Today is the recall in Wisconsin for three Republican state senators.
One Democrat race has already occurred, with the Democrat retaining his seat. The other two face recall August 16.
If the Democrats can grab three seats they can take over the Wisconsin Senate. Because it’s a life and death struggle for the unions – both in Wisconsin and perhaps the U.S. – they have spent an unprecedented $20 million to help Democrats. “Never has so much money been spent on so few votes,” said Charles Franklin, professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.
They are fighting hard and dirty. Today Wisconsin election watchers say 250 deceased people are on the rolls in swing areas. The campaign ads are raging. One Wisconsin Democrat spokesman tweeted that on the recent 45th anniversary of Medicare celebrate “by punching a Republican.” The same guy, Graeme Zielinski, Communications Director for the Wisconsin Democrat party, even threatened a reporter.
When WisconsinReporter.com noted that half of the jobs created last month were being created in Wisconsin, Zielinski emailed this to the reporter: “What happens next is that I contact the publishers and editors of the papers that publish you as ‘unbiased’ and let them know our deep concern about the obvious bias that permeates your entire operation.
“Then we let our activists know which papers publish you and they will contact the publisher and editor. Then we contact the Capitol press pool and let them know about our concerns about your credentialing. And we continue on until you actually admit to the truth of your operation,” he threatened.
Besides the obvious goal of wanting to restore collective bargaining if they can get control of the state Senate, the Democrats/unions want to intimidate the GOP in Wisconsin and other states. They plan to take the strategy nationwide and use it in the presidential election – if it works.
That would mean they would successfully scare off Republicans, egg on the media to do their will, spend huge sums of money and try to replicate success in every state house in the country.
They would take delight in humiliating Governor Scott Walker, pushing forward to hold a recall election of him next year. They would like to jab RNC Chairman Reince Priebus who is from Wisconsin and successfully helped his state party win the governorship, state houses and Senate seat.
Will it work? Unions hope so. They got a blow yesterday when reports came out showing Walker’s reforms will help save Milwaukee. The Democrats lost the battle in the recent Kloppenberg/Prosser State Supreme Court race, where even in a recount Republican Prosser still came out on top. They lost the battle in 2010 using the same arguments.
It all depends on turnout. We’ll know tomorrow who prevails.