Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Friendly Reminder To Republicans Who Think The Recall Is Undemocratic

The list of names recall volunteers have been called by Walker supporters is a growing work of art. Of course there's the run of the mill: losers, assholes and the like. It is the creative ones that are memorable...

Communists, socialists, anarchists and satanists (or was it statists?) are the favorites.

If these Walker supporters hang around long enough to expand on their wildly diverse categories in which they file recall volunteers it pretty much always boils down to the idea that those who want to recall Walker are just sore losers who can't accept they lost the election.

It's an interesting position considering Scott Walker won his election as Milwaukee County Executive in a recall election. The process certainly catapulted his career didn't it?

During his campaign for County Executive, Walker had this to say about recalls in a TV ad:
"You know, the folks that were angry about this, they started a recall. They were told they needed to collect 73,000 signatures in 60 days.  Well, not hundreds, not thousands, but tens of thousands of ordinary people did an extraordinary thing. They stood up and took their government back. In less than 30 days they collected more than 150,000 signatures. It was at that moment I realized that the real emotion on display in my county wasn't just about anger... you see, if it had been about anger it would have been about people checking out or moving out or giving up. But instead, what happened was really amazing.
You saw people standing up shoulder to shoulder, neighbor to neighbor and saying, 'We want our government back.' And in doing so, the real emotion on display was hope. And today I see a lot of the same emotions on display here in Wisconsin and all across our great country."
What a bunch of Communist losers.

What is less known or conveniently remembered is the group responsible for the recall in which Walker won was organized by the Citizen's for a Responsible Government (CRG) who then went on to try and recall Governor Jim Doyle TWICE.

They created some press for themselves but never managed to raise much more than $7000 to get their statewide recall underway. Many CRG members went on to become allies and big supporters of Walker as Governor.

In a very real sense, Walker's big career boost was born out of a recall and it very well may fall due to a recall.

The seat Van Wanggaard sits in was lost to a recall election - Petak to Plache - as so it goes again. It seems that either we ALL are a bunch of sore losers, or recalls are an integral part of our electoral process.