Dear Readers: It is hard to express the joy I felt when hearing the news that Gov. Scott Walker rocked the recall election, blowing-out his challenger and sending a strong message about how taxpaying Americans feel about union thuggery. At times, the written word just doesn’t suffice. So, here’s an image that represents how I felt last night:
I was delighted to see that Carl DeMaio will be in contention for Mayor this November, opposing the odious Bob Filner. Fiscal sanity made a big return in the Golden State, as pension reform won not only in San Diego but it much bluer San Jose as well. It seems our politically connected union-leader-lead-opponents, as in Wisconsin, are going to use the courts to challenge the voter-passed reform measures. Current San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders, predicts that DeMaio will get the Walker-recall-treatment if he wins in November.
In fact, Californians are so unmoved by calls for tax hikes, they rejected the usually easy-to-pass “sin tax” on cigarettes to fund another behemoth bureaucracy. It seems the vote was quite close, and the advocates are not conceding defeat. I would like to think the California Tea Party Ballot recommendations put out by the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs) were helpful in ensuring this tax-hike got spiked. I can’t but think that the tax increases Brown intents to thrust on the ballot in November will get a similar treatment. Interestingly, a pay panel is slashing the Governor’s salary, along with state lawmakers, by 5% starting this December.
Here are some related thoughts from my fellow SLOBs:
- W.C. Varones: OMG it’s a f’n blowout! This is a Waterloo of epic proportions for the unions. As a great TelePrompTer reader once said, “This was the moment when the rise of the [unions] began to slow, and our [country] began to heal.”
- Beers with Demo: Walker appeared to have outperformed many of the polling projections we saw. Could he have possibly been the beneficiary of a reverse Bradley effect?
- B-Daddy: DeMaio vs Filner in the Fall with an appropriate beer reference.
In San Diego, during a conversation with a young establishment Republican, we commented, “we are tea partiers here to make sure the good guys win.” The look of alarm was on his face was disarmed by my friendly smile.
The election results were terrific with one major exception. First, the good news:
- Carl DeMaio, a San Diego mayoral Republican candidate and fiscal reformer won, but will be in a clearly defined run off against establishment Democrat Bob Filner.
- State Proposition 29. Increased cigarette taxes failed with 51% voting against.
- San Diego Proposition A. Bars the city from requiring Project Labor Agreements on municipal construction contracts passed decisively (58%)
- San Diego Proposition B. Reformation of San Diego City Employee Retirement Benefits passed overwhelmingly (66%).
- El Cajon Proposition D. Proposed Charter City passed (57%). Grants the city of El Cajon increased flexibility in it’s budget.
The bad: State Proposition 28. The deceptively worded expansion of term limits was passed.
Getting back to the video highlights:
- If you love SCHADENFREUDE, check out Legal Insurrection’s MSNBC video. I love watching Rachel Maddow eat crow for dinner instead of chocolate.
- For even more SCHADENFREUDE joy, check out Left Coast Rebel’s coverage of not just one, but two, lefty meltdowns.
And, if all of this awesomely awesome news weren’t enough, there seems to have been a major defection in the Democratic Party: BILL CLINTON HAS GONE ROGUE. Hillary is 44 has the absolute best analysis on this subject:
Bill Clinton’s candidates badly beat up Obama’s candidates last night in the primaries. Bill Clinton in the past week declared he “liked” Donald Trump (you know the guy who beats up on Obama and regularly calls Obama a Kenyan), trumpeted Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business record, demanded the election discourse be a Bain-free zone, and put down a marker for Obama to state specifically what he has done and what he will do if reelected.
Bill Clinton is no dope and Bill Clinton has been running campaigns since the George McGovern days. Bill Clinton knows more than anyone about campaign messaging and Bill Clinton knows that what he has done is take an ax to the Obama campaign message.
Finally, no celebration is complete without the HITLER PARODY VIDEO. Word Warrior has the Youtube, with a fabulous take on last night’s events: Civil Servants are supposed to serve the public; not lord it over them. But over time, the roles have become reversed; with the public seen by Unions and their hand-picked politicians as a cash-cow to be milked to dry. Well, in most states the cow is running dry!
Yes, the Tea Party scored major victories yesterday — even in this sapphire blue state. Truly, this is the first day of November 2012.