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Trump Impeachment is the Scott Walker Recall All Over Again

Trump Impeachment is the Scott Walker Recall All Over Again

“In both cases, they thought just as they were upset about something, everyone was”

A few years before Trump won the 2016 election, there was another effort by the left to undo the results of an election. Remember the repeated and unsuccessful efforts to remove former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from office?

Scott Bauer of the Associated Press makes an apt comparison between these two scenarios.

Via ABC News:

Trump impeachment drive has similarities to Wisconsin recall

A divisive leader drove the opposition to extreme measures. The political climate was toxic — with little civil debate or middle ground. The clash ended in a high-risk political showdown that captured the nation’s attention and shaped the next election.

This was the 2012 battle to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, not the 2019 fight to impeach President Donald Trump. But for some who lived through the former, the episodes have clear similarities and a warning for Democrats about overreach and distraction.

“In both cases, they thought just as they were upset about something, everyone was,” Walker said, describing one of his takeaways from the campaign that failed to remove him from office. “Just because your base feels strongly about something doesn’t mean that the majority of other voters do.”

Independents played a key role then, just as they do now:

Walker saw his support among independent voters go from about even six months before the recall election to positive 16 points just before the election. The latest Marquette poll also shows independents currently breaking against impeachment, with 47% against and 36% in favor.

We covered the Wisconsin recall story extensively, see the archives here.

It’s worth noting that Professor Jacobson saw the comparison between Walker and Trump long ago. He wrote this in May of 2017:

Wisconsin War on Scott Walker was training ground for #TheResistance War on Trump

In our report earlier, we noted that the “Resistance” to Donald Trump is unlike anything seen in the opposition to Obama, The “Resistance” Moves Towards Violence and Intimidation as Key Tactic.

The opposition to Trump is becoming increasingly violent, and explicitly seeks to drive political intimidation into personal spaces by confronting Republicans everywhere they walk, talk and eat.

This total war on Trump’s administration and supporters by the media, Democrats, and a vast array of well-funded leftist groups might seem like a reaction to … Trump. That would be a myopic view.

The tactics you are seeing play out nationally had a dry run.

That dry run was the 2011-2012 war on Scott Walker in Wisconsin after Republicans in the legislature passed public sector collective bargaining reform. A national coalition of progressive groups and unions launched a war on Walker, as did a Democratic prosecutor using the “John Doe” law.

That war on Walker had almost all of the tactics we are seeing in the anti-Trump Resistance, such as obstructive legislators, highly organized direct action, politicized trial judges, threats and intimidation, and invasion of personal spaces.

Last word goes to Scott Walker, who also sees the similarities:


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Eastwood Ravine | November 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm

When RBG passes and President Trump names her replacement, I expect Democrat Senators (and a few squishy RINOs) will refuse the show up for a quorum. Just like Wisconsin State Senators fled the state to deny Scott Walker a functional legislative branch.

    Milhouse in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | November 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Where can they flee to escape the senate’s Sergeant At Arms?

    4fun in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | November 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Isn’t Kagan a big diabetic? I’m thinking she should retire and savor what time she has left.
    Hopefully PDJT gets a couple more SC picks.

    Your post intrigued me, since I had never heard of this happening in the US Senate before. So I did some searching. Assuming my information is accurate here is what I found:

    1. A quorum in the US Senate is 50+1.
    2. A quorum is always assumed to be present, unless a quorum call reveals otherwise.
    3. Any Senator may suggest the absence of a quorum and trigger a quorum call, BUT…
    4. First the Senator has to be recognized by the Presiding officer before a vote is called.

    Trying to derail a SC nomination by depriving the Senate of a quorum seems like a risky strategy. One Democrat or GOPe Senator in on the trick would have to be present in order to suggest the absence of a quorum. Suppose the Senator is not recognized by the Presiding officer? Besides – if there really were enough Democrat and GOPe Senators in on this subterfuge to deny a quorum, the SC nominee is probably already doomed, so why not go ahead and vote on the nominee?

      Eastwood Ravine in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | December 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Your logic makes sense, since it would only take 50 solid Republican votes and Vice President Pence to make the pass a quorum call. If the Republican caucus is bigger, all the better to survive any squishy RINOs in the caucus.

      However, I wouldn’t rule out the Senate Democrats using their absence as a public relations move. (Most likely to taint the confirmation of whomever Trump would replace RBG.)

        Dave in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | December 1, 2019 at 6:18 am

        Of the 8 female senators, not more than 4 can be counted on to come to the floor to establish a quorum if the entire Democrat party delegation refuses to show up. They won’t stay out in solidarity, but rather because of their ‘feelings’ that the GOP shouldn’t hold votes without them.

In a case like that the “Do Nothing Democrats” campaign ads practically write themselves and won’t stop the hearings. One of many complaints the public has with politicians is they don’t do their jobs, and a group of Democrat female Senators refusing to show up to vote won’t go over well even with the Democrats’ genocidal bass.

Instead, if they think they will lose the confirmation vote I would expect Democrats to try to disrupt the hearings through bloody mob violence (I doubt that a Kavanaugh-style smear will work a second time since the first one fell flat). I would also not be surprised to see assassination attempts made on Republican committee members and even the nominee. Every day the Democrat Party becomes more like the Khmer Rouge, including death squads like BLM and Antifa that are under their control.

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