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On Eve of Recall, Scott Walker Confirmed as Target of Criminal Investigation


We’ve been watching this drama unfold for over a year now, and it’s hard to know how this will shake out, as many polls show Walker and his opponent, Tom Barrett, in a dead heat, which simply blows my mind. But I must admit to a little trepidation. I have always questioned whether the momentum to recall Walker could be sustained over such a long period, and I guess we’re about to find out.

However, whether Walker is reelected or not may prove to be a moot point. Speculation has been brewing over the “John Doe” investigation, and as we told you back in January, Walker will find himself in hot water with Ol’ Johnny Law:

Two new criminal complaints filed by the Milwaukee County DA against two aids who worked for Walker while he was with the county allege a pattern of illegal fundraising and what appears to be a systemic violation of campaign laws by Walker’s inner circle.

Both of the aids are accused of doing political work on county time. One is being charged with four felonies while the other is facing two misdemeanors. One of the two cut a deal with prosecutors under which she agreed to provide information in a related investigation about the destruction of digital evidence and to aid in further prosecutions. This is the first indication that the multifaceted John Doe investigation may be pursuing charges of evidence tampering. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the probe was focusing on possible bid rigging and other misconduct in the competition to house the county Department on Aging in private office space.

And on Sunday, Ruth Conniff, reporting for Isthmus.com, confirmed that Walker is on the short-list of federal prosecutors:

With the recall election less than two days away, federal prosecutors are closing in on Governor Scott Walker, according to veteran political reporter David Shuster, former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, and former district attorney Bob Jambois.

In a conference call organized by state Democrats on Saturday evening, June 2, Shuster, Lautenschlager, and Jambois laid out evidence that Walker is a target of a federal investigation.

Hardly surprising, but in a case of perfect timing, one of those jailed aides has come clean and thrown Walker under the bus:

Scott Walker’s closest political aide has just been named in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday as the source of damaging revelations that undermine Walker’s claim that he has cooperated with the John Doe criminal corruption probe into his current and former administrations.

Tim Russell, who was hired or promoted by Scott Walker even after he was fired for stealing from a state agency, was said in court Monday to have given Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice information that showed that, contrary to Walker’s claims, Walker was stonewalling investigators all along.

The shocking revelation that Scott Walker’s closest aide sought to damage Walker on the eve of Tuesday’s historic recall election indicated that Russell was cooperating with a prosecution against Walker himself.

“If Republicans are wondering who is leaking information about crimes that Scott Walker may have committed, they need only look into their own house. That Scott Walker’s longtime and closest political aide, who is charged with stealing from veterans, is the source of information undercutting Walker’s self-serving claims of cooperation shows with crystal clarity just why Wisconsin must remove Scott Walker from office tomorrow,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday.

“Today’s revelation removes any doubt that Scott Walker is the target of a criminal prosecution.”



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Walker Walks the Talk, Obama talks about the Walk

By Ken Blackwell



Gov. Scott Walker Walked his Talk. He faced down a militant, union-led effort to drive him from office. Scott Walker never lacked courage. It took steely determination not to buckle in the face of militant unions who “occupied” the stately Wisconsin capitol in Madison when Walker’s reforms were first voted on. For two years, leftists have been howling. One of their speakers at a get out the (union) vote rally actually compared Scott Walker’s reforms to the 9/11 attacks on our country. And this is the crowd that is forever lecturing us on civility.

Gov. Walker’s stand up courage can be contrasted with President Obama’s missing in action stance in the Wisconsin recall effort. Badger State labor unionists have been hard pressed to explain to themselves or to their supporters why the president they helped put in office has abandoned them in their hour of need.

They ruefully recall how then Candidate Obama gave a ringing endorsement to public sector employees’ collective bargaining agreements. He went even further. In 2007, he said:

"[I]f American workers are being denied their right to organize when I'm in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States," he told a crowd in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in November 2007.

Yet when reporters asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when the President would visit Wisconsin, the spokesman blandly replied Mr. Obama had “no current plans”to enter the fray. What can have been his hesitation?

This is an incomprehensible blunder. Mr. Obama actually flew over the state twice during the hotly contested recall. Supporters might have looked up to see Air Force One passing serenely overhead. Doubtless the President was on board as he “tweeted” his pallid support for the embattled Democrat, Tom Barrett. We can bet the president was wearing his comfortable pair of shoes as he hit that “send” button.

Compare President Obama with President Reagan. In the summer of 1981, Reagan was still recovering from a bullet in his chest. He nearly died from an assassination attempt.

The union leaders of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) decided to test Mr. Reagan’s resolve. They signaled they would lead their workers out on strike if their wage and benefit demands were not met by the federal government.

Ronald Reagan had been elected and re-elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. He proudly told labor audiences he was the only union president ever to run for President of the United States. He won 24% of Democrats’ votes, many of them labor union members.

But President Reagan also believed that federal law must be upheld. Federal law forbade government workers going out on strike. This was especially urgent in the case of air traffic controllers. Such a strike could cripple the already stricken U.S. economy.

Reagan warned the PATCO strikers to return to their jobs or face dismissal. They called his bluff. He wasn’t bluffing. He fired them all.

The world took note. In the Kremlin, the KGB reported “with Reagan, words are deeds.”The world is taking note of President Obama now, too. With Obama words are, well, words.

Gov. Scott Walker walked the path Ronald Reagan blazed. Barack Obama’s promise to walk the picket lines with union strikers rings hollow this morning. Like so many of his other campaign promises.  

Ken Blackwell                    Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the new  bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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More Good News for  Freedom

By Carol Platt Liebau



Every conservative is smiling about last night's results in  Wisconsin.

But -- hard as it is to believe -- there's reason to hope  that the message about how government employees are driving fiscal crisis has  sunk in even in California.
There, citizens of San Jose passed some serious pension  reform, which among other improvements requires city workers either  to contribute up to 16% more of their salary to continue with their current  pension plan or else choose a more affordable plan; requires voter approval for  future pension increases; and limits disability retirement to those who  disabilities actually prevent them from working.
Predictably, the government union -- subsidized by our tax  money and supposedly created to "serve us" -- threatens to sue the  city.
The best news?  These results signal that voters have  absorbed the message that small government advocates have been trying to spread:  There is no reason that government workers should have the "right" to a  lifestyle that completely insulates them from the impact of government  overspending and imprudence -- an impact that affects all other Americans.   Enough with the calls for "sacrifice" from everyone else in order to subsidize  an entitled class.
Carol  Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show  host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the  sx-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)"
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Teacher's Unions Earn "F"  for   Wisconsin Recall Abuse

By Michelle Malkin


They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across   the  nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human  shields  in their  battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget and  pension  reforms. Students were  the first and last casualties of the  ruthless Big  Labor war against fiscal  discipline.


To kick off the yearlong protest festivities, the   Wisconsin  Education Association Council led a massive "sickout" of   educators and other  government school personnel. The coordinated  truancy  action -- tantamount to an  illegal strike -- cost taxpayers  an estimated  $6 million. Left-wing doctors  assisted the campaign by  supplying fake  medical excuse notes to teachers who  ditched their  public school  classrooms to protest Walker's modest package of   belt-tightening  measures.

When they weren't ditching their students, radical   teachers  steeped in the social justice ethos of National Education   Association-approved  community organizer Saul Alinsky were  shamelessly  using other people's children  as their own political  junior lobbyists and  pawns. A Milwaukee Fox News  affiliate caught  one fourth-grade teacher  dragging his students on a "field  trip" to  demonstrate against Walker at  the state Capitol building.

The pupils clapped along with a group of "solidarity   singers"  as they warbled: "Scott Walker will never push us out, this  house  was made for  you and me."

Hundreds of high school students from Madison were   dragooned  into marches. When asked on camera why they had skipped  school,  one told a  reporter from the Wisconsin-based MacIver  Institute: "I don't  know. I guess  we're protesting today." Happy for  the supply of warm young  bodies, AFSCME Local  2412 President Gary  Mitchell gloated: "The students  have been so  energized."

"Energized"? How about educated, enlightened and    intellectually stimulated? Silly parents. Remember: "A" isn't for   academics.  It's for "agitation" and "advocacy." Former  National  Education  Association official John Lloyd's words must not  be forgotten:  "You cannot  possibly understand NEA without  understanding Saul Alinsky. If  you want to  understand NEA, go to the  library and get 'Rules for   Radicals.'"

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part 2

Saul      Alinsky:
Lest we forget at  least and over-the shoulder
acknowledegment to the very first radical:  from all
our legends, mythology, and history (and who is  to
know where mythology  leaves off and history begins-
or  which is which), the first radical knwon to man
who rebelled against the establishment and did  it
so effectivelly

Against a rising tide of rank-and-file teachers  who oppose  their leaders' extremist politics, the national offices of  the NEA and the  American Federation of Teachers shoveled millions in  forced union dues into astroturfed, anti-Walker coffers. According  the  WisconsinReporter.com, strapped state affiliates also coughed up  major  sums to beat back Wisconsin's efforts to  bring American union  workers into  the 21st century in line with the rest of the   workforce:

"The Ohio Education Association made a $58,000  in-kind   contribution May 30, followed a day later by a $21,000  contribution from  the  Pennsylvania State Education Association. New  York State United  Teachers gave  $23,000 on June 1, the Massachusetts  Education Association  gave $17,000 on May  31, and a group of unions  based in Washington, D.C.,  poured in $922,000 during  the past week."  Even the Alaska NEA affiliate  pitched in $4,000.

Back in the Badger State, the Education Action  Group   Foundation caught Milwaukee teacher's union head Bob Peterson  on tape this  week  bragging about how his school district organized  bus runs and stuffed  flyers  into every K-8 student's backpack urging  them to vote in the recall  election.  No, this wasn't a civic,  nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort. It  was a purely  partisan  self-preservation campaign. Peterson preaches that  educators must be   "teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of  students who  support  teachers and the movement for workers rights,  oppressed  peoples' rights."  Because, you know, asking teachers to  contribute  more to their pension plans is  just like the crushing of  freedom  fighters in Iran, Egypt and China.

The progressives' blatant exploitation of bureaucratic   authority over the nation's schoolchildren -- at the expense of classroom   achievement and fiscal sanity -- isn't sitting well with the public. A new   Marquette University Law School poll released on the eve of the Wisconsin  recall  election showed that "only 40 percent of those surveyed said they  had a  favorable view of public-sector unions, while 45 percent viewed  them  unfavorably." In addition, "three-quarters of respondents said they  approved of  the law Walker signed requiring public employees to contribute  to their own  pensions and pay more for health insurance, while 55 percent  approved of the new  limits on collective bargaining for state employees  that Walker signed into  law."

Uncertainty reigned over Wisconsin as both sides braced  for a  possible recount on Tuesday night. But from their first  unhinged salvos 16  months ago in the state Capitol and right up until  Election Day, the  union  bosses have made one thing clear as a  playground whistle: It's not  about the  children. It's never about  the children. It's about protecting  the power, perks and profligacy  of public employee union  monopolies.

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Walker, Unbowed: HISTORIC TRIUMPH:


The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left that featured everything from the coordinated cross-border retreat of intransigent Democratic lawmakers, to the occupation of the state house by a band of radicals, bongo drummers, and high-school truants, to ill-fated attempts to nullify Republican legislative majorities and pick off uncooperative judges. Walker’s enemies did everything but release the kraken.

And yet, he won. Throughout, Walker has stayed even-keeled, evincing—if not exactly cockiness, then something like the fatalism and serenity of an innocent man in the middle of a trial for his life. An equanimity, and a faith that his reforms would be embraced by Wisconsin voters, that turns out to have been fully warranted.

Walker won because his reform program is popular, and because it is working. The governor’s personal approval numbers in Wisconsin hover around 50 percent — not bad for a man whom most Wisconsinites have seen Photoshopped into a Hitler mustache and Nazi regalia at least once in the last year. But more telling is the popularity of Walker’s reforms. According to one recent Reason-Rupe poll, 72 percent of Wisconsinites favor the requirement that public-sector workers increase their pension contributions to 6 percent of their salaries. And 71 percent favor making government employees pay 12 percent instead of 6 percent of their health-care premiums.

Such commonsense measures, which put public-sector employees on a more even footing with the taxpayers who pay their salaries, have already led to over $1 billion in savings across the state, saving public-sector workers from layoffs in the bargain. The reforms’ success has also neutralized them as campaign issues for Walker’s opponents, who were forced to turn away from the very raison d’être of the recall and emphasize instead a grab-bag of non-issues (Walker’s record on women’s rights?) and non-controversies (vague and discredited whispers about a pending Walker indictment and a secret college love child?) in the final weeks of the race.

Walker won because he represented the taxpayer, while his opponent represented the groups whose livelihoods depend on bilking the taxpayer. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett served as less of an alternative than a vessel for Big Labor’s unmoored wrath. Barrett raised a mere $4 million on his own, while outside PACs did the heavy lifting — We Are Wisconsin raised more than $5.5 million in the last month alone, including seven-figure donations from AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, six-figure donations from the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, and a mere $720 from its three (that’s three) individual donors. The Left will complain that Walker outspent Barrett handily, but this is no vice considering Walker also handily outraised Barrett in individual donations, about three-quarters of which were for less than $50. It was Walker’s strength, after all, that convinced national Democrats to stop spending on a race they didn’t think they could win.

And, most of all, Scott Walker saved his job by being the adult in the room. While Democrats in Washington seem to be relying on their belief that the United States government is “too big to fail” to justify a program of taxing and spending our way out of debt, the states don’t have such a luxury. And so, across the country, in states red, blue, and purple, they have turned to men like Scott Walker — and Chris Christie, and Mitch Daniels, and others — to close structural deficits, stabilize out-of-control spending, and break the death embrace between Big Labor and Big Government. In taking this toxic partnership head on, in a state with a rich progressive history no less, Walker became its biggest target. His enemies spent a year and a half preparing to take their best shot at him. And a combined total of $100 million or so later, they missed. They missed because voters are starting to understand that governing through crisis requires someone willing to make unpopular choices, stand up to entrenched interests, and hold the line against loud and determined opposition.

Quite simply, Wisconsin voters realized that if they no longer had Scott Walker, they would have to invent him.

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"Win" is too small a word for what Gov. Walker pulled off

How did Scott Walker win so big and what's next?



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"Win" is too small a word for what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pulled off Tuesday. So, probably, is victory.

In a referendum on the first half of his first term, the Republican became the first governor in U.S. history to defeat an attempt to oust him from office. The other two recall efforts -- against California's Gray Davis in 2003 and North Dakota's Lynn Frazier in 1921 --were successful.

Exit polls discovered a significant number of Wisconsin voters bothered by the union-led recall bid for something short of improper conduct. While others were impressed by Walker's budget surplus and billion dollar in state savings already. And Walker's national party reputation wasn't hurt either.

With 99% of the votes counted, Walker received 53% (1,326,658) to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's 46% (1,150,233) and 1% for a third candidate.

But those numbers understate Walker's success. He took 60 of the state's 72 counties and beat Barrett by two more points than he did in 2010. Walker's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, also defeated a recall bid.

As might be expected, 94% of Republicans and 93% of Tea Party supporters went for Walker. Barrett took 91% of Democrats and 86% of liberals. Walker, however, captured 54% of the crucial independent vote to Barrett's 45%.

Surprisingly, less than three-of-four union members (71%) voted for Barrett and union household members went for the Democrat by only 62%.

Walker immediately called for a bipartisan picnic confab next week to begin healing the wounds over brats and beer. Democrats concurred.

The long-running heartland political struggle convulsed the nation's former capital of cheese for 16 months, as unions reacted to the joint effort by the budget-balancing Walker and the Republican legislature to curb members' pay and benefits that have state workers better remunerated than the p[people paying their salaries. They still are, though slightly less.

Until recent days the public unions, which poured millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteers into the state, had portrayed the contest as a must-win in order to halt the erosion of unions rights, such as government collection of dues, by other states, 29 of which are run by Republicans. Chances are Walker's success will embolden other state leaders to make similar tough decisions incrementally.

The GOP and related groups too poured in vast resources--millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers. But despite Tuesday's big victory, Wisconsin really is not in play come November. The state hasn't gone Republican since Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney could better invest more effort in the far more important state of Ohio.

While making support clear, the individual presidential candidates, however, kept their distance for fear of alienating voters for their main event come Nov. 6. In a statement, Romney said, "Gov. Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C."

Sarah Palin chimed in with, "Congratulations to the people of Wisconsin for standing by strong leaders who made tough decisions in dire circumstances that have begun to turn their great state back to prosperity. Leadership is doing what is right, not what is popular."

The Democratic National Committee sent in about $1 million and ex-President Clinton. Pres. Obama's mind is focused on a different priority than trivial union causes like Wisconsin. He himself donated nothing to the recall effort save for a supportive last minute tweet. Gee, thanks, sir, for all 140 of those thumb moves.

Last Friday when Obama found time for six fundraisers in Minnesota and Illinois, he flew directly over Wisconsin but did not stop or even phone down words of support.

It was a careful move. His campaign stops have proven useless for a string of high-profile Democrats since 2009. (Can you say Jon Corzine, Arlen Specter and Martha Coakley?) And with his job approval hovering a few points below 50%, Obama doesn't need any more embarrassments. Not after his unbelievably awful seven days last week, detailed here.

Monday the president flew to New York City for three more fundraisers. Tuesday Michelle Obama made another withdrawal from New York.

Today Obama takes Air Force One back out to his favorite Western ATM, the state of California. He'll do two fundraisers in San Francisco, then two more in LA. Thursday, it's on to Las Vegas, of course, a city he so famously said taxpayer money should never be spent in.

Watch for many major media this morning to report optimistically for Obama on Wisconsin exit poll results showing a 54% to 42% lead for the Democrat over Romney at this moment, 154 days before the real polling.

These are the same respondents who lied to exit pollers Tuesday about supporting Barrett, making the race seem too close to call for hours. As a result, cautious networks delayed projecting Walker the winner until his growing lead in the actual statewide count could no longer be ignored.

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Republicans win almost all in Wisconsin, but what’s  next?


WAUKESHA, Wisc. — “WALKER 2, UNION THUGS 0” blared the legend on  one sign outside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s election night headquarters here.  The reference was obvious:  In defeating Democrat Tom Barrett for the  second time since their initial race for governor in 2010, Walker had just  survived a nationally watched recall election launched by organized labor and  done  so with a handsome 53 percent of the vote.  As midnight  approached, the overflow crowd of Walker’s admirers spilled out of the Expo  Center into its parking lot and awaited the governor’s arrival to claim  victory.

Actually, the crowd had a lot more to cheer about than Walker’s two wins at the polls. Along with his triumph Tuesday, four out of five other Republicans under fire in the Badger State survived labor-backed onslaughts and won handily. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch easily defeated firefighters union leader Mahlon Mitchell, and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald put down a recall attempt with ease. Another GOP senator who had been recalled and was thought to be in the most political danger, Terry Moulton, won with ease.

State Rep. Jerry Petrowski won the open seat created by the  resignation of fellow Republican Pam Galloway.  The only loss for  Republicans Tuesday was the early morning report that State Sen. Van Waggaard,  the third Republican targeted in a recall, was defeated.  Initially called  a winner last night in much of the press, Waggaard apparently lost to Democrat  and former Sen. John Lehman by 779 votes, or about one percent of the total  votes cast. A recount of the race for the Racine seat is likely.

But even if Lehman wins and Democrats take control of the  senate with a 17 to 16 seat edge, it doesn’t mean that much.  The  legislature has adjourned for the year and will take no further action.   Several GOP operatives told Human Events they expect their ranks to grow in the  senate in November by at least two seats, as the redistricting of the senate was  orchestrated by Republicans (who control the state Assembly as well, with Scott  Fitzgerald’s brother Jeff as the speaker).  The next time the senate will  meet is in January, after elections have been held.

For enacting measures to end collective bargaining among some  public sector employees and require them to pay a greater share for their  pensions and health care benefits, Walker and his allies faced about as fierce a  response as one could face in politics.  Now that they have survived,  political observers in Madison are beginning to wonder if unions will have a war  on their hands.

Some speculate that Walker will next embrace trying to make  Wisconsin a right-to-work state.  Although he has publicly said he doesn’t  expect a right-to-work measure to come to his desk, the governor has never said  what he would do if it was passed and required his signatgure to become  law.  In addition, on June 30, the state Department of Adminstration is  expected to give Walker a report on options to define public employee retirement  program.  Many in the unions fear that this could include a wholesale  overhaul of the pension system in favor of a 401-K or similar retirement plan  now used in most private sector businesses.

No one knows yet what Walker will do  next.  But given his triumph and the continuing Republican rule in  Wisconsin, political observers here are certainly entitled to ask “what will  they do for an encore?”

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Cruel June for Obama, Dems _ and could  get worse

By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one week old, June already is proving a  cruel month for President Barack Obama and the Democrats - and it could get a  lot worse.

The political blows from Tuesday’s bitter loss in Wisconsin’s  gubernatorial recall and from last week’s abysmal unemployment numbers, bad as  they were, could multiply before the month is out.

The Supreme Court will pass judgment shortly on the  president’s signature legislative achievement - the 2010 law overhauling the  nation’s health care system - and also will decide on his administration’s  challenge to Arizona’s tough immigration law. If Chief Justice John Roberts and  the court strike down all or part of the health care law, it could demoralize  Democrats who invested more than a year - and quite a few political careers - to  **noallow** the bill’s passage.

And in Arizona, aside from the big immigration case, the  Democrats are fighting to hold onto the House seat of Gabrielle Giffords, who  resigned in January to focus on recovering from her gunshot wound. In next  Tuesday’s special election, former Giffords aide Ron Barber is locked in a close  race with Republican Jesse Kelly, who lost to her in 2010 by just 4,156  votes.

Facing an election-year summer fraught with political peril,  the Democrats are struggling to revive supporters’ spirits and counteract  developments that could energize Republicans and solidify public opinion that  the country is on the wrong track and in need of new leadership.

In a video pep talk to supporters this week, Obama campaign  manager Jim Messina acknowledged the challenge. “We need to stay focused, work  hard and ignore the ups and downs,” he said.

Even before the votes were counted in Republican Gov. Scott  Walker’s win over Democrat Tom Barrett Tuesday night, there was hand-wringing  and second-guessing among Democrats on Capitol Hill.

- The jobs numbers have them worried that they’ll be running  on a weak economy, with the White House - and them - getting the  blame.

- Wisconsin’s implications for the general election and for  organized labor in general have some asking why Obama didn’t get more involved  than an 11th-hour tweet.

- The looming Supreme Court decision on the health care law  has some Democrats insisting the White House and the party did a terrible job  selling the overhaul to the American people.

In Wisconsin, millions of dollars spent on Walker’s behalf  trumped labor’s get-out-the-vote effort in a swing state that suddenly moves up  on the battleground list in the presidential race. Republicans also have set  their sights on the seat of retiring Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl in a race that  probably will pit Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin against the winner of the Aug.  14 GOP primary. Tommy Thompson, a former governor who was secretary of the  Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, faces  former Rep. Mark Neumann, state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and millionaire  hedge fund manager Eric Hovde.

Eager to see a broad upside for the recall result, Republican  presidential candidate Mitt Romney said voters in Wisconsin “recognize we just  can’t keep going down the same path that we’re on. It ends up in calamity. ...  I’m convinced that the American people recognize, or they will by the time the  election comes, that we’ve got a very stark choice, two very different  paths.”

There’s no shortage of Democratic advice on how Obama should  frame the message for voters in the next five months.

Hours before Walker’s win, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., said  Obama should have gone to Wisconsin to help Barrett.

“I don’t understand what he stood to lose in Wisconsin. I  can’t make that make sense,” Hastings said in an interview. He wondered if Obama  had been overly worried about alienating the “3 or 4  percent Republicans that may have voted for him the last time,” and added, “Nobody, nobody knows what so-called independents are going to do.” In 2008,  Obama won the state, 56-42 percent.

Labor is a core Democratic constituency, and Hastings fears  that Walker’s win will provide cover for efforts to undermine collective  bargaining rights for unions.

On Wednesday, House Republicans emerging from their weekly  closed-door meeting said the mood was clearly upbeat after the Wisconsin win and  the task ahead will be keeping high political expectations in check.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, cast the message in economic  terms and oft-repeated GOP arguments.

“The American people have had it with big government, high  taxes and a regulatory system that knows no bounds, and they want elected  officials to take control of the situation so the American job creators can go  back to doing what they do best, creating jobs,” Boehner told  reporters.

The economy trumps all issues, and the worse-than-expected  69,000 jobs created in May and an uptick in the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent  worry Democrats.

“That’s a bad number so there’s concern,” said Rep. Peter  Welch, D-Vt. “We can defend the Obama record. We’ve created jobs. The legacy of  the Bush collapse is real. But what affects the mood, traditionally it’s been  the economy as perceived by voters about six months out. .... All of us are  obviously hoping for better job numbers.”

Welch said if the public perception is of an economy getting  better, as it was until May, “then it’s much more favorable to the election  being a choice between Obama and Romney. My view, Obama wins that easily. If it  becomes just a referendum on Obama, i.e., the economy, then we’re playing more  defense than we want to.”

The next batch of jobs numbers comes out July 6.

The upcoming Supreme Court decision on health care is a  painful reminder to Democrats that Americans favor some elements of the massive  law aimed at extending medical insurance to more than 30 million Americans but  the far-reaching overhaul has never gained broad approval.

“I’m amazed at the high negatives,” said Rep. Henry Waxman,  D-Calif. “Republicans have done a good job demonizing the bill, and evidently we  haven’t done a good enough job explaining it or people haven’t paid enough  attention because it’s a complicated piece of legislation.”

Democrats point to the more popular provisions - the law’s  banning denial of coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions,  allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and reducing  Americans’ Medicare prescription drug costs by closing the “donut  hole.”

The main issue for the court is the constitutionality of the  individual insurance requirement. Opponents argue that Congress lacked the  authority under the Constitution to force Americans to buy insurance.

If the court strikes down the law, many of the more popular  elements are gone, said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. Asked if Americans are aware of  that, he said, “Probably not, but they will be.”

Former Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said the administration and  the party’s congressional leaders should have focused on a pared-back but  bipartisan health care bill with the more popular elements.

“That would have been a game-changer,” said Taylor, who lost  in the Republican wave in 2010. “Just leave it simple like that, something you  could explain to the public. But they missed that opportunity.”

Obama’s ambitious approach on health care turned the summer of  2009 into a cacophony of angry town hall meetings in which voters confronted  lawmakers. In the summer of 2010, Obama struggled with the oil spill in the Gulf  of Mexico. Last summer, the president was mired in negotiations with Congress  over increasing the nation’s borrowing authority that pushed the country to the  brink of default and provided fodder to critics who argued that Obama was  weak.

Former Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, said Obama and Democrats  need to put the economic outlook in context - gone are the recession days of  losing 700,000 jobs per month and a nation on the verge of a second Great  Depression. The country is moving forward, he said.

He was reminded of something former President Bill Clinton  once said: “Sometimes the problem with Democrats is that we don’t know the  difference between an issue and a message.” Edwards said Democrats can’t just  debate the issue, they need to debate the broad message


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By Arnold Ahlert On June 8, 2012 In Daily  Mailer,FrontPage

"Barack Obama was once a member of  the Communist/Socialist/secretive/evil New Party."

National Review Online writer Stanely Kurtz has been  tireless in his efforts to vet Barack Obama. His work in exposing the  president’s associations with radical leftists, despite solid evidence, has been  dismissed as the efforts of a “right-wing hatchet man” or ignored altogether by  a willfully oblivious mainstream media.

In 2008, Kurtz was hammered as  someone “pushing a new crackpot smear” by Obama campaign website, Fight the  Smears, for a column revealing that Mr. Obama “had been a member of, and  endorsed by the hard-left New Party.”

He further noted that the New  Left “functioned as the electoral arm of the Association of Community  Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).” In a piece published yesterday, Kurtz  produced the proverbial smoking gun tying the president to the New  Party.

“Recently obtained evidence from the  updated records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society now  definitively establishes that Obama was a member of the New Party,” Kurtz  writes. “He also signed a ‘contract’ promising to publicly support and associate  himself with the New Party while in office.”

Kurtz then produced minutes of a meeting held on  January 11, 1996 by the New Party’s Chicago chapter:

“Barack Obama, candidate for State  Senate in the 13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and  answered questions. He signed the New Party ‘Candidate Contract’ and requested  an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New  Party.”

When the original story broke in 2008, Obama campaign  spokesman Ben LaBolt denied the president had ever been a member of the  organization. Fight the Smears echoed that contention, declaring  that:

“the truth is Barack has been a member of only  one political party, the Democratic Party. In all six primary campaigns of his  career, Barack has has run as a Democrat. The New Party did support Barack once  in 1996, but he was the only candidate on the ballot in his race and never  solicited the endorsement.”

Politico blogger Ben Smith piled on as well. “Popping  up in my inbox lately, and on some conservative blogs, is the allegation that Barack Obama was once a member of the  Communist/Socialist/secretive/evil New Party, which is based  (reasonably) on a New Party publication describing him in passing as a member,” wrote Smith. Smith then called up New Party founder Joel Rogers, a University of  Wisconsin professor, “who objected both to the characterization of the party and  Obama’s relationship to it.”

Rogers debunked the idea that Barack Obama was a member,  contending that the new Party “didn’t really have members.” That contention was “updated” in a subsequent email, when Rogers explained that the New Party had “no formal membership structure in the usual party sense of members, with people  registering with election boards for primary and other restrictive elections…We  did have regular supporters whom many called ‘members,’ but it just meant  contributing regularly…Anyway, [Obama] certainly wasn’t either. He was just a  good candidate whom we endorsed.”


Smith noted that La Bolt also denied Mr. Obama was a member of  the organization. Thus, his entire “investigation” consisted of taking two Obama  supporters at their word, something that was apparently sufficient evidence for  a mainstream media that never pursued the issue any further.

Yet Kurtz completely debunks Rogers’ contention that  the New Party had no members with the group’s own documents. First, he reveals a  memo written by Rogers on January 29, 1996 in his capacity as head of the New  Party Interim Executive Council. In it Rogers addresses “standing concerns regarding existing chapter development and  activity, the need for visibility as well as new  members.”

Kurtz further notes that internal New Party  documents reveal an organization “practically obsessed with signing up new  members,” both nationally and in Chicago. Kurtz then writes about another New  Party memo revealing an internal dispute between two factions in the Chicago  branch “in which the leaders of one faction consider a scheme to disqualify  potential voting members from a competing faction, on the grounds that those  voters had not renewed their memberships.”

Thus, Kurtz concludes, “the memo clearly demonstrates  that, contrary to Rogers’s explanation, membership in the New Party entailed the  right to vote on matters of party governance. In fact, Obama’s own New Party  endorsement, being controversial, was thrown open to a members’ vote on the day  he joined the party.”

Kurtz then refutes the fallback assertion by Rogers that the  New Party “was never about” socialism, a claim buttressed at the time by  left-wing blogger Ann Althouse, who sarcastically contended that the  organization “presented themselves not as socialists, but as left-leaning and  progressive. I realize that for right wingers that counts as ‘socialist,’ but  let’s not be inflammatory.”

Kurtz opts for accuracy:

“The documents reveal that the New Party’s central aim  was to move the United States steadily closer to European social democracy, a  goal that Mitt Romney has also attributed to Obama. New  Party leaders disdained mainstream Democrats, considering them tools of  business, and promised instead to create a partnership between elected officials  and local community organizations, with the goal of socializing the American  economy to an unprecedented degree.”


Saul     Alinsky:
Lest we   forget  at least and over-the shoulder
acknowledegment   to the very first radical: from   all
our  legends,  mythology, and history (and who is to
know  where mythology leaves off and history begins-
or which  is  which), the first radical knwon to man
who   rebelled  against the establishment and did it
so effectivelly   that  he at least won his own kingdom
Obama   studied and has used the soul less   tactics of Saul Alinsky to destroy  political  enemies. They are   currently using the Alinsky tactic of ridicule  to destroy   Republican  candidates as well as alienate and marginalize   conservative black   Americans.
"The    darkest  places in hell are reserved for those who    maintain their neutrality in times of moral  crisis"   Dante  Alighieri

“The party’s official ‘statement  of principles,’ which candidates seeking endorsement from the Chicago chapter  were asked to support, called for a ‘peaceful revolution’ and included  redistributive proposals substantially to the left of the Democratic  party.”

At the end of his piece, Kurtz issues a challenge to  the same “press that let candidate Obama off the hook in 2008,” wondering if it “will now refuse to report that President Obama once joined a leftist third  party, and that he hid that truth from the American people in order to win the  presidency.” Regardless, Kurtz promises further revelations of his own in the  upcoming issue of National Review, further illuminating “the New Party’s  ideology and program, Obama’s ties to the party, and the relevance of all this  to the president’s campaign for reelection.”

It was apparently easy for a  media still enchanted with hope and change to ignore Kurtz’s 2010 political  biography of the president, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story  of American Socialism, a book exposing much of the president’s radical leftist  past.

Tellingly, it was released one month before the 2010 election,  in which a large majority of Americans refuted much of Barack Obama’s  hyper-partisan agenda. A mainstream media effort to ignore documented  evidence–for the second time–may be impossible for one over-riding reason: Mitt Romney is not John McCain, and isn’t going to be cowed into “dignified” silence by leftist threats of racism aimed at anyone bringing up the  president’s past associations.

Neither will Stanley Kurtz,  who’s doing exactly what any investigative journalist ought to be doing. For  that he is to be congratulated.