People Power

Gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett stands near a poster at the Racine Labor Center in Racine, Wisconsin June 5. Wisconsin voters decide on Tuesday whether to throw Governor Scott Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb collective bargaining for most unionized government workers

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225 Responses to “People Power”

  1. June 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I wish it was Wednesday AHHHH

  2. 3 Tally
    June 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    They’re saying they’re looking at 80% – 88% turnout in WI. 😀 😀 😀

    • 4 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      That’s in Dane Co., which is where Madison is located. Milwaukee is estimated at 70%. All good numbers, yep yep.

      • 5 Tally
        June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        They said it on Ed’s radio show… they’ve got peeps on the ground there big time.

        I wonder WHO is doing the exit polling?

      • 6 57andfemale
        June 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        70% in Milwaukee would damn near do the job. I’m not finding much info from the rural blue areas of WI yet. I hope we’re performing well there as well.

        Unlike most states where all of the Dem stronghold is around urban areas, there are some healthy blue rural areas in WI. Walker certainly racked up all the red areas he could in 2010 but he really won in the collar communities of Milwaukee (Waukesha County).

        Now the question is, was Waukesha saturated already with Repub votes? Are they actually adding significantly more votes this time? We don’t know yet. But the great turnout in Dane and we’re now hearing in Milwaukee as well — this can only be good news.

        But don’t stay home! VOTE!!!!!!!!

    • June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I think that was the Dane County clerk—–Madison—–giving that expectation there. It’s good news, but I see the turnout is at or above pres. election numbers everywhere. So a bit of caution and hope that our areas continue to turn out big numbers—-a higher percentage than theirs.

  3. 8 Jessica
    June 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I heard 60-65%.

  4. 9 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm


  5. June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama arrives for a press conference to announce changes to Disney’s nutrition guideline policy on June 5, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington.

    …. with Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger

  6. June 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd=. Just got this from a right-wing friend. Makes me want to punch someone. should I send to Attack Watch or do you think they’ve seen it?

    • 19 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Send it…Tally if you saw the comments, you’d pull your hair out….stupid people SHOULD NOT have children!

      • June 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        OK. I didn’t read any comments. I did notice the other videos on that “page” — all hate, fear and lies.

      • 21 Tally
        June 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        Oh, I got into with some idiot on the comments. Finally got them to admit there is “NO LIFE without the uterine wall.”

    • 22 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      I did not open it because it sounds awful and I am in a good mood today. To stop that kind of crap, especially if you suspect that it was emailed to other people, I did a “reply” and told the person who sent me an evil email during the 2008 primary but a bunch of racist hateful unchristian like email and don’t send me this crap anymore or I will block you. I did not receive anymore emails like that. Maybe you should just block them anyway….who needs friends like that.

    • 24 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      I don’t think it’s a good idea to post right-wing links containing hateful messages on this blog.

      • 25 Ahero62
        June 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        Yes, Chips specifically asked us not to link to that garbage here. I never click on such rubbish so I’ll just assume it is garbage and not worth my time.

  7. June 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    The Reichstag fire next time
    By Metrosexual Black AbeJ June 5th, 2012

    Steve M catches Ezra Klein in flagrante contrario with some counterintuitive Slate-style stuff about how president Romney will be Keynesian because he wants to turn the economy around. It’s not unpossible that a right-winger will use Keynesian economics—after all, people who believe in homeopathy use conventional medicine sometimes when they’re desperate, old-school-loving DJs will play Madonna to get people on the floor, etc.—but I think it’s unlikely, since it won’t be centrist 80s Romney who runs the country, but post-Bushpocalyptic Cassius Cantor. I think Steve M gets it about right:

    I think we’re likely to get shock-doctrine economics—yes, tax cuts, but also (as Romney has promised) the Paul Ryan budget and Cut, Cap and Balance, which, by making balanced budgets mandatory and imposing a ceiling on government spending as a percentage of GDP, will literally make Keynesian deficit spending in a recession illegal. I think they’ll try to gut Social Security and Medicare for those under 55. I think we may get a national right-to-work law.

    Suppose for the sake of argument that our national debt has become a huge problem. How did it become a problem? Because of the Bush tax cuts, the Iraq War, and the recession (which, whatever its root causes, came about under Bush).

    Suppose for the sake of argument that future spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security has become a huge problem. How did it become a problem? Because of massive increases in the cost of medical care, which has been exacerbated by Republican obstruction of national health care policy (the US spends about 50% more on medical care as a proportion of GDP than other western countries)

    If Romney wins, and uses the so-called debt crisis to end collective bargaining rights, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know them, it will be nothing less than another Reichstag fire.

    Tell me I’m wrong.


    • 27 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      It’ll be way worse because 100s of millions of exceedingly well armed Americans will take to more than the streets …. If you thought 1861-5 was ugly ….


    • 28 Bill
      June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      The mistake with Ezra Klein’s thinking is if Willard were elected POTUS he would have no power. Grover Norquist and the teabaggers would be running the government.

  8. June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    For the other live event going on today…Venus transits the sun today and won’t do it again until the year 2117. You can watch it ‘live’ here: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ from about 22:10 on 2012 June 5 through 4:50 2012 June 6 West Coast subtract 7 hours from UT.

  9. 31 Suzette
    June 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Praying for a Democratic win.

  10. June 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi All,

    Yesterday I saw a Ron Paul senior staffer being interviewed and at the end of the interview, he was asked what will persuade him to vote for Romney. I remember three oh his conditions : Ron or Rand Paul as vice president, Napolitano as Attorney general and an audit of the Fed and imprisonment of Bernanke. I cannot remember the channel. Did anyone else see this?

    • 33 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      If that happens, I’ll be selling my condo at a loss or walking away from it then the next flight out to Costa Rica.

      • June 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        I’ll be right behind you – but heading to Canada. What a frightening prospect: Romney with one of the Paul’s as his VP! And they want to imprison Bernanke for what,exactly???? If they imprison Bernanke, then the entire Wall Street crowd, including the likes of Romney, would need to share a cell with Bernanke.

    • 35 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Surely he meant Andrew Napolitano and not Janet:) Didn’t see it….guess the idiot isn’t voting this year, huh? How’s thing’s socasweet?

  11. 36 socasweet
    June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Df,

    Things are sunny and bright in Trinidad. Leaving to go to Bible Study soon. Hoping for good Barrett news when I return.

    • 37 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Have fun! We probably won’t know until later tonight….long bible study?? 🙂 Nice to see you:)

  12. 38 a4alice
    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    go Wisconsin go!

    RT far and wide so our friends in Wisconsin can see where to go! There’s still plenty of daylight left! 😀

  13. 41 desertflower
    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said the election of Mitt Romney as president in November would “significantly” raise the odds of a recession because it would herald a shift to a much tighter budget.
    History shows that the adoption of fiscal austerity when an economy is weak can have disastrous consequences, as happened in the U.S. in 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression, Stiglitz told Bloomberg editors and reporters in New York yesterday. Republican candidate Romney risks making that same sort of mistake by backing a plan to slash the budget deficit, he said.

    “The Romney plan is going to slow down the economy, worsen the jobs deficit and significantly increase the likelihood of a recession,” said Stiglitz, who served as chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997.
    In contrast, President Barack Obama “recognizes the need to stimulate the economy,” Stiglitz said.
    He listed two other “very big differences” between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates: Obama sees inequality as a “significant problem” for the country and is committed to raising taxes on the rich to help address it. Romney does not, according to Stiglitz, author of a new book entitled, “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.”

  14. 42 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Indelible. Indisputable. Misogynists.


  15. 43 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    So Republicans once again blocked the Pay Fairness Act. They know they can get away with this crap because the media refuses to hold them accountable while pouncing on damn near every breath Obama takes.

    • 44 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Guess I can email my 2 Republican senators and let them know that I will now donate to PBO in their names….

        • 46 Tally
          June 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

          The Nation is working my last nerve. That insane article about assassination….. All they seem to do anymore is encourage Progressives to throw their vote away on GREEN, which until we have instant run-off elections is a GOP vote. IDIOTS.

          • 47 57andfemale
            June 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

            I’d completely had it with them when there was a bitchy article after PBO supported marriage equality. At what point do these people stop WHINING? It was GG-horrific.

            I hadn’t completely thrown their renewals in the trash can up to that point. It’s The Nation, God damn it. I learned so much from them going back so early in my political, progressive journey. They are [were] an icon of what I believed good about liberalism.

            Until they had victory handed to them by Barack Obama and didn’t know how to build progress. But the nasty, bitchy article about marriage equality — that did it. And I told them so and it wasn’t very polite.

          • 48 Liberal Librarian
            June 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

            I stopped reading The Nation after 2008 and they went firebagger. They keep sending me renewal requests.

          • 49 ChristiMTL
            June 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

            With the 2000 election shaping up as a contest between Al Gore and George Bush, The Nation magazine urged Ralph Nader to run for president on the Green Party ticket and eventually co-endorsed him. His presence at the head of the ticket, The Nation argued, gave the Green Party a fighting chance at attracting 5% of the vote and a seat at the 2004 presidential debates.

            I don’t read that rag….the editor hasn’t change at all, she’s the same as she was in 2000.

            • 50 ChristiMTL
              June 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

              Even after the 8 disastrous years of Bush….they don’t care…….if you don’t care about anything. at least care about the next SCOTUS nominees…..Citizens Untited will seem moderate the way it’s going…….I don’t want to imagine 1 or 2 more extremist yahoos in the highest court.

              • June 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

                Amen, ChristiMTL. There is so much at stake with this election that I cannot bother with people who make stupid comments like “both parties are the same”. Idiots.

    • June 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      And TeaNN just said it Is because it’s bad for businesses.
      Does Robney own TeaNN?

  16. 57 desertflower
    June 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Darn it! http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/06/05/walker_rules_out_veep.html

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told Fox Business that he wouldn’t be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, regardless of how today’s recall vote turns out.

    Said Walker: “If Mitt Romney were to ask me who would be a good pick from Wisconsin, I would say my friend Paul Ryan would be at the top of the list. He would do an exceptional job. I am not going through a year and a half of this to then take off. I have to fulfill my commitment to the voters of the state of Wisconsin.”

    • 58 Don
      June 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Damn right he won’t be Romney’s running mate, his ass will be too busy trying to stay out of jail.

      • 59 desertflower
        June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        Maybe we can send him some pink undies from AZ …..!

      • 60 0388jojothecat
        June 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        I pray that Robme picks Paul Ryan….that would be just too easy for Obama/Biden to defeat, it would be a landslide win for team Obama.

  17. 61 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Great pics! How gorgeous is true democracy in action? Nothing else can match it. On Wisconsin!

  18. June 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Ed Schultz just said, Phonomenal turnout in Madison and Milwaukee, exceeding 08 levels.

    Oh Man!!!

    • 63 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      If that’s accurate, the polling companies may have to tear up their models.

      • 64 japa21
        June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        I believe it was PPP that put out the last poll showing Walker ahead 50-47. However, they said that if the turnout demographically is like 2008 then Barrett is ahead 51-49.

      • June 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        He said if you are in line, be patient, more workers and ballots in the way!!!

      • 67 Pamela
        June 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Kinda hard to imagine the people of Wisconsin are coming out in enthusiasm for Scott Walker, eh? 🙂

        • 68 57andfemale
          June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          They’re motivated, Pamela. Unfortunately. They are highly motivated to stop Democrats. I wish Democrats were as motivated to stop Republicans.

          I’m cautiously hopeful. I’m thinking if Dem areas over perform they’ve done the job. Repubs were motivated in 2010, too. It was Democratic apathy that cost the election. How much more room to Repubs have to move up in turnout? Are there enough of them?

          I’m just asking. I’m curious as to whether that will be true. God, I hope so.

          • 69 prettyfoot58
            June 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm


            they have organized to get almost 1 million signatures in order to initiate this recall….they have knocked on the doors of over a million homes across the state…
            between the UNIONs…OFA…and the Democratic Party…they have an developed awsome ground game….

            that sounds like an awsomeeeeeeeeeee awsomeeeeeeeeeee amount of enthusiam…..



      • 70 57andfemale
        June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        The models were absurd. Now I assume that pollsters in order to have a certain amount of credibility can’t pull voting models out of thin air. But the primary should have been an indicator to adjust the models and it appears that none of the pollsters did.

        All of them derived likely voters from registered voters. Indications are that same-day registration is much higher than anticipated so none of those people showed up in any poll.

  19. 71 Don
    June 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Did some reporter just call out Jake Trapper for asking Jay Carner the same question over and over again?

  20. June 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    People power over dirty money power! This is pretty exciting!

  21. 73 Linda
    June 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    One of the judges that voted to keep prop 8 is none other than Torture Memo author Jay Bybee….

  22. June 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Oh Man! Me thinks we are making a comeback. We are fighting like mad over there!

  23. 75 Melanie
    June 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Tonight’s @Late_Show appearance by Michelle Obama will be her 2nd this year. She’ll top list deas from her new book on WH gardens & kitchen.
    In case tweet isn’t clear FLOTUS on Letterman tonight doing top 10 list. This should be Fun!!!!!

  24. June 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  25. 80 Liberal Librarian
    June 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    OMG, Krytall Ball just tweeted me. *swoon*

  26. 88 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Mother Nature is also doing her part to GOTV in WI. No heavy rains, no nasty thunderstorms, no threat of tornadoes. No outrageous, crippling heat. Mild, benign temperatures with pleasant sun.

  27. 90 overseasgranny
    June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Let me get this link over here, too. Minute to minute updates on the Wisconsin election:


    I have to go to bed long before the polls close, so I am counting on all of you to make Walker lose. If, by some weird chance he wins, you are all in trouble and you’d better run.

    The Queen of England has had a big 4 days. One of those dumb coffee places emailed all their IRISH customers and asked them what made them feel BRITISH – well, they lost 100,000 customers in less than 60 seconds. Whoops!

  28. 91 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    More MIttmentum – PPP from Florida: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Obama coalition in FL: up 57-39 with women, 61-36 with Hispanics, 65-27 with young voters, 93-7 with blacks: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/obama-up-in-florida.html

  29. 92 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Obama + 4 in Florida: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Obama leads Romney 50-46 in Florida, pretty much unchanged from our April poll when it was 50-45:

  30. June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  31. 95 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    But, but Ezra Klein sez…

  32. 96 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Repubs are now complaining that the unions are busing in voters all the way from Detroit MI to boost Dem votes. How are they busing them? Via Greyhound? minibus? Obama’s “ugly’ bus also known as Groundforce One? LOL!

  33. 102 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Allen West really, really popular among AA voters: Allen West’s favorability in Florida is 9/49 with African Americans, 21/30 overall: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/obama-up-in-florida.html

  34. 103 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    And Gov. Rick (the thug) Scott would be a real asset on the Romney ticket: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Really kind of amazing Rick Scott would cost Romney 9 pts in Florida, shows how bad he is for GOP brand: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/obama-up-in-florida.html

  35. June 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Just saw this on Twitter:

    Robin Z. (@firepile)
    6/5/12 3:03 PM
    Holy cow. I was ballot 504 today in my tiny district. Never been higher than 150ish. Voter turnout is massive today in WI.

  36. June 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    The White House on Tuesday confirmed the death of Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi.

    Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on how he died but said the killing dealt “a major blow” to Al Qaeda.

    “I think he was very much an operational leader, general manager of Al Qaeda, with a range of experience that is hard to replicate,” Carney said, adding that he’s unsure many people would want the job – the last person to hold the position also was killed.

    The United States killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman in a drone strike in Pakistan in August 2011. Multiple news oulets have reported that a strike Tuesday hit al-Libi in the village of Khassu Khel in a northern tribal area of Pakistan. 

    Such drone strikes have been the hallmark of President Obama’s strategy in the war on terrorism — but have prompted a backlash from Pakistan, upset about violations of their territory and sovereignty.

    “I can’t get into location or circumstances,” Carney said. “We have an important relationship with Pakistan that we endeavor to work on every Level.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Mark Knoller was ready to blow a major Twitter gasket because Carney said that he wouldn’t go into details of how the #2 got killed.

      • 112 Liberal Librarian
        June 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        He can go eat shit, quite frankly. None of our news corps deserves behind the scenes details of something like this.

  37. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Gosh I love this tweet…May it be happening all over Wisconsin in heavy Dem areas!!!

  38. 115 chitra
    June 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Hi guys I live in Wisconsin Fox Valley Town of Menasha. Tturnout is very highl log lines and my number was 941, that was before noon there are lot of first time registrations. If Milwaukee town turm turn up big we will be ok.

    • 129 prettyfoot58
      June 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      I love that slogan….OWN YOUR VOTE!!!!!!

    • 130 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I know the feeling Chipsticks…the satisfaction of owning your vote, saying NO to big money and the Republican party. The Democrats in California did it with the help of OFA, making calls, GOTV, walking door to door, is huge. I am pulling for WI, I think they can do it and no matter what happens keep fighting.

  39. 131 SueBee
    June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    It looks like Mayor Barrett is going to win this thing!! A strong ground game is key..money shouldn’t be allowed to buy elections..

    • 132 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      If he wins—oh please please please—this will be prologue to November. It’ll show that Koch SuperPAC money can be defeated by a diligent ground game. The GOP has nothing to approach Dem organizing.

      • 133 japa21
        June 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        If he wins, which we won’t know about for a while (I expect it to be close enough for a recall) it will provide a big boost on our side for all those concerned about the big money as well as media (a lot of major WI media suopported Walker). It will say that it can be beat. OTOH, if Walker wins but it is close, that can also give our side a shot in the arm, as it will show that the big money and media are vulnerable. I think that will fire up the base even more. If, however, Walker wins by 4or more %, that will be a real downer and much harder to overcome.

        And please, if Walker wins I really don’t want to see a bunch of “What’s wrong with the people in Wisconsin” type of postings. The anti-Walker people have obviously really pushed big time on this and have done a remarkable job. There are an awful lot of really wonderful people up there who don’t deserve to be dissed.

        • 134 Liberal Librarian
          June 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

          An energized electorate is kryptonite to the GOP, so I’m hopeful that the reports coming out herald good news.

      • 135 xtine
        June 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Money Can’t Buy Them Love!

  40. June 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist (Snark Knoller is good, but he’s not the Pope):

    • 138 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Well, I don’t think the lipstick would match my beard, but I’m game.

    • 141 a4alice
      June 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      right on baby I’m there!

    • 143 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      DF, I’m 100 percent in. I just wrote to my nemesis, Pat Toomey, and told him his vote against this act was unforgivable, that I was making a generous donation to the president’s re-election campaign because of it and I would work like crazy to be sure we got a president who cared about women. Told him he had offended every woman in the country and I hoped he would lose the vote and support of every woman in PA. People start writing and start calling the congressional offices. Let them know that they are going to pay at the voting booth.

  41. June 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Well, given the numbers of people who are voting today, it is going to be a long time before we get results.

    • 146 prettyfoot58
      June 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm



    • 147 a4alice
      June 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      awesome sen. mikulski!

  42. 148 Rita
    June 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I live in CA, but I’ve been hitting the phones for the past two days calling people in WI, urging them to go VOTE – and vote for Tom Barrett. I think I’ve made close to 200 calls 🙂 Yes, it’s WI, but it’s really important; a win for Tom Barrett will show America that people power is stronger than big money and we can do it!! Go WI!

    • June 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I love you, Rita. I can’t handle making cold calls like that. I so admire you. And thank you…I’ve got this Labor guy whining that the President didn’t do enough (or anything in his view) to help in Wisconsin. I would bet that he didn’t make even one call to Wisconsin. Bless your heart.

      • 150 Rita
        June 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        Thanks, Tien. Yes, it’s hard to make cold calls, but I’ve been getting a lot of practice with OFA 🙂 It’s getting easier…

        • June 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          Thanks so much Rita. I made some calls yesterday but nothing close to your amazing 200 calls.

          • 152 Rita
            June 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

            Thanks, dotster3! I must say though that probably 75% of the people were not at home, so left quick messages, so went fast. Also, Google free calls is just great!!

    • 153 andogriff
      June 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Rita, well done on the calling, same to all of you who helped to call…. it is nail biting time!

  43. 154 desertflower
    June 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    He’s so creepy. Scott Walker ‏@ScottKWalker
    President Reagan died on June 5, 2004. Let’s win one for the Gipper!
    Reply Retweet Favorite

    • 155 donna dem 4 obama
      June 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      What a nut! Who the hell tweets something like that. Ohhhh come on WI get rid of this guy!

    • 156 Linda
      June 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm


      Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1968 so… Let’s vote for Barrett and win one for RFK.

  44. 158 ChristiMTL
    June 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    California GOP Candidate’s Machine Gun Ad: ‘TAKE LINDA SANCHEZ OUT OF OFFICE’


  45. June 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    This guy is really, really, really INSANE:

    • 162 ChristiMTL
      June 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I didn’t see your post meta, posted the same thing just after……insane you say?…oh yes

  46. 163 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Seems like the MSM Mittmentum is imploding on itself, a large media created fiction: Obama + 7 over Romney from PEW Research: 49-42, comparable #s to PPP poll out today. http://t.co/xEys9fiu

  47. 164 Linda
    June 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Wow…we just received an unsolicited mortgage refinance offer from Citi Bank which would reduce the payment by $250.00 per month. Anyone know about this ? It says it is a Government Sponsored ” Home Affordable Refinance Program..even if the home is under water. ( which it is.)

    Response required by 6-11-2012.

    • 165 Bill R.
      June 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      This is an initiative that PBO has talked about.

    • June 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      An executive order from the President that starts this month!

    • 167 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      If you need to refi your home, do it through Making Home Affordable…NOT CITI !!!! Those crooks and liars. I can’t tell her hard enough. Linda! DO NOT DO THIS! Go through Making Home Affordable…bet you can get the same or more off your payment. Promise?



      They will take their cream off the top…the govt will do this for you…even if you’re underwater and current on your mortgage. I have 4 years experience dealing with these assholes…I promise you, I would not steer you wrong on this!

  48. 169 ChristiMTL
    June 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The draft dodger/serial liar in 2007 “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.”

    Yea I bet

    Did Mitt Romney ‘Long’ To Serve In Vietnam?


    • 170 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      • 171 ChristiMTL
        June 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        I bet the next thing he says will be that his sons were longing to go to Iraq or Afghanistan but couldn’t because they were serving their country here with his 6 years campaign…

      • 172 0388jojothecat
        June 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        No, not in France. He looked for a recruiting office in France but couldn’t find one.

    • June 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Really, Mitt Romney is certifiably NUTS

    • 174 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Oh, please, has this man every spoken a true word in his life. It was easy to go to Vietnam; nothing was stopping him but his own cowardice.

  49. 175 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Holy Moly..due to same day voter registration Madison City Clerk says turnout is on pace to hit 119% in Madison!!!!!!!!

  50. 180 desertflower
    June 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    thinkprogress Same-sex couple and real-life dads from JCPenney ad respond to anti-LGBT outrage: ‘We’re not ashamed of our family’ thkpr.gs/JTJj3h
    35 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    What I want to know is, how can people go around all day, everyday. so angry at the world? No wonder they’re so pissed off at everyone and everything that doesn’t conform to their way of thinking.

  51. 181 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm


    New York Times nails Mitt Romney’s dissembling

    By Greg Sargent


    As I’ve been noting here far too often, the core claims that form the basis for Mitt Romney’s entire case for the presidency have been allowed to escape scrutiny for months and months on end. Romney claims that we know Obama’s policies have destroyed jobs because of the “net” job loss on his watch — a metric that includes the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost during the first months of Obama’s term, before those policies took effect.

    I know you’re sick of hearing me say this. But it’s important.

    And so it’s good to see that the New York Times’s Michael Schear has now published a whole article that gets right to the heart of what this is all about:
    Shear is well respected by political reporters and observers, and isn’t just some dirty hippie liberal blogger. So maybe this will start persuading people that this is a real story that deserves serious and sustained attention.



  52. 183 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Lis Smith ‏@Lis_Smith


    Most laughable part of @MittRomney’s coal attack? In 2003, he said that coal kills people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BpgLYryI8g


    • June 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Willard is getting caught on all kinds of past statements. I liked the segment on Bashir today re. Romney saying his investments were in a blind trust and he has no way of knowing what they are. Then Bashir aired Willard on vid saying that when someone says “blind trust”, it’s a “ruse” because the investor always knows. That was a charge against Kerry, I believe. Almost everything Willard says, he has said the exact opposite in the past.

  53. 185 prettyfoot58
    June 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Afternoon Greetings everyone…

    i can no longer get TOD at work…i peep into twitter now and then during the day…

    how are things going in WI…i do not want to listen to tweety or anyone…..
    thought i would check in here…

    • June 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      All we know for sure is heavy voting across the state, may surpass presidential election numbers. Numbers said to be “really wild” in Dem cities of Madison and Milwaukee. Hopeful.

  54. 187 Tally
    June 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Anyone know WHO is doing the exit polling in WI?

  55. June 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    The exit polls that Tweety posted seemed encouraging, whatever they’re worth. The questions asked about the Wi. election (do you approve of public employees etc.)—–were a close split but favored our side by a few percentage points. The response on the presidential election was 51-45 in Obama’s favor. More exit polls coming later.

  56. June 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Duking it out with a Union organizer on Facebook here in WA who’s wringing his hands and blaming the President for not being supportive enough of the WI Recall. He got tired of me hammering him on one thread, so he started another one and I’ve been slamming him with facts about how much OFA has done to help in Wisconsin. Just asked him how many calls HE made to Wisconsin.

    • 190 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Might want to share this, Tien Le 🙂


      How many Twitter followers does PBO have again??? HAHAHAHAHA!!!

      • June 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        That’s good stuff, df, thanks.

      • 193 Cha
        June 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        And, here’s the First Comment under Kleefeld’s aritcle..

        “kaneblues (signed in using yahoo)
        Last-minute support? The Obama for America Wisconsin team makes up close to half of the organizing force.

        It’s been part of the Walker “divide and conquer” strategy to portray President Obama and the DNC as not supporting Democrats in the recall fight. Despite some in the media helping in spreading this narrative, it simply isn’t true.”


    • 194 CaliCat
      June 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      The HP is pushing this nonsense hard as well (big shocker, using the recall as an excuse to put up negative headlines about the prez) . Obviously, the president has to be careful about wading into state politics but he has always signaled his support for the recall. Nothing short of POTUS canvassing door to door with a Recall Walker T-shirt will please some liberals. Then again, it’s no surprise that many on the left suffer from this sort political myopia.

  57. 195 desertflower
    June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Sorry. I’m LMAO. These optics won’t be good for Mittens either!


    Mittens fundraiser at Harlan Crow’s estate:

    Crow is quite a collector. His personal library would rival a small college, complete with first editions on American history, several original Gilbert Stewart paintings decorating the walls and, under long glass displays, letters of famous people from Thomas Jefferson to the Wright brothers. Then there’s the room mementos of the principals of World War II – on one wall, a painting by Winston Churchill, on another wall a landscape by Dwight Eisenhower and, on a third wall, two original paintings of a European city scene by Adolph Hitler.

    On an antique table is a signed copy of Churchill’s book on fly fishing. Outside, should Romney get an opportunity to wander the grounds, is a garden of tyrants. Crow has collected busts and statues of famous dictators of the past, which he displays with a certain elan on the lawn. There’s a head of Stalin, a rare statue of Fidel Castro, a towering Lenin and various other bad guys expropriated from their countries of origin.

    Two paintings by Hitler, and busts of tyrants all over the place in his garden! Stalin! Castro! Lenin! What? No Musselini? Let me hear the RWNJ’s excuse this…PLEASE!

  58. 196 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    There have been some signs all day that signal to me that this is not a wrap-up for Walker as those MSM pundiots and pollsters have been implying.

    1. Since earlier this morning, I noticed a general shift in the MSM from the WI election to other topics.
    2. Little Nate, who yesterday tweeted FOUR pro-Walker predictions, including one that Walker had a “solid” 6-pt lead over Barrett, yet has not tweeted a single comment on the WI elections for the entire day. His last tweet was 23 hrs ago.
    3. Heavy general turnout almost always bodes well for Democrats. There are more DEMS than Repubs in Wisconsin. If turnout in key DEM areas exceed ’08 turnout – Barrett wins.
    4. CNN began early this morning to switch memes from “Walker is winning” to “even if Barrett wins..still bad news for DEMS” narrative.

  59. June 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I do see reports on Madison news sites that students are having trouble voting——voter ID law. And it must not look overwhelmingly great for Walker because the Repubs are all crabbing about the Dems busing in people form Mn. and Mi. and across the country I guess—-as if they would be able to vote. They’re dumb.

  60. 198 japa21
    June 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Going to be signing off now and heading home. Don’t know when I’ll get back here. It sounds like new voter registration is heavy in all areas of the state, red and blue and that turnout is high all over the state. This will, I hope, be a nail biter. Barrett won’t win going away, but Walker could. So let’s hope there is no final decision until late.

  61. 199 lamh35
    June 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Rick Klein ‏@rickklein

    Obama leads Romney 51-45 among ‪#WIrecall‬ voters, regardless ot today’s vote, per early exit polls

  62. 200 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Here are Little Nate’s four tweets yesterday on the WI recall elections:

    But Little Nate has been curiously silent ALL DAY. Not a single tweet since the last one above. That’s atypical – especially when during the GOP primaries, he would be tweeting throughout the day if he felt that his favored Romney was going to win.

    • 201 Bill R.
      June 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      I would luv to see Nate Silver’s smugness get flushed down the toilet. With early exit voters favoring PBO over Romney by six points, not looking good for Walker or Nate Silver. Guy Benson ‏@guypbenson
      RT @rickklein: Obama leads Romney 51-45 among #WIrecall voters, regardless ot today’s vote, per early exit polls
      Retweeted by meta

  63. June 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm


    • 205 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm


    • 206 Vicky
      June 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I personally know people who voted for Walker today but will vote for Obama in November. They hate unions. The propaganda has been powerful. But, they say, if it had been Feingold…….

  64. June 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I see Madison city clerk had to go to the printer to re-stock for the after-work rush.

  65. 209 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Here is a comment from an Old Orange poster on his/her 1st-hand experience in Madison:

    // I voted in Madison today and (11+ / 0-)

    it was a damn zoo. My precinct was a small synagogue next to James Madison Park…I arrived at noon and it was packed….then one machine broke for two minutes and “packed” turned into “completely overrun with mayhem”. I don’t think I’ve seen a single person downtown without an “I voted today” sticker. Just based on my own eyes, this is far bigger turnout than 2008. //

  66. June 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    One day, Bill Clinton says leave Bain alone!
    Yesterday, BC says that Robney Policies are like Europe.
    Today, he is for the Bush tax cuts!

    Thus, I am worried about Bill Clinton, I think he may have a serious Mental condition…

    • 211 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I don’t worry too much about Bill Clinton. He was doing the same thing in 2008, wasn’t he?

    • 212 Liberal Librarian
      June 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Are you sure that’s what Bill said?

      • 213 hopefruit2
        June 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        I agree LL. The media is on a mission to stir division particularly where PBO and Bill Clinton are concerned. I take every “Bill Clinton” rumor with the appropriate amount of salt.

        • June 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          He said on cnbc that we should raise the bush tax cuts temporarily to avoid a fiscal cliff.
          Are you happy he said that?
          Because this president is using them as leverage on the debt ceiling and spending bills.
          Now, you have bill Clinton fucking that up.
          But, I guess you are ok with that?
          Oh well…

      • June 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Because he says a temporary raise is sufficient.

        • 216 hopefruit2
          June 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

          Check this out Jovie – doesn’t that smell like desperate desperation to you?

        • 217 Liberal Librarian
          June 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          Which is also what PBO says, as far as the non-rich are concerned. The GOP wants them extended in perpetuity, especially the ones for the rich.

          • June 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

            NO. The President only wants the ones for the middle class cut, the ones for the rich he wants to expire.
            This President is also using them as leverage.
            Checkout the just now cnbc interview.
            Clearly, I know what is going on.

            • 219 Liberal Librarian
              June 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

              “I don’t have any problem with extending all of it now, including the current spending level,” Clinton told CNBC in a taped interview for “Closing Bell.”

              But he also said that the political debate is not over whether the tax cuts, which expire January 1, should or should not be extended.

              “The real issue is whether the price the Republican House will put on that extension is the permanent extension of the tax cuts, which I think is an error,” he said.

              The real debate is about permanent extension, which is what the GOP wants.

  67. 220 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  68. June 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Oh no—–that infamous Waukesha county clerk, Kathy Nickolaus, who always finds thousands of additional Repub. votes hours after polls have closed, is still on duty. She was supposed to have stepped aside but is still there on election day. She turned her back on a reporter and then closed her office door on him. They supposedly have changed their mode of tallying and reporting election results, but I can’t believe she’s still there.

  69. 222 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Here’s another comment on the high Madison turnout from an Old Orange poster who has relatives living and voting in WI.

    //That’s sure in line with what my Dane County (6+ / 0-)
    relatives have been seeing. They judge the enthusiasm to be at least as high as it was a year ago. To them, the media reporting about an “enthusiasm gap” and higher motivation among pro-Walker types — on NPR and sites like TPM and Huffington as well as the usual suspects — goes against their own experience and suggests lazy reporters buying into a wingnut/plutocrat disinformation campaign designed to demotivate Barrett voters. But looks like it ain’t working. //

    • 223 Cha
      June 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for the comment from OO, hopefruit! I’m pissed at TPM. with their HP/gopoliticla SLANTS… and from their readers..I’m not the ONLY ONE. but, you can only comment if you are on facebook now so I can’t voice my discontent

  70. 224 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    If Mitt Romney’s campaign actually did this, then that alone should disqualify him from running for Presidency. Isn’t that FRAUD?

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