The Wisconsin Recall, As Told Through Goofy Signs

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June 5 2012 5:20 PM

The Wisconsin Recall, As Told Through Goofy Signs

Last month, as I sped* around Wisconsin to cover the recall election, I took a few photos of the official and unofficial street art cropping up. Some of the best stuff was, sadly, too hard to photograph. I'm thinking of a woman in Oshkosh who decked out her porch in neon anti-Scott Walker signs, and a Democratic sign that changed the governor's slogan from "Stand With" to "Stand Trial With...", a reference to the "John Doe" scandal that has not paid the dividends Democrats had hoped for.

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This one sprouted in central and northeast Wisconsin; the joke is pretty obvious for everyone who enters the Oshkosh GOP offices.

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See above.

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Seen in an Appleton Democratic office. The old Koch obsession of February 2011 is alive, and evolved.

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Again: See previous slide.

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In Madison, where the John Doe scandal -- like really any information that looks bad for Walker -- has adherents.

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Speaking of Madison... if Tom Barrett ends up losing, I'd expect (and understand) some residual bitterness about how liberal, hard-luck former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk was pushed aside.

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At a union call center in Green Bay.

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The other perspective, in Milwaukee.

We end with a couple of inspirational frescos from GOP volunteer centers. in Fond du Lac:

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The hard-to-see image on the right is a phony Kenyan birth certificate. Get it? Get it?

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And back to Oshkosh. Please notice the number eight city on the list, and then observe Walker's TV ads.

*Kidding! Speed limits were constantly and reverently obeyed.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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