Lugar In The Crosshairs

There is a primary in Indiana tonight. Long time incumbent Republican senator Richard Lugar will probably lose. Tonight’s Lugargeddon is more proof of the powerful draught served by the Tea Party and the evaporated mist known as Occupy Wall Street.

When/if Richard Lugar gets booted out of office it will be for not listening to the ones that brung him. The decades living in Washington, D.C. distanced Lugar from Indiana and Lugar began to think he was in Washington to do as he desired without listening to the great unwashed.

Our republican form of government requires elected officials to use their discretion, experience, wisdom, and personal judgment in casting votes. But those votes have to be explained. Those votes have to take into consideration the popular will. The votes our representatives cast are votes on behalf of the people filtered though that elected official. But in the end the elected official must at the very least listen to and consider the wishes of the governed. Lugar tonight will learn that lesson.

In North Carolina, a must win state for Barack Obama, there is an anti gay marriage ballot issue, Amendment One, that will likely win. This Amendment One issue puts Obama in a bind.

Many African-Americans are opposed to gay marriage and Obama needs a turnout of blacks bigger than 2008 if he is to have a chance of winning. That is one of the reasons which explains Obama bailing out of a North Carolina visit.

Contrary to what many Republicans/conservatives believe Barack Obama is an anti gay bigot. So are many African-Americans. But a lot of white liberals mouth support for gay marriage and gay rights and Barack Obama needs to fool them again as well.

Honest gay activists are withholding campaign contributions from Barack Obama until he keeps some of his broken promises to the gay community and Barack Obama desperately needs that gay money. But, a lot of swing states such as North Carolina and Ohio are against gay marriage. Obama is caught between the oceans of lies. Remember this from two days after the 2008 elections?:

During the primary Barack Obama organized a gay-bashing tour exploiting African-American homophobia to his benefit. On election day that homophobia continued.

Proposition 2 in California passed on Tuesday. Proposition 2 benefited farm animals. Proposition 2 protects pregnant pigs, calves and hens as well as any animal in an enclosed area. California farm animals have their rights enhanced in Barack World. California Gay-Americans are sent to the Obama slaughter house.

Proposition 8, with big help from Obama supporters passed in California. Many of those Obama supporters that supported Proposition 8 were African-Americans who voted for Proposition 8 by 70%. Obama said nary a word against proposition 8. Obama’s voice was employed by supporters of Proposition 8 in robocalls to win support for Proposition 8. The Obama South Carolina gay-bashing tour echoed in California.

Many African-American Obama supporters who wept and gloried in the end of racism in America turned on Gay-Americans. [Some wonderful African-Americans fought against Proposition 8 with the same strength that some African-Americans supported Hillary.] Obama said nary a word against the bigotry.

Gay-Americans: Welcome to Reality.

The Obama gay baiting of 2008 is catching up with him in 2012.

In Wisconsin the Republican governor Scott Walker will officially know who his opponent will be. In early June both candidates will face off in a general recall/reelection fight. If Scott Walker wins the last of the many recent recall elections in Wisconsin the Obama campaign will have a coronary. Say goodbye to 10 electoral votes that were in the “safe” category for Obama.

Tonight might not be exciting, but it sets the table for the main events to come.

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  1. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76064.html

    Sen. Dick Lugar, the political gold standard in Indiana for nearly 40 years, suffered a once unthinkable primary defeat Tuesday, marking a seismic shift in his state’s political culture and sending yet another warning to longtime Senate incumbents.

    Lugar’s losing battle against Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the tea-party-backed victor, was the marquee race on a primary day that also featured contests in West Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

  2. GOOD- I HOPE LUGER LOSES BIG-

    He groomed, babysat and held the hand of the do nothing Senator as he made his way up the ladder and into position to pounce on the presidency… Rove, Kerry and Kennedy also in this rat pack responsible for the blight sitting in our White House.

  3. Great post admin.

    I went to log in and started to type, ‘unwashed’…oops, the CA vote for gay marriage wast overturned by not only the black vote, but outside of Ca, big bucks from the big boy churches…

    I have to keep reminding myself that Barrycakes LOST to Hillary in the primary, but later she was stabbed in the back by Nasty and Boxers….only Feinstein stayed by Hillary’s side.

    Sometimes it’s darn hard being a Clinton Democrat these days.

    in the last election, I voted for the primary to be open for all candidates, not tied to party. It passed, hark…I was excited.

    Then I get my election stuff in the mail for June and just found out CA can only vote by PARTY for President. It was a WTF moment I still don’t understand.

  4. Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by 49.69 to 49.36% for McCain. Today black churches helped pass the anti-gay marriage Amendment One. Socially conservative blacks – why Obama ran his gay bashing tour of South Carolina in 2008. Obama is boxed in by his own lies. Some gay money will be withheld if this situation persists. Some white liberals/young people will remain unhappy with Obama because of his stance on gay marriage and related issues. The difference in votes from two opposed constituencies is enough to turn North Carolina into a Romney state many times over.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/08/2052643/marriage-amendment-latest-results.html

    RALEIGH — North Carolina is poised to become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

    North Carolina would be the last state in the south to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

    Incomplete returns show the amendment up 59.72 percent to 40.28 percent. Some large counties, including Durham and Mecklenburg have not reported results.

    Primary turnout was heavy. Though there were many other races on the ballot, including primaries for statewide offices and congressional seats, the amendment appeared to drive much of the political discussion.

    Marriage rights for gay couples has been a topic of national debate this year, and North Carolina’s amendment and the campaigns for and against it drew international attention.

    North Carolinians think of the state as progressive, but that’s within the context of the rest of the South, said Andrew Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State University. “This is a socially conservative state,” he said.

    The state has a 16-year-old law banning same-sex marriage.

    At least two other states will be voting on gay marriage rights in November. Minnesota has a constitutional amendment on its ballot. Maine has a referendum to allow same-sex marriage. Voters in Maryland and Washington state may be asked to affirm new state laws allowing same-sex marriage. [snip]

    “If this amendment proves to pass tonight, the involvement of the local churches across this state was absolutely the turning point,” said the Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

  5. Admin, Biden opened his big mouth on Sunday and it was not planned. At first some of us thought he was being the bad cop to Obama’s good cop(considering his AA base). Now it appears that it was a classic Biden goof up. How will Obama extricate himself from this? Romney’s people must escalate Obama’s flip-flop, er.. evolution on this issue and make him own up to a firm position.

  6. That awful Ruth Marcus was making sense on Brett Baier today predicting that this gay marriage issue won’t go away for Obama.

  7. So a convicted felon on death row has won 30% of the vote in West Virginia against Obama in the Dem primary. And in NC, 20% of Dems are choosing “other” rather than Obama in their Dem primary.

  8. This is just sad. Obama now auctioning off a chance to win a “personal shout out” by him on Twitter for $5.

    Good Lord, is there no dignity at all left in the office of POTUS?

  9. I am having great fun on Twitter pointing out to apoplectic progs that NC just confirmed their president’s opinion on gay marriage.

  10. In Wisconsin, the R turnout is higher than the D’s – even in a primary that they had no real reason to turn out for. Walker is leading all the D candidates combined.

  11. Reports are coming in that the 60-40 vote on the NC gay marriage amendment passed in large part due to record black turnout.

    Not sure how Obama and the Dems are going to address that awkward truth. Or will they just lie, and blame it all on those white hillbillies?

  12. UPDATE: The federal inmate now has 40% of the Democratic vote in WV — Axelrod just peed himself.—
    (@toddstarnes) May 09, 2012

  13. HillaryforTexas
    This is just sad. Obama now auctioning off a chance to win a “personal shout out” by him on Twitter for $5.

    Good Lord, is there no dignity at all left in the office of POTUS?

    ——-
    Dignity of this POTUS. 😆

    What next, he will sell his used undies and a pile of MO’s sleeves for 50 cents a pop.

    He will let the winner ride through DC with his boy Biden, up-top a rainbow painted unicorn for 25 cents a pop.

    The fundraising possibilities are endless.

  14. Six WV counties so far have voted for the inmate over Obama. This dude may get a delegate out of this.,

  15. Annnd the mockery on Twitter goes Elvis:

    Had a vic’try party at the county jail. Axelrod was there and he began to wail.—
    Matt Cover (@MattCover) May 09, 2012

  16. Illinois laughing at wv. You are supposed to vote them in first & then they go to prison. Not other way around…—
    Klastastic (@klastastic) May 09, 2012

  17. What next, he will sell his used undies and a pile of MO’s sleeves for 50 cents a pop?

    Perhaps. But sooner or later we will see the grand finale of fundraising, which will look like this:

    Obama will whistle up Freddie Martin, pretend he is Merv Griffin and tell his audience that he has got a lovely pair of coconuts.

    Whereupon Jake Tapper who was so enthused when he introduced Adolf Axlerod last weekend will simply flutter like a butterfly caught in a shutter–like the Yuppie he is. And Ratboy Chuckie Cheese Todd will buy season ticket.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=I%27ve+got+a+lovely+bunch+of+coconuts+%28utube%29&mid=D8A3A8D572F6CE9FB880D8A3A8D572F6CE9FB880&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1

  18. And Martin played at the Claremont Hotel in Berkley California–your neck of the woods. Imagine that.

  19. I see thief reimbursing the victim after he is caught. But he still has to do the time. Equity delights to do justice–and that not by halves. Sayonara Tunney–you too Lugie. Its been real.
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    Lugar didn’t help his campaign when it came to light that he no longer owned a residence in Indiana. He instead stayed in an Indianapolis hotel when he returned to the state – using taxpayer funds. Mourdock’s campaign said the revelation symbolized how Lugar had become too entrenched in Washington.

    The senator said that his office had billed taxpayers for the hotel expenses due to staff errors. In late March, Lugar reimbursed the Treasury $4,500 for hotel expenses over the last decade.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/08/longtime-gop-sen-richard-lugar-loses-indiana-primary-to-challenger-richard/#ixzz1uLLrLU81

  20. The voters of West Virginia are more discriminating in the finest sense of the term than those in the rest of the states who have shit for brains. Obama is “crucifying” natural resource states and manufacturing states with his perverse EPA policies. The crimes of Inmate No. 11593-051 are as nothing compared to those of Bambi dearest.

  21. BTW, I was wrong that WV Mullet Man is on death row. He’s in prison for extortion or something – not murder.

  22. lol, Obama only got 59% of the vote in WV. Hahahahahahahaha

    Whats even more delicious, Obama only got 79% of the vote in North Carolina, the rest all said No Preference.

    Talk about big warning shots at the Obama Campaign.

  23. Can’t see Obama winning NC if 20% of the Dem electorate cannot be assed to vote for him, that is electoral death territory. He won by 25000 votes in 2008, he is not winning NC this time.

  24. Someone elsewhere is complaining about TSA catching someone with bombs in his underwear before he got on a plane. Seems to me this is an area where profiling makes sense.

    TSA is about airplane safety. The possibilities are:

    1. a plane explodes.
    2. someone on a plane tries to blow up and fails.
    3. someone gets caught in the airport with bombs.

    In 2 and 3 we know who did it, so there’s a confirmed sampling from which to make a profile.

  25. From last thread:

    tdo: “As for drawing the biggest crowd, isn’t Fox getting better ratings than the supposedly ‘liberal media’? So different sub-groups of the public are supporting different kinds of bullshit. (And do Saudi’s reallly own Fox? If so, apparently for them oil is thicker than religion.)”
    ====

    An interesting point, but your remark about the Saudis owning Fox, if true, only underscores the fact that the money will go where it gets the best return.

    Fox is getting higher ratings now, but this denotes a shift in public opinion. My point is that the public bears the ultimate responsibility for what it hears in the media and reads in the press.

    It’s like the public preference for SUVs that makes Detroit turn out gas-guzzlers and reluctant to produce fuel-efficient or electric cars. Of course, Detroit also bears responsibility for plugging “longer-lower-wider” and “bigger = better” for decades, but the public has bought into those memes for so long that it is extremely difficult for Detroit to start reverse-educating Americans now, in its current dire straits.

    The Fox product is more malleable than fuel-efficient cars because it consists of thin air. Then again, in a best-case scenario, it may just be that Fox publishes less bullshit than the ‘liberal media’ and the public is becoming more appreciative of this.

    This may have been going on for longer than we think. After all, how many times has the NYT been rescued from bankruptcy by some sentimental liberal investor? I don’t think the current owners are Saudis.

  26. “Obama only got 79% of the vote in North Carolina, the rest all said No Preference.”
    ====

    This is the only road to an open D convention where a HIllary draft might actually take shape at the last minute.

    The fly in the ointment is apathy. That is, the problem seems to me to be getting the D voters out to vote “uncommitted” instead of sitting out the primary on the bench at home.

  27. “Newsflash: Nothing is in the bag. Nothing can be taken for granted. Everybody from the precinct door-knocker, to the Chicago high command, to the White House, to the halls of Congress, to the Senate and House committees, to congressional leadership, here is a simple message: If we don’t get on the offense, reconnect with the American people, talk about how the middle class is in a struggle for its very existence, hold the Republicans accountable and fight like the dickens, we are going to lose.

    You can shoot five Bin Ladens, you can save 10,000 banks and 20 car companies, even pass the most sweeping legislation in modern American history; if people don’t think that you are connected to their lives and are fighting for their interests they will vote your tush out of office in a nano-second. For historical reference see Winston Churchill election of 1945 and President George H.W. Bush in 1992.”
    _____________

    Yes, I agree. Too bad the brainless voters will vote a third party candidate (besides Ron Paul)wasting their vote helping Obama maintain the WH. What is it with these people that do not understand simple mathematics, it isn’t JUST ABO?

  28. Stick a fork in Elizabeth Warren. What a shame! Now Obama can feel justified in a weird sort of way which he will in his egregious treatment of her. He will say, see I was right, she was all trouble.

  29. This was a bad night for Barack Obama. Whoever decided to put the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina should be given a lollipop by the GOP for the intense level of comedic schadenfreude we can all now watch. The Democrats will convene in a proudly right to work state whose state Democratic Party is imploding due to a gay sexual harassment scandal, the state itself just voted for marriage by a margin few statewide candidates in North Carolina get, and twenty percent of Democrats voted against Barack Obama in the North Carolina Democratic Primary.

    On the bright side, North Carolina is not West Virginia where a felon in federal prison in Texas locked up 40% of the vote in the Democratic Primary against Barack Obama. The Chain Gang looks to be as popular as the Change Gang.

    In Indiana, Rickard Mourdock beat Richard Lugar. Lugar is Barack Obama’s favorite Republican Senator. The Washington, DC Gang of 500 — the political reporters who set the tone for political coverage in America — are still crying in their beer as the sun rises that Indiana’s statewide elected Treasurer beat a Republican incumbent who has never been a threat to the liberal agenda the Gang of 500 agrees with.

    The truth is that as much as tea party energy gave Richard Mourdock a surge and a platform, two-thirds of Indiana’s county Republican chairmen and a majority of the Indiana GOP State Committee encouraged Mourdock to run. Lugar did not lose for defying the tea party. He lost because he lost touch with Indiana.

    In West Virginia, a felon in a federal prison in Texas gave Barack Obama a run for his money in the Democratic Primary for President. Seriously! The felon got about 40% of the vote. Joe Manchin, West Virginia’s Democratic Senator would not even tell reporters who he voted for in the primary.

    Then there’s Wisconsin.

    In Wisconsin, more Republicans turned out than Democrats for the Democrats’ contested primary. The Democrat who won the right to challenge Scott Walker in the recall was, only a month ago, savaged by the unions and has already spoken up in favor of tax increases

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/05/09/a-terrible-no-good-awful-night-for-barack-obama/

  30. moononpluto
    May 9th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    lol, Obama only got 59% of the vote in WV. Hahahahahahahaha

    Whats even more delicious, Obama only got 79% of the vote in North Carolina, the rest all said No Preference.

    Talk about big warning shots at the Obama Campaign.
    ———————-
    He got 26% in 2008 against a viable candidate. I would say he is slip sliding away. 40% now say ANYBODY but Obama. Even a convict who if elected could not serve. Nevertheless the big media elites love him more than evah. If you doubt that watch Tapper’s breathless sexually aroused introduction of Adolph Axelgrease. Shades of Chacha Di Gregorio.

  31. We have a political ad running for Warren locally. Obama speaking on her behalf. He begins with: “Elizabeth Warren is the daughter of a janitor”… blah-blah-blah… In the commercial, He speaks the word ‘janitor’ in such a demeaning way mocking her for coming from the lower working class the rest of the message is a blur… I cringe every time I hear the ad… She may just get the sympathy vote from MA residents. MA residents always favor the underdog. If she wins.. he will surely take the credit.

  32. About WI recall — who signed that recall petition and how many times? This is how money is wasted in a democracy, I guess. When you think hard about it, it is not even really a true democracy but a few corrupt thugs trying to enforce their views.

    Via Althouse:

    UPDATE 4, 10:21: In the comments, B astutely analyzes:

    The way the numbers are working out, It appears that the total vote for the dems will not even reach what would have been the 800k+ threshold figure to even have a recall. And that ignores any spoiler votes for Falk by Walker supporters.

    Does make one wonder, doesn’t it. Did that many people, around 200k, decide not to show up, change their minds, sign the recall petition just to get some jerk out of their face, or….

    Perhaps we are seeing the real recall petition total here. The total when you can only vote once. And for yourself. Or at least not vote as often or for as many people as you could sign the petition..

  33. In order to pull a switch at the Democratic Convention, it would take a leader who is older, established, and has a lot of power behind them. Any speculation on who that might be??

  34. Mittens is playing this smart. He is pointing out that Bill Clinton was a pretty good president, and if Obama were more like Bill, he wouldn’t be having these problems.

    This is effective in two ways: 1) it appeals to centrist dems and independents. 2) it will drive Obama absolutely fecking crazy, since Obama HATES the fact that Bill’s presidency was so successful, and his isn’t.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/05/09/mitt-romney-you-know-if-barack-obama-only-governed-a-little-more-like-bill-clinton-wed-be-in-much-better-shape/#comments

  35. vote a third party candidate (besides Ron Paul)wasting their vote helping Obama maintain the WH.

    ======================

    Why do you make Ron Paul and exception to that?

    In any case, the third party vote issue was well discussed in 2008 and I’ve briefly explained the mathematics here again. A vote for Romney takes a vote away from Obama and gives it to Romney. A third party vote only takes a vote away from Obama. So the third party vote is only half as effective in defeating Obama — but half is still something: remember Nader in 2000. (And a third party vote sends a clear message as to what policies you prefer to Obama’s.)

  36. This is effective in two ways: 1) it appeals to centrist dems and independents. 2) it will drive Obama absolutely fecking crazy, since Obama HATES the fact that Bill’s presidency was so successful, and his isn’t.
    ___________

    eggsactly! Obama must be giving new meaning to the word ‘fuming’ ( smoke seen wafting from those generous ears ) after an incarcerated pony tailed prisoner swiped a huge percentage of votes from him yesterday. :-)!

  37. I love the coverage of the ever changing Hillary. She is of a self confidence and a time in her life when she can be seeN without make up and wearing her glasses AND SHE DOES NOT CARE A RATS AXX WHAT YOU THINK. Yes, she can wear her hair long if she wants to. I love it.

    In New Zealand, the capital to be exact, I saw a large bill board (maybe I mentioned this before). It said. DARE TO GO GRAY.

  38. About Obama losing in primaries, not to defend him, but it’s not very indicative of what will happen in November. This year many Democrats don’t see much point in going to the primaries, unless they want to take the trouble to cast a protest vote (or are hoping for a floor fight in August). But in November more of them will turn out for a real contest.

  39. In haste…

    Someone posted that Walker had got more votes than all the Dem challengers? Maybe they meant more money?


    Walker raised $13 million in the most recent fundraising period, far more than the four Democrats combined.

    — WP

  40. turndown, he got more votes. And yes, Walker also raised a boatload of money. AFTER the unions invested 15 million in trying to oust him in a recall.

    It’s a bit whiny to challenge, throw millions at that challenge, and then complain that the person you attacked raised a pile to defend himself. “No fair! He’s not supposed to be able to fight back!”

  41. Woops, too much haste. That wasn’t from WP, it was from HuffPo.

    (Cue someone saying, What’s the difference?)

    In haste…

    Someone posted that Walker had got more votes than all the Dem challengers? Maybe they meant more money?


    Walker raised $13 million in the most recent fundraising period, far more than the four Democrats combined.

  42. Okay, here’s a Wisconsin report:

    http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_20576449/scott-walker-recall-wisconsin-voters-go-polls-gubernatorial?source=pkg
    Campaign finance reports released by candidates last week showed that Walker raised more than $13 million over the last three months alone, dwarfing Barrett’s $831,000 and Falk’s $977,000.
    That advantage, however, was less apparent in a poll conducted last month by Marquette University Law School that showed Walker and Barrett essentially tied in a general election matchup.

  43. CONFIDANT WOMAN

    Hillary doesn’t bother with stupid discussions, instead turns it around. Hey, sometimes you dress up for the evening, other times, you just want to be functional. Should I wear my best suit for cutting the lawn??

    http://news.yahoo.com/hillary-clinton-au-naturale-does-secretary-state-care-100046912–abc-news-politics.html

    Hillary Clinton, ‘Au Naturale’: Clilnton Hits Back at Critics
    ======================

    Hillary Clinton made major headlines on her trip through Asia, while she managed to avert a full out diplomatic crisis between America and China over a blind dissident and pressed India to reduce its oil imports from that rogue nation Iran. The secretary of state shot down, again, that she plans to run for president in 2016. And finally … she (gasp) wore very little make-up, sported glasses and had un-coiffed hair during an official event in Bangladesh.

    “Hillary Au Naturale” screamed the Drudge Report headline, as it showed a photo of the secretary wearing glasses, loose hair and nothing but a little bit of lipstick. If the headline and picture were supposed to be embarrassing to Mrs. Clinton, she hasn’t taken the bait.

    In fact, her response to CNN’s Jill Doherty when asked about criticism over her looks was not to weigh in on the debate over her fashion sense, but instead to laugh it off.

    “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses,” said Clinton. “If I want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back.”

    The picture in Bangladesh is just the latest example of the ongoing debate over just how fashionable the former first lady, former senator and current secretary of state is.

    In the 2008 election there was much chatter about her short hair and pant-suits. Recently, fashionistas have taken issue with Mrs. Clinton’s stubborn determination to occasionally wear scrunchies, a dated hair tie that even the fashion-forward Carrie Bradshaw character of “Sex and the City” mocked. Clinton reportedly likes them because they keep her hair tied back neatly and out of her face.

    Right or wrong, appearance scrutiny continues to be a factor for any female politician, regardless of party. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman receive nearly as much attention about how attractive they are as they do their policies.

    Even Clinton’s predecessor Condoleezza Rice, who’s no longer politically active, can’t escape being analyzed for her appearance. She’s not running for vice president and has repeatedly said she’s not interested in the job. Yet Huffington Post Style has already posted a piece with the headline “Condoleezza Rice As Mitt Romney’s 2012 Vice President Pick? What We Could Expect Of Her VP Style,” providing a retrospective of outfits showing the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State’s “stately sophistication with a hint of flare.”

    For Clinton’s part, she tells CNN she’s tired of the whole debate.

    “At some point it’s just not something that deserves a whole lot of time and attention. If others want to worry about it, I’ll let them do the worrying for a change,” she said.

    There was one other accessory that Clinton was wearing in that “au naturale” picture, which hasn’t been mentioned much. A great, big smile.

  44. Via Althouse:
    UPDATE 4, 10:21: In the comments, B astutely analyzes:
    The way the numbers are working out, It appears that the total vote for the dems will not even reach what would have been the 800k+ threshold figure to even have a recall. And that ignores any spoiler votes for Falk by Walker supporters.
    Does make one wonder, doesn’t it. Did that many people, around 200k, decide not to show up, change their minds, sign the recall petition just to get some jerk out of their face, or….

    Or maybe 200K thought having a recall was more important than who the challenger would be. “Anyone But Walker!”

    Also, weren’t there several other contests on the same Republican ballot?

    Anyway, signing a petition — available many locations, for several weeks — is easier than showing up at a polling place (especially for working people). (And that’s assuming that Althouse’s figures are even correct.)

  45. a few corrupt thugs trying to enforce their views.

    ======================

    Meaning all the school teachers and firemen who turned out at the Wisconsin State House? They didn’t look like thugs to me.

  46. Unions were a big driving force behind WI recall and now they didn’t even get their favored candidate.

  47. WI recall is a waste of money. They should have accepted the election result last time around and voted out Walker in the next. Democracy (with a small d) should ideally work both ways.

  48. for JBS…

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/09/reuters-poll-over-samples-democrats-by-9-percent-finds-7-point-obama-edge/

    A Reuters poll released Tuesday bucked recent trends and showed President Barack Obama ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by seven points. The poll, however, appears to have over-sampled Democrats by a wide margin, skewing the results in the president’s favor.

    Though a January Gallup poll found that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the United States by only 4 percent, an April Rasmussen poll showed a 35.1 percent to 33.1 percent split in favor of self-identified Republicans. (RELATED: Full coverage of the 2012 elections)

    Still, the Americans polled by Reuters were 47 percent Democrats, 38 percent Republicans and 15 percent independents — a nine-point difference in favor of voters likely to support President Obama’s re-election effort.

    The Reuters poll was conducted between May 3 and May 7. Three other polls — by Rasmussen, Gallup and Politco/GWU/Battleground — conducted at a similar time show Romney winning by five points, three points and one point respectively. An IDB/CSM/TIPP poll showed Obama ahead by three, and a poll by the Democratic-affiliated Democracy Corps showed the two candidates tied.

    A spread compiled by Real Clear Politics averaging those six polls put Obama ahead by .2 points. But with the Reuters poll a clear outlier, it’s likely that Romney would hold a slight edge if polling samples more closely reflected the leanings of likely voters.

  49. pm317
    May 9th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    WI recall is a waste of money. They should have accepted the election result last time around and voted out Walker in the next. Democracy (with a small d) should ideally work both ways.
    **********************

    Issa had a big hand in starting this when they went after Gray Davis in CA…they took him out and CA was left with Arnold…

    now the immediate reaction on both sides is to recall and essentially deny the person who was actually voted in by the voters…

    it is a big waste of money but a political tactic both sides are using

  50. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    About Obama losing in primaries, not to defend him, but it’s not very indicative of what will happen in November. This year many Democrats don’t see much point in going to the primaries, unless they want to take the trouble to cast a protest vote (or are hoping for a floor fight in August). But in November more of them will turn out for a real contest.
    ————————————————————————————–

    That is true. But also true that more people did not go to polls because there is no viable alternative candidate to Obama on the ballot.

    If only Hillary Clinton was contesting the primary, more people who did not bother going there would have gone and Obama would have lost the primary

  51. jeswezey
    May 9th, 2012 at 5:11 am

    “Obama only got 79% of the vote in North Carolina, the rest all said No Preference.”
    ====

    This is the only road to an open D convention where a HIllary draft might actually take shape at the last minute.

    The fly in the ointment is apathy. That is, the problem seems to me to be getting the D voters out to vote “uncommitted” instead of sitting out the primary on the bench at home.

    ——–

    I am still a registered Dem in CA, waiting for either Hillary or some other good person to run. No way I will register as a Rep, even though I will vote for Mitt in the General election.

    Turns out, even when a state votes to have an open primary ballot, the office of Prez is Federal and voters can only vote for candidates in their party.

    I just called the election folks here in CA and said, “I am a registered Dem but I do not want to vote for Obama, who else can I vote for?”

    “No one.”

    “Can I at least vote for an Independent?”

    “No.”

    “How about a write-in candidate, can I write in Hillary Clinton?”

    “You can write in her name, it won’t be counted because there is no place for write-in’s on the ballot.”

    So, unless I decide to register as a Repub, I will not be able to vote for Mitt in the primary, but the ‘uncommitted’ Dems are the folks like me that will go vote, but will leave the box for Barry blank, zip, nada, ZERO.

  52. They should have accepted the election result last time around and voted out Walker in the next. Democracy (with a small d) should ideally work both ways.

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    We might argue that there can be too much democracy, but a recall IS “democracy with a small d”. It’s a chance for all the voters to choose who will be governor now The only way it would not be democracy would be if someone other than the voters were making the decision.

    The incumbent has a big advantage over a recall attempt: the recall side has to do all the petitions to even call a recall election, and it’s likely to be a special election where not so many people will be coming out.

  53. HillaryforTexas
    May 8th, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    This is just sad. Obama now auctioning off a chance to win a “personal shout out” by him on Twitter for $5.

    Good Lord, is there no dignity at all left in the office of POTUS?
    &&&&&&&&&

    If you want the short answer, “NO!”.

    Actually, the “office of POTUS” has all the grace and dignity in the world. It’s just that Occupier of said office (leader of the Occupy White House movement) shows no dignity at all:

    * appears on Myth Busters and SNL.

    * gives predictions for every darn sports event: NCAA brackets, Super Bowl, World Series, Olympic speed walking, etc. This shows he is “in touch with regular people”, and helps make him look busy.

    * appears on “The View”, where they only ask softball questions; meanwhile, he seldom does a real interview, and when the occasional press conference is held, it is highjacked by planted reporters with pre-selected questions.

    * Has spent four years flying on Air Force One for photo ops and campaigning, rather than dip into his fund-raising war chest.

    * Not willing to make tough calls (Somali pirates, taking out Bin Laden, etc.), but there to steal the spotlight and take ALL the credit if things go well. Even Bush’s Mission Accompolished pretended not to grand-stand; you had to read between the lines, and look at his body language.

    * trots out his daughters for political gain.

    * Willing to lie to constituents for fund raisers, then stabs them in the back after he’s left town.

    * Is so reliant on a teleprompter, it confirms that the American public really did elect “just about any idiot” to be president.

    * Does not do his job; won’t engage with Congress in any meaningful way; delegates all input to crafting legistlation to others. To witness, the HealthScare Law.

  54. NewMexicoFan

    I love the coverage of the ever changing Hillary. She is of a self confidence and a time in her life when she can be seeN without make up and wearing her glasses AND SHE DOES NOT CARE A RATS AXX WHAT YOU THINK. Yes, she can wear her hair long if she wants to. I love it.

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    A big, fat YUP to that!
    She makes me so proud, she wears headbands, pant suits, tiny heels, no makeup…and rocks our world, like it or not.

  55. Obama pulling a Romney and changing positions as the electoral winds blow. It will help with the base, but also allows Romney the wriggle room to evolve from his previous positions.

  56. Unions were a big driving force behind WI recall and now they didn’t even get their favored candidate.

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    Well, Barrett may have been the logical choice. He nearly beat Walker in the regular election, he’s well known. Falk, the union favorite, can ask her union people to work for Barrett, so it may be win/win.

    But if the unions can’t even get their own candidate nominated, who are you calling ‘thugs’?

  57. He’s such a fake. He basically said “I’m personally for gay marriage, but it should be left to the states to decide. Hardly a full-throated endorsement of a civil right.

    BTW, that is the exact same position on gay marriage as Dick Cheney and Rick Perry: leave it up to the states. So this means the NC decision is cool with Obama?

  58. If she [warren] wins.. he [obama] will surely take the credit.

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    Hell, he tries to take the credit for everything. If Hillary won in 2016, he’d try to take the credit for that too.

  59. Unfortunately for the little one, once the mother leaves the area, the baby is back to being a blob and can be eliminated.

    ====================

    Odd logic. Nothing wrong with keeping a blob away from smoke so the blob can grow into a healthy body for the eventual baby.

    Good thing I checked spelling and changed ‘blog’ to ‘blob’. 😉

  60. yeah, he can take the credit for losing the presidency TOO!

    More info news pertaining to the hypocritical squatters living in OUR White House.

    There isn’t a day that goes by where Michelle isn’t interfering with some school lunch program somewhere pontificating on how they should ALL eat healthy to stay healthy to fight obesity. The fact is the kids hate her so-called designer lunch menu as evidenced by the wasted food being tossed into the garbage daily by school lunch workers. Seeing she has banned students bringing in brown bag lunches from home; the kids have no choice but to go hungry.

    Out of the mouths of babes- literally!
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    Doctors group calls on Obama to stop eating junk food in public.. (and Memo sneaking out to the ‘burger shack’ for her share of junk food delights- then screaming at Hillary she is unpleasingly zoftig for their projected image!)

    A healthcare advocacy group run by physicians is preparing to file a petition calling on President Obama to stop eating hamburgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy foods before cameras. (yay..)

    “As role model to millions of Americans, the president has a responsibility to watch what he eats in public,” said Susan Levin, nutrition education director with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

    Obama’s occasional stops at Washington, D.C.-area burger joints always receive press attention.

    He famously treated staff to lunch at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill in August 2011.

    A year before that, he and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev grabbed food at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va.

    And in March, during a visit to Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron, he ate hot dogs while watching college basketball.

    Levin said in a statement that processed meats like hot dogs “kill more Americans every year than tobacco does, and they cost taxpayers billions of dollars in healthcare.”

    She cited increasing rates of obesity in the United States. A study out this week projects that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030.

    (almost half?) Crikey!..

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/public-global-health/226303-doctors-call-on-obama-to-stop-eating-junk-food-in-public

  61. yeah, he can take the credit for losing the presidency TOO!

    More info news pertaining to the hypocritical squatters living in OUR White House.

    There isn’t a day that goes by where Michelle isn’t interfering with some school lunch program somewhere pontificating on how they should ALL eat healthy to stay healthy to fight obesity. The fact is the kids hate her so-called designer lunch menu as evidenced by the wasted food being tossed into the garbage daily by school lunch workers. Seeing she has banned students bringing in brown bag lunches from home; the kids have no choice but to go hungry.

    Out of the mouths of babes- literally!
    _____________

    Doctors group calls on Obama to stop eating junk food in public.. (and Memo sneaking out to the ‘burger shack’ for her share of junk food delights- then screaming at Hillary she is unpleasingly zoftig for their projected image!)

    A healthcare advocacy group run by physicians is preparing to file a petition calling on President Obama to stop eating hamburgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy foods before cameras. (yay..)

    “As role model to millions of Americans, the president has a responsibility to watch what he eats in public,” said Susan Levin, nutrition education director with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

    Obama’s occasional stops at Washington, D.C.-area burger joints always receive press attention.

    He famously treated staff to lunch at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill in August 2011.

    A year before that, he and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev grabbed food at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va.

    And in March, during a visit to Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron, he ate hot dogs while watching college basketball.

    Levin said in a statement that processed meats like hot dogs “kill more Americans every year than tobacco does, and they cost taxpayers billions of dollars in healthcare.”

    She cited increasing rates of obesity in the United States. A study out this week projects that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030.

    (almost half?) Crikey!..

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/public-global-health/226303-doctors-call-on-obama-to-stop-eating-junk-food-in-public
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    woopsy- forgot the / bar..

  62. My husband just said that the gay response to him ought to precisely echo Obama’s view:

    I personally believe that you ought to be re-elected, but I am not going to do jack-shit to make sure it happens.

  63. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is responsible for pushing the use of transfats to replace the use of beef tallow in cooking back in the 1980’s and then refusing to admit their mistake when studies showed that eating foods cooked in transfats greatly increase your risk of heart disease much more than using saturated fats. They have an agenda of imposing veganism on everyone, and it does not remotely involve science.

  64. admin

    Painful but worthwhile watching:
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    I could only watch half if it, this kid’s lack of knowledge was painful to watch. He should have the body of a five-year-old so his body would match his intelligence and lack of experience. These are typical Obama supporters that don’t have a clue.

    The best part about the video the man from the USSR that was talking to the kid, his patience and his great attempt to educate this idiot about America.

  65. So Obama is ready to sign an executive order for gay marriage amendment?

    {No, I didn’t think so.}

    He thinks for him personally it is not a big deal. Who cares? It is totally irrelevant what he personally thinks. ‘Let us see you do fucking something about it.’

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