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    WISCONSIN or BUST – The “long, strange trip” and today’s primary

    WISCONSIN or BUST – The “long, strange trip” and today’s primary

    Will we have to wait for the vote to come in from Waukesha County?

    All eyes are on Wisconsin.

    Before I get to today’s primary, let’s take a look back at one of my favorite political periods in the history of the world – the defeat of the Recall against Governor Scott Walker after over a year of protests against the public sector union collective bargaining reform bill.

    It was what I called Wisconsin’s Long, Strange Trip, linking to our exhaustive coverage of all the crazy:

    Police insurrections.  Palace guardsCatch a Senator contests.  Doctors behaving badly.  Massive national solidarity protests which weren’tIdentity theft as political theater.  Shark jumping.  Legislators who run away to other states.  Busbang bangs.  Protesters locking their heads to metal railings and pretending to walk like EgyptiansBeer attacksCanoe flotillas.  (alleged) Judicial chokeholds.  Tears falling on Che Guevara t-shirts at midnight.  Endless recalls.  And recounts.  Communications Directors making threats.   Judges who think they are legislators (well, I’ll grant you that one is common).  V-K DayHole-y warriors.  Cities namedSpeculation and Conjecture.  And the funniest blog headline so far:

    First They Came For The Right To Retire After 30 Years On Full Salary With COLAs

    When Walker defeated the Recall late in the evening of June 5, 2012, it was Oh what a night.

    That was a time when the Legal Insurrection community was more united and cohesive, and thousands of us celebrated the win with the inaugural launch of website fireworks and John Phillip Sousa music:

    LI Fireworks2

    I don’t know if we’ll ever get back that feeling. Too much has changed.

    It’s hard to find one video that summed it all up, but this interview by Kemberlee of then-presidential candidate Walker has his reflections:

    Scott Walker would have made a fantastic president. He just didn’t make a fantastic presidential candidate.

    Fast forward to the present.

    Cruz leads in the polls, but the polls have been wrong before in this cycle. So who knows. The RCP Average shows Cruz ahead by 4.7%:

    If Cruz somehow loses either overall (18 delegates) or in some congressional districts (3 delegates each) and Kasich makes the difference, tensions between the Cruz and Kasich camps likely will boil over, Ted Cruz Is Fuming Because John Kasich Won’t Bow Out:

    As Mr. Cruz looks beyond Wisconsin, where he is favored to defeat Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, his frustrations with Mr. Kasich have increasingly been laid bare. With activists and operatives opposed to Mr. Trump fanning out across the electoral map in a scramble to deny him the nomination, Mr. Cruz’s team has argued that it is Mr. Kasich’s “quixotic” bid for the White House that will prove the biggest boon to Mr. Trump in the states to come….

    Mr. Kasich’s team sees opportunities for delegates in states like New York, Maryland and Delaware, often in suburban areas. Mr. Cruz’s team sees any such gains as assisting Mr. Trump, particularly in New York, where Mr. Kasich’s presence could ensure that Mr. Trump receives a delegate even in congressional districts he loses to Mr. Cruz, given the state’s rules.

    We all know where tonight’s vote will be resolved, don’t we?

    Here’s the #WisconsinPrimary Twitter hashtag, so you can follow along at home:

    We will add updates throughout the day. RESULTS coverage tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.


    Pro-Cruz talk show host Charlie Sykes had pro-Trump Ann Coulter on this morning:

    [Featured Image: Anti-Walker protester locks her head to State Capitol railing, via JS Online]


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    Rags got mixed up.

    This is Fuzzy schooling Rags in the fine art of personal attacks on voters, GOPe-Style 🙂

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    [email protected]: I think it will be mathematically impossible for @tedcruz to get to 1237 delegates -OTR #greta @FoxNews

    4:17pm · 5 Apr 2016 · Twitter Web Client

    Milwaukee | April 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Back when they had the Supreme Court race and Waukesha County was so important, it was about timing. The clerk sent the wrong subtotal in, so the Democratic strongholds knew how many false votes to report. When the actual total was sent in it was great enough to overcome that deficit. My intuition is that Republicans don’t cheat with voter totals the way the socialist do. Fortunately, as mentioned above, the socialist/communists who would do mischief by voting for Trump might be voting for Sanders over Hillary.

    Just heard Ann compare Reagan and Nixon as both from California. Those are polar opposites. She is such a mean girl snot. She drinks hateraide.

    An ok win tonight for the Scott Walker GOP establishment machine.

    Interesting to note that even the Scott Walker establisnment machine could not beat the #NeverCruz factions tonight. Tonight a majority of Wisconsin republicans voted against Ted Cruz. And if Kasich weren’t in the race Trump would have won beating tge Walker machine.

    I liked Trump’s statement. I hope it means his attempts at making nice with the GOPe are over and he goes back to attacking the GOPe republicans in Congress and party leadership along with his other campaign strategies and positions.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

      “Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”

      Shorter Der Donald: getting schlonged…it BURNSSSSS….!!!!

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