Racine Tea Party Rally for Scott Walker/Kleefisch (Also Paul Ryan, Dana Loesch, Tony Katz, More)

Racine Tea Party Rally for Scott Walker/Kleefisch (Also Paul Ryan, Dana Loesch, Tony Katz, More)
-By Warner Todd Huston

This morning I got up bright and early, jumped into the car and took a drive up into Wisconsin to witness the Racine Tea Party rally in support of Wisc. Governor Scott Walker. Speakers included the lovely Rebecca Kleefisch (Wis. Lt. Gov.), Rep. Paul Ryan, State Senator Van Wanggaard, Talk Show Host Tony Katz, Breitbart Editor Dana Loesch and more.

Racine Tea Party Main Stage

It was a beautifully sunny day, perfect temperature, a nice breeze swept over those 3,000 or more gathered, and, in fact, you couldn’t ask for a better out doors experience. But beyond the wonderful weather was the upbeat enthusiasm bubbling up from crowd and speakers alike. This was no down in the dumps group. They were ebullient and thrilled to be out and active for the conservative cause.

The crowd as seen from the main stage

Sign: “Republicans are Makers Democrats are Takers”

This recall election is a total sham. For one thing it is practically illicit. The Democrats never gave Walker a chance to do anything before claiming he needed to be recalled for cause. They’ve abused the recall law, too. Officials are supposed to be recalled for malfeasance in office, not mere political temper tantrums. One way to prove that these leftists violated the spirit of the law is the recall Walker website was registered the same day Walker was elected!

Yet, curiously enough there was no hate spewed — though certainly opposition expressed. There was also no upside down American flags, no communist propaganda, no signs with anyone called “Hitler,” and on top of all that there wasn’t a scrap of garbage left on the ground after everyone left. Not much like an Occupy Whatever rally, eh?

The morning started with the Americans For Prosperity bus pulling in and a short address by AFP President Tim Phillips who was introduced by California talk show host Tony Katz. Katz also emceed the later Racine rally, as well.

The big bus

Talk show host Tony Katz introduces Mr. Phillips

Americans For Prosperity President Tim Phillips

A crowd came early to hear AFP Prez Tim Phillips speak before the main rally began

About an hour later or so the Racine Tea Party folks started their rally at the main stage.

Katz on the main stage

Once again Tony Katz started the ball rolling and warmed up the crowd nicely. After he spoke a string of speakers came to the podium some of whom were Racine TP coordinators as well as Representative Paul Ryan, Breitbart BigJournalism.com editor Dana Loesch, Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, State Senator Van Wanggaard and others.

Rep. Paul Ryan, a conservative rock star, took the stage (Next three photos)

Wisc. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch pumps up the crowd (next two photos)

Dana Loesch was on fire with her usual high-energy delivery as she slammed the unions, the extreme left and gave Obama and his left-wingers what fer.

Dana Loesch and Tony Katz back stage

Dana Loesch takes the stage and rouses the crowd (Next 5 photos)

The day was a wonderful example of real grassroots organizing, pure American spirit, and local community concern. As to activism, both local folks and the big guns of AFP were present to stir those that attended showing that there is room for all.

Dana Loesch prepares to interview Rep. Paul Ryan backstage

I spied Steve Eggleston of No Runny Eggs blog, a great Wisconsin blog. Also saw some Chicagoans at the rally. Fran Eaton of Illinois Review and Rebel Pundit were both in attendance. In fact, Mr. Rebel Pundit was taking some video, so once he’s crunched it all and posted it I’ll come back into this post and update. Additionally, I met AFP Illinois leader David From.

Finally, speaking of Illinois, there were several references to our less than great state from that podium as several speakers warned Wisconsin not to become Illinois. It is a fitting warning, indeed.

That would be me and the forever cool Chris Loesch back stage… I’m the one with a bit more hair on my face… oh, and the fedora (that would be a 1940s era Stetson Flagship).


Real Debate Wisconsin will be adding videos of the event throughout the evening.

**UPDATE #2**

Here is some more video:

Paul Ryan

Dana Loesch

Elizabeth Warren helped family flip wigwams for heap big wampum
Obama and his willing accomplices in the media are now targeting Cardinal Dolan
  • It can’t be grassroots!  There’s not preprinted signs and t-shirts for everyone!


    Interesting.  Thanks for taking the time to go to this, and take all the pictures.

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  • “Officials are supposed to be recalled for malfeasance in office, not mere political temper tantrums”

    You might want to actually read Wisconsin’s recall statutes and the Wisconsin state constitution, which states, “The qualified electors of the state, of any congressional, judicial or
    legislative district or of any county may petition for the recall of any
    incumbent elective officer after the first year of the term for which
    the incumbent was elected.”

    There’s absolutely NOTHING that states there has to be specific reasons for a recall; the whole malfeasance in office thing is just something you’re pulling out of thin air.

    • EricSteel

      Democrats won’t admit that the real reason for the recall is racism.  According to the Democrats, if you dislike a politician and want him out of office, it has nothing to do with his policies, it can only be because of racism.

      • Guest

        Speaking of racism…. (thanks for bringing it up, Eric)

        Come on, it’s easy to see that racism is not a part of the Tea Party. There were two non-white people attending this rally … and luckily Todd just happened to photograph them, twice.

        What racism?

        A recent survey directed by University of Washington political scientist Christopher Parker, finds that America is definitely not beyond race.

        For instance, the Tea Party, the grassroots movement committed to
        reining in what they perceive as big government, and fiscal
        irresponsibility, also appear predisposed to intolerance. Approximately 45% of Whites either strongly or somewhat approve of the movement. Of those, only 35% believe Blacks to be hardworking, only 45 % believe Blacks are intelligent, and only 41% think that Blacks are trustworthy.
        Perceptions of Latinos aren’t much different. While 54% of White Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be hardworking, only 44% think them intelligent, and even fewer, 42% of Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be trustworthy. When it comes to gays and lesbians, White Tea Party supporters also hold negative attitudes. Only 36% think gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, and just 17% are in favor of same-sex marriage.

        Of course, there’s this little problem where right wing fanatics actually admit that racism is at work in the Tea Party movement — Glenn  Beck:

        BECK: And I issued a challenge to Tea Party members. … [Gingrich] is a progressive. … If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama, one in Newt Gingrich, one in Obama, ask yourself this, Tea Party: is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for [Gingrich], it must be about race.

        it’s not about race, except when it is….


        The first African-American president takes office, and almost immediately we see the birth of a big, passionate national movement — overwhelmingly white and lavishly funded — that tries its best to delegitimize that president, seeks to thwart his every initiative, and manages to bring the discredited and moribund opposition party roaring back to life. Coincidence?

        Not a chance.

        Not a chance.

        • Guest

           Signs, signs — everywhere you turn.

          White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

          Republicans in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have elected Steve Smith, a
          lifelong white supremacist with close ties to neo-Nazi groups and groups
          like Aryan Nations, to the county’s GOP Committee.

          The elections, which took place in late April, were certified by the committee two weeks ago, and Smith notified supporters of his victory
          last week by posting a message to the online forum White News Now.

          The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented
          Smith’s participation with known skinhead organizations like Keystone
          State Skinheads, (now Keystone United) which he co-founded in 2001. And
          his racist activism extends far beyond violent rhetoric as well, into
          actual violence:

          God Save Amercia!

          • Sky__Captain

            Oh, look – a shiny bauble posted by a senile dumbass.
            On the thread topic, it looks like Walker is going to win the recall, and the Tea Party is a large force behind it. Enjoy, Dumbass.

          • Guest

            You don’t have a clue, as usual. What a surprise.

            Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintains a narrow lead in his recall election, but his standing has diminished in recent weeks, according to a new poll released on the eve of the election.

            Walker leads Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, by just 3 percentage points in a new survey of likely voters ( pdf) conducted by Public Policy Polling. Walker leads Barrett 50 to 47 percent, down from the 50 to 45 percent matchup PPP found in a poll conducted three weeks ago. The margin of error for this week’s poll is plus or minus 2.8 percent.

            It’s as statistical tie, but momentum is going away from Walker. With the poll virtually tied and Walker losing momentum, the odds are greater that he’ll lose than win.

    • Wild_Willie

      What is uneducated left doesn’t understand is there is now precedence in WI to recall any democrat in office over POLICY issues. That is what they dem’s are doing now. This is over policy. If we could do this nationally, Obama would be out. It is an abuse of the system and costly but dem’s never care about the cost because they take, they do not give. ww

      •  Irony is Wild_Willie attacking the “uneducated left” in a rant full of grammatical errors.

        Putting that aside, I’m fully aware of the precedent the recall of Gov. Walker sets; my comment was specifically directed at the author’s statement that recalls are supposed to be use for malfeasance in office, when in fact there are no set criteria as to when recalls can and can’t be used.

  • Commander_Chico

    Looks like a fine day, wish I was there.  Dana has a nice rack, just the right size, IMO.

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  • 914

    Better start the Barret recall election ASAP!!