Shared by a loyal listener. When I see this stuff it boggles my mind that I once lived over in that reality. Okay, both sides do spin election results. But Nichols is really rowing alone here. Most libs quoted by the media are being somewhat pragmatic about Tuesday's results, while not being entirely honest about what they mean for their efforts to recall Governor Walker. And even the MSM has pointed out that the story of the night was the incredible turnout for Scott Walker in a meaningless race for him. As I said, most libs tried to spit the incredible turnout for Walker. Nichols pretends it didn't happen:
If Democrats remain unified, they are well positioned for the four-week fight preceding the June 5 general election —which will also see a Democratic challenge to Republican incumbents for the post of lieutenant governor and for four state Senate seats.
Walker had pulled out all the stops seeking to run up his Republican primary total, spending heavily on television and direct mail, making dozens of official and campaign stops across the state in the days prior to the primary and devoting hours of his time Tuesday to get-out-the-vote appearances on right-wing talk radio programs in Milwaukee, Madison and across the state. The hope was that he could gain a higher vote total than the Democrats—and with it bragging rights going into an intense general election campaign with Barrett.
Walker got a lot of Republicans to the poils, winning 626,538 votes—almost twice what he received in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. He easily beat his GOP challenger this year, young activist Arthur Kohl-Riggs, who ran as a “real Republican,” arguing that Walker had broken faith with the true values of the party of Abraham Lincoln and the progressive reformers of a century ago.
In many states, at many times, the turnout for Walker would be striking. But, in Wisconsin, where pollsters and political observers see the highest level of political intensity and polarization in the country, Walker’s aides and allies made no secret of the fact that they wanted desperately to have the governor outpoll the Democrats.
It didn’t happen.
Walker’s 626,538 was far behind the 665,436 received by Barrett, Falk, Vinehout and La Follette.
Presuming that most of the 19,920 votes cast for Kohl-Riggs will go to Barrett in the general election (while the 4,842 votes cast for a Walker-allied “fake Democrat” in the Democratic primary will go to the governor), that means that the anti-Walker vote was 55,000 votes ahead of the pro-Walker total.
Meanwhile, back in reality:
1) This was a mostly meaningless race and a lot of conservatives stayed home.
2) Some conservatives, we'll never know how many didn't even know Walker was on Tuesday's ballot. They'll know he's there on 6/5
3) Crossover: despite being advised by me and others to the contrary, some conservatives did crossover and vote for Kathleen Falk. We'll never know how many.
There's spin and there is denial. I hope libs like Nichols remain in denial until 6/6.