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June 06, 2012

Obama Campaign: Last Night, The Voters Sent a Powerful Message To Scott Walker

After the 7 point drubbing, team Obama wanted to talk about the "message" sent to Scott Walker by the public. Corrected from the earlier 9 point figure.

The message was apparently "Stop your right-wingnuttery or we'll vote for you in higher proportions than in 2010."

But no, that's not what Obama campaign says the message is.

"While tonight’s outcome was not what we had hoped for – no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker..."

And 1.2 or .3 million voted for Walker.

"It is a testament to all of those individuals who talked to their friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the stakes in this election of how close this contest was."

And yet, not close.

The power of Wisconsin’s progressive, grassroots tradition was clearly on display throughout the run up to this election and we will continue to work together to ensure a brighter future for Wisconsin’s middle class," Wellde said.

A tradition on display, but which lost at the polls. Partly because of the display they made of themselves.

The campaign also said that the exit polling data showing Obama pulling ahead of Romney was an ominous sign for the GOP nominee.

Earlier, David Axelrod tweeted that same lame spin: "Bad night in Boston...WI raises big questions for Mitt."

Yeah, about those. They show Obama ahead, 53-46. But then, the exits showed Walker ahead only by 51-48, and yet he won by 9 points.

So the exit polls have around a six point skew -- like they did in 2004, and John Kerry's "Four Hour Presidency." These daffy hippie college kids they get to do the exit polls seem to gravitate towards fellow liberals, or fellow liberals gravitate towards them.

Either way, they're off, by around six, and Obama's Big Scary Lead is seven.

If it's a bad night for Romney, he doesn't seem aware of it. He proclaimed that Walker's win would "echo" beyond Wisconsin.

It's also news to Star Khan Reince Priebus.

The GOP victory in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election was an "absolute disaster for President Obama" and represents a clear sign of Republican momentum heading into the fall presidential election campaign, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus argues in a memo set for release Wednesday.

Is Romney right that Wisconsin will "echo" in the nation? Well, two California cities have actually enacted pension reform for city employees.

On Twitter, the left once again exemplified the "new tone" they called for, by repeatedly calling for Scott Walker's death.

Tammy Baldwin is meanwhile running as the Democratic candidate for Senate from Wisconsin. The NRSC is already tying the recall around her neck, and her proclamation that "This is what democracy looks like."

They also note she's to the left of Obama and Barrett. Which she does seem to be. Seems like an unreconstructed Yippie radical.

One minor thing: One of Barrett's supporters slapped him, for conceding "early."

It's the item posted at 12:43.

And one more big thing: @conartcritic, @johnnyE., and the reporting crew did a magnificent job last night, and really expanded what I thought could be done with a blog as far as election coverage. They did such a good job Real Clear Politics -- the barometer of all things poll-y and return-y -- gave them a link on the main page.

Tell the whole team they did a great job -- and follow them on twitter, and add their blogs to your bookmarks!

#AOSHQDD team:
@conartcritic DANE--MILWAUKEE CORRIDOR (but not Milwaukee)
@the_botnet NORTHWEST
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