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  •  What I don't understand is how the recall failed? (2+ / 0-)
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    When does his term end?

    •  It failed for two main reasons (11+ / 0-)

      Many Democrats are not liberal, and not progressive. There was a very well-funded campaign in support of Gov. Walker, who had won by quite a margin a short time previously.

      But probably the thing that tipped the balance is that many Democrats do not like the idea of recall elections. Period.

      Even though I would have made an exception for the odious Walker, because he was elected on utterly false promises, I do not like recalls, and would like to get rid of them completely.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:34:01 AM PDT

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      •  Correct. AND understatement of the decade: (14+ / 0-)
        There was a very well-funded campaign in support of Gov. Walker...
        The final ratio was approx 7 to 1 and we can't really know all the outside/shadow spending due to Cits United and WI Recall laws (eg No Limit to $$$ contributions to sitting pol fighting recall, challenger has regular $10K max limit).

        In hard $$ Walker raised $30.5 mil vs Barrett's $3.9 mil.  
        Koch brothers/Chamber of Commerce/outside sources  swamped us: 3/5 of Walker's $$ came from outside WI.
        National Dems, not so much.  Debbie WS sent a fundraising email the Thurs before the Tues vote...

        Total spending on this recall: $63.5 million.
        2010 Gov race between same candidates: $37.4 million.

        Mother Jones has lots of depressing $$ data.

        Add complicit pro-Walker newspapers and blanket of RW talk radio.

        The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

        by JVolvo on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:50:44 PM PDT

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      •  The other part of the recall was that the media (20+ / 0-)

        continually props Walker up (they hide bad news and report his talking points as if they came from the mouth of God).

        Walker didn't run in the recall.  He ran AGAINST the recall inventing the "fact" that recalls are only to be done for elected officials charged or convicted of a crime (yeah, he and his band of Not So Merry Men passed that into law quickly and quietly after the recall election).  No one in the media even bothered to point out that the recall statutes were not only for criminal behavior - in fact they can be done any time citizens gather enough signatures to turn an official out of office.  

        As a result, Walker turned the recall into a referendum on the whole concept of recall.

        Next year he can't run against the recall.  He'll have to run on his own dismal record.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:03:26 PM PDT

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      •  Some Dems didn't like recalls from the start... (4+ / 0-)

        Others were convinced by the "recalls are bad" message from the Walker propaganda machine.

        One can see how well it worked from Marquette polling across the time period when the propaganda ran.

        There was a huge missed opportunity to counter the anti-recall message... Scott Walker himself was on video record as having been an enthusiastic advocate of recalls... when it opened the way for his election as Milwaukee County Executive.  This 2010 Scott Walker quote right here, about the Milwaukee County recall, could have been so effective:

        “You know the folks that were angry about this started a recall and they were told they needed to collect 73,000 signatures in sixty days. Well, not hundreds, not thousands, but tens of thousands of ordinary people did an extraordinary thing. They stood up and took their government back. In less than thirty days they collected more than 150,000 signatures. It was at that moment I realized the real emotion on display in my county wasn’t just about anger. You see, if it had been about anger, it would have been about people checking out and moving out or giving up. But instead what happened was really amazing. You saw people standing up shoulder to shoulder, neighbor to neighbor and saying ‘we want our government back’ And in doing so the real emotion on display was about hope.”
        Dammit, it was on YouTube!  It was part of his 2010 campaign!  Scott Walker loves recalls -- because they're about HOPE!!

        And yet, we never saw it.  Because the Dems didn't run it.

        Sigh.

        If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

        by AnnieJo on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:26:05 AM PDT

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