Video of the Day: Adding Injury to Insult, Supporter Slaps Tom Barrett

By David A. Graham

Angry that her candidate conceded to Scott Walker, a voter gets violent, then offers the Milwaukee mayor a hug.

As if Tom Barrett wasn't having a rough enough night Tuesday, a supporter had some tough love to pile on.

Barrett was the Democratic candidate to replace Governor Scott Walker, who faced a recall election. Though Democrats and organized labor weren't able to gather the votes needed to beat the governor, it wasn't for lack of passion, as this clip demonstrates. After Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, conceded the election, he greeted supporters. One woman, apparently upset that he had conceded before all the votes were tallied, gave him a vigorous slap on the cheek -- followed, incongruously, by a hug. Exit polls had shown a close race, and many Democrats held out hope that a last-minute surge would bring them to victory. Perhaps this woman was one of the scary union thugs that Andrew Breitbart was always warning us about.

Here's the worst part: The woman first asked Barrett if she could slap him. He said he'd prefer a hug, and when he leaned in for the embrace, he got the slap anyway. He seemed a bit stunned by the incident, and stood there speaking with her for a moment. If it's any consolation to the woman (hint: probably not), Barrett didn't jump the gun and concede while there was any chance he could make up his vote deficit. The final tally wasn't even close, with Walker beating him by some 7 percentage points.

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