Published June 05, 2012
In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, supporters of recalling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker celebrate after canvassers gathered about 1 million signatures in Madison, Wis. More than a year after the standoff over union rights that rocked Wisconsin and the nation for weeks, the Republican Governor will face Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall election. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) (AP2012)
The Wisconsin recall election could well be a decisive turning point in the presidential election. Recent polls –showing Governor Scott Walker holding a two to three point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett — indicate that the governor will triumph Tuesday. A victory would signal a major blow to organized labor and a jolt to Republican governors nationally.
It, too, however, has the potential to be a pivotal, watershed moment in the 2012 presidential election, setting the pace and determining the direction of the race from now until November that could spell disaster for President Obama.
If Walker is re-elected, it will embolden Republicans across the country and alert them that a set of tough positions on fiscal issues, particularly relating to pension and benefits, remains viable.
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June 05, 2012 by Joel B. Pollak
Today’s New York Times is covering the Wisconsin recall election…on page 11. Not even the editorial page could be bothered–only op-ed columnists Joe Nocera and David Brooks weigh in. (Nocera laments the decline of unions; Brooks can’t quite bring himself to defend Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, calling his methods “obnoxious.”) A cause that fueled front-page headlines and editorial exhortations has been quietly abandoned.
As to the coverage itself, the Times focuses on the fatigue of the voters. “I hope this all stops,” says the first person quoted in the article on the recall election. Halfway through, the Times reminds voters that the vote has something to do with unions and collective bargaining. It meekly offers a suggestion that Democrats could actually win, and cites “some” who “wonder” if the recall election could be close enough to force a recount.
The ostensibly more conservative Chicago Tribune does even worse, pulling a bait-and-switch on its readers. The front page refers to an article about the Walker recall on page 9–which turns out to be a mere two-paragraph sidebar that mentions the most favorable poll for Milwaukee mayor and Democrat challenger Tom Barrett, putting him only three percent behind the incumbent. A photo of former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in New York City leads the paper’s national news section.
June 5, 2012 | Categories: 2012 Election, Class Warfare, Cloward and Piven Strategy, Constitution, Corruption, Deficit, Economic Security, Education, Election 2012, Elections Politics, Electorate, Employer Uncertainty, Energy and Oil, Government, Liberal Scare Tactics, Liberals Big Spending and Taxes, Media Corruption, National Debt, National Security, New Media News, Political Contests, Politics, POTUS Deception, POTUS Elibility Issue, Progressives pushing for Marxism/Socialism, Radical Liberal Progressive Left, Redistribution of Wealth, Rejecting Political Correctess, Rights of States, Scandals, Smaller Government, The Economy, Undermining Constitution, Unemployment, Unfunded Union Pensions, UNION Corruption, UNIONS ACORN and SEIU, Wall Street - Main Street | Tags: brutal public union leaders, columnist george will, current-events, Democrat Party, DNC removed support, escaping WI coverage, Labor, mainstream media, New York Times, politics, union thugs, Wisconsin recall election | Leave A Comment »