MSNBC’s Morning Mope this morning over Wisconsin: Update Link-a-palloza added

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MSNBC's Morning Mope this morning over Wisconsin: Update Link-a-palloza added

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 5149 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.

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.