Walker Wins, Wisconsinites Lose
Both candidates support wealth and power.
by Stephen Lendman
Morning headlines read more like obituaries than reason for anyone to celebrate. Despite pre-election polls suggesting either candidate could win, odds greatly favored Republican Scott Walker.
He outspent Democrat Tom Barrett around 25 - 1. Corporate backing made the difference. The Democrat National Committee (DNC) gave no financial or campaign support. Neither did Obama. Effectively they conceded. Final results didn't surprise.
On June 6, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined "Walker wins recall race over Barrett," saying:
He became "the first governor in (US) history to survive a recall election...."
In March 2011, Boise State University's Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief said:
"I don't think there's a precedent for what's going on in Wisconsin. I don't think there's ever been a case where pretty much everyone has been subject to a recall attempt at one time on both sides. That's really amazing."
He referred to legislative and gubernatorial recall campaigns ongoing at the time.
Only four previous times in US history were multiple state lawmakers recalled at the same time for the same issue:
- 90 years ago in North Dakota for governor and two other state officials;
- two in Idaho in 1971 over a pay raise;
- two in Michigan in 1983 over a tax vote; and
- two California Republicans in 1995 for collaborating with Democrats.