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In an interview with USA today (I tried to embed it, but it autoplays), Emperor of FitzWalkerStan Scott Walker predicted that the 2010 Tea Party Governors would win again in 2014 because they "solved the problems in their states" and "kept their promises".  

He also claimed that they were elected because of "voter frustration with government grown out of control particularly after the health care act, taxes and other things".  "I and others really focused on the economic and fiscal crises that each of our states and our country faced and that helped us capture the imagination of the voters".

He's right.  Throw enough BS around through friendly media publishing your propaganda and lies, hammering your opponents, and spend tens of millions of dollars on misleading ads which promise the sun, the moon and the sky above and you, too, can fool the voters.  Add to that totally obstructionist national Republicans that create endless gridlock and the GOP had a winning combination as Tea Baggers flocked to the polls and many of those disappointed by national Democrats stayed home.

He also went on to predict that Rick Scott, Republican Emperor of Florida, will also gain popularity and win re-election in 2014 because "it's hard to argue with results".  He said that all his fellow Republican Governors will prevail in 2014 because they have "markedly improved their states economically and fiscally".  Yes, he said that with a straight face because he's a very convincing and experienced liar.

He's such a convincing liar that The Big Lie has become the truth - proclaimed on GOP friendly media every day as well as what has always been thought of as more mainstream sources.  This lie has circled the globe repeatedly while the truth is still looking for its shoes.

Another bold faced lie:  that he and other jobs promising Teahadist Governators kept their promises.  Yes, forget the reality that Wisconsin plummeted from #11 in new jobs before Walker took office and now sits at #44.  That's his story and he's sticking to it.

In fact, when the jobs numbers in Wisconsin kept looking dismal and threatened to impact the 2012 recall election, Scott Walker just invented his own numbers and, sadly, our Wisconsin media just published them and berated the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers as unreliable - an almost astounding feat demonstrating the utter failure of our state and local media.

The biggest bombshell of this interview is that he says he has concentrated on on education "reform" and entitlement "reform" "because those kinds of things don't bring out 50, 60, 70, or 100,000 protesters."  Wow.  He's probably still got poop stains in his panties from 2011.

The really sad part, though, is what that says about us as people.  That we don't come together in numbers to protest robbing our kids, the disabled, and the poor and Republicans know it.

Of course, he's already promoting excuses for his incredibly awful performance in "creating jobs", his ONLY campaign promise in 2010 (he promised 250,000 by the end of his first term in office and only has about 200,000 more to go).  He touts how "employers" just love what he's doing, but continues to claim that "uncertainty" prevents all those shiny new jobs from being created.  That excuse is getting pretty old and lame particularly since he was able to buy the recall election in 2012 and provide that "certainty" he claimed employers were looking for back then.

Sadly, however, he may be right.  Independents, young people, and occassional voters stayed home in 2010 because of the disappointment they felt after turning out in massive numbers in 2008.  I talked to hundreds of those people during GOTV in 2010 who felt their efforts and votes were "wasted", that they saw no difference that impacted them or the country after the 2008 election, and that they wanted to "send a message" to the Democrats that they needed to move forward with a strong populist agenda rather than continue the never ending compromise in search of the illusion of bipartisanship.  

The old saying that "all politics is local" is still true, but the actions, or lack of action, of those in Congress and the White House do rebound and affect local and state voters.  In 2008 we voted for change and saw little despite huge majorities in Congress.  The resulting Red Tide on 2010 was the result.

In 2012 voters rallied again in large numbers, but this time they once again reverted to voting for what they saw as the lesser of 2 evils rather than voting FOR something.  Unless we see some serious action on the part of our national Democrats, Scott Walker might be right about 2014.

I continue to hope and work hard for a better outcome.

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PS:  Please view the video I linked and check out how enormous Walkers bald spot has become.  All those lies are taking a toll.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Lets Make the Tea Bag Emperors (30+ / 0-)

    one term Governors.  Send them packing in 2014.  None of them deserve another term.  In fact, none of them deserved their first term.

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

    by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 02:10:29 PM PDT

  •  While Walker is full of shit about the issues (5+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately he's correct about the ultimate outcome of the 2014 elections. Just as in 2010, many, many Democrats will sit home on election day "to teach Obama a lesson" or (insert reason here), while the GOP will be able to turn out their base courtesy of the manufactured "outrage" over the IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare, and whatever other nutty conspiracy theories the GOPer wingnuts can dream up.

    Which all means that not only will the GOP solidify its control across the country over governorships and state legislatures, but the GOP will consolidate its control over the House and narrow its deficit in the Senate.

    •  Democrats didn't stay home in 2010 (8+ / 0-)

      Young people, first time voters, "independents", and occassional voters stayed home.  While they came out again in large numbers in 2012, they're not seeing "bang for the buck" again.  On top of that, the sea change in 2012 is that folks were once again voting AGAINST someone and not FOR someone.

      The Dems need a better reason for voters than "the other guys are worse".

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 02:47:32 PM PDT

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      •  Barrett in 2010 didn't exactly inspire. (5+ / 0-)

        I remember that he campaigned a la Doyle, bashing public employees. He talked about "putting Madison on a diet". We figured we were screwed either way, Barrett or Walker. We had no idea how badly Walker would turn out.

        Barrett also ran, frankly, a really lousy campaign in 2010. As far as I know he had no organization, no campaign here outstate where I live. Those negative coattails helped lose us the senate, because Scott Walker and the republicans were certainly campaigning here.

        The Dems need a better reason for voters than "the other guys are worse".
        Amen, Puddy. Every time I get another snarky "Scott Walker bad" message from Mike Tate or the DPW I want to scream - but what do we stand for? Anger and outrage might make us feel good and get us 45% of the vote... which gets us 0% of control.
        •  Our state Dem Party needs to get fixed (6+ / 0-)

          and fast.  Mediocre candidates and a mediocre party aren't going to get us very far.  A progressive, populist agenda needs to be promoted.  People need to vote FOR someone, both statewide and nationally, and not just against someone worse.

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

          by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 03:19:44 PM PDT

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          •  Anyone who wants to run for office (1+ / 0-)
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            should immediately start planning to take one of the candidate training programs such as Wellstone Camp or the Milwaukee County Democrats' DemTeam training or Emerge Wisconsin's program for women. Or encourage someone you think would be a great candidate to do so. Many of the new crop of state legislators and local officials in the Milwaukee area have benefited from these classes.  A person who has taken one of these trainings will be eligible for assistance from the state party's new Red to Blue program that is designed to offer practical help in running for office in a red area.  

        •  It didn't help that a lot of rural voters (2+ / 0-)
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          saw Barrett as anti-deer rifle.

          Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

          by Ice Blue on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 04:11:04 PM PDT

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  •  Jon Stewart should (2+ / 0-)
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    Hire Walker as a writer

    In an interview with USA today (I tried to embed it, but it autoplays), Emperor of FitzWalkerStan Scott Walker predicted that the 2010 Tea Party Governors would win again in 2014 because they "solved the problems in their states" and "kept their promises".
    •  Walker isn't too bright (3+ / 0-)
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      He's got people writing that stuff for him and ALEC providing the talking points.  

      He's VERY good at politics and smooth talking and never, ever gets rattled no matter what he's asked (he just pivots to another subject if questions get dicey).  Don't count him out in that area.

      Otherwise, he's dumb as a bag of hammers.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 03:21:47 PM PDT

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  •  BTW, about Walker's bald spot... (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm not going to judge Scotty on that. If you look at my profile picture you see I have a big, wide-brimmed hat on. There's a reason for that. Nothing as bad as sunburning the top of your head.

    I tell people that I'm just parting my hair in the middle like I did in the 70's. It's just that the part is a heck of a lot bigger now.

    •  I think baldness is kewl and that (1+ / 0-)
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      bald men are very handsome.  I just appreciate the fact that Walkers wasn't visible when he became County Exec and enjoy realizing that I'm one of the many reasons it's growing.

      I dislike combovers and think that men shouldn't go to extremes to hide their hair loss.  Medically, men who bald have a lot of testosterone which makes them extra masculine.  Wear it proudly.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 03:26:23 PM PDT

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      •  At least it's not a (1+ / 0-)
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        Comb over or worse - toupee!  Anyhow, without a Democratic candidate as far as I know we'll see what happens as the days go on.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 05:48:57 PM PDT

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  •  We have one of the winger govs here in MI (6+ / 0-)

    and hope to get rid of him even though he's less toxic than our GOP dominated house and senate.  All of them attempt to co-opt the lasting benefits of the auto bailout and claim that it was GOP policies that rescued MI.  They claimed that making MI a Right to Work state would have the place flooded with new companies and jobs.  That can't point to a single job or company yet.  MI teachers have taken an economic pummeling from these TPers.  

    There's a lot of RW money propping up these guys, including from the Kochs, so it's no surprise that in their proposed fee schedules for vehicle registrations electric and hybrid vehicles will pay an additional fee of $75.  Really.
    Like WI, MI Dems have to do more to draft and promote good candidates.  Mark Schauer will oppose Snyder, who may or may not run again (There's some horsetrading going on on the right, I'm sure.).  Hope Schauer will become a household word soon.  Name recognition is half the battle.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 04:01:33 PM PDT

  •  the rethugs always cry in WI (3+ / 0-)
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    Abour Obama infringing on rights and freedom and state rights but are oblivious to the fact that on the State level their people are the most autocratic state government weve ever seen.  It must take a lot of effort to lie to yourself on a daily basis.

    •  They're rewarded and paid to lie (1+ / 0-)
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      Unfortunately, they're very, very good at it.  Worse, though, is our state media that reports those lies as the truth as if we don't get enough propaganda from RW media already.

      Karma needs to hurry up.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 05:01:45 PM PDT

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  •  Corbett in Pa (3+ / 0-)
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    Is currently losing big time to Congresswoman Allison Schwartz and I think this will hold up through the election, he's so hated by the Pa voters.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 05:52:16 PM PDT

  •  Looking at some of the DPW convention articles (2+ / 0-)
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    ...a lot of the delegates there are absolutely stupid.

    Kathleen Vinehout and Tim Cullen were floated as potential gubernatorial candidates by several of the delegates. Vinehout is an anti-contraception zealot, and Cullen is a crybaby who briefly left the Democratic Party because he didn't get a committee chairmanship he wanted! I like to refer to "Democrats" like Vinehout and Cullen as Walkercrats.

    I'll just say this...Democrats who are perceived by most voters as hard-line liberals but are actually not make horrible candidates. Sadly, the Democratic Party likes to run those types of candidates.

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 08:16:11 PM PDT

    •  I wish I could give that more than 1 rec (1+ / 0-)
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      Mike Tate was re-elected, too and Grahme Zielinski's gone.  So much for the DPW.

      Kathleen Vinehout keeps getting touted despite her support (which she keeps trying to deny or backstep) for that odious pharmacy bill which allows pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions they don't like.  And shame on her because she represents a rural area where the next nearest pharmacy is miles and miles away.

      Yet she keeps getting put forward because she's rural, something some folks think is absolutely necessary for a successful statewide candidacy.  BS!  They have only to look at urban Tammy Baldwins success over rural dumbshit Tommy Thompson to realize it ain't true.

      And Cullen - yikes - he's the guy Walker talked about during the fake Koch phone call.  The guy Walker thought would break the Wisconsin 14 holdout by returning to Wisconsin.  

      Lena Taylor has been very disappointing lately, too.  A real shame.

      Baldwin showed the way by promoting a progressive agenda and proudly supporting it.  Democrats need to follow that lead.

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

      by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 09:13:59 PM PDT

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      •  Both of the Democrats elected statewide in WI... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...Senator Tammy Baldwin and Secretary of State Doug LaFollette (note that I'm not counting state superintendent Tony Evers and the three liberal justices on the state supreme court who were elected as de facto Democrats in officially non-partisan races) are both urban progressives (Baldwin is from Madison and LaFollette is from Kenosha).

        Despite Wisconsin being a swing state, being moderate doesn't play well in Wisconsin. The Democratic establishment is very weak in Wisconsin, so, unlike Illinois (our Democrats don't have the votes for marriage equality but have the votes for irresponsible fracking legislation, gerrymandering congressional and state legislative districts, and tax breaks for large corporations), there isn't a Democratic machine that can provide big-money support for centrist candidates.

        "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

        by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 09:35:27 PM PDT

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        •  And yet centrists are what they trot out (0+ / 0-)

          Progressives are popular.  Democrats need to remember that.  Maybe then they can retake the legislature.  Weak tea, not so much.

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

          by Puddytat on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 10:16:43 PM PDT

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    •  Here is what Sen. Vinehout's website says (0+ / 0-)

      See http://new.kathleenvinehout.org/ under FAQs - Women's Health:

      In the words of Bill Clinton, abortion should be “legal, safe and rare.” The decision is one for the individual woman to make. I support current law and would not add further restrictions.

      Policies that result in increased use of contraceptives and more factual knowledge of sex will lower the number of abortions. As state Senator, I voted to protect the state’s family planning system, the Family Planning Waiver, funding for Planned Parenthood, and testing and treatment for breast and cervical cancer.

      I voted for the Healthy Youth Act that requires sex education taught in Wisconsin to be medically-accurate, age-appropriate, and comprehensive, and intensely fought the repeal of this Act in the Senate Education Committee this past year.

      I voted for the Expedited Partner Therapy Act intended to reduce the rate of STDs by allowing a provider to dispense a second round of antibiotics for the partner of a patient being treated.

      I voted for the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act that requires hospitals to provide rape victims with information on and access to emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after an assault.

      I voted to require insurance plans that cover prescriptions to also cover prescription contraceptives and to require pharmacies to dispense prescription birth control.

      I voted to fund  life-saving diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer for low income women, and to expand the Family Planning Waiver that provides family planning and preventative health care for low income women and men.

  •  media (0+ / 0-)

    The Koch brothers and their ilk provide most of the money to the local TV in Wisconsin during the height of the great right wing bullshit season. I watch part of an occasional Packer game if it is not on another DISH channel. I leave the room at all the commercials if it is within a year and a half to the election to deal with the washer, dryer, dishwasher, get a snack, hit the head or I hit mute or use the search function on the Dish program guide because the Republican lies piss me off in seconds. As far as I am concerned there is only one or two local media outlets in Wisconsin none near me in the heart of McCarthy land and the home of the John Birch office. All the local papers, tv and most radio stations are full of distant programing and/or right wing nut crap. At this point, if all the papers and tv stations and radio closed there would be an improvement in intelligent thought.

    The fact that the existing outlets sit in the way pumping out bullshit prevents some more objective source from publishing the obituaries, public notices, comics and local business ads that now amount to all that is of any value. Snotty Scotty the modern Nazi has a good chance of winning because he bases everything on people not examining his lies or voting on one generally irrelevant issue.  

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