An Open Thread for your evening musings in the aftermath of this very important election.

Wisconsin holds recall more than a year in making

Wisconsin recall: 2010 all over again

Report: 119% Voter Turnout in Madison

Voting brisk in closely watched Wisconsin recall

Good news for Walker: Recalls Only for “Official Misconduct” Say Wisconsin Voters

UPDATE: 9pm ET: The polls have closed. We expect a long night when it comes to returns.

Chuck Todd of NBC News says they consider this too close to call, a “coin flip.”

**Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Results Page**


NBC projecting a Walker win! Considering we expected this to be close and an all-nighter this is excellent news. Milwaukee, very blue, has yet to come in, but the projection is being made!!

Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee JS says it’ll be Walker 52, Barrett 48

I respond to Ann Coulter making her feelings known on Twitter

Gov Scott Walker’s victory Speech:

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  1. RuBegonia says:

    This is a nail-biting event. Weighing in just as the polls close in Wisconsin. Paws crossed!

  2. Squirrel says:

    Let’s hope it is a blowout for Governor Walker, and as Rush said, beyond the margin of fraud.
    When the results come in, I want to be able to say “YES, WE DID!”

  3. Maynard says:

    Can I go off topic to get this random thing off my chest? It makes me crazy the way Sean Hannity can’t get through a sentence without tossing in a superfluous “you know”. How can this guy be as big as he is without having kicked the “you know” habit? I don’t get it.

  4. mamakahala says:

    Hi again, I posted earlier on the other Walker site…this is Tammy Army of “1” member in Wisconsin 30 miles east of Madison. It has been a rough day and I have felt all alone…I think the “OM” chanting that went on around the capitol bldg got to me. (It is so hard to work across the street from the capitol). I am sitting here at my computer afraid to look at the results. I am exhausted and want the outcome to be that Walker remains as our Govenor. Thanks my fellow Tammy Army members. Love you Tammy!

    • Sailing_J says:

      We are all proud of you and fellow Wisconsinites!

    • Sally says:

      NBC calls it for Walker, FOX on the verge it seems!

    • rosebud2186 says:

      Hey, fellow TAM! I am here on the southern border & I understand how difficult it must be in The Mad City. My hometown is very liberal. There is so much hostility built up around this election. I fear it is just the beginning – November will be worse. Two shocking comments made at the poles this evening: “I’m going in there to vote for Barrett because he will give me more welfare”. “I’m not going to vote for either of those crackers.” Not even kidding. Sad.

    • WalkStar says:

      I spent many happy years of my childhood in Mineral Point. I am with you in spirit, Wisconson! Post here any time or #tbrs on Twitter … It’s a great family!

  5. Sailing_J says:

    Walker’s numbers keep rising. Wouldn’t it be funny if he won with 99%

  6. Ladybug13USA says:

    Fox News has called it for Scott Walker!!!!!! Whoooo hoooo!!! God bless our conservative warriors!!! What a great battle!! Victory for America!!! Lt Gov has also won!!!

  7. Sally says:

    I’m not sure if we are supposed to post links here, but I can’t resist! Way to go Wisconsin!

  8. dennisl59 says:

    I will never forget for as long as I live this one:

    Sarah Palin’s Historic Madison Tea Party Speech, in support of Governor Scott Walker and introduced by the late Andrew Breitbart. (This is best and only complete video I could find today…)

    This is, in my opinion, is the BEST speech she has ever given.

    posted 6/5 908pm Texas[Game On!]Time.

    • PopArt says:

      Thank you for posting Dennis. I had never seen this speech in it’s entirety before. Just finished watching (and in full screen on my PC monitor). WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL as was Andrew Breitbart’s intro.

  9. rickh says:

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!! Nothing more precious than seeing Rachel Madcow spit out that NBC calls it for Walker. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

  10. WalkStar says:

    Yay! Go Governor Walker! You win … Again!

  11. rickh says:

    Can we all have a Moment of Silence for a Hero, Andrew Breitbart. He’s doing cartwheels in Heaven right now.

  12. rosebud2186 says:

    The Madison news peeps just don’t know what to say! Lol

  13. fortress112 says:

    As Mark Levin has said “We cannot win one election we must win them all for years to come. Good work Wisconsin, now let’s move on with even more resolve to all the upcoming battles, nothing for granted, only hard work and dedication.

  14. Mutnodjmet says:

    Today is the first day of November! We are the 119%! WALKER WINS!

    • Cernunnos81 says:

      Good Old Chris Plante was on the phone with a gentleman Tuesday morning, who reported that he was on a bus, that was part of a convoy, bound for Wisconsin. He stated that the bus trip had been organized by a particular union in Michigan, but was not specific other than to say it was an auto workers union, and that they were enroute for the sole purpose of using the same day registration to register a load of Michiganers as Wisconsinites for the purpose of voting for Barrett. He had gotten aboard through a family affiliation (his uncle is in the union) and was planning to vote For Walker. With the Department of Injustice there to monitor the voting I am sure that they had no issue getting registered and voting. This pushes the voter turnout over 100% handily. When you add in useful idiots from Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and parts unknown who pull similar stunts, you end up at 119%. In National Elections they bus people from polling place to polling place and practice the old adage, Vote Early Vote Often. Thus the requirements for Photo IDs at the polls, but that’d be racist and discriminatory.

  15. Shifra says:

    Happy Days Are Here Again!!!!

    Hey Mr. and Mrs. DB, your WH days are numbered !!! 153 — to be exact.

    Mamakahala — how about sending your neighbor a cake with “Congrats Walker” on top? *That* would freak her out 🙂

    • mamakahala says:

      Shifra – Iam heading into the kitchen right now. I just went outside and danced and screamed out in my front yard! My neighbors house is dark!!!

  16. Foreverautumn says:

    Good! That’s one more win under our belts! I’m breathing ANOTHER sigh of relief! Now there’s the Virginia and Utah elections, and of course, the BIG ONE in November. We still can’t afford complacency (as if we EVER can), but this is a good sign.

    Almost off topic, but Jesse Kelly won the Republican Primary here in CD8 in AZ. Now, if he can beat the Democrat here, we’ll be in even better shape.

  17. PopArt says:

    For whatever reason, after most election days in recent years, I am dying to hear the group Evanescence. Initially I didn’t think this particular song was for a “political” reason but these lyrics, especially the chorus, actually kind of captures the my mood and no doubt that of others.

  18. PopArt says:

    But I did make one interesting observation about the reporting on both CNN and FoxNews websites tonight which I posted as a Facebook reply……

    “What I couldn’t understand (and also caused my heart to race which isn’t good for me) were the initial headlines about the race being too close to call while below these dramatic proclamations were graphs showing Walker with 56% of the vote and then 57% and then 60% and then 62% as more and more returns came in.”

    My friend who posted the initial thread reminded me about the bias of those infernal exit polls and that you should always credit the Republicans with at least 3 more points than what the exit polling states. The Lamestream media obviously haven’t learned their lesson from 2000. Declaring Florida for Al Gore anyone?????? Bueller? Bueller?

  19. PopArt says:

    And the first bit of news from New Jersey… while I generally could care less about the Democratic primaries, this one I am sad about. Unfortunately William Pascrall seems to have defeated Steve Rothman…. or as a certain religious based group that rang in on that primary are no doubt describing it, “We defeated the Joooooo”. Despicable.

  20. PopArt says:

    And mixed news from New Jersey on the Tea Party front. In my home district, the 7th, the long term Republican incumbent Leonard Lance, in office for 18 years, has turned back a challenge from Tea Party endorsee David Larson by approximately 60% to 40%. Meanwhile New Jersey Tea Party favorite Anna Little has won her primary race and for a second time will try to unseat 20 year Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone.

  21. jeaneeinabottle says:

    This win is wonderful!!!!! I’m sitting here in my Breitbart shirt in CA, just voted with my son for his first time! He/we were so proud!! And we came home to great news!!! Now if twitter would drop my suspension and get me out of twtter hell all would be well! Thank you WI!!!!! WOOT!!!

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  23. rosebud2186 says:

    Watching Ed Schultz for fun. Jesse Jackson looks like 10 miles of bad road. None of them know what to say!?

  24. Foreverautumn says:

    According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 83% of the precincts have reported in. I wonder if it’s too early to start collecting Liberal tears to sweeten my morning coffee… (evil grin)

  25. PopArt says:

    I am almost tempted to tune in to CNN in the morning just to see Solesissy O’B1KNoB’s expression and check if she’ll opt to usher in a fashion trend of Bride of Frankenstein chic.

  26. Ginger says:

    Huff Post initially reporting that Walker “survived”…can you believe that?..well, yeah.. it’s par.

    • PopArt says:

      What was even more absurd was that the CNN AND Fox’s websites had blaring headlines of “Race Too Close to Call!!!” when the first percent or two of results had come in. These headlines remained even when as much as 10% had been reported and showed Walker with a commanding lead. I did not appreciate the racing heart rate that brought on in me as I anxiously kept checking before VIOLA! the headlines instantaneously flipped over to Walker Wins. The media gestapos acted out their desperation to the last bitter second.

  27. flaggman says:

    Don’t forget that certain Governors are credited with taking on Big Labour thuggery based on YouTube clips and establishment elevation, but only one has actually run the gauntlet and accomplished something tangible. And it’s not the Weeble.

    WAY TO GO SCOTT WALKER!!!! Walk softly and carry a big stick.

  28. Maynard says:

    Here’s how to celebrate. Print out a bunch of copies of the following text and slip them under windshield wipers:

    Hi Friend,

    I just wanted to let you know that some knucklehead vandalized your car by slapping an Obama sticker on it. The last thing you want is to be driving around all day, looking like an idiot.

    Take care. A Good Samaratan

  29. Maynard says:

    I’m wondering about the theory that Bill Clinton wants Obama to lose, and is subtly working toward that end. Hmmmm, do I believe this is possible? Silly me, I start by taking things at face value. Clinton is campaigning for Obama, and Hillary hasn’t made a move to challenge him. I’d think that Bill is going to stand by the Democrat even if he has to hold his nose.

    Okay, I’ll play devil’s advocate and lay out the other scenario, and ask whether I might believe it. Let’s say Clinton sees Obama as a bad president, and/or he sees him as standing in Hillary’s (and his) path. What might he gain from doing a bit of intentional undermining? In either case, Obama is gone in 2016, and Hillary isn’t a candidate in 2012. So what’s the upside from seeing Obama gone today instead of four years from now?

    A sitting president pretty much leads his party. If Obama is reelected, then he’ll dominate for the next four years, and the Clintons will be on something of a leash. On the other hand, if Obama loses, then the Democrat party becomes leaderless, and there will be some reorganizing. Seems that the last Democrat success, the guy that gave us four years of surplus and prosperity, might generously be willing to take charge of that reorganization. And in 2016, with America still struggling, Hillary will be on the upswing again. Yes, Bill Clinton, savior of not only his country but, more importantly, his party! A big dream, but that’s what presidents do.

    So what was Bill Clinton doing in Wisconsin, speechifying mightily on behalf of the doomed recall effort? Tammy played some of Clinton’s words, and they were the stuff of absurdity. Did you hear it? Clinton said things to the effect that Walker was against the American Revolution. It was so senseless that I was wondering how an intelligent man could mouth such baloney with a straight face. I figured, okay, that’s just what happens at political rallies. Unless I want to get Machiavellian and speculate that maybe Clinton deliberately went over the top so as to toss raw meat to the fervent base while at the same time alienating anyone who wasn’t an extremist. Should I go there, or is this a crazy notion? I’m inclined to think it’s crazy, but I just don’t know.

    At the end of the day, these questions are beyond me. More importantly, I don’t think they matter much, in that you get crazy if you spend too much time speculating about the machinations of others. So I’ll wonder for a moment, and then do whatever it is that I have to do.

  30. aardvark says:

    Hey Barry — can you hear us NOW?!?!?!?!!!!”

    PS: An HONEST DoJ would PROSECUTE the Calif. Sec. State’s office. I am S I C K of my military-wife “poll tax” barring me from voting for several years out of my 25 yrs of marriage during hubby’s 32+ yr career. Well, now we’re retired and trying to stay alive – we freakin’ EARNED our bennies and want to keep every dime (they’re trying to kill us with co-pays (already had to drop some treatments because we couldn’t afford the co-pays). Can’t wait to be thrown into the Medicare system (mandated) when we hit 65.


  31. Kimj7157 says:

    Terrific victory speech. “Faith, family, freedom.” Go figure… .
    And in referring to the Founders: “Ordinary people doing something quite extraordinary.” Yep.

    Great day. God Bless America.

  32. strider says:

    Doing a long face comparison of the debris on the left leaning TV stations. Mute is on of course.

  33. shellym says:

    I got a kick out of Rove last night – he seemed a bit stunned.

    Or maybe gloomy as the Establishment’s party is coming to a rapid end.

    Heartfelt thanks and congrats to Gov. Walker & Lt. Gov Kleefisch! I’m in awe of such courage.

  34. “That’s great man, that’s just great. What are we gonna do now man? What are we gonna do now? Game over man. GAME OVER!” 😉

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