Mark Twain had a certain flair for words. Like Mr. Twain, the Tea Party was reported dead. As yesterday’s Republican primary in Indiana showed, the reports of the Tea Party’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Tea Party supported challenger Richard Mourdock soundly defeated longtime Senate veteran Richard Lugar by more than 20 points. All in all, it was a very bad day for Mr. Obama, the Democrats in general, and their union controllers.
Here in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker received 626,538 votes despite the absence of a viable GOP primary challenge. In contrast, Tom Barret received 390,109 votes and Kathleen Falk received 228,940 out of 665,436 votes cast for the four Democrat candidates (a protest candidate received an additional 4,842 crossover vote). Thus, even though there was not a single GOP primary on the ballot and no effort by the party to encourage voter turnout, Republican Gov. Walker received nearly as many votes as all of the Democrat candidates combined. Although the numbers are not known, there was a significant grassroots movement of GOP voters, especially in Dane County, to vote for Kathleen Falk because she is viewed as the weaker candidate. It’s entirely possible that Walker supporters turned out in higher numbers than recall supporters. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s pretty clear that Gov. Walker has a clear edge in supporter enthusiasm.
Mr. Obama didn’t do nearly so well in yesterday’s Presidential primaries. In North Carolina, 21 percent of Democrat primary voters chose “no preference” over Obama. Adding insult to injury, Keith Judd (aka Inmate No. 11593-051, Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution) won 41 percent of the Democratic primary vote in West Virginia and actually carried 10 counties. Inmate No. 11593-051 probably earned at least one delegate. That won’t happen, but somebody should show up in prison stripes carrying Mr. Judd’s number.