The truth of the matter is as president of the United States I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and I’ve been supportive of Tom. Obviously I would have loved to see a different result, but the broader principle, that what we want is an economy that is not just focused on the few at the top, but is a broad based economy that invests in our future… I think that’s something that in everything that I do shows that those are the values I care deeply about.
President Obama on the outcome of the Wisconsin recall and the criticism against him for not taking a more active role in the campaign. (source
The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following possible evidence of election tampering in the 8th State Senate District race by County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Nickolaus is the same county clerk who “found” over 14,000 votes for David Prosser in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race, and reported her results last yet again.
Her office has been suspected of election irregularities several times, culminating in Senator Tammy Baldwin asking for a DOJ investigation after the Prosser win. It’s about time, I’d say. Local news stations in Wisconsin are reporting an investigation is being launched.
Hey Republicans, I found your voter fraud.
Even if Dems don’t take back the state senate in the end, it seems clear that the Wisconsin recall wars are shaping up as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the 2012 elections. Whatever happens, Wisconsin Dems have already succeeded in creating a true grassroots movement built around an unabashedly class-based set of themes that rely on a type of bare-knuckled class-warfare rhetoric that makes many national Dems queasy. In this sense, success in Wisconsin could offer a model for a more aggressive, populist approach for Dems in 2012.