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Palin: Wisconsin Results Mean 'Obama's Goose is Cooked'

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:38 PM EDT

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin weighed in on Scott Walker’s Tuesday victory in the Wisconsin recall election, telling Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that the election result was “encouraging news” — and that it probably means “Obama’s goose is cooked” come November.

Palin praised Walker’s fortitude, saying, “I think that Wisconsin is living up to its states motto, that providential motto of ‘forward.’ They’re moving forward, they’re going to help lead the charge for the rest of the country, reining in government growth, allowing the private sector to be the ones to create jobs.”

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Asked how Wisconsin can begin the process of reconciliation in the aftermath of the divisive recall election, Palin recommended that union members in Wisconsin show their leaders some tough love.

Reminding viewers of her own past as a unionized employee, Palin mused, “Maybe it’s the union leadership there — those thugs who wanted to deceive their members into believing that growing government was the answer — [that needs] to be recalled.”

Despite the apparent division attending the recall process, Palin was sanguine about the prospects for a quick reconciliation: “This unity is going to happen under this good governor and lieutenant governor’s watch.”

When Van Susteren noted that President Barack Obama was a no-show during the recall election, studiously avoiding active campaigning on behalf of Democratic nominee Tom Barrett, Palin exclaimed: “He had to stay away,” explaining, “Democrats there understand the president’s no-show represents the fact that Obama’s goose is cooked as more and more Americans realize that what Wisconsin has just manifested . . .  is the complete opposite of what President Obama and the White House represent today.”

While the current president was conspicuously absent during the race, former President Bill Clinton campaigned actively for the Democratic nominee in the recall election.

Asked whether Clinton’s presence upstaged Obama, Palin, eyes twinkling, responded, “President Clinton recognizes what the solutions are.”

She described the Clinton presidency — with its balanced budgets and welfare reform — as a partial embrace of austerity economics, contrasting this approach with that of Walker’s opponents in Wisconsin: “What [Clinton] and Speaker Gingrich and the Republican majority in Congress did in those years that he was president was actually helpful for the nation’s economy, versus what the recall activists were trying to prove in this Wisconsin recall effort.”

Palin further predicted that what happened in Wisconsin will not stay in Wisconsin, explaining, “The general consensus is President Obama has us on the wrong track.”

“The numbers don’t lie,” said Palin, forecasting a hard sell for Obama’s reelection campaign. “I think people are gong to say, ‘Okay, enough is enough of this ‘hopey changey’ stuff — [it] was fake, it was hypocritical, and we’re ready to go in a different direction with a new leader of America.”

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When Van Susteren asked Palin whether she felt any empathy for the defeated Democratic candidate, Palin offered a resolute “no,” insisting that she reserved “not an ounce of sympathy or empathy for someone who was trying to fool the public into believing that growing government is the answer. . . . No, the people spoke and this is good news for all of America.”

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:38 PM
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