uesday was a bad night for the labor movement. In Wisconsin, with only token opposition, incumbent Gov. Scott Walker got 97 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, and almost as many votes were cast for him than in the entire Democratic primary combined. This is a bad sign for Democrats. The percentage of the vote Walker received seemed more appropriate for Mugabe than the former county executive of Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Democrats were supposed to be enthusiastic about taking down Walker. The labor movement in the United States put a bulls-eye on the governor and labeled him public enemy No. 1. Walker tried to break public-employee unions, has been the subject of an ongoing corruption investigation in Milwaukee County, and has made himself the most divisive figure in Wisconsin politics since Joe McCarthy was brandishing lists of communists. But in Tuesday’s primary, Republicans streamed out to cast a symbolic vote for him.
The 97 percent of the vote Walker received may seem insignificant. After all, he faced only one token candidate.
Then again, so did Barack Obama in West Virginia, and he got about only 60 percent of the vote running against a federal inmate. Mitt Romney didn’t fare much better, getting between 65 percent and 69 percent of the vote in all three states holding Republican primaries on Tuesday.
By contrast, Tom Barrett, the former mayor of Milwaukee and Walker’s 2010 opponent, won by a comfortable margin of 58 percent to 34 percent against his principal opponent, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, but with a turnout that lagged behind the GOP race for much of the evening. The favored Democrats in the recall attempts for lieutenant governor and the four state Senate recalls did about the same as Barrett, despite only nominal opposition. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05...
The Liberalcrats managed to attract only two-thirds as many votes as the 900,000 who signed the recall petitions. Why did almost 300,000 liberals stay home?
Mickey Mouses and Adolf Hitlers had better things to do-