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RECALL: Race more about a weak opponent

Letter by Beatrice A. Pierce, Lake Tapps on June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am with 33 Comments »
June 11, 2012 11:29 am

Wisconsin’s recall election shows that Gov. Scott Walker had advantage of time and the possible forgetfulness of some state voters. Tom Barrett, current mayor of Milwaukee, was chosen as challenger even though he was a two-time gubernatorial loser.

Walker knew he would be up for possible recall as far back as November 2011. Barrett threw in his hat on March 30; he won the primary May 8 – a full 28 days before the general recall. Walker’s campaign had six months of time to set his agenda, gather alliances and money. Barrett lost in the 2002 primary and again in the 2010 general against none other than . . . Scott Walker.

We here in Washington know a little bit about choosing a two-time losing gubernatorial candidate. Remember who state Republicans chose as their U.S. Senate nominee in 2010 to run against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray? Dino Rossi. Yes, the same Rossi who lost twice to our current governor, Chris Gregoire, in the 2004 and 2008 gubernatorial races.

Is this proof that Barrett was a weak candidate? I think he should have asked Rossi for advice.

Leave a comment Comments → 33
  1. It was about who can buy the election.

  2. It was about the WI Democratic Party being unwilling to annoy their corporate funders.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    The loons on the left will spin this major loss in every direction possible. Republicans, outspent, cheated, dead people must have voted, etc. What a crock of bullhockey!!!

    The reason Walker won and won big is that Walker promised to implement some very specific policies to deal with Wisconsin’s serious fiscal problems. Walker signed his policies into law. Since Governor Walker’s policies became law, thousands of jobs have been saved and created, taxes have been cut, municipalities across the state have become financially sound, the unemployment rate has fallen, and the state of Wisconsin now has a budget surplus. So public employees pay a few more % of their health care and pension benefits, schools can shop for health care, saving millions from day one, and public employees are no longer being forced to join the public employee union, which has seen about a 50% drop out rate so far. This all happening in one of the most liberal states in the U.S. Add in the stunning landslides in San Jose and San Diego.

    Don’t you think the public likes the Walker reforms??? The answer is yes. Don’t insult us with your lame reasoning that Barrett was weak.

    Can’t wait until we have Walker reforms in WA State.

  4. Oh dear, haven’t you heard Beatrice?
    The WI election was a landslide of epic portions, “overwhelming” victory, a total rejection of the evil ‘leftists’ and the beginning of the end of ‘liberalism’ (again.
    Come on Bea, tune into fox…they will set you straight!

  5. “Since Governor Walker’s policies became law, thousands of jobs have been saved and created, taxes have been cut, municipalities across the state have become financially sound, the unemployment rate has fallen, and the state of Wisconsin now has a budget surplus”

    Not a single word of truth in that, not one.

  6. Fibonacci says:

    taxed
    Check this mornings Seattle Times. Neither gubernatorial candidate in this state is anti-union. Both agree with collective bargaining. You will just have to keep on with your anti-union ranting all by your little lonesome.

  7. philichi says:

    That is OK you can believe that Walker had a weak opponent.

    I suppose that Scott Brown’s opponent for the Massachusetts senate seat was weak, so was Niki Haley’s in South Carolina, so was the new Queens,New York republican congressman, as a matter of fact when the house swung by 66 seats last time it was because all of the democratic opponents were weak.

    gosh, maybe the Dems should find better opponents. Or maybe the US just doesn’t like public sector unions anymore.

  8. BlaineCGarver says:

    Bad losers and sour grapes…..I pray this is the end of being held hostage by public servents. If they don’t like it, try groveling at a private job for a change…you know, where you actually have to produce in order to keep your J.O.B.

  9. Now we get to be held hostage by mega-national corporations and a few selected billionaires

  10. averageJoseph says:

    This is fun…

  11. lylelaws says:

    Sorry Beatrice, but your explaination of a weak candidate was a “weak excuse”

  12. Fibonacci says:

    pjilichi
    And the Democrats won all of those seats in 2008 because…….? Republikans just can’t admit that public sentiment goes back and forth. When Cons win it is because the people are voting for what theright stand for, but if Dems win then the public is just misguided and needs to be straightened out. What will be your excuse when the Republikans get elected and the economy stays crappy and the Democtrats win the next time?

  13. averageJoseph says:

    … they bought them? Isn’t that the new by-line?

  14. My god, how can the right be this far wrong?

  15. charliebucket says:

    well said fibonnaci. well said.

  16. philichi says:

    really, what if we live in a center right country? What if we have a president that ran that way, and as soon as he got elected turned into the reincarnation of Karl Marx? What if Bill Clinton did the same thing and lost his Democrat congress too.

    Could it be that the center right nation just doesn’t like socialism?

  17. concernedtacoma7 says:

    It is voting with reason vs emotion. Dems win people act irrational and short sighted, or win the republicans put up a weak candidate.

  18. sumyungboi says:

    Too much! The excuses and whining from the far left over the Wisconsin woodshed incident is becoming hilarious! The far left can do much damage when they’re in power, but when they see it slipping away is when you need to have your camera phones handy! :)

  19. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The dance the left is doing is fun to watch. A win for Mitt in Nov it will be the icing on the cake.

    Philichi states quite well. The country was swindled. The guy they wanted to elect (unifier, open, respected, intellectual) showed his true colors after the election. Worried more about his place in history then the country. He met with historians 3x since he has taken office to ensure his narrative is being written in accordance to how he perceives himself. Could this guy be anymore in love with himself? A speak without the words I, me, my, etc would be a pleasant change. Better yet, stop giving speeches and work.

  20. Fibonacci says:

    concerned
    But how in God’s name can you believe that more of what we had under Bush–which is what got is into this mess in the first place, will be an improvement? In case you have a short memory, things were already in the crapper when Obama was elected. So, he has not fixed much–no thanks to the obstructionist Cons, but how is going back to the failed policies of the right going to help?

  21. aren’t companies making more profits since Obama took over?

  22. “what if we live in a center right country?”

    We would be in far worse shape than we are now.
    The right has always destroyed the economy, look at history.

  23. “The dance the left is doing is fun to watch. A win for Mitt in Nov it will be the icing on the cake.

    Philichi states quite well. The country was swindled. The guy they wanted to elect (unifier, open, respected, intellectual) showed his true colors after the election”

    Still holding true, ct7 is 180 degrees out from reality.

  24. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Fib- with the exception of keeping tax rates at their current level, what Bush policies have you heard being pushed here or nationally?

    First off most republicans are pushing for a simplified, flatter tax code. So even the Bush rates are not exactly what they want.

    Second, most (if not all) right leaning pundits have bashed Bush for overspending and expanding entitlements.

    So I ask again, who is talking about Bush? Only the left, hoping to erase the last 3 years and make an election about Bush again.

    When BHO had both the senate and the house in his pocket, the crap he rammed through did not help, and be easily argued to have slowed the recovery. Dodd Frank and Obamacare are the obvious ones. His EPA attacking energy has continued since the house has little power to stop them.

    The obstruction arguement is dated and false. Stat after stat shows the senate is the roadblock. While there has been a huge uptick in filibusters, items Harry can action on he does not. The House has passed a budget. The senate has done nothing (except vote unanimously against BHOs budget).

  25. aren’t companies making more profits since Obama took over?

    Oh good Lord, what did he “take over” now?

  26. Yeah, they are

    LOL! Yeah, loan me money at 0% so that I can turn around and loan it back to you at 5%, and to the rest of the dummies at 8 – 25% and I think I could turn an easy “profit” too.

    Geesh.

  27. got the blinders on?

    Look with your unifocus at the stock market if you want to see the overall profits of corporations in America at an all time high.

    only partisan partypoopers are so narrow minded

  28. yabetchya says:

    Would not the WEAK man, be the one on the bottom? In real life there are winners and losers, grow up, this is not T-.

  29. Blinders? Wow, I was thinking the same about you. But the truth is either you’re intentionally using skewed data, or you’re being quite purposefully disingenuous, or both, or… well there is also a third truth, let’s just leave it at that.

    What your… link fails to point out is that the graph is a measure of profits taken as a percentage of GDP. Have you been paying attention to what’s been going on with GDP over the last 4 years?

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that showing rising profits as a percentage of an anemic GDP will skew things considerably – and not in a direction this administration would be keen to brag about. No, that would be the providence of liberal blogs.

    And then there’s the problem with inflated dollars. The graph is measuring “in Billions of Dollars” – that would be non-inflation-adjusted billions of dollars. Remind us again… what was the dollar worth 4 years ago?

    Then there’s the shocking old business formula; profit equals revenue minus costs. Business are faced with the constant challenge of knowing when to reduce costs or raise revenues. In a stagnant economy such as we are currently mired under this administration, what would the prudent course be for a business?

    But don’t bother answering intelligently or listening to me. After all, I’m just a “partisan partypooper”. No, listen instead to Dr. Dambisa Moyo as she schools the hopelessly clueless Bill Maher:

    Discussing whether or not Barack Obama is intentionally trying to destroy capitalism, Maher said, “This is where the Republican Party is. And, you know what? Corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are higher than ever. How can he be destroying capitalism? They’re eleven percent. This is the highest since World War II.”

    “But there’s two ways to make profit, right?” interjected Dambisa Moyo…

    “You can either reduce costs or raise revenues, and in this case, the reason why everybody is up in a tiz correctly is that companies have been cutting costs quite aggressively, amongst them labor costs, and amongst them higher unemployment. And that’s why I think there’s a schism between that kind of discourse between the Republicans.”

    (Moyo owns a Ph.D. in Economics from St Antony’s College, Oxford University, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an MBA in Finance, and a B.S. in Chemistry from American University in Washington D.C. She also worked for the World Bank.)

    In order for businesses to survive they must grow. Growth does not equal sitting on profits. Neither is growth inspired by the weak leadership currently on display in this country.

  30. CT7 – The GOP is pushing two policies –
    Make Obama a one-term president and
    Make the rich richer.

    They care nothing for the good of the nation or 99% of its citizens.

    What is dated and false is right wing lie that Obama had the house and senate in his pocket.
    The truth is the GOP set the record for most obstructionist senate.

  31. Wah-Wah-Wah-Wah, pass the crying towell please! Walker and the people of Wisconsin won! Get over it.

  32. “And then there’s the problem with inflated dollars. The graph is measuring “in Billions of Dollars” – that would be non-inflation-adjusted billions of dollars. Remind us again… what was the dollar worth 4 years ago?”

    94 cents. So much for inflation.

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