I told you we wouldn’t talk about it much

So don’t be surprised that we aren’t.

Seriously, though, I have the youngest home from South America, and to celebrate I accompanied her to Waukesha Memorial where she had her bad tonsils removed. So I’m spending time being the mommy.

It’s kind of awesome.

But tomorrow we’ll play with the idea that this election thingy that’s happening soon does have national consequences.

And until then, I’m thinking I’ll sleep. I had to be up very early this morning.


  1. I had my tonsils taken out when I was 15. It was the worst sore throat I ever had, but it was worth it not to keep getting strep throat and ear infections all the time.

    Will you and the youngest make it down to the polls before 8:00pm tomorrow? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think tomorrow might be a long night. Heck, there may even be a recount. (Cue the Kathy Nickolaus “bag of uncounted votes” jokes).

  2. KPOM, that’s pretty much the thinking here. Her last year in NY was rotten, and we shipped her to S.A. with plenty of antibiotics. She’s not having much fun, but she’ll get through it.

    The spouse and I will vote. It’s likely she’d scowl at me for the suggestion. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A group of right-sided bloggers will be hanging at Papa’s at 77th and Burleigh if anyone wants to come watch election returns.

  3. This article is great and says much of what I’ve been saying all along.

    Tomorrow is about the public unions. I know, they tried to tell you it wasn’t, but that’s all this recall is about.

  4. I think if Barrett wins, the turning point will have been that second debate. It gave him a chance to be aggressive and make a bigger deal out of that ad with the baby than it needed to be. Walker’s “play it safe” strategy might have been too conservative, as well. He should have been out there on the attack. Although I never believed the polls that were pointing to a 7-12 point lead, it really shouldn’t have gotten this close.

    In any case, assuming a turnout of about 2.8 million, it would take 700,000 signatures to recall Barrett in 2013. Do you think the GOP would be up to the challenge?

  5. Bite your tongue. And what debate? You mean the one where the 5 undecided voters in this state were encouraged to make a decision?


    It reeks of Dem desperation out there. Let’s hope my nose isn’t wrong.

  6. BrkfldDad says:

    I’ve got to agree. Not only is the undecided pool so small, I don’t think you average undecided voter was even watching. The audience for the debates was negligible. Besides, and granted I am biased, I thought Barrett came across as quite the a** at the second debate. Eight years as mayor and now all of a sudden, he’s aggressive and a champion of the people/city? I’m not buying it, you don’t grow a spine at his age.

  7. I just don’t believe those two polls that came out yesterday showing a 6 and 12 point lead. PPP’s polling has been far more accurate, and the one they released yesterday was their own. It wasn’t funded by Kos, Barrett, or the DNC/DGA.

    Generally, a candidate with a big money advantage can only lose a debate. If nothing more, it will give the Left a “talking point” about how they “would have won but for Citizens United” or how they “turned back a 10-1 advantage and still grabbed the state senate” or some other talking point. Plus, releasing the voting records was a stroke of political genius. High turnout is the only way that Barrett wins, and intimidating voters to go to the polls could well become a winning strategy. No one wants to be vandalized.

    Also, according to Politico:

    โ€œWeโ€™re very much anticipating that thereโ€™s a chance that we could be in a recount scenario,โ€ said Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He said the party will have more than 440 lawyers in the field on Tuesday โ€œdoing election protection activities but also tasked with recount preparation, making sure that we know where absentee ballots are at, making sure that we have a strong handle on whatโ€™s happening out there.โ€

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77045.html#ixzz1wvCM0zCd

  8. Thanks for my morning giggle bdad.

    KPOM – We’ll have to disagree. I get the polling stuff. I still think it will be close, but that anything was decided by either debate? Nope.

  9. I want some more info on the Papa’s gathering! Thats right in my ‘hood!

  10. 7:00 pm

    Show up and I’ll pretend I know you. No one behaves so you’ll fit right in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. How were the lines? My concern is that there will be a big turnout in Dane, Milwaukee, and college towns, in part because the same-day registration is still in effect. It will take more than Waukesha/Ozaukee to overcome that. Green Bay and Appleton may be critical.

  12. Just breathe KPOM. Just breathe.

  13. J. Strupp says:

    KPOM, dude, this thing will be over by 9PM. Walker’s gonna roll. Don’t give yourself a heart attack.

  14. I doubt it, J. Strupp. This could be Prosser/Kloppenberg all over again, sans Kathy Nickolaus.

    Turnout might be near 2008 levels. That would be bad news. Barrett might just run away with this.

  15. J. Strupp says:

    I’m going with my gut on this KPOM so I have nothing to back it up. My guess is that the near record turnout will work in Walker’s favor which, apparently, runs contrary to historical outcomes. Like I said, it’s a gut feeling. I think most voters think this whole episode has been a complete waste of time, energy and money and they want to stand up and make a statement that this type of temper tantrum won’t be tolerated in the future in this state.

    Barrett’s going to get his clock cleaned today and you’ll be able to turn in early.

    Then, hopefully, we can all get on with it……

  16. Randy in Richmond says:

    I tend to agree with Strupp. If it was really close, Obama would have dropped by.

  17. Not if this 119% turnout is true in Madison. That would mean a lot of “students” stuck around and registered today. If Barrett wins, he can thank the court.

    Obama had nothing to gain by going to Wisconsin. Even if Walker wins, Obama is a heavy favorite. If he shows up and Barrett wins, he is still a heavy favorite. If he shows up and Barrett loses, he is still a heavy favorite but has egg on his face.

    Walker’s chances hinged on an enthusiasm gap between the GOP and Democrats. It appears that the Democrats did a lot to close it in the last week. Maybe it was the debates, maybe it was Bill Clinton. Maybe it was the polling data in the last few days, or maybe it was overconfidence by the Walker team. In any case, I would not be surprised at all if Barrett wins, and by a noticeable margin.



    Ed Schultz is LIVID on Rachel Maddow right now. He’s blaming the money advantage, of course.

  19. J. Strupp says:

    Guess I missed it by 5 minutes. Later.

  20. This is what democracy looks like!
    This is what democracy looks like!
    This is what democracy looks like!

  21. KPOM, you confuse me sometimes, but perhaps we can agree the Venus transit was the most amazing thing that happened today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. True, Cynthia. We are far more likely to see a Venus transit of the sun in the next 105 years than a successful recall of a governor of Wisconsin!

    This is what democracy looks like! I like the Boy Scout mascot. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The best result happened tonight! This Objectivist-leaning, a-religious political observer couldn’t be happier tonight! I hope Milwaukee generates thousands of jobs and Tom Barrett gets re-elected mayor next time. He’s a good guy, and without the pressure of appealing to the unions, he can still do what’s good for his city. He ran a good campaign, and didn’t drag things down to the lowest level. Thanks for running a good campaign, Mr. Barrett. You might never be governor, but you are an honorable person, and you still can do a lot to improve the quality of life for the people you serve. ๐Ÿ™‚