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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:57 PM
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Forbes: Scott Walker's Election Nightmare
http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/04/06/scott-walk... /


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Just a few months ago, three-term State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a well-known name in the state having served as Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly before Republican Governor Tommy Thompson appointed him to the high court where he became a part of the 4-3 conservative majority, was headed for re-election in a cakewalk. Judges in David Prossers position rarely, if ever, lose elections they serve until they decide its time to retire.

To illustrate the point, consider that Judge Prosser won his last election to the bench by garnering 99.54% of the 550,000 votes cast. That is no typo Prosser actually won almost every single vote that was cast
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:01 PM
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1. Wow that is quite comedown. You've just made my day. nt
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:15 PM
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5. I wonder how he feels towards the repukes that put him in the unemployment line?
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BillyJack Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:05 PM
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2. Was Prosser running unopposed in that last election with the 99.54% ? n/t
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:14 PM
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4. exactly. we often have that in this election. no one running against the judges that have been
there forever. two i would love to get out, but i cant vote that race cause they are the only ones running
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:11 AM
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7. No--I've read that he had the exact same opponent he had this time. nt
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 11:11 AM by tblue37
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teacher gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:09 PM
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3. WOW!
His defeat says a LOT! I am proud for this moment in history, a mobilization and movement and awakening of the masses of ordinary working people. Against trememdous power and wealth.

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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:41 AM
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6. Thanks. That "against power and wealth" part is often overlooked. n/t
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:17 AM
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8. This also suggests that the Democratic opposition was stronger than given credit for
It seems entirely likely that had there been no "proxy" voting interest, he would have won easily - and the results might have been very similar to the open primary results 2 months ago.

The fact that he himself was well know, and apparently well respected, makes it very likely that there were likely votes for him even by people unhappy with Walker.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:18 PM
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9. Let's hope the GOP continues to play third rail politics. There might still be juice in the tracks.
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