At the risk of dispersing some of this blog’s usual decorum:
I’m not usually one for end-zone happy-dancing. But after all the “you are teh racist/sexist/anti-worker/anti-middle-class/teabagger!/Koch-sucker/crap all of us conservatives have had to sit through since the last election, frankly, I think we’re entitled.
Last night’s victory in Wisconsin, like the “budget compromise” in DC and the Minnesota state budget, weren’t unalloyed victories – but in this case, it wasn’t even as close as it looked for the Wisconsin Democrats.
Think about it, “progressives”; you just spent $40,000,000 of your unions members’ dues – twice as much as the entire campaign for the entire Wisconsin State Senate cost in 2010.
Twice as much as the GOP spent.
You did it, you said, because you just knew Wisconsinites, deep down inside, were a bunch of liberals! Not without reason; Barack Obama won every single one of those districts in 2008.
You – every damn one of you – just knew that you’d flip three, four, maybe even all six seats! Because – you just knew this – Wisconsin just BLEEEEEEEDS “progressive”!
Or at least you had to hope so – because this, along with this autumn’s vote in Ohio on a slate of reforms similar to Walker’s – could mark the beginning of the end, not of public unions, but of public unions as a critical, game-ending force in national politics.
Because in a few years, with more stories like this floating around out there, even more voters will see what a crock of crap you “progressives” have been selling for so long.
Your platform – which, when you strip away all of the happy-talk, is “we will force private sector workers to work ’til they’re 72 so public union members can retire with full benefits at 55″ – just isn’t working anymore.
And what did you get for your tens of millions?
You got two – one that everyone knew we were going to lose, and one squeaker against a guy with lots of personal electability issues, The rest of them – even the Darling-Pasch race, which started the evening’s returns with Pasch winning – weren’t even close.
And Shelly “MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE ARE IN A WAR” Moore? Yep, you were in a war. And you were Italy. And even with all that union money for those obnoxious, “A Better Minnesota”-style TV ads, and all those union people trawling the streets, and all those Twin Cities “progressives” coming across the river to help out? Not to gloat, but that was the sweetest victory of them all last night, at least for a Twin Cities conservative who got to watch that race close-up from across the Saint Croix.
And the Democrats’ Holperin seat is looking kinda squishy in next week’s round of recalls. Your two pickups could very easily turn into one by this time next week.
Scott Walker has been affirmed; Barack Obama has been refudiated.
You want to call this a war? You know how those end, right?