A triumphant -- yet classy and conciliatory -- address from Wisconsin's victorious governor. Enjoy every last drop of it:
Contrast that speech with the White House's delusional statement on last night's results:
"While tonight’s outcome was not what we had hoped for – no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker, which amounted to a massive spending gap of more than $31 million to $4 million. It is a testament to all of those individuals who talked to their friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the stakes in this election of how close this contest was. The power of Wisconsin’s progressive, grassroots tradition was clearly on display throughout the run up to this election and we will continue to work together to ensure a brighter future for Wisconsin’s middle class. This vision was shared by the voters tonight, as exit polling showed President Obama beating Mitt Romney 52-43, a 9-point difference. On the questions of who would do a better job on the economy and who would help the middle class the most, President Obama again held a strong advantage over Romney. These data points clearly demonstrate a very steep pathway for Mitt Romney to recover in the state.”
Democrats and unions massively outspent Republicans in 2008 and 2010, they picked this recall fight, and now they're whining about spending? Spare me. As for the "flood of secret and corporate money" that supposedly put Walker over the top, this unhinged narrative disregards both the loads of union cash that poured into the recall fight, and the fact that Walker crushed Barrett among small donors. Obama supporters should continue to assure each other that their man is sitting pretty in Wisconsin. He's up by 9 points -- the exit polls said so! Those same exit polls first suggested that the Walker-Barrett contest was a 50/50 "total coin flip." This prediction was off by...roughly nine points. Michael Barone analyzes the exits and reaches the conclusion that Wisconsin is very much in play for Mitt Romney. And I'm not going to even attempt to figure out exactly what "strong message" Team Obama believes this result sent to Governor Walker. "Keep it up," maybe? I'm dizzy from the spinning. I'll just leave you with this:
UPDATE - That was fast. The NRSC already has a web video up reminding Wisconsin voters that their state's Democrat Senate nominee is farther to the Left than Obama and Barrett:
UPDATE II - Last August, I publicly begged the Left to pursue a bruising, expensive recall election against Scott Walker. Thanks for being so accommodating, guys -- but these sickening threats are a bit much. Then again, you've already shown yourselves to be exceptionally sore losers.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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