Following is a “spin” on the 2011 state senate recall process from a stubborn Independent, who has never been a member of either major political party, and who is not quite satisfied with the distortions and outright lies being presented ad nauseum by hack knee-jerk loyalists of both parties. Spokespersons from each Party weave a story which assures the public that their own Party won the recall battle, and we now must endure the battle of the spin-doctors. But the important question is not which Party won. It’s “Did the people win or lose?”
Republican leaders in Wisconsin have been whining about them, starting even before the senate recall elections were over. They’re complaining about supposedly unjustified recalls allegedly wasting time and money. And they’re actually blustering and threatening to eliminate the people’s constitutional right to recall elected officials – unless it’s for what Republican leaders think is “a good reason”.
Well, damned if it wasn’t Republican/Koch Party leaders who started the recall ball rolling themselves this year by announcing they were going to recall the 14 Democratic senators who got a backbone when they saw tens of thousands of Wisconsinites spontaneously and persistently protesting the Koch Party scapegoating and attack on the working class. These Democratic senators prevented a quorum and a railroading and thereby let the people have a chance to hold their own public hearings on the draconian bills and to become aware of the autocratic process being employed by Republican leaders, when the Republican leadership refused to hold public hearings or allow consideration of any amendments on the proposed legislation – legislation which none of them had breathed a word about during the election campaigns the previous year.
Democrats, grassroots people and Independents then responded to the Republican intention to recall Democratic senators by announcing that, in return, they would recall the eight Republican senators who backed Walker’s legislation and who were constitutionally eligible for a recall. So the recall fight was on, and Republicans started it, no question about that.
The Republican and tea party astroturf effort to recall Democrats resulted in only three recall elections of Democratic senators. They didn’t even try (or were unable) to get enough petition signatures in all the other districts with Democratic senators eligible for recall.
Meanwhile the Democratic, labor movement, and Independent grassroots effort to recall Republicans resulted in six recall elections of Republican senators in their own districts. That’s a six to three score against the rubes who started the Senate recall campaign, just for starters.
Now, how did the recall elections themselves turn out?
The Republican and Koch Party leaders were unsuccessful in winning even one single recall election against a Democratic incumbent.
The Democratic and Independent grassroots volunteers succeeded in winning two recall elections against Republican incumbents.
So the Republican leaders started this recall fight, without a doubt, last spring.
But the Republican leaders couldn’t even put up a good fight after they started it.
The Wisconsin people who worked on the campaigns won the state senate recall fight in 2011, hands down – six to three in the regionals, and two – zip in the finals.
And now (would you believe it?) the whining Republican poor loser leaders absurdly (a) claim that Republicans won because Democrats “only” defeated two Republican incumbents (while they defeated zero Democratic incumbents)! and (b) say that the recalls that the Republicans themselves started were a waste of our time and taxpayer money, and that they intend to use their control of the legislature and the executive branch (not to mention their control of the Supreme Court) to tie the people’s hands and take away or restrict our right to recall elected politicians in the future. What a crock of horsepucky!
It’s reason enough to be plenty sore at Republican leaders and funders just for being such bad mannered, autocratic, lying aristocrats, and for implying that we the people are as stupid as they must think.
These senate recall elections did not involve the entire state. Recall elections were only held in nine out of 33 districts, which is less than one-third of the population of the state.
Let’s see what Republican/Koch Party leaders think about the people’s right to recall elected officials when the people pull off a badly needed and sorely deserved statewide recall of the suddenly born-again kumbaya-chanting, bi-partisan Governor Walker who got his previous elective office through the Wisconsin recall process, in a particular recall campaign which Republican leaders once cheered, but are now calling unjustified.
Throw the two-faced, fork-tongued bums out!