Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the first governor in American history on Tuesday night to survive a recall election. The gubernatorial recall, pushed by unions and other left-wing progressives, was originally touted as something Democrats could count on winning by their own allies. In fact, many believed this would demonstrate how effective the unions could be for the Barack Obama campaign this year.
However, the Obama campaign may have already seen early internal polling showing Walker’s opponent (for a second time) Milwaukee Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett up against tougher odds than previously believed. As vote totals from different precincts came in Tuesday evening, liberal talking heads began to downplay the importance of Mr. Walker’s win. American Future Fund, a conservative 501(c)(4), released the video above showing the change of attitude liberals’ had with recall.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz angled the Walker win this way (H/T Real Clear Politics video at link):
“In many respects it’s to be expected, considering how much money was thrown at this race. You know, NBC is calling it for Walker. Okay, I think it’s awful close and there’s a lot of absentee ballots yet that are still out and it’s going to be very, very close down to the wire” MSNBC’s Schultz said.
“Certainly it is not the end and it’s going to be an opportunity for the progressive movement to regroup nationally and understand exactly what they are up against,” a teary-eyed Schultz lamented.
“And this sets the template for the Republicans and tells the right-wing in this country that if they can outfund their opponent they have a real good shot as winning,” Schultz, an enthurasatic supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008 said toward the end of the segment.
Ed Schultz concluded the segment by making a wild assertion. “Scott Walker could very well be indicted in the coming days,” the MSNBC host said.
“So it’s going to be really a fight for the Democrats here in November, no question about it,” Schultz said.