Posted by Adam @ 12:47 pm on August 17th 2011

Cry victory and let slip the dogs of omission

After the final two recall elections resulted in the under-threat Democrats comfortably retaining their seats, Tea Party Express is sending out an email entitled “Tea Party Victorious in Wisconsin”:

Jobs return to Wisconsin; majority of voters oppose recall of Governor Walker

With the final recall elections yesterday, the Wisconsin state senate recalls have come to an end. The Tea Party Express ( put a coalition of conservative groups together to help fight the battles, and is pleased that the message of fiscal responsibility has won the war.

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer said, “We did not pick this fight. Special interest groups and national public unions started pumping money into Wisconsin in an effort to punish elected officials who did the right thing and stood up for a balanced budget and sound economy. We came to their defense and through many battles, conservatives have won the war of ideas, preserving a Republican majority in the state senate, and stopping cold an attempted takeover of the state supreme court by the environmental activist JoAnne Kloppenburg.”

Leaders at Tea Party Express see the election results in Wisconsin as proof that the voters choose fiscal responsibility over union bullying and control. What’s more, Governor Walker’s plan appears to be working. So far this year, some 40,000 private sector jobs have been created in the state, and a projected budget shortfall of nearly three billion dollars has been closed.

Spokesman Levi Russell said, “What the people of Wisconsin have accomplished is an extraordinary success story. They have balanced their budget, added jobs, and brought greater economic prosperity to the state. Those results are something other states, not to mention the US federal government, would do well to duplicate.”

Wisconsinites have already noticed the positive changes. According to a recent PPP survey, a majority of voters oppose a recall of Governor Scott Walker. Voters are growing weary of the ongoing recalls and political theatre being stage by the left, and just want to see their politicians get back to work.

Notice absence of mention of Democrats retaining their seats yesterday, which is in somewhat stark contrast to the energy put into asking us for money on Sunday (in particular to get Simac — who would be “the first person to come from the Tea Party movement and be elected Senator in Wisconsin” — elected). The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama — like TPX, run by the Our Country Deserves Better PAC — was last week concerned that Republican State Senator Dale Schulz would switch over the Democrats and remove the Republican majority, making it super-important they took a Democrat scalp here, but failing that we apparently have victory. The email they’re sending out now would have made more sense last week, given that it doesn’t mention what happened yesterday.

I am not sure if things are changing in the UK, but this need to declare victory regardless of the result isn’t so common in UK politics (although it’s common enough in professional sports in the UK, generally disguised as looking on the bright side. MS Dhoni, Indian cricket campaign, has done plenty of it so far this tour, too).

I am thinking I can try something like this on my boss, claiming success regardless of outcome. What can possibly go wrong?

1 Comment »

  1. I should add that some Labour supporters did claim victory in not getting beaten outright in the last General Election, but their leaders mostly took the safer course of admitting they’d been defeated.

    Comment by Adam — 8/17/2011 @ 1:30 pm

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