M. D. Kittle reports that the Wisconsin prosecutors who have been running the politically inspired John Doe investigations against various conservative organizations are not having a good time.
Some say the prosecutors, not used to being on the defensive, are sounding a little nervous these days, maybe even hostile. Their filings in federal court of late come across as condescending, and testy.
Read the whole thing.
Governor Walker has ordered the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to keep state parks and recreational facilities open that the National Park Service had ordered closed. (H/T, Ed Morrissey)
Walker has blamed both the Democrats and the Republicans for the federal shutdown. The feds have closed access to large swaths of public land in the state, but Walker is keeping any jointly funded properties or areas where the state has an operating agreement opened. For example, the state DNR reopened a boat launching ramp at a state park on the Mississippi River. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed the ramp because the river bank is federal land. The DNR took down the barrycades at the landing, claiming that it had authority to operate the ramp under a 1961 agreement.
The polls look good for Gov. Walker. I hope we are offering congratulations this evening.
While I was looking around for news and comments about today’s recall, my eye was caught by the headline on a piece at Via Meadia containing these words: NY Times in Panic Mode. Read it. It’s not long, but it condenses an explanation of why we outside Wisconsin should care about today’s vote.
A generation of activists and “progressives” raised on Howard Zinn is having an important life experience in Wisconsin. The “people united” are defeated more often than not in American politics. The silent majority isn’t itching for the “genuinely progressive” candidates and platforms lefties think they want. (That majority also isn’t looking for candidates from the doctrinaire right, either, by the way.)
… A Scott Walker victory would reshape not just Republican politics but Democratic politics as well; leaders like Andrew Cuomo in New York and Rahm Emmanuel in Chicago will be paying attention. If Walker wins handily, more Democrats will see the writing on the wall: Support for public sector unions simply isn’t the political winner it once was. This could presage a larger post-blue shift in the Democratic party for decades to come.
Moreover, a solid victory by Scott Walker with a margin even better than the polls predict will spread the panic from the Times to Obama reelection headquarters in Chicago.
Good luck, Governor!
Given more than 900,000 “valid” signatures on recall petitions, why were there only 670,278 votes in the Wisconsin Democratic recall primary?