Some good news tonight from Wisconsin. All six of the fake Democrats the GOP put up to run against actual Democrats in the recall primary elections lost tonight. I wonder if this will cause any backlash for them wasting the taxpayers' money for pulling this stunt.
Ed Schultz talked to the Nation's John Nichols about the results and here's more from USA Today -- Fake Democrats lose in Wisconsin primary recalls.
And as Ed and John discussed, the GOP running fake Democrats weren't the only dirty tricks that went on with these elections.
Adding to the list of dirty tricks, reports are surfacing that a “Right to Life” group is robocalling Wisconsin Democrats and telling them not to go to the polls today, and instead to wait for an absentee ballot to arrive in the mail. This is false, as July 12 is the last day to cast a vote in the Democratic primary, and there is not enough time to cast a vote by mail. Apparently, the robocalls are coming from a 703 area code (Virginia).
We do not know yet exactly who is ultimately responsible for these calls, and even if an individual is caught and takes the fall, we may never find out who’s really pulling the strings. Whoever they are, they are obviously people in synch with the right wing agenda of Governor Walker and the Koch Brothers. Disenfranchising voters by tricking them into not voting is a tried and true method of voter suppression. So is finding excuses at the polling place to keep certain people from voting, as GOP-pushed voter ID laws do. What all the tactics we see in Wisconsin have in common is that the right wing is pulling out the stops to prevent the people from exercising their constitutional right to remove them from office.
Karoli: Fortunately, Wisconsin's recall elections will go forward with actual Democrats running against their recall targets. Despite the best efforts of Koch Industries and their American Majority puppets, the real Dems won by large margins.
8:01 PM PT (Steve Singiser): To put our own shiny bow on Wisconsin, here are the margins of victory for each of the real Dems: Nancy Nusbaum (SD-02) wins 65-35; Sandy Pasch (SD-08) wins 67-33; Shelly Moore (SD-10) wins 54-46; Fred Clark (SD-14) wins 67-33; Jessica King (SD-18) wins 69-31; Jennifer Shilling (SD-32) wins 71-29.
Of course, it means the Republicans get another 30 days before they lose, but at least the fakers were sent home summarily.
Next up: Republican attempts to recall Democrats on July 19th. Because the two parties really are not alike at all, there will be real Republicans facing real Republicans in a couple of the primaries, as opposed to fake ones screwing up the landscape. However, that doesn't mean the races won't be interesting.