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  •  OK, so this ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... just confirms my long-held suspicions:  Wisconsinites, like Minnesotans next door, are plain insane.

    How can you otherwise account for some large number of UNION HOUSEHOLDS voting for the Republican, no matter what he may have promised in the campaign.

    Scott Walker needs to become the permanent poster-boy for confused Dem voters in WI!!


    "Equal rights for gays." Yeah, it's just that simple.

    by planmeister on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:15:57 PM PST

    •  Yep, Wisconsin Dem's own this one. (7+ / 0-)
      A big part of Scott Walker's victory in November- and Ron Johnson's as well- was Democratic voters sitting at home. Our final pre election poll in Wisconsin found that likely voters had supported Barack Obama by only 3 points in 2008, in contrast to his actual 14 point victory in the state. Those sleeping dogs aren't lying any more though and when you combine the reinvigoration of the base with GOP union households trending back toward the Democrats, Walker seems to have severely hurt his party's chances of building on their gains from 2010 next year.

      Now I don't know if some Dem's were frustrated about the economy or they just threw their hands up in despair. Either reason is not good enough to stay home on election day.

      "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it." President Obama

      by Onomastic on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:25:54 PM PST

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    •  40% of the AFSCME local (3+ / 0-)
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      were GOP voters, around here.  A good number of them voted simply based on the abortion issue.

      Sometimes a .sig is just a .sig.

      by rhubarb on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:32:56 PM PST

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      •  I'd have to agree on that for my own AFSCME local (5+ / 0-)

        In Waukesha County. I know many of these folks, assuming they voted at all (and I'm not!) are very conservative, and no amount of anti-Walker and Johnson literature in their mailboxes was going to convince them to vote for Barrett or Feingold.

        What I can tell you for sure is that these are now some extremely unhappy people, with a really bad feeling about what the future holds.

      •  Where I'm at, (1+ / 0-)
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        AFSCME endorses a lot of Republicans, but not for Governor.

        "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

        by James Allen on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:46:15 PM PST

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    •  the God, Guns and Gays theme still works (7+ / 0-)

      with many working class people, not to mention good old fashioned racism.  I'm sorry to say but many people will ride that crippled old pony to the poor house and then wonder how they got there.

      Many members of my own family have been falling for this crap since Reagan.  I sometimes wonder if I'm truly related to them or was kidnapped as a baby.  The only thing we agree on is the Packers.

      Obama 2008 - Damn, I got fooled again!

      by Gareth G on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 02:34:44 PM PST

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    •  we aren't much better on this side of the lake. (2+ / 0-)
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      While snyder isn't quite as insane as walker, he's no friend of labor by any means.  It's social issues that did the Great Lakes states in this time.  That and overt lies from conpublicans and their corporate allies.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 03:36:58 PM PST

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      •  I've been hearing a lot of this lately here in MI: (3+ / 0-)
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        "We should have voted for Virg, HE wouldn't have done this to us....."

        "Virg should be our gov right now, not this guy...."

        The sad part about it is, Virg Bernero (D) was the perfect democratic candidate for governor.  He was, at all times, upfront, clear and honest and extremely tenacious about getting his message across.  Virg was (and IS) one of US.  His message, his childhood upbringing and his track record as mayor of Lansing, made him superbly qualified to be governor.

        But the Michigan voters wanted 'change,' so they voted for the 'nerd', and the democratic voters who didn't want to vote Republican stayed home in greater numbers.  Virg said it best in his concession speech:  "It wasn't our time."

        Well, it sure looks like our time now, doesn't it?

        Going to the woods is going home--John Muir

        by GypsyT on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 04:22:28 PM PST

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        •  Unfortunately, "our time"... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...if you're a Democrat or Independent -- or at least don't drink the corporatist/Republican/neocon Kool-aid -- may be a regretable memory, if the next 2 years strangles fund-raising for Democratic candidates, as this Wisconsin assault seems to presage.

          There's a very good chance that the fundamentalist/theocratic/neocon/corporatist Republican agenda takes over complete control of our federal government  for the foreseeable future -- they've already done a pretty good job in the judicial branch, and enjoy an inordinate amount of power in the legislative branch -- even when they were in the minority for thw past 2 years.

          •  Kay, in what ways do you see the next 2 years (0+ / 0-)

            strangling fundraising for Democratic candidates?  I see the rallies in Wisconsin as energizing to democrats (and, by association, their fundraising)....

            If anything, the republicans, by their recent behavior as a group in general, are only sealing their fate on NOT being re-elected.  When this many people have been burned this badly, they tend not to forget, at least not quickly.

            Going to the woods is going home--John Muir

            by GypsyT on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 03:30:01 AM PST

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