The votes are in and the tallies have been cast, and
Republican governor Scott Walker (R-WI) remains the sitting chief executive of
the Badger State.
The battle on social media mirrored the pre and
post-election fight, with conservatives cheering on Walker and Democrats
accusing the Walker campaign of vote suppression on the eve of the historic
reports of voter suppression from @GovWalker's allies 2 Dem voters," activist
@Jeanabella wrote June 5, alleging that the Walker camp placed robocalls to
recall petition signers, saying that 'their job is done' and that they didn't
need to vote on Tuesday.
"If you lose
your job tomorrow you'd make a great thug on TV," @tarinabcd tweeted,
"or the big screen maybe a mob movie or something."
Not to be outdone, conservatives rocked the vote on Twitter,
urging supporters to vote in droves for their candidate.
"Get to the polls, make your voice heard, vote for
@ScottKWalker and keep moving Wisconsin Forward!" @RyanRhodes wrote
referencing the state's motto.
Others appealed to memories of another legendary
conservative politician in their urging for Republicans to vote.
"President Reagan died on June 5, 2004. Let's win one
for the Gipper!" @DanDoranBlum said.
As the election got underway, @MikeHashimoto took to social
media to remind voters that the fight against unions was bipartisan, using a
link to a 2011 editorial by the Dallas
Morning News to argue that championed liberals like New York's Andrew Cuomo
(D-NY) and Jerry Brown (D-CA) waged similar battles with teachers, IT
technicians, and other public-sector employees as the Democrats struggled to
rein in budget crises in their respective states.
"When private companies cut bad deals with unions their
profits turn into losses and, short of a government bailout, they may go out of
business," the editorial read in part. "When government makes
unsustainable deals with unions, they stay in business and everyone keeps
By the morning of June 6, liberals were licking their wounds
as congratulations piled on from conservatives congratulating Walker's win.
"This is what democracy looks like," @DBDERFUS
said. "Great job everyone!"
"Congratulations, @GovWalker in WI!" @JohnFYoungJr
wrote. "It's a great day for bold, conservative reformers!"
As pundits predicted, the vote was mostly partisan, with
Walker walking away with the governorship 52 to 48 percent. According to the Associated Press, of those
making up their minds within the last month of the campaign, 30 percent voted
for Democrat Tom Barrett.
Not all rank and-file Democrats conceded gracefully.
"Scott K Walker, you didn't win because of your 'reforms',"
@leebeegee3 said. "You won because you are a liar and a corporate shill.
It's as simple as that!"
There is an upside to the Democrats' loss: Democrats
regained control of the Wisconsin state Senate.
The one seat gain - the result of an upset by John Lehman (D-Racine) - effectively
gives Democrats control of the chamber, strengthening their bargaining power,
so to speak.
As the Presidential election looms, Republicans have viewed
Wisconsin as a litmus test for their campaign against Barack Obama. If they are
able to build on the success of the recall vote, they stand a good chance of
denying him some of the electoral votes he garnered in 2008 (Obama netted
Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes in 2008). But with six months to go before
Election Day, anything can happen.