Update on polls:
Daily KOS-PPP poll over weekend:
Jim Holperin (D-inc): 55
Kim Simac (R): 41
LDI projects a 50/50 toss-up between Holperin/Simac
Wisconsin’s recall extravaganza is not over. Tuesday August 16th two Democratic state senators, Wirch and Holperin, defend their seats from the threat of Republican recalls.
I’m not going to spend time writing about Wirch’s race because his opponent is a corporate attorney from Chicago who recently made a backhand comment against Wisconsin’s beloved Friday night fish fries.
Let’s go straight to Kim Simac:
If she wins she’ll deliver more power to her extremist gun-toting, Christian, anti-abortion base, the Northwoods Patriots a group Simac founded and presides over as President. How extreme is extremist? Her actions and philosophies remind me of the Posse Comitatus– a the racist “sovereign citizen” group that terrorized Wisconsin in the 80’s (particularly the part about not paying taxes, arming yourself against the government, and living in the north). I grant I might be sensitive to this stuff. And I’ll grant that the Southern Poverty Law Center says that the Posse is faded now. But all of those outlaws had to go somewhere after they were trained in the woods, right?
[flashback in case you want it – – remember militias?]
Wausau blogger Jim Rosenberg calls Holperin a “flaming moderate” and Simac an “extremist”. He says the fact that the Tea Party Express bus’ came by to campaign for Simac is evidence enough of extremism. What’s escaping Jim and everybody else who’s been laughing at the Express’ crimes against music, is that they’ve been diverted. They made you look over there while Simac’s Northwoods Patriots are merrily forging ahead- being all about the guns, tossing God into your constitution, taking away women’s rights, and making up conspiracies about Obama and the United Nations.
If Simac advances to the state senate, it would inflame the extreme edges of Walker’s base.
“It has been on our minds and in our plans for two years now to have someone from the tea party movement in the state Senate,” says Tim Dake, chair of Wisconsin Grand Sons of Liberty, a Tea Party Patriots organization. “If she wins, it is going to be huge.”-quoted in Madison.com
To help the teabaggers reach their goal, a new PAC was put in place to fund Simac called “Taxypayers Hoping for Change”.
It must be helping. When I talked to folks in Wausau over the weekend, one friend said the Packer game ads were awful up there with 2 ads for Simac to every 1 for Holperin. Another anecdote: businesses in the district are displaying huge Simac signs while residences are putting up lots of small Holperin signs-sometimes whole neighborhoods full of them.
I wouldn’t rely on this poll, but I can just hear you wondering what the numbers show: In late July polls showed Simac with 46.3% of the likely vote and Holperin with 53.7%.
Simac is cozying up to businesses aggressively in ads as well. When Holperin came at Simac with the fact that she hasn’t paid much in taxes WHILE she ironically whines about paying taxes, Simac cried foul and turned herself into a victim. She called Holperin’s questioning an attack on District 12’s small business constituents. Simac claims a lot of tourist businesses like hers are in dire straights now and so they’re taking losses on their business or having a hard time paying.
Simac runs the Great Northern Adventure Company. At GNAC you can learn how to become an “equestrian”, buy beef and hay, buy Kim’s books, and you can hire Butch Simac to do plumbing or well drilling.[I’m surprised Kim Simac didn’t scrub the word “equestrian”. “Equestrians” are often linked with the “elite”.]
Even business is slow, we usually ask that people who represent us in government at least respect the rules. According to Mizzou “She’s a deadbeat tax payer. Basically, she goes delinquent on her property taxes, dues, fees and pays just before the Sheriff knocks on the door or waits to get sued.” I don’t have the story on all of these episodes, but you can search for Kim Simac and Kim Maillette in the Wisconsin Court System for yourself.
When somebody doesn’t pay their bills they risk being called a “deadbeat”. Simac is working on turning that into “down on your luck”. Walker certainly worked the frugal angle well–clutching those brown bag lunches he carried around in his old campaign ads. Simac is trying the same thing. In one of Simac’s ads she mentions that she’s driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield that won’t get fixed because that costs money that she doesn’t want to spend.
Simac is right now splattering that windshield with bugs and probably repeating the same can’t-afford-to-replace-it line as she drives her 4 door truck on a 2,000 mile trip around Holperin’s district. She’ll take her charismatic and regal bearing with her along with her “blonde hair and tits” [phrase from a North WI twitter pal who will remain unnamed]. Sorry to offend anybody, but it bears mention that some men find a combo of gun-hugging and feminine wiles disarming. She and Holperin both have a lot of ground to cover to reach their constituents. There are 11 counties in the 12th senate district. [link to state map of all districts]
On Guns and Godly Power
Kim’s most interesting and famous business sideline is writing and selling cheesy patriotic books. It’s given her entry into a lot of speaking engagements and even a mention on Glenn Beck’s show.
Here Simac discusses her book “With My Rifle by My Side” with daffy host, Dorothy Spaulding. Simac says her book is about Iraq and the 2nd amendment. “I wrote this book because our children need to learn about our rights and our constitutional rights to own guns..our rights to defend ourselves, to bear arms, and to stand proud as Americans.”
Spaulding and Simac don’t sound like they’ve done their homework on the policy they chat about, but Simac turns on the confidence when she talks guns.
At the 4:15 mark:
Simac:..there are definitely forces that want to get the guns out of our hands.
Dorothy Spaulding: And why do you think that is?
Simac: I think there are people- that there are people that would like to render us helpless.
Spaulding: And that would happen if they took the guns out of our hands.
Simac: We would be a lot easier to tackle if we did not have our arms. And the Founders knew that we deserved the right to protect ourselves and to defend ourselves from others and also our own government.
At the end of the chat, Spaulding says, “You know if the conservatives or the Christians would would all come together they could rule this nation”
Simac: We are the majority.
Spaulding: We are the majority!
Simac: But we have many that are complacent and don’t pay attention so unfortunately I think we are going to have to hit some hard times for people to start to pay attention.”
It really is all about God for Simac to the point that she can’t read that little part in the constitution about separation of church and state. In this segment from the same interview, Simac says that the separation of church and state is really not in the constitution and they “have really twisted that. They really have.”
Simac’s Godly values are also on full display in the mission statement of the Northwoods Patriots: ”
Our organization will work with and for individuals, officials, governments and organizations
at the local, state, and federal levels that are dedicated to protecting Christian values in America, in areas such as:
Hate Crimes Legislation
The Fairness Doctrine
Uncensored Public Prayer
Defending Christian symbols in the public square
Upholding Christian holidays
Marriage between one man and one woman
Right to Life
Electing and supporting Christian Values Candidates and Judges – at local, state and
Protecting the Constitution as it was written
Upholding the freedoms the Constitution created (the right to bear arms and less
government, less taxes)
The Defense of America”
I was afraid I’d spend too much time in their blog and.. I did. Somebody is just plugging away at the thing by tacking-in articles from Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax, and Freedomworks and nobody is commenting – almost. I located 2 comments that were anti-Northwoods Patriot under their “About” spot and that was it. In April of this year, 133 entries were made. A ridiculous 4 updates per day.
If there is such a thing as a Patriotic Right Wing Nutjob Blog Update Service these folks have subscribed to it and it’s going to work right through the apocalypse they’re waiting for.
Northwoods Patriots informed me that “Sustainable Development” is “government-approved” development. And that “any activity that is preceded by the word “Sustainable,” should be recognized as a “government-controlled” activity.”
The blog then links to a GOPUSA blog where I learn that “It’s high time to recognize the Administration’s blatant disregard for the Constitution, and cleanse Washington of all who allow either Congress or the Administration to embrace the socialist policies recommended by the United Nations.”
The blog also links to 27 stories on abortion- all against it. How it makes sense for an anti-government organization to demand that the government control a woman’s uterus…I don’t get it. But I’m not a Northwoods Patriot.
According to the Northwoods Patriots, you don’t want to mix up funding for contraception and abortion with D.C. They say Planned Parenthood represents a chance to “centralize power and control in a single government based in Washington”. Other articles are from Wisconsin Right to Life and Americans United for Life which coaches the Patriots on how they can locate and instruct a Wisconsin pro-life legislator to make our state “opt-out of one of the abortion [funding] provisions” in a new federal bill.
Oh. I see. Rights are not about me–Jane Q. Citizen, taxpayer, freedom-lover, and All-American woman with a capital ‘W’. The focus is on the rights of “the unborn”.
From her campaign blog:
“Remember, no matter what you hear about this recall election, it is really about the rights of the unborn.. Please don’t let them down!”
You’d think in that case, I’d see all sorts of messages about the “unborn” on Simac’s campaign facebook page, then. Not a whisper, though. She’s telling her facebook fans stuff like this instead: “When it comes right down to it Jim Holperin’s record is clear. He has failed us in the single biggest issue facing this district and this state; jobs”
I can only assume that the pro-life vote is already in the bag so now Simac can move on to matters that don’t require invasion of the American uterus.
If you can stand it, here’s one of those ads designed to secure the pro-life vote. It’s from the Wisconsin Right to life and portrays people getting into the capitol as “mobs”. It says we should not let the voices filling the Capitol drown out the “voices of the unborn” [To be fair this isn’t just for Simac, but for all the pro-life recall candidates.]
As long as we’re on the topic of birth, prebirth, etc. – I have an alert: the Northwoods Patriots blog let me know that Obama’s birth certificate issue is not resolved and the man who fabricated it has stepped forward.
Several posts contain content from Wisconsin’s most arch-conservative state senator, Glenn Grothman, who’s asserted at a Tea Party rally that the workplace rewards women at the expense of men. I could go on and on but I think I’m one of a select few people actually reading this thing anyway. There’s also the sound of silence over at the Northwoods Patriots facebook page which has only 210 fans but also gets updated like a little machine runs it.
Don’t get me wrong – there certainly is a Northwoods Patriots group. I can find video of about 800 people getting together in a snowmobile derby hall in Eagle River for two July 4ths in a row. They’re not all men. But — Gee. I do see a lot of men there. White men.
So if you had to fend off a Simac, how might you spin a scary ad?
Gosh, with Wisconsin’s history, I could make her look like a Posse Comitatus member easily. If you weren’t hanging out in northern Wisconsin 1978 to 1985 you might not have heard of the Posse. The Posse Comitatus was [is?] a band of racist,anti-semite,anti-government, violent,Christian Identity militia survivalists. They had a strong presence in rural Wisconsin through Thomas Stockheimer and Jim Wickstrom who cultivated a cult-following [and I mean cult]. They both moved near Tigerton, Wisconsin.”
Posse is one of several groups that fit into the Christian Identity movement. According to the SPLC the Posse and the C.I. movement are in decline. Back in the 80’s farmers in Wisconsin and the U.S. were losing their livelihood and land after borrowing too much at low interest rates and then getting gouged by rising rates. They were desperate and looking for answers. Posse’s charismatic and evil leaders came along and delivered scapegoats, guns, and a community in 12 states and held national conventions in Wisconsin.
Maybe I should relax? Are you saying ‘That was then, this is now’? The economic conditions of today mirror those of the 80’s recession. Therefore, if a I see Wisconsin groups adding other elements of Posse’s recipe to the mix, well, I’m nervous. You see I’ve been told we need to learn from history so we’re not doomed to repeat it.
Here’s a sampling of the political dirt detractors see fit to sling at Simac:
“Kim Simac said she married Arthur Simac in 1995 and that their ex-spouses married each other sometime later.” This has been called “spouse swapping” by Politiscoop and others.
WeAreWisconsin says Simac did some illegal collusion with the Tea party express to which prohibite “candidates and their agents from coordinating with independent expenditure groups”.
TPM pulled out a quote from an old blog she did which said “At what point will we stop talking about the comparisons to what is occurring today and what actually happened by the regime of the Nazi’s in the past?”
Unpaid tax liabilities. Her response.
And who is Jim Holperin? . . .
He’s the guy I want District 12 to vote for. I want it because he’s moderate and he’s a Democrat who will slow down Walker’s drive-us-off-the-cliff agenda. I want it because he has a relationship with his district and its economy: he’s been serving that region of the world since 1982 and he’s been a Wisconsin Director of Tourism so he knows the commerce that’s brought dollars to NE Wisconsin. I also want it because he’s stood up for the rights of the Ojibwe to spearfish in the late 80’s. If he didn’t take that stand, I doubt he’d be ready to take the stand he took this year. He stood up for people’s rights then. He stands up for the rights of Wisconsin people now.