Barrett: ‘The Truth Is On Our Side’

Recall Scott Walker

Today is the day when we find out if the people of Wisconsin win or lose. If Governor Scott Walker succeeds in turning his state into a right-wing experiment, the outcome might foretell the ultimate fate of the American middle class. President Obama is sitting this one out (OK, he tweeted his support for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett).

The polls are in a statistical tie
. Voter turnout is breaking records. The airwaves are flooded with Walker ads, but Barrett says, “The truth is on our side.”

Amanda Terkel on HuffPo:

“This is not about the word ‘I.’ This is about the word ‘we,'” said Barrett in his pitch to supporters. “We are in this together. We are in this together to reclaim our state. To make sure that our children and their grandchildren and their grandchildren can be here. So we can have a middle class in a state we’re proud of. This is about our values. It’s about Wisconsin values. That’s why we need each other. That’s why we have to keep working. That’s why we have to win this election…”

The guy he’s running against, Governor Scott Walker, is one step ahead of an indictment. Since Walker took office, Wisconsin has been dead last in job creation. Never has the governor of a U.S. state survived a recall election. But Walker is funded lavishly by the Koch brothers, and the right-wing is hoping he can cling to his office long enough to finish destroying the public-sector unions.

No dirty trick is too stupid or embarrassing for Walker to use: he’s phone-jamming and using robocalls telling petition signers they don’t have to vote.

Dirty Tricks In Wisconsin: Secret Group Shuts Down Phones Of Scott Walker’s Democratic Challenger With Spam Texts
Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote
Wisconsin Recall Election 2012: Live Updates

More info: Total Recall 2012 😉

  1. #1 by brewski on June 5, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    What arrogance.

    To say that if the taxpayers of Wisconsin actually agree with FDR and that public employees should not have the right to collective bargaining (and sit on both sides of the table in a rigged “negotiation”), that somehow means that “the people will lose” is pure arrogant horseshit.

    The people include those people who pay taxes and are not teachers who want to retire at age 47. The people include those people who don’t live in Madison and are not sucking on the state teat their whole lives. The people include the majority of the people who voted for Walker and the majorities in the state legislature in the first place. To say that if these people prevail that somehow is the people losing, then you don’t even know the meaning of the word “people”. By your definition, “people” only means lefty people, civil servants who want to retire at 47, and no one who creates jobs and pays taxes for everyone else.

    Your post is the least convincing post and least credible post on OU ever.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on June 5, 2012 - 3:50 pm


    You know and I know that the right-wing attacks on public unions are a “divide-and-conquer” strategy to keep wages lower for everybody who works for a living. That’s how the 1 Percent got their hands on 42 percent of America’s financial wealth.

    Walker won in 2010 without revealing his true agenda. He lied his way into office, promising jobs-jobs-jobs like all the rest of the Republicans. You know that too! If Walker wins today, the people who vote for him (except millionaires, of course) will lose just as badly as those who vote for Barrett.

  3. #3 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    (CBS News) As voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, reports out of the state suggest that robocalls are being placed informing voters, falsely, they don’t have to vote if they signed the recall petition. There have also been reports of mailings going out to voters telling them they can’t vote unless they did so in 2010, and of people going door-to-door telling voters they don’t have to go to the polls if they signed the recall petition, both of which are also untrue. ”

    “We are very concerned about voter suppression. We have had many, many reports of this. In Kenosha County, Minority Leader Peter Barca told us someone reported it to his county clerk,” Conklin told CBS News. Conklin said the campaign had not yet been able to track down a copy of the recording, but that there were also mailings going out telling voters that unless they voted in 2010 they cannot vote now. In a letter to Kevin Kennedy, the director and general counsel to the Government Accountability Board, Democratic Wisconsin state Senator Lena Taylor requested the board’s immediate action, as in today, to begin investigations and prosecutions into such persons that are committing election fraud and misdemeanor crimes by their individual or group communications.As has been reported in the media and throughout social networks, there are groups spreading false information about today’s recall elections,” the letter reads.

    “Notably, two blatantly false tactics have been employed by groups or individuals that seemingly would support Governor Walker’s campaign.”

  4. #4 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Walker… recalled today and indicted tomorrow!

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on June 5, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    Walker = “John Doe”

  6. #6 by Ken on June 5, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Walker remains. Total recall fail. The people of Wisconsin win while the unions lose again.

  7. #7 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 5, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Huge waves of same day registration voting going on, turn really really high everywhere, many Democratic districts are running out of Ballots and same day registration forms due to the extraordinary high turn out.

    At the very least the republicans most certainly lose control of the State senate, putting a stop to Walkers agenda for the most part.

  8. #8 by Richard Warnick on June 5, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Maybe money can buy an election, but not this time! Wisconsin is throwing Walker and his cronies out the door!

  9. #9 by shane on June 5, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Ken, reporting from the future…. (eye roll)

  10. #10 by Larry Bergan on June 5, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    This is a very important election for the country. If somebody like Walker can act as blatantly as he has and get away with it, we are in big trouble.

    There is no way this huge turnout could be to Walker’s advantage. The television news seems to be doing what they always do; giving people on both sides of the election equal time to speak into the camera and giving the appearance of a close race.

  11. #11 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    Scott Walker (R) 58.1%71,895
    Tom Barrett (D) 41.4% 51,244
    6% reporting

  12. #12 by brewski on June 5, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    The people win. Democracy wins. Unions thugs lose.

  13. #13 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    Where do you get this shit brewski? It’s really more like Citizens United wins. Now, we’re all supposed to kow tow (cow-trowel) to the corporations who have proven they can easily and without actually working up so much as a sweat, cover the cost of ‘Democracy’ as they have presently constructed it.

  14. #14 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    I am guessing the Republicans committed massive voter fraud with the same day registration.

  15. #15 by brewski on June 5, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Truth wins. Justice wins. Organized crime loses.

  16. #16 by cav on June 5, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    The thing that gets me the most about this is that even though Walker was “recalled” to the point of an election, he will have no qualms at all about the fact that he has done irreparable harm to thousands of people in Wisconsin. Tomorrow: Business as Usual — even the possibility of some pronounced ‘Mandate’. He’s going to continue to steam roll the unions and public employees. It is what the Koch brothers, et al, paid for.

  17. #17 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 5, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    I feel bad for any group whose pay is based on the partisan whims of politicians. Public employees enjoy the unique position of not having the protection of law when it comes to employment contracts.

    What a disaster for everyone involved.

  18. #18 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 6, 2012 - 12:52 am

    Dems did score a senate seat pickup thus taking the State senate in WI, so the legislation train wreak will at the very least come to a halt.

  19. #19 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 6:43 am

    I know the Dems were massively outspent, but really, who could vote for Walker? His radical right-wing rule has been a catastrophe, and he’s on the verge of being indicted for corruption by a federal grand jury.

    Maybe Larry can tell us why the exit polls were wrong this time. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd says it’s because of absentee ballots.

    As for President Obama, he could have made all the difference in Wisconsin. Some 17 percent of Walker voters were self-identified Obama supporters. If I were a Dem, I would stay home in November and tweet my support for Obama!

  20. #20 by Ken on June 6, 2012 - 8:25 am

    All public sector unions should be disbanded. No group should be able to hold the public hostage and demand the highest taxes possible.

  21. #21 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Ken, when holding the public hostage is concerned, how are the corporate sponsors – whose vast expenditures which are applied to election results – any different or less threatening than the public sector unions ? Are you for tamping them down as well?

  22. #22 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Divide and conquer. Having gotten rid of almost all the private-sector unions, now the right wants to go after public employees– who are among the lucky few who still have pensions and decent benefits.

    People who work for a living need to start thinking of themselves as the 99 Percent. We’re in this together. If we let them divide us, the 1 Percent will win every time.

  23. #23 by Ken on June 6, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Public employees should not have pay and benefits that surpass what is offered in the private sector. Public servants should not be a privileged class.

  24. #24 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 9:06 am

    The public sector employees are the 1%. The rest of us who pay for their fat pension plans are the 99%. Who could vote for Walker? Everyone not a public employee.

  25. #25 by Ken on June 6, 2012 - 9:14 am

    All the lavish benefits packages public servants enjoy had to be taken from working men and women to fund through excessive taxation. The public sector does not earn what they have, they take.

  26. #26 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 9:22 am

    I heard Scott Walker this morning claiming that Wisconsin bus drivers make $150,000 a year, which is nonsense. He’s still pushing the divide and conquer strategy.

    Demonizing public employees (most of whom are school teachers) works for him and his bosses, the Koch brothers. They are trying to destroy the middle class in this country.

    Public sector pay on average is below the salary for comparable positions in the private sector. Benefits are not “lavish,” everybody who works for a living ought to get the same benefits.

  27. #27 by Nelg on June 6, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Here is the insight to the landslide that will bury obama, if you cannot win in Wisconsin, it’s time to make minority opposition plans. I fully plan to see the progressive left stumbling around, like a somnambulist.

    Walker isn’t pushing anything, he has survived the recall.

    Did you know that in socialist European countries public employee unions have absolutely no right to collectively bargain and hold the citizenry hostage? Ever.

  28. #28 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 9:56 am

    From whom?

  29. #29 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 10:01 am


    Do we have to go over this again? Here’s the Vulture Chart:

    Jut so we’re clear, the blue line represents the “makers” in America and the red line is the “takers.”

  30. #30 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Koch thugs, Rockefeller thugs…

  31. #31 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Lessons Learned:

    1. In any state election, if you can outspend your opponent 8 to 1, you will win.

    2. If there are no limits to the amount of money that can be spent on an election, any targeted race can be won.

    3. As a candidate, if you hope to win an election, you must go where the money is and give them blowjobs.

    Democracy loses……fellatio is the path to success.

  32. #32 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Moderated comment in filter. TIA

  33. #33 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Fixed it. Although the mental image of Scott Walker and David Koch is going to give me nightmares.

  34. #34 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Palin: Walker win proves austerity ‘will help our nation’

    Somebody ought to explain to her that you can’t budget-cut your way to prosperity. It’s a downward spiral, as Walker’s misrule in Wisconsin demonstrates. Worst job creation in the nation, mushrooming public debt, tax cuts for the rich.

  35. #35 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    So if I am a dairy farmer in WI then that makes me a vulture? So if I am a small business owner that makes me a vulture?
    So if I am an employee is a private business that makes me a vulture?
    So if I am a retiree on a fixed income that makes me a vulture?

    All of these people pay for the benefits of the public employees. They don’t sound like vultures to me.

    Do we have to go through this again?

  36. #36 by Richard Warnick on June 6, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    The question is not why do public employees have benefits (along with low pay). The question is, why are employees in the private sector losing their benefits while businesses post record profits?

    The Walker divide-and-conquer strategy is working. First, destroy what’s left of the unions. Then pass a so-called “right to work” law, aka “right to work for less.”

  37. #37 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    Thanks for not answering my questions or defending your own point.

  38. #38 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 6, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    All people are entitled to just compensation for their labors, not just private employees ALL employees.

    from EPI,

    “Wisconsin state and local governments pay college-educated employees 25% less in annual compensation, on average, than private employers.”

    Again public employees uniquely need unions so that their pay isn’t based on casual partisan opinion that fits with whatever the current politics of the moment are. Public employees should receive just compensation for the labor the same as anyone else.

  39. #39 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 6, 2012 - 12:59 pm

  40. #40 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    EPI? Are you fucking kidding me? That is just a front for organized crime and violence. These people are thugs.

  41. #41 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 6, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    I provided 2 different sources, the first provides its sources as well, which all pretty much say the same thing.

    Public employees only make more if you don’t factor in education. And education makes a huge difference in private sector pay so no reason it shouldn’t in public sector pay.

    Another link for yea,

  42. #42 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Apples to apples comparisons are key. Here is one:

  43. #43 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 6, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Reason? Are you fucking kidding me? That is just a front for organized crime and violence. These people are thugs.

    really tho,…

    The corruption going on in charter schools, and depression of real wage values is beyond any *reason*.

  44. #44 by Shagri La on June 6, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Well Shane, Ken’s powers of prediction are certainly efficacious than any not happening blather that you have spewed in the past.

  45. #45 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Apple thugs…orange thugs

    Koch thugs….Goldman Sucks thugs.

  46. #46 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    And luckily no shortage of cash for public employees invading oil-rich middle-eastern countries followed by publicly supported mercenary contractors and robot drones for good measure!

    “The American way of life is non-negotiable.”
    Vice President Richard B. Cheney

    Turns out the American way of life includes gas-guzzling SUV’s, but schools … eh … not so much.

  47. #47 by Larry Bergan on June 6, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Boy all the Walker shills including Palin are sure throwing the “thug” word around. Is that the only descriptive word to talk about unions the right wing knows?

    And exactly what are these thugs stealing. I bet any of you there isn’t ONE union leader in the top 400 club of people, who have been proven to have more money then 150 million of us combined.

    Don’t say George Soros or I’ll have to kill you.

    I’ll even bet you there’s not a union leader in the top 1%.

    So, again – what are these “thugs” stealing from you and why are you so afraid of them?

  48. #48 by Larry Bergan on June 6, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Really, Ken, brewski, Bob. S, that-OneUtah-guy-of-many-names:

    Do you think the 1% gives a crap about you?

  49. #49 by cav on June 6, 2012 - 7:42 pm

    There are a number of real life projects these corporate sponsors like the Koch Bros are interested in.

    Such as buyin a utility company under market value which then sells power to state institutions like colleges and prisons at an inflated price and fleece the citizens of Wisconsin and elswhere.

    It’s not just an idealist victory.

  50. #50 by Larry Bergan on June 6, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    As Venus passed; so did Ray Bradbury.

    Thanks Ray.

    Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles meant a lot to me and helped me learn to read.

  51. #51 by brewski on June 6, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    I don’t care if the 1% gives a crap about me. The lefties have never given a crap about me either. So what’s your point?

  52. #52 by Larry Bergan on June 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm


    I just thought you were interested in joining the 1%, but then I never knew Ray Bradbury was an Ayn Rand fan either.

    Can’t we all just get along and not let each other die?

  53. #53 by Larry Bergan on June 7, 2012 - 1:10 am

    Above, Richard asked:

    Maybe Larry can tell us why the exit polls were wrong this time. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd says it’s because of absentee ballots.

    Chuck Todd is a very well paid media shill as I see him – ,but you decide.

    As for exit polls; they haven’t worked very well since the voting machines were rolled out. – always did before – ,but you decide.

    I refer you to an earlier post of mine which explains my position. You decide.

    Please pay attention to the video. It’s very important!

  54. #54 by brewski on June 7, 2012 - 8:16 am

    I have an autographed copy of Fahrenheit 451.

  55. #55 by Richard Warnick on June 7, 2012 - 8:57 am

    I cited Chuck Todd’s exit poll claim only as an example of a lame MSM explanation. I think there were only about 200,000 absentee ballots out of a total of more than 2.5 million votes cast. Exit polls indicated a 50-50 result, yet it took less than an hour after the polls closed to declare a winner.

    WaPo: Wisconsin exit poll: What happened?

  56. #56 by Larry Bergan on June 7, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    From your article, Richard:

    When actual precinct level results start to come in, exit polls are adjusted accordingly

    And, as I pointed out in my article, after they are adjusted, nobody ever sees the early results again.

    It’s just plain crazy.

    In my opinion, we would get better results if we adjusted the phony voting results to the exit polls. I don’t know why they even bother to have them anymore.

  57. #57 by Larry Bergan on June 7, 2012 - 6:27 pm


    You never said anything about union leaders hot having much money, compared the real thugs in our society.

  58. #58 by brewski on June 7, 2012 - 10:28 pm

  59. #59 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 8, 2012 - 1:36 am

    Do you have a link from a reputable news source?

    Accusations like this need better backing then a right wing blog.

  60. #61 by Richard Warnick on June 8, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Seems like a hoax to me. How did a “thug” miss at such close range? Only one witness, too. And the union hasn’t had any dealings with this guy for the past 6 years.

  61. #62 by cav on June 8, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Grin and Barrett – Uh Oh twelve (or eleven, or anytime). Not!

  62. #64 by Ronald D. Hunt on June 8, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    there are no follow up reports, or any hard evidence. All google provides is a bunch of RW blogs linking back on each other and that news paper article of the business owner(a winger himself) making accusations.

    If there was any truth to this given the number of people digging into it then it would be everywhere as republicans shooted it from every tall place they could find.

  63. #65 by Larry Bergan on June 8, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Great cartoon cav!

    Americans sure do seem stupid these days, or they’re being made to look stupid. I’m sure it’s the later, but I can’t prove a thing. Even if I could prove it, the media would twist my evidence around.

  64. #66 by Larry Bergan on June 8, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    I’m sure when brewski is finished finding fake stories, he will come up with the long list of billionaire union leaders I asked him for.

    Or just one will do. Good luck!

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