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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Biggest Take Away from Wisconson's Recall Election

Yesterday, the voters of Wisconson endured one more elections.  It seems as if they have gone the polls every three to four months for the last year.  This time it was to decide if Governor Scott Walker would be the first governor in history to survive a recall.  It should be noted this is only the third time such a move has been attempted in the nation, with the previous two being successful in removing the target of the recall.

The NRA invested a lot of effort in supported Governor Walker, along with the Republican National Committee (Walker is a Republican).  This was an opportunity to test the RNC's Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort prior to November.  It appears to have worked as Walker actually won by a bigger margin than he did in 2010.  With such a win, talk shows this morning are asking the question, "What does this mean for President Obama in November?"

I agree with those who caution against reading too much into yesterday's results and what it means for the future.  There is a sense that voters in Wisconson did not believe should be used to oust a elected official simply over policy differences.  That is what this was all about.  Erick Erickson over at did have some things that could be extrapolated from the results and there is one that stood out to me:

Lastly, I hope the GOP in Washington, which is often afraid of its own shadow, is watching this. In Wisconsin, the Republican Governor was willing to pick a fight on a core Democrat issue, stick to his guns, and go through a recall process. And he won. Sometimes, Messrs. Boehner and McConnell, you don’t have to compromise. You can stick to your guns and still win.
Governor Walker spoke at the NRA Annual Meetings this past April.  If you haven't seen the speech, it's worth the few minutes it takes to watch.

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