This is a rush transcript from "The Five," June 6, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: It's the biggest news in Wisconsin since the Packers won the World Series. Scott Walker routed the recall. It wasn't even close. But CNN kept calling it close. Perhaps they meant her.
But really -- that's Glenn Close, by the way. See, she's stabbing somebody. You can take it down now. There you go.
But perhaps it's this face that says it all. Yes. It seems like the neighbor kids might have stolen his rake.
Well, at least others are taking it well.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're not just disappointed. This is the end of democracy. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. This was -- this was the biggest election in America. I hope you keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you're watching, democracy died tonight.
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GUTFELD: "Democracy died tonight."
But some were gracious losers like this supporter greeting Tom Barrett.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can I smack you? Will I get arrested?
MAYOR TOM BARRETT (D), WISCONSIN: No.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Your city hasn't voted yet.
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GUTFELD: I usually pay 40 bucks for that at John Gibson's place.
But look, what starts ugly ends ugly. Remember how it began, the mobs, the threats of violence? Yes, those were giddy days. When the media flocked like school girls to Wisconsin to watch David take down Goliath. Except, they got it backwards. Their David was actually Goliath.
So, when the heroism of Norma Rae became thuggery of on the waterfront, the media scram with the recall and OWS hacks, and even President Obama just kept falling in love with the crumb bums.
Of course, the left now cries about the cash spent on the recall. A recall they initiated. It's like smearing yourself with honey and then complaining about the bees.
Worse, Obama's people claiming voters sent a strong response to Walker. What message was that?
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GUTFELD: I love de Niro.
The fact is, this election was a collection. With union overreach, someone had to slap the hand. It was Walker. Not Obama.
Obama stuck to Twitter, happy among 140 other minor characters.
Juan, I know you agree with everything I said so I don't know why I'm asking you this question. But Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the recall effort a dry run for what? Losing?
JUAN WILLIAMS, CO-HOST: No. Look, I think it was a big loss for the unions. I think it was devastating for the unions who definitely wanted to get Walker out of there.
But you know what? I think this is less of a Petri dish for the fall and for the November election than it is evidence of the power of Republican, national Republican money that went in there and really fed this recall, defended Walker against this recall effort. And I think it's an effort to break unions as a source of money for Democrats nationally. In that sense, it's really bad news, because there is no counter, the natural counter to the big money that comes from the Republican billionaires is the money that came from the unions.
GUTFELD: But, Dana, you are checking your head, like someone who shakes her head a lot. There is a point to this, though, because the unions are the foot soldiers for Democratic Party, often not by their own choice, though.
DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: But now they have athlete's foot and they need a cure. I'm back! I'm back.
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: You're back.
PERINO: It's always an excuse -- they spent more money than we did. It couldn't possibly be because be Walker got results. It couldn't possibly be that the state of Wisconsin decided to hold their heads a little higher thinking that they had erased some of their debt, that they were back on path of fiscal sanity. That just couldn't possibly be true.
When it comes to Democrats, when you're explaining a loss like that, instead of just saying, well, this is a -- I'm going to use a banned phrase -- a teachable moment for the unions. Instead, they are basically just wallowing in their own unpopularity. And the reason it was national was not because Scott Walker wanted it to be national. The Democrats made it a national -- remember the whole --
GUTFELD: It was a big deal.
PERINO: Yes. All the strikes and all the protests and they stayed inside and they didn't shower for like six weeks. And a year and a half later, after he gets results, they have egg on their face, and it's because the Republicans made it a national race and put egg on their face? I don't get that.
GUTFELD: Yes, they asked for this fight.