keeps going back and forth Prosser is up about 1500 with under 100 precincts left but 60 of them are pro Kloppenburg ones. What a race!

On the Charlie Sykes (620 WTMJ Milwaukee) show in Wisconsin they are commenting on the “protection” racket that the unions are using. Let’s remind you of what the unions are saying:

“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members.”

So in other words as far as the unions are concerned you MUST take a position and it must be theirs or they will get you. One Republican legislator called in and suggested business so contacted check out chapter 943.30 of Wisconsin law and start making complaints

So let’s take a look at what Wisconsin law states, specifically Wisconsin Statutes > Criminal Code > Chapter 943 > Subchapter III > § 943.30 – Threats to injure or accuse of crime:

943.30
943.30 Threats to injure or accuse of crime.
943.30(1) 1) Whoever, either verbally or by any written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse or accuses another of any crime or offense, or threatens or commits any injury to the person, property, business, profession, calling or trade, or the profits and income of any business, profession, calling or trade of another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened to do any act against the person’s will or omit to do any lawful act emphasis mine, is guilty of a Class H felony.

Note that since according to the letter sent out to businesses a “neutral” stance is not allowed, the union is COMPELLING the person to act against their will or suffer the consequences. That makes this section active and makes the union letter written proof of a class H felony.

A class H felony in Wisconsin carries a max of 6 years a fine of $10k or both.

And the second section is even more interesting:

943.30(2)
(2) Whoever violates sub. (1) by obstructing, delaying or affecting commerce or business or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce or business is guilty of a Class H felony.

So that means that if you are a protester as part of the promised boycotts or picket of a business based on the above letter: Presto! You are subject to this same penalty!

And in our litigious society wouldn’t you like to be the lawyer starting a class action suit against the Unions who are boasting of full coffers and financial support to fight in Wisconsin? Can you imagine the size of the civil suit and award in a case like this? You want to sue people with a lot of money or insurance for a big payout. The local sub shop who gets the letter might not have it but the Union that sent it does. Every business who got that letter is a potential member of the class and the unions who supported this campaign and their national counterparts is a potential target. It’s a money tree!

I’m amazed a union lawyer didn’t spot this but it’s what comes of arrogant and unchecked power.

Update: Big Government was on this first but didn’t think of the class action angle, Ann Althouse is bother by the police involvement:

I can’t get my head around the concept of police involvement in boycotting businesses. That reads like pure corruption. I can’t believe it’s being done openly. Can someone explain to me how you can even argue that it is acceptable for police to extort political support from citizens?

If you ever wondered why the left always seemed to side with totalitarians, now you know.

In the Wisconsin battle the Koch Brothers have been portrayed as evil incarnate, liberals are ready to try to go after him financially but the Unions who actually work for him, suddenly say, not so fast:

A number of organizations are advocating a boycott of the products that come from companies owned by the Koch family. This is problematic for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it could potentially hurt the wrong people.

The Koch brothers own Georgia Pacific. It is an American consumer goods company that makes everyday products like facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, paper cups and the like. Their plants are great examples of American advanced manufacturing. Incidentally,

GP makes most of its products here in America. The company’s workforce is highly unionized. In fact, 80 percent of its mills are under contract with one or more labor union. It is not inaccurate to say that these are among the best-paid manufacturing jobs in America.

This presents a dilemma and a paradox. While the Koch brothers are credited with advocating an agenda and groups that are clearly hostile to labor and labor’s agenda, the brothers’ company in practice and in general has positive and productive collective bargaining relationships with its unions.

While some companies are running from investment in American jobs, The Koch brothers’ Georgia Pacific just reached agreements with its primary union in the paper industry to invest more than a half a billion dollars in capital to essentially create two state-of-the-art machines that conserve fiber and energy at two separate union mills.

But….but they’re evil! They want to break unions, they are greedy corporate guys who like conservatives, this can’t be true, this can’t be true, la la la la I don’t hear you.

Expect the left to ignore this plea to protect actual good paying American jobs. This isn’t about jobs, it’s about political power and left long ago stopped caring about the actual jobs of actual union members.

…run to the courts:

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.

Sumi’s order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County Ismael Ozanne is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law.

Sumi said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.

This is now going to be appealed and appealed to death.

Quick question. Now that the democrats are back, why not just bring up the first bill? Let them run away again, I’m sure that will go over well, and as Ed Morrissey said:

However, this is strictly a ruling on the process used to enact the law. If it came down to it, the Wisconsin legislature could simply pass it again, and it could do so rather quickly. The TRO is not based on any defect in the legislation itself.

I’d expect the legislature to take that up very quickly. I’d also expect some of the protesters to return in anticipation of that effort, although most of them probably won’t get away with taking more sick time to do so. Walker and the GOP could render this issue moot by Monday or Tuesday of next week, if need be, although they’d be wise not to tip their hand until Monday.

I wouldn’t be popping the corks if I was the left, but expect that to a big topic this weekend.

Because when people have a secret ballot they vote against this:

Leftist thugs harassed and then superglued the doors of a popular Wisconsin grocer after it was discovered that individuals at the store had donated to Scott Walker’s campaign last year.

and this

Police are increasing patrols near the Brookfield home of a state tea party leader who has pushed for greater health and pension concessions from public employees after he received a veiled death threat over the weekend.

Wisconsin Tea Party Patriots State Coordinator Michael Hintze told police when he answered a call on his cell phone about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a male voice “asked if he was wearing a bullet-proof vest” and then hung up.

And of course those who were chanting about democracy has a rather distorted view of it when practiced by their opponents:

Protestors both for and against the recall showed up. Even though they initially kept their distance, Holperin supporters engulfed the recall effort, and that’s when the situation turned tense.

“They circled around us, and they’re bullying us. They have a loud horn and they’re trying to intimidate people that would like to come and sign the petition,” said Kim Simac, recall leader, “I do think that this is an intimidation ploy.”

Simac says protestors even got involved with their petitions.

“We had a lady come up and write profanity and rip some of them right on our table…. so I guess that’s what democracy looks like to them.”

And it looks like the officers have taken a “liberal” view of serve and protect:

The policemen who were there, and who were standing in close proximity to these events as they unfolded, did nothing to assist those collecting the petitions as they were being destroyed, despite such an action being a Felony under Wisconsin law. Police also did nothing to clear the walk way for citizens that wanted to sign the petitions. Recall Committee members received many phone calls the following day from Merill area citizens who stated that they showed up to sign the petition, but were too afraid to get out of their vehicles and approach the recall table.

Kim Simac, leader of the recall effort, who has also received numerous personal threats, has now declared that enough is enough. “Tomorrow we begin taking the necessary steps to put a stop to this kind of behavior.”

As much as the national media would like to ignore these things the people of Wisconsin are not going to forget them. Add to that the sheer nonsense of the class struggle business:

The protests have been on behalf of well-paid people with excellent jobs — better jobs than the average Wisconsinite’s. And the protesters got massive extra doses of freedom to express themselves in the state capitol for over a month, without any threats of violence or even arrest for the crimes they committed in full view of the police. I mean, I know they have their complaints, but they are not even the bottom sector of the Wisconsin economy. If there were to be a class struggle here, they would be taken aback to find themselves in the role they actually have in this economy: the oppressors!

The left is right, this is looking more and more like Egypt. They are playing the role of Mubarak’s thugs.

Update: It is apparently even worse.

Update 2: The underground conservative lays it down:

Sad to say, I agree. There will be an ugly incident with violence, either toward individuals or toward perhaps a business that doesn’t support Da Union. And it will happen sooner rather than later.

Many of these union goons are trying to provoke an incident. Getting in people’s faces, as Der Fuhrer has urged, literally — such as the goon who literally blew a whistle in the face of Meade from Althouse or the thugs who are trying to steal phone cameras from anyone trying to record protests — will eventually provoke a physical response from someone.

At that point, it’s on. Eventually our side will have to fight back against the type of physical intimidation and Gestapo tactics that are being used by the Left. We have a case of a Madison bank branch forced to close because union thugs threatened the safety of the bank’s customers and employees.

And I seriously doubt if law enforcement will do the job we trust it to do. Clearly the sympathies of most law enforcement officers are with their union brethren instead of the public.

This is the most dangerous party of all of this. If public confidence in those who are sworn to protect them disappears then what makes America different goes away. Public safety unions should think long and hard before continuing down this path.

I know I just woke up and am a little groggy but am I actually seeing this?

We have ACTUAL DEATH THREATS against ACTUAL SITTING MEMBERS of an ACTUAL LEGISLATURE that the MSM is ignoring and not reporting on and Morning Joe is hitting Sarah Palin over the video response from January?

The question of responding or no is interesting but frankly old .

Yeah the politico angle on if she is running is legit but c’mon guys.

I’m really surprised that I can really be surprised here.

POWIP noticed something from Mickey Kaus that I didn’t:

It appears the Democrats had not accepted the concessions outlined by Walker in an email to some Dem senators (an email his office released). These were discussed below. They allowed collective bargaining over a broader range of issues, but kept the provision ending mandatory union dues checkoff, which is arguably the change unions fear the most. emphasis mine

Walker was accused over and over of trying to bust the union but was willing to compromise on collective bargaining but that’s not what the unions fear. What the unions fear the most are their members.

Why do you think they were so insistent on card check? Why do you think they were so interested in eliminating the secret ballot? It is all about the ability to intimidate. If union membership actually provided enough of a benefit to the majority of their members they would not worry about the state forcing dues collection. People would be anxious to join and willing to pay. The truth is for many union membership has become all about supporting the leadership that supports the democrats and gains the majority of the benefits therein. Johnny Friendly lives!

Their latest move is not all that impressive either.

There are many Kloppenburg signs at the march and, as I’ve noted before, although it’s supposed to be a nonpartisan election, some people try to make it very political. I’ve seen many people out at the protests stressing the need to make Kloppenburg a Supreme Court Justice so that she can vote against the GOP budget repair bill and do other things that will help the party that lost the elections last fall get something back in the judicial process.

As the left becomes more desperate expect to see more and more of this kind of thing.

…they are playing the role of Wellington.

Was it only 48 hours ago that liberals buoyed by polls and news reports were convinced that Scott Walker and the republicans were about to back down?

Now not even one day after they were proved spectacularly wrong the left has decided on a new meme to replace the old one that didn’t seem to work. Apparently now this vote is a case of political suicide for Republicans. E. D. Kain is convinced this will be their doom:

And now conservatives have chosen public-sector workers and teachers as their hill to die on. They have followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and elected Scott Walker, Rick Scott, and various other Tea Party candidates. Heavily funded by big campaign donors like the Koch brothers and other corporate interests, the Republican party has made a concerted effort across the country to take on unions, public pensions, and social services for the poor.

It is to laugh. Apparently E. D. hasn’t figured out that the “interest” that public unions fight against is…”the public” that is the taxpayer.

Richard Trukma is also playing the lemons into lemonade game as Jennifer Epstein reports:

While blasting Walker and Wisconsin’s Republican legislators for their “absolute corruption of democracy” in passing an anti-labor bill, the leader of the nation’s largest union group thanked the governor for getting activists fired up. “We probbably should have invited him here today to receive the Mobilizer of the Year Award,” Trumka said Thursday morning while speaking to the National Press Club in Washington D.C. “Wisconsin is the beginning — it’s pushing the start button” for pro-labor activism.

Right, he mobilized people so well that unions had to bus in supporters and were unable to match anything near tea party numbers in national rallies across the country.

Let’s cut to the chase here. The unions went all in here because they understand what is at stake, not bargaining, but the political clout that the union monies bring the leadership and the democrats who reward them with those monies. This is was what the unions were defending. That’s why they were willing to give up so much to avoid this vote.

Think about what it has cost the Democrats/unions:

1. War Chests: The three weeks of protesting had to have been a drain on both union and democratic funds. The monies they claim to have raised are not insignificant but they have not reported the expenses of their national campaigns. I would not be surprised if the funds raised are not sufficient to cover what they’ve already spent. In fact they will need the extra money to fight in all the other states that, seeing the union defeat in Wisconsin, will find themselves willing to take them on.

2. The schedule: Unfortunately for democrats this took place at the beginning of the term of Governor Walker. This means that this plan will have time to make the difference in the state economy meaning the voters will be able to see actual results by the time he is facing re-election. The unions are making a lot of fuss about recall efforts forgetting that recall efforts are also being placed against democratic lawmakers who actually fled the state as well. Those efforts will not reverse the bill nor did they manage to intimidate the lawmakers in question.

3. Voting with their dues: Even worse for the unions is the reality that the state is no longer obliged to collect union dues for them. The compulsion is gone. Legal Insurrection has it nailed:

The vote will be taken with the feet of tens of thousands of Wisconsin public employee union members, who will have the choice for the first time in memory of deciding whether to join the union and pay the union dues, which have been estimated in the $700-1000 per year range.

The public employees will have to make a choice, take a pay increase or pay the union.

I think we know how that vote will turn out, and whether the employees — once given a choice — will buy what the unions are selling.

I think the unions knew how this vote will come out too. That’s why they decided to die on this hill. They understand that where union membership is not compulsory it has dropped like a rock. They understand that this vote will be before any election and will signal nationwide how weak and narrow their actual support is within their own ranks.

4. Public Opinion:
That’s the other card that the unions and the media tried to play. I’m going to make the wild assumption that the office holders of Wisconsin are no more brave that other office holders across the nation. If they actually believed that they were going to suffer the public harm that the unions and the media insist they are going to get, don’t you think that they would have backed down? I think they didn’t back down not because they were any more courageous than other polls, I think they knew how to count and saw the protests for what they were and acted accordingly. As I’ve said, if the unions were convinced it would have resulted in a huge turnaround (particularly in an election year with Obama on the top of the ticket) they would have acted differently.

5. The visuals: This is the big one. The visuals of this protest favored the tea parties and the governor from the start and continue to do so. People don’t like to see their capital occupied, or doors handcuffed shut or people threatened with death, or their legislators running away. There is supposedly a big protest with Michael Moore this weekend. Yup Michael Moore and Jessie Jackson are really going to be able to sell this nationally. As I said in my examiner piece yesterday:

There has been an awful lot of video shot of the Wisconsin protests, there has been even more taken of both tea party protests and tea party meetings. The question becomes: which set of images are more likely to elicit the support of the majority of the American Populace? We will find out in 2012.

The only thing the Wisconsin democratic protesters and the tea party protesters have in common is both will likely be prominently featured in GOP ads in 2012. I’m sure the death threats against the Wisconsin legislators and those against Scott Walker (some actually signed on twitter) are going to go over real well come election day.

6. Bigger Events: Even if the unions want to keep the pressure on unfortunately for them bigger events are overtaking them, the rising costs of Gas, the war in Libya, and the national budget battles are going to trump any attempt to keep the furor up in anyone except for the truest of true believers.

E.D. Kain is trying to pull the Albert Sidney Johnston who with insufficient military to stop a union advance, used propaganda to keep the enemy thinking he was stronger than he was.

My advice to the Republicans? It hasn’t changed: Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell!

Update: Yup that should have said Albert Sidney Johnston, thanks to Edward for the Catch.

Update 2:
Unsurprisingly the NYT doesn’t get it but Obi Wan does.

There is a lot of talk about the actions of the Republicans in Wisconsin last night. Right now the democratic Senators are announcing that they are returning today since the bill is already passed.

But it hits me that once they are back in the other session, what is to stop the Republicans from bringing up the bill that was already passed in the house for a vote? Once they are in the chamber the vote can take place and all the fuss about “late night pushing of stuff” or “separation of the bill” would be moot wouldn’t it?

I think it’s a great question, does anyone have an answer?

Donny Deutch is calling the Governor Fascist, Mika is still hitting the governor and the republicans but points out the Democrats having fled have not a lot of lets to stand on.

Harold Ford is hitting Walker with both fists, Willie Geist is also saying it shows Walker for what he is etc etc etc.

Pat Buchanan is nailing it that the pictures of the mobs are going to hurt big time but the bottom line is did this work or did it not work.

Barnicle is pointing out that it’s going to come down in four years with “are you better off than you were four years ago.” Mika is agreeing.

The reports from Althouse of door being handcuffed shut by protesters are going to be in republican ads next year and will be devastating in the next election both locally and nationally.

Today’s vote in the legislature will determine if Wisconsin is ruled by the mob or by the law. It will also be interesting to see how the police react. Will they help republican legislatures get through the mob? Will they keep the mob from trying to intimidate the legislatures?

It will be an interesting day. I say the unions will go all in because they feel they have nothing to lose. The pictures will not be pretty.

Will democrats be smart enough to stop the Unions or will they be egging them on?

It will be fun to find out.

One thing I’ve noticed in covering protests is that you get a lot of hangers-on.

For example at almost every Boston protest you will get one guy who carries his US flag with corporate symbols replacing stripes, you will get a guy with a Palestinian flag. And if the tea party is anywhere nearby I guarantee you that the LaRouche democrats will be around, usually with their Obama Hitler posters, and of course there are the truthers.

Generally these guys are the crazy uncles of any movement they find themselves a parade and try to get noticed within it.

Which brings us to Michael Moore getting in FRONT of the crowd:

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that “Madison is only the beginning.”

There has been story after story about Moore’s appearance, I submit it shows that the left is losing this fight.

Moore’s biggest fans are on the far left, not in the mainstream. If Moore is the story, if he is the man in front. That tells you the message isn’t working or playing, polls or no.

As I was writing this I noticed this at Althouse who apparently agrees:

I wonder if the teachers and other Wisconsin union members who got the protest started 3 weeks ago appreciate having Michael Moore absorb their issue — maintaining the quality of professional public employment in Wisconsin — into his larger anti-capitalist agenda for America.

This is a problem with extending the protests. The crowd changes, new infusions of energy come from outsiders who see a ready-made platform to climb up on. These old-school, left-wing attacks on corporations have little to do with the distinct problems of jobs in the public sector — where, management is the government of the state and its citzens.

If their big draw is Michael Moore that tells you something about what is going on.

Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell.

of Fascism and terrorism:

Make no mistake about it; this is a political attack on teachers for supporting democratic leaders who have stood up for education in our state. If passed, these fascist measures will silence the voice of teachers working to improve our schools, communities and our state.

and this:

“He has the power to stop this madness now,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said to loud shouts of approval at the teachers rally. “Governor Haslam, if you’re listening, please stop this terrorism against our teachers.”

Terrorism! (You know that a certain section of this crowd was, about three years ago, in the streets, marching and protesting that the Bush administration was over-hyping the threat of terrorism and complaining that the term “war on terror” was too broad and was an imprecise definition.)

One of the things I’ve noticed in interviewing people is that those who have actually lived under communism or fascism tend not to make these kind of statements, but leftism has as I’ve said before morphed into a quasi-religion where if you have the right beliefs are you counted among the righteous no matter how much money you take from murderous dictators.

All of this self-righteous posturing is all about being part of the suffering masses in the mind and has no relationship with actual reality:

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method—by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses—you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

I really thing that the left started to believe its own rhetoric during the Bush years and has never gotten over it. It’s going to take a really nasty piece of reality to shock them out of it.

The NYT talked a bit about Koch today and told about his philanthropic work:

Mr. Koch, a billionaire who is perhaps best known for his family’s contributions to conservative causes, got a standing ovation from scientists, Nobel laureates and politicians of various political stripes as he opened the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he gave $100 million to help build.

Yup $100 million for cancer research I was curious how the left would react. So I went to Wonkette to check it out

David Koch is super sad about how the mean poor/working people are upset because he’s funding and directing the destruction of government unions nationwide. This makes him feel bad! And even though the deeply secretive David Koch never does an interview, the New York TImes somehow managed to get him to speak, on the occasion of David Koch being honored for giving millions of dollars to a cancer research center, because he has cancer and wants to cure his own cancer, even though he owns an evil forestry empire that insists formaldehyde (a carcinogen) is not a carcinogen. See, when poor people get cancer, it’s because they suck. And when rich people who exploit nature and humanity get cancer, it’s time to send $100 million to some little people who can maybe take care of the problem.

Ok I wasn’t really curious, I excepted exactly this, and the comments were even more fun, take a peek:

Here’s one

The only upbeat part of that article is that David Koch has cancer. Everything else is just Koch-sucking.

and Barbara:

I’m really sorry about his prostate cancer. I hope that it doesn’t spread to his anus. If he has to have an asshole transplant, he will be the first person to have the transplant reject the donee.

doc zoom:

It would be inhumane to publicly rejoice at the news that a fellow human being has cancer.

I will therefore rejoice only in private.

And these are not exceptions, they are typical of the comments left. Remember if you disagree with the left politically and do something about it, you are evil and deserve a painful death..

Meanwhile after reading a bit of this nonsense I left the following comment myself:

Yeah tear off those name because if there is one thing that the world needs, is fewer people giving hundreds of millions for cancer research.

I’m sorry but you folks have become parodies of yourself

That comment was rated -31 (so far) and generated five replies one example:

Dear Teabag Troll. We’re happy meester Koch is giving some of his billions to cancer research instead of his usual global warming lovin’, union bustin’, big insurance savin’, Freedom Works sponsorin’ right wing “hobbies”. Just pointing out how he’s all about taking care of #1. Well those things and dinosaurs.. but then they gave him his oil.

Now you might wonder why I bothered? Well it’s because when I saw the reaction I thought of this article I blogged about before:

Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consultant firm founded by Harvard professors. The management consulting firm received $250,000 a month from the Libyan government from 2006 to 2008 for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy “to enhance international appreciation of Libya’’ and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country.

And as Moneyrunner put it:

Professors sent to visit Khadafy included luminaries such as Joseph Nye, former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Lord Anthony Giddens, former head of the London School of Economics; Francis Fukuyama political philosopher from Stanford University; and Benjamin Barber, who has written extensively about democracy.

The Monitor Group is not a small organization, boasting 1,500 employees and 29 office worldwide. It is particularly proud of its Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Network, Racial Diversity Network and Women’s Leadership Initiative. For some reason it did not choose to devote part of its website to its “Whitewashing Brutal Dictators Project.”

Well of course I’m sure that since Wonkette readers are so outraged over the Koch article I’m sure that even through the monitor group supports leftist causes they must me outraged over their accepting money from a person who sends jets to slaughter his own people. There has to be article after article and comment after outraged comment on the subject, Right?

Hey there is evil and there is EVIL

Wrong. The monitor group doesn’t rate an article, doesn’t rate a comment, doesn’t rate outrage, but be fair after all Koch is supporting Scott Walker who wants to make labor rules that are still more generous than federal rules or those in other states so he deserves to be opposed cancer research money or no, but as long as you are funding Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Network, Racial Diversity Network then taking money from actual dictators and mass murders. Hey its all cool.

This is the backwards world of the left, take a bow Wonkette and readers thereof. You make it so easy to show the left for what it is.

Update: Irony meter overload #1 Another replay to what I wrote from Gef05:

What’s interesting is you see our snark as self-parody.

Yet you are unable to see the irony in a man spending millions to say “this carcinogen is no carcinogen” while donating money to cancer research.

Just please go away and play with your own kind. (emphasis mine) Somewhere where the rest of us don’t have to tolerate your lack of thought or your hatred for your fellow man.

The “hatred for the fellow man stuff” is funny and it prompted one more reply from me:

Where is the hatred thing coming from? I don’t know you or any of the people here? Why should I hate any of you?

I just think you’re very very wrong on this topic and other and a lot of the people here are kinda angry. I see it a lot on the left when I cover events and it’s really amazing to see how people kind of lose it .

But hey its a free country, you’ve got to get it out of your system somehow and it makes for good fodder for the blog and the radio show so I should be grateful.

And BTW as an American, in America, you are all “my kind” even Yankee Fans.

Irony meter overload #2 There is another place where Walker is being compared to a dictator:

So in this clip covering the protests in Wisconsin we have the requisite comparisons to Egypt, but PRESS TV also finds someone willing to call Gov. Walker a dictator. Have a look at the photo they’ve used in the background of their set and tell me which dictator they have in mind

Side by side with Iranian TV, solidarity all!

Irony meter overload #3
When Bobby hates you; you stay hated:

He went on to say that he had just visited a high school with [former Florida Governor Jeb] Bush. The crowd booed and hissed.

Booed and hissed? In Obama’s face? Just as he’s talking about the things that drive us together as opposed to the things that drive us apart?!

Did Obama’s own supporters ever take his Tucson speech seriously? And yet his opponents were supposed to moderate their politics at his behest.

Obama may be their guy but there are limits to the famous tolerance of the left.

(BTW the Bobby quote is from old Joe Kennedy he complained how JFK was kind of soft, but Bobby was his boy. I found the quote in Tip O’Neil’s autobiography Man of the House. Should be required reading right and left.)

Update 2:: One of the Wonkette people teased over the lack of comments last night. Alas they didn’t wait for today’s Instalanche.

Update 3: somebody decided to put my comment up on Fark and it generated hundreds of comments. It was suggested that I go over there because apparently I’m being hit pretty hard there. To that I say: So?

I posted on the wonkette thing because I found it interesting and illustrative of the left, and I found the reactions to my comments even more illustrative of the same. The reactions on Fark simply reinforce the point I was making.

I find it all quite amusing.

So fark guys, welcome, feel free to take a look around and come back if you want.