I’ll be live-blogging the Wisconsin recall vote for governor between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett until the votes, or the cows, come home, or chickens come home to roost, or… you get the idea.
2:00 Doug Henwood, who always thought a recall was a waste of time and resources and enthusiasm, now raises more issues and asks the left not to “sugarcoat” the defeat… And a Matt Stoller blast at Obama and his policies and the ‘wreckage” of the Left caused by following the president—and the recall deadend.
11:30 Final figure on turnout in Wisconsin: 57 percent. A record for governor’s race for past few decades—but actually below wide predictions of 60 to 65 percent, despite same-day registration.
9:55 Good wrap-up on the California vote with some troubling results for Dems based on new “top two finishers” rule. One tossup House race now features no Dem in finals, and more. And for those who warned that Orly Taitz might become the GOPer in the finals facing Sen. Diane Feinstein—nah, did not happen.
9:50 Paul Begala on CNN today on Obama not going to Wisconsin: “I don’t think it would have made the difference. But it’s kind of like Thanksgiving at your in-laws. If you go, it doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be fun, but if you don’t go there’s going to be hell to pay.”
9:45 Matt Rothschild in The Progressive on “brutal night” in his home state of Wisconsin.
9:10 Jamelle Boule at Wash Post debunks three “myths” about Wisconsin result, pointing out (1) many voters simply hate recalls, feeling it should only be for official misconduct, otherwise it’s such sour grapes; (2) therefore Obama visits would have had no effect; and (3) the big GOP money was not the most crucial factor, because in addition the economy had approved in the state.
9:00 Ezra Klein on unions weakening, corporation power gaining, and what’s next…