Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 Days: Calm The Fuck Down

The best thing that could have happened with 5 days to go in the election: Marquette came out with a wildly misleading poll putting Scott Walker ahead of Mary Burke by 7 points among likely voters.

Shit just got real for folks on the ground doing GOTV. Thank you, Charles Franklin.

After weeks of tied polls within a range of polling sources, Marquette - all of sudden - shows a surge for Walker.

People lost their fucking minds, running blindly into their neighborhood knocking on doors and calling their friends to make sure they are going to vote.

Good. Light your hair on fire you bastards, because this race is tied and you need every single vote.

Of course, as Marquette broke, the typical rats started packing up to leave the ship, mumbling something about Mike Tate. They always do.

Note: We've seen Tate's competition for state chair, and as they say - you can't prove a negative - this might be one instance in which you can. Joe Kallas could not have pulled off overseeing a $16 million governor's race, let alone win it. No. Fucking. Way.

So, here's the thing...Marquette's "likely voters" are those that say without a doubt, absolutely 100% sure they are going to vote. People who say they are "very likely" don't make the list and there were 8.9% of them. There were also 4.9% of people who were 50-50 they were going to vote.

Likely voters and 50-50 voters favor Burke over Walker and that is not an insignificant percent of people - 13.8% to be exact.

The Siren's advice?

Calm the fuck down and go knock doors. Forget the yard signs and the TV ads. Drive people to their polling place, put together walk packets if you can't canvass. Make a sign, stand on the corner and tell people to vote. Calm the fuck down and trust your field staff.

This is no time to be blogging, either! The Siren will be checking in via Twitter, the next few days so find us there. Good luck and do what you do best: Get Out The Vote!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

7 Days: Lies, Damned Lies And Scott Walker's Lies

Scott Walker got Lt. Spokesmodel, Rebecca Kleefisch to deal some grade A bullshit in his newest ad claiming he supports workplace equality for Wisconsin women...even though he repealed the state provision on a quiet Saturday afternoon with no one looking.

Kleefisch, looking like she popped out of a Kotex commercial tells viewers Mary Burke wants women to sue, while Scott Walker wants women to succeed. Nice.

Walker only repealed a state law that made it easier and cheaper to sue for unequal treatment instead being forced to take it to a federal court which is MUCH, MUCH harder and MUCH, MUCH more expensive.  

So there you have it - Scott Walker repealed a law (no one actually asked him to, except maybe business donors who were afraid of getting sued) and wants to take credit for being "women friendly" and he sent his marriage equality is like marrying your coffee-table idiot sidekick.

We can't wait to see how Burke responds to this total gimme.

Monday, October 27, 2014

8 Days: Suck It Up Pussies

Scott Walker had a plan for Wisconsin health care that left around 80,000 poor people without insurance.

Friday, October 24, 2014

11 Days: The Great White Van Hysteria Is Back

The most effective conspiracy theories, the ones that really stand the test of time, are the ones that have a tiny element of reality with which to build the most elaborate Rube Goldberg invention upon.

No matter how contrived and ridiculous.

Legendary voter fraud hunter, Ardis Cerny, is back. She's the Van Helsing of voter impropriety and her trophies are just as realistic.

Ardis is in hot pursuit of her personal Moby Dick - aka the "Great White Van."

Haven't you heard? The GWV is Cerny's proof that rampant voter exists. Why? Because the van's license plates are from out of state - meaning, everyone inside that van is also from out of state.

The van's are real. The license plates, too, are real. Her conclusion? Totally imaginary.

For years, churches and community groups in cities have rented vans to drive people to the polls on election day. Why? Well, it has to do with the years of poll taxes, intimidation and even a few lynchings of black people who fought for their right to vote. Casting a ballot has kind of been a hard fought right for a lot of people.

It's also harder to be intimidated or killed if you are in a group.

People in cities also don't have a lot of cars. Racine is no exception. A good percentage of people in Racine don't have access to a car. And the bus? Well, try taking that to a poll location efficiently.

Renting vans is a tradition, so much so, that on election day rental agencies get vans from all over the place to meet the need...even from out of state. The provenance of the van has nothing to do with who is inside at all (something Cerny is totally aware of), but it feeds into her tale of out of state voters crossing the border to cast illegal votes.

Which by the way, is totally stoopid.

Even if you had a van chock full of people - who tells them who they are supposed to impersonate?
Eventually the people they are impersonating would come to the polls only to discover they had already voted - OR the impersonator would get caught because the real person got to the poll first.

By our estimation it would take about two hours to discover what was going on - and yet, no one ever has. Cerny believes because she sees the same vans around town, these fakers are going from poll to poll pulling off the same scam - instead of the more plausible conclusion the van is taking the riders to their appropriate polling location.

Just enough reality to keep the voter fraud fantasy alive and just enough fantasy to excuse racist voter suppression laws.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12 Days: United Sportsmen

Remember the good ol' days when John Doe was the only corruption scandal plaguing Scott Walker? Good times.

Let us not forget the $500,000 grant awarded to the fake group run by Wisconsin GOP insiders. After the scam was exposed, Walker was forced to cancel the money.

They all nearly got away with it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

13 Days: I Haz Fixt Wisconsun

Thanks to Mark Pocan for reminding us of all the opportunities Scott Walker has squandered - most recently missing a deadline to apply for a Federal Preschool Development Expansion grant.

Wisconsin was invited to apply (with the possibility of receiving up to $60 million) along with 34 other states for preschool expansion. Walker blew it off.

Wisconsin is rated the worst state in the nation in the achievement gap of African American children - and Scott Walker didn't think it was worth his time to apply to expand one of the most effective ways to close that gap. He was too busy campaigning.

Toss it on the heap with all the other federal programs Walker took a pass on over the last four years:

Medicaid Expansion - $500 million+
Broadband Expansion - $23 million
High Speed Rail - $810 million
Food Stamp Increase - $276 million

That's a fucking lot of our money that ultimately went to other states instead of our own.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burke: Don't Call It A #WIComeback

Ha! Gotta love a candidate who can make a LL Cool J reference on Twitter with her opponent's words ahead of a big debate...