Next week there are two more recall elections here in Wisconsin. Last week the Republican incumbents won four out of the six recall elections giving them a one vote majority in the State Senate. Rumors have one state senator possibly cutting a deal to switch sides and flip control of the Senate. It would be good if the R’s could pick off one of the two sitting Democrats next week just for insurance.
Today Ann Althouse put up a post on one of the candidates from Wisconsin’s northwoods. Apparently Kim Simac is making a massive blitz this weekend and will be appearing in eleven of the twelve counties in that area. She looks like a worker to me and I have no doubts after watching this video that she will do it. She is the founder of the Northwoods Patriots.
To me I think the recalls for the senators who fled are much more legitimate than the ones that were done simply for doing what they were elected to do. I sincerely hope Simac wins. It would be great for Wisconsin and great for the Tea Party as well.
Whether she wins or loses, I have to admit that these are simply amazing times to me. As Lex said to me in an email exchange, people like Simac are the ones Obama and his crew want to destroy forever.
I like it every time I hear someone trashing the Tea Party – I think those that are poo-pooing the Tea Party are vastly underestimating this movement.
Update, 8-12-11, 10.30 am – this is an interesting comment at the Althouse thread – anecdotal, admittedly:
My cabin is in Kim Simac’s senate district. I worked there this summer, and had a good opportunity to gauge Holperin and Simac’s campaigns.
Both candidates walked in several July 4th parades. In the ones I attended, Holperin received little applause and more than a few boos as he passed by. He was followed by a group of about 30 supporters (all from a local high school faculty) wearing identical tee shirts and chanting “Thank you Jim! Thank you Jim!” loud enough to drown out he booing.
Kim Simac recieved loud and sustained applause and shouts of encouragement as she passed by, and no boos. She didn’t need supporters trailing behind.
Many of the local business peoples’ floats carried Simac signs.
I spent time with her last weekend at a volunteer fireman’s pig roast in Phelps. The crowd was very friendly and supportive, and she seemed to know many by first name.
The majority vote in the district was for Walker during the gubernatorial contest. It trends Republican.
Simac’s chances are good, although the district has been money-bombed for Holperin. Holperin’s funding is about four times more than Simac’s, most of it coming from unions and DNC-related sources.
Simac has a good chance of winning.