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WI Court Election Close, Expect Recount

From a confident in the ultimate outcome Associated Press:

Split over union law reaches Wis. court race

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press
April 6, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s fight over union rights came to a head at the polls as voters split almost evenly over whether to re-elect a conservative-leaning justice or give his little-known opponent his seat on the state Supreme Court.

The race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg was too close to call early Wednesday morning. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Prosser led Kloppenburg by fewer than 600 votes. Final, official results could vary and a recount appeared likely

Notice how coy the AP is here about assigning party affiliation. In fact, the incumbent Justice David Prosser is a Republican. Which means, even if he wins by 600 votes the media will demand a recount. And, after the recount the Democrat will be declared the victor.

After all, Wisconsin is proud member of the political third world, where the votes need to be counted and re-counted until they finally arrive at the desired outcome.

Kloppenburg, an assistant state attorney general, began her campaign with almost no name recognition and faced long odds against Prosser.

Because "name recognition" is so important in state Supreme Court elections. But what are "long odds" when you are a Democrat?

The 12-year Supreme Court veteran emerged from a nonpartisan February primary with 55 percent of the vote, while Kloppenburg finished second out of four candidates with just 28 percent.

It’s a wonder that wasn’t considered close enough to warrant a recount. But, gosh, how suddenly unpopular Judge Prosser has become in two month — after 12 years on the bench.

But opponents of the collective bargaining law redefined the Supreme Court race as a referendum on Walker and all Republicans, working to leverage the anger over the measure against Prosser, a former GOP legislator. They branded him a Walker clone and held Prosser up as the best hope for stopping the measure.

And by "opponents" the AP means the union thugs bussed in from all across the country. And this ‘branding’ was accomplished by pouring in untold millions of dollars, mostly involuntary union dues, from outside the state.

Prosser’s campaign didn’t immediately return a message early Wednesday. However, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that he told supporters at his election-night party that there was "little doubt" there would be a recount.

Naturally, if the Democrat loses there must be a recount. And we must keep counting until this wrong is rectified.

Kloppenburg told supporters she hadn’t given up. "We’re still hopeful," Kloppenburg said. "So thank you all and let’s all get a good night’s sleep and see what tomorrow brings." …

And why should she be worried? History is on her side. We have seen this movie more than Casablanca.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York University program that tracks spending on judicial races, outside groups, including the Tea Party Express and national labor organizations, had poured a record $3.5 million into race through Monday

Wisconsin law does not provide for automatic recounts. Instead, candidates have three days after official results are tallied to request one. They must provide a specific reason for such an effort to state election officials, such as a mistake in counting or some other irregularity.

The "specific reason" will be that the Republican won. And we can’t allow that.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “WI Court Election Close, Expect Recount”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s things like this that make a person frustrated and so disgusted and wanting to give up. Of course, this is what the national socialists are counting on. Like nasty little spoiled children, they are expecting us to just give in out of frustration or get so angry as to react poorly. However, what they are NOT expecting is that there are more of us than there are of them and that they will be held accountable at the end of the day and that the “court of public opinion” works both ways and they are losing ground. People are now seeing their shitty behavior and are growing annoyed. Interestingly, public opinion seems to often work its way into a tempered, truly fair assessment of situations. Yes, it also often works its way into the truly ridiculous but many times, people (also known as “the unwashed”) come to a well-thought-out and reasonable mindset. In this case, I hope the people see just how ridiculous it is to appoint activist judges and decide in favor of conservative thinking and let elections like this stand.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    “GOP Won WI Court Election, So Recount” – the hell you say! This is a shocking turn of events. I must take to my fainting couch.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Without ACORN – I guess it’s getting harder to ‘win’ elections.

    Great news – but of course like everything else in WI – drag it into court and take forever to make a decision.

    Here in OH – we just ran it through the Senate, ran it through the House and then back through the Senate and then the Gov signed it.

    All done, neat, clean, without our cowardly Dems running off – over and out – finished. And guess what – The OH Unions STILL EXIST.

    So much for Union Busting law.

    Since the media doesn’t give a damn to actually report what is going on – I have to wonder how things in MI, IA, IN, TN and NE are doing – bet they are more like OH – moving along just fine thank you very much.

    But, never forget let’s just focus on WI – the epicenter for evil, vile Republican Union Busting dangerous people.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    This is still a victory for Walker, Wisconsin, and national Conservatives.

    This was a microcosmic post-election gutcheck for the Conservative grassroots, both in terms of energy and competitiveness in recently conquered blue states.

    Kloppenburg underperforming like this has probably scared the turd out of the mob bosses. Even if they manage to get her seated, it will come at even greater cost, and it won’t come with the national momentum of having rebuked our agenda in a state referendum.

  5. Right of the People says:

    I wonder if Al Franken(stein)s lawyers are available to assist Kloppenburg?

    This miscarriage of justice must be avenged!

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Ooh, someone’s bitter. Truth and a Bad hangover from last night’s should’ve-been-victory party probably aren’t mixing well. Drink some water, take some Ibuprofen and a brisk 15 min walk outside, you’ll be fine; I know you’re tempted to call in sick but you used all those days up in Madison.

  7. Snardius says:

    If Kloppenburg wins she will become the Super Governor. No legislation will become law without her blessing as any bill that her union/liberal puppetmasters disagree with will automatically go to the courts. And Wisconsin will be stuck with this incompetent politial hack for 10 years.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Who is Andrew Mackie-Mason: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:LLwbdNq5xDoJ:source4politics.blogspot.com/2010/10/two-rand-paul-supporters-implicated-in.html+Andrew+MacKie-Mason&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com


    Clearly a man of superior intellect and with a hyphenated name, truly enlightened. Us mere troglodytes are simply incapable of understanding all the necessary meanderings and permutations that the law must account for in all cases. But fear not! Mr Mackie-Mason is here to help us all work it out, hopefully with the full adult supervision that we all require, if not a simple smirk and wry grin of intolerance for our ignorance. Thank You, sir! What would we ever do without you?

  9. P. Aaron says:

    The election is within the margin of ‘found boxes of uncounted ballots’ that always seem to turn up in these close races.

  10. Mae says:

    Let’s just declare all leftists to be traitors, slap them in chains, send them to Gitmo and let them rot.

    • Rip Cord says:

      We CAN’T send leftist traitors in chains to Gitmo. You see Barack Hussein Obama in his Presidential Campaign of 2008 PROMISED to shut Gitmo down in his first year! And since it’s now Barack Hussein’s SECOND year of the Presidency we cannot…………………. OH wait………………………………

  11. David says:

    The problem, Andrew, is that you came to a very popular conservative blog to advertise (your first post) your own irrelevant and unknown blog. The issue being brought up here is larger than this single election. There has been a consistent pattern of recounts upon recounts that all tend result in the same outcome. The democrat, who was behind, *somehow* pulls ahead after the recount and as soon as the democrat is ahead the vote is certified.
    Word of advice, check out http://www.flayme.com/troll/#How and objectively analyze your own behavior.

  12. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s simple. I read what you wrote for a few moments and didn’t like you for years. I’m done with you.

  13. Dupree says:

    Hey Peanut, Here’s a few points for you:

    *Nothing the government does is free.

    *How can you claim we are “bashing the other side” when it is a nonpartisan race?

    *And finally Peanut, don’t expect people to take you seriously when you link to your own blog as proof of your claims.

  14. Rip Cord says:

    This smells amazingly like Harry Reid’s “re-election”. Reid was behind in every poll in Nevada with a week to go and he cried to the Unions to come in and “help”. Suddenly Shepard Smith of Fox News announces that absentee ballots are coming in at 60-40 Reid! I smell a rat!

  15. proreason says:

    Words? Get your details right. priss is one word. Sweet pic, btw.

    As far as the election goes, I don’t know much about it, except that cheating in elections is the essence of “progressivism”. So it’s a sure bet that there was more than the usual 3-5% in this one.

    The political philosophy of confiscation only goes so far after all. Progressives need the extra edge of disonesty and violence to enforce their will on the majority.

    If I were you, I wouldn’t be quite so smug about it, but you probably can’t help yourself. The problem, you see, is that the folks on the other side are more the type that can be pushed, but only so far. Bullies often think they are getting their way, until it’s too late.

  16. proreason says:

    Not biting, sweet cakes. Not doing any research for you.

    Not doing anything for you. We’re not into arguing with children here.

    Go find another sandbox to pee in.

    • SinCity says:

      This election stunt seems to be a pretty worn out strategy, especially in states where there is an imbedded progressive infrastructure. Progressive loses the election, media sounds the alarm, recount-recount-recount until you get the desired result. Rinse, repeat until the will of the majority is sufficiently subverted.

      I wonder when people will wake up to this, or even what can be done? Sure talking/blogging about this stuff spreads the word, but then what. The light switch has been turned on, but it seems that more and more, under media cover, that the cockroaches aren’t scattering anymore.

      As far as our recently deleted guest is concerned, I remember you said that you didn’t feed the trolls a while back. Sound advice, because they are a bit of an irritant. Case in point is Michelle Malkin’s blog. Great articles and interesting posts, but a high tolerance toward trolls. All in the name of ‘hearing what the other side is saying’. I pretty much already know what they “think” (I use that term very loosely). I really have no desire to show proof to a libtard trolling on a conservative blog so he can brag to his buddies on Kos. Pathetic….

    • proreason says:

      Steve usually bans em after they’ve annoyed for a few hours, which is one of the appeals of S&L.

      But think what kind of person would do what guys like him do….go into an environment just to piss people off. I’d be surprised if any of the regulars here have ever done anything similar. Some may post occassionally to a libwit site, but to do it FOR FUN, for HOURS? To go out of your way to irritate other people? It’s just plain weird.

      But take a look at his picture and it all comes clear. He’s classic.

    • SinCity says:

      I’ve actually been reading this blog about when it first started. I remember a few years back, that there was a rash of trolls, and Steve announced that he was going to delete them. My first thought was that it wasn’t a good thing. It was kind of fun reading some fool troll on the site and seeing Sheehanjihad “tater-stick” him/her. However, it is quite distracting from the subject of the article. Your post regarding these folks (I believe you were refering to “confusious” at the time) was artful.

      I did follow the link you had before. The picture reminded me of the worst “boat-cut” I had when I was in the Navy. Living in your mom and dad’s basement does funny things to people. I wonder if his Star-Wars action figure collection is complete?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I think Steve deletes them due to the fact that they have enough “voice” throughout the rest of blog-dom. MM’s site does receive a number of posters who think they are presenting a “level and factual” argument that end up getting hammered. Much as I like to see that, I also appreciate that this place tends to be a conservative posting site only, where people of that mind can espouse philosophic and factual postings without having the distraction of some petulant know-it-all who is more like “Comic-Book-Guy” on “The Simpsons” than an experienced “field intellectual”.

      There were plenty of insults running though my mind that I was wanting to throw, while simultaneously trying to avoid an ad-hominem attack. And, truly, the best evidence against him was that he was so certain of things that just weren’t so. The complete lack of cynicism as regards yet another race where the conservative candidate won, thus spurring a “recount” which has proven to be so problematic for conservatives or republicans, all the way back to Mr Hanging Chad in Florida, which I’m sure Mr hyphenated uber-liberal parents has no recollection of.

      His folks are certainly of dubious qualifications, I’m sure…perhaps even from Kenya or maybe some other festering cesspool of socialism and muslim background. Or, they may be “typical white people”. In any case, Andrew is heading down the road towards permanent government employment, a metrosexual lifesytle with a little “green” car and all the recyclables neatly stacked out front in their respective bins, using Gaia-saving energy produced from bird poop and so on.

      I wonder when, exactly, his utopian dreams will crash headlong into reality. Perhaps when he has to start paying his own bills…or gets screwed by the car repairman. One can only suppose. Surely government will never let him down, will it?

  17. Mae says:

    What I think would be fun, gang, is to all get together, say at the stroke of midnight, high atop the Empire State Building (does it stay open that late?) and celebrate one of the best comment sections in blogdom. Truly, it just makes me happy to be in the presence of such word artists. Steve, you’re going to have to set it up.

  18. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Its rep has been sullied enough in recent months.”


    Thanks for the personal attack. Having had many conservative friends who come from Wisconsin over the years, I find your position untenable. And I am attacking liberalism/national socialism, and the people who support it, not the state of Wisconsin.

    Have you never wondered how these elections, when a republican or conservative wins, gets overturned in a “recount”? I’m fairly certain you believe that it’s all done on the “up-and-up” and that there are no organizations that spend their time figuring how to make these things happen.

    And please, list the numbers of elections in the past 40 years when a democrat won and was “recounted” and the results overturned so that a republican took the win. Thanks.

    “…leaves me even more embarrassed than usual to admit I come from Wisconsin.”

    As would I, especially since it’s become the festering cesspool of blooming national socialism that it is. I would imagine the native conservative population there must be beside themselves with disappointment over having raised people like you.

  19. Petronius says:

    In this Wisconsin election the unions used money confiscated from taxpayers by force of government to fund a campaign to remove a State Supreme Court Justice. If that’s not corruption and gangsterism, I don’t know what is.

    But perhaps Justice David Prosser should count himself lucky to be alive. Unions do not hesitate to murder judges when they can’t corrupt them.

    As for Wisconsin’s “progressive” experience in democracy, we don’t have to look very far :


  20. Astravogel says:

    This Just In!
    It’s being reported that somebody ‘forgot’ to include
    a Wisconsin city’s vote totals. I believe they’re saying
    some 7,000 more votes for the incumbent.

    Stay Tuned !

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