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  •  not a surprise given the way he handed the states (4+ / 0-)
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    reps their asses in questioning. at this point,. it would be wise of walker and Van Hollen to not appeal and accept the inevitable, unless he truly wants to lose. those who favor gay marriage will come out to the polls and give Walker and Van Hollen a big middle finger if they keep trying to fight this.

    •  Unfortunately, they'll certainly appeal (1+ / 0-)
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      First, voters are pretty much locked in to their position no matter what.

      Second, Walker has made it clear that "he's just enforcing the constitution" and his base would freak if he went back on that.  Plus, I think it's foolish to pretend that the position doesn't have some appeal to many voters.  Particularly after Walker won the recall, apparently in part because people felt that a recall was somehow improper.  Similarly, "defending" a duly elected - if odious - policy probably isn't going to sway many voters one way or the other - see, point one above.

      •  Walker won the recall due to illegal coordination (1+ / 0-)
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        Gay marriage is supported by more than half of Wisconsin, and those who favor it are strongly for Burke. as for the base freaking out, Walking could castrate children on live tv and they'd still vote for him

        •  Marriage equality isn't a key part of the election (1+ / 0-)
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          It just isn't.  The majority of Wisconsin voters almost certainly favor marriage equality, but I doubt that there is any evidence that suggests that enough of them are so strongly in favor that it would make them change their vote from Walker to Burke.  

          So, Walker has absolutely no political reason to reverse course on this.  The only thing that would change is mind is a call from the guys pulling his strings.

    •  Van Hollen has already announced (1+ / 0-)
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      that he will appeal the ruling to SCOTUS.

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