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Conservative wins WI Sup Ct election – “loss a punch to progressives”

Conservative wins WI Sup Ct election – “loss a punch to progressives”

In Wisconsin, conservatives fight and win.

Joanne Kloppenburg.

The name brings back memories.

Back in 2011, she narrowly lost a challenge to unseat conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser.

Kloppenburg even declared victory on election night.

Kloppenburg Declares Victory Tweet 2011

Progressives claimed fraud when Waukesha County realized it had failed to count some votes. In fact, as we noted at the time, there was no fraud:

The supposedly “found” votes in Waukesha were not “found.”  The votes were reported by the city of Brookfield on election night, but the Waukesha clerk initially failed to report those votes to the press on election night.  The meme that Republicans stole the election was pure fantasy.

Kloppenburg lost the recount, and threatened litigation that never materialized.

After conservative Justice Patrick Crooks died last September 2015, Gov. Scott Walker appointed Rebecca Bradley to fill the spot temporarily until the next scheduled election. That election was yesterday.

The Supreme Court matters not just at the federal level, but also at the state level. It was the Wisconsin Supreme Court that upheld the collective bargaining reforms and also threw out the abusive “John Doe” investigation targeting conservative activists.

Wisconsin progressives threw everything into it. Oppo researchers dug out writings by Bradley while in college some 25 years ago:

But it didn’t salvage the hapless Kloppenburg:

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bradley had captured 1,017,083 votes —52 percent of those cast — to 925,836 for Kloppenburg.

“I need to thank the people of Wisconsin,” Bradley told supporters. “I have had, for the most part, a wonderful time traveling around the state.”

Bradley was appointed to the court by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in October to replace the late N. Patrick Crooks. Kloppenburg is a state appeals court judge. The winner will serve a 10-year term.

“We did all that we set out to do,” Kloppenburg told supporters as she conceded the race, “except for the ‘coming out ahead’ part.”

One analyst described how conservatives have progressives on the run in Wisconsin, JoAnne Kloppenburg’s loss a punch to progressives:

You want a model of how conservatives can out-hustle and out-vote progressives?

Look at what Scott Walker and conservative activists have built in Wisconsin.

[Featured image via JSOnline Twitter]


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Henry Hawkins | April 6, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Cruz stole it for her. She’s prolly one of his mistresses.

Still a tragedy that Scott Walker is not our presidential nominee.

    I agree with that on Walker’s accomplishments in Wisc, SameSame.

    All good presidents first won one or more presidential elections, appointees notwithstanding.

    Statistically, there is a ton of people who would make outstanding president who never will be.

    creeper in reply to Same Same. | April 7, 2016 at 7:05 am

    If it goes to an open convention he may yet be.

      kenoshamarge in reply to creeper. | April 7, 2016 at 7:36 am

      I doubt that. He’s said that he supports Ted Cruz and he’s a man of his word. Only two men should be considered at a contested convention, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Walker knows that. Sadly Kasich doesn’t seem to understand that if the PTB coronate him it will destroy the party.

        Casey M in reply to kenoshamarge. | April 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        It depends. If no one gets it after 5 or 6 ballots, they had their chance and the party will look at other choices.

        yukonks in reply to kenoshamarge. | April 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

        Kasich is in other place for now. Some times it is good that people have faith in them self,but some needs to know when one is over dreaming for them self,and,really do what is best for our country and them self,why any one would still hang around,just to make them look like a fool,that is so sad.Why,I would never vote for him or anyone like him,or Trump as well!!! And I not saying Cruz is better,but he is the only one left for me to vote for,at this time.

    Cybrludite in reply to Same Same. | April 8, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I was really hoping for Walker to get the nomination because the Dems have already emptied their quiver on him to no effect. No November Surprises left. Plus it would really, really annoy a lefty buddy of mine who lives in Madison, but that’s just a pleasant side effect. Maybe Walker will end up as veep.

Wish-consin Conservatives have really managed a small revolution in their state, and the Collective is not the least pleased with how things are going. But they’ve been largely powerless to brunt the thrust of the movement.

Those are TWO very powerful lessons to internalize for conservatives. They need to be carefully studied so that the global elements of both can be employed in other states.

    great unknown in reply to Ragspierre. | April 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    It helps that the local GOP is not fighting the conservatives. Apparently the apparatchiks, over the decades, were so certain that the power lay only in the Democratic Party that they didn’t bother infiltrating the GOP.

      Estragon in reply to great unknown. | April 7, 2016 at 12:40 am

      WI conservatives & right-leaning talk radio are more interested in winning real reforms than in splitting the party for ratings and book sales, unlike Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Coulter, Ingraham, etc. They work against Democrats and the progressive agenda instead of eating their own.

casualobserver | April 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Responding to two previous comments: There’s a good reason Scott Walker never caught on as a nominee and it seems tied to why WI conservatives may not be a perfect model for the country at large.

The state is not like many other red states. The progressives in that state are so, so far left that any politician who attracts a conservative voter doesn’t need to be so far right. Sure, Cruz won by a wide margin. But he also has taken positions closer to Trump as the campaign has progressed.

Certainly WI is a great model for some states like MN and maybe others in the Rust Belt and Northeast. But I’m not sure it’s a great model for, say, MO or CO.

    maxmillion in reply to casualobserver. | April 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Wisconsin is a model for Republicans and conservatives in blue states, standing for the proposition to never give up or give in to the looney left, to persist in the good fight even when the odds seem daunting if not overwhelming.

PrincetonAl | April 7, 2016 at 5:28 am

This story is nothing but awesome. I remember tracking all of the recalls, passage of the laws, fighting over the appeals and challenges up to the Supreme Court, etc.

The Proglodytes (progressive troglodytes) have thrown everything at Walker and the Supreme Court battles there for years.

This is more than just a cherry on top of the results, for Wisconsites, it must be just as sweet. Especially after the premature declaration of victory. Oh so wonderful!

Keep on fighting the good fight, there are so many federal disasters being initiated on a weekly basis by Obama, it is great to see fights at the state level being won.

tarheelkate | April 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

On, Wisconsin!

kenoshamarge | April 7, 2016 at 7:37 am

I happily voted for Bradley and against Kloppenberg. One is good for Wisconsin and the other is good for nothing.

I also voted for Ted Cruz. Also happily.