Expectations of a nail biting finish and close race in the Wisconsin recall effort of Republican Governor Scott Walker were quickly dashed this evening as from the first reports after the polls closed, Governor Walker jumped to a commanding lead, 22 points at one stage over Democrat rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Within moments of the first reports, Twitter accounts and facebook pages lit up with the exciting news of such a stunning victory for conservatives and Governor Walker, making him the first Governor to survive a recall effort.
Also surviving the union backed recall effort was Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state Senate seats, although one Senate seat remains too close to call in Racine County.
Kleefisch was opposed by Madison firefighter and union president Mahlon Mitchell in the first ever recall of a Lieutenant Governor. Kleefisch happily repeated an often heard chant from the fading Occupy movement heard over the fall and winter, “Now this is what democracy looks like!”
Governor Walker, speaking to an overflow crowd at the same party said, “Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make the tough decisions,” adding, “Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. We are one as Wisconsinites,” reminding supporters that it will take all working together to continue the improvements seen since he won the Governor’s race last year.
Throughout the day came reports and allegations of fraud from both sides, but mostly against union backed Democrats, alleging busing in of voters from out of state, confrontations at polling places as questions rose of questionable residency and an effort by Democrats to keep some polls open well passed the 8 O’clock deadline.
Unconfirmed reports came early of a robo-call calling on Democrats to stay home, their signature on the recall petition being counted as a vote cast.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said of the election outcome, “Wisconsin has given their stamp of approval to Gov. Walker’s successful reforms that balanced the budget, put people back to work and put government back on the side of the people.”
The Chicago Sun Times sees Walker’s reform efforts as a resounding success.
As can be expected, many Democrats and union supporters are not pleased, seeing all of their efforts at usurping the recovery by asking them to “pay their fair share” as well fizzle out in such a resounding loss.
Fringe leftist Ed Schultz hoped “Scott Walker could very well be indicted in the coming days,” in an MSNBC interview adding “ I think it’s awful close and there’s a lot of absentee ballots yet that are still out and it’s going to be very, very close down to the wire.”
Sorry Ed, with 95% of precincts reporting, Walker remains well ahead with a comfortable 54% to 46% lead. Even King County Washington would have difficulty “discovering” enough misplaced ballots to overcome that lead, some 180,000 votes at the time of this posting.
Sensing the Wisconsin recall would also be an indicator of November’s presidential election, Seattle PI’s Joel Connelly stated, “The CNN exit poll also tested the fall presidential race: Results gave President Obama a 54-42 percent lead over Republican nominee-in-waiting Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney.”
Voters seeing Obama’s dismal economic record compared to Walker’s common sense reforms, provided Romney embraces them over the establishment GOP policies may just say different in November.
Likewise, presumed GOP Gubernatorial candidate for Washington State, Rob McKenna would be wise to reconsider his earlier distancing from Governor Walker, seeing what voters are really seeking in a candidate for Governor.
Voters in Wisconsin repudiated the status quo and rejected public union efforts to continue padding their bank accounts this evening. McKenna has expressed disagreement with Walker and stated “collective bargaining is a right.”
Even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who instituted the “New Deal” early march towards socialism and government dependency once stated, “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress.”
That is a view shared by the other GOP candidate for Washington State Governor, Shahram Hadian who is ready, willing and able to follow Governor Walkers example and lead our state out of the ‘Great Recession’ we remain mired in.
It’s a great day for conservatives and hard working American’s. Scott Walker’s clear victory is a message from all people tonight as we collectively have stated, “enough!”
It’s now up to you to keep the momentum growing and take our country back and restore her to the greatness she has known.
How appropriate too that Governor Walker’s victory came on the eve of the commemoration of D-Day, the Liberation of Europe and the beginning of the end of World War Two. May the liberation of America march forward!