Nationally? It was a long night last night – but one that proves only one thing; conservatives face a well-funded, entrenched enemy that can count on unions to turn all the money they need to run a defensive campaign, along with a media that is utterly in the bag for the left.
In Minnesota? The results of the Bloomington mayor and Saint Paul School Board races were disappointing – especially the SPPS race. The Saint Paul Public Schools are a lost cause. My kids have aged out of that sinking ship, which is the important part; unfortunately, my property has not.
Statewide, though? Voters generally approved continuing existing levies, but (again, generally) rejected new taxes. The voters apparently got the message – the Governor and the Legislature passed hundreds of millions in new K12 spending. We’re already spending more.
Mostly, yesterday should be a wakeup call for conservatives. Most Republican activists do it part-time, out of zeal and commitment one issue or another. And for us, life gets in the way – kids, obligations, careers, even burnout cause the turnout to ebb and flow. The Democrats and their supporters have people – organizers, demonstrators, researchers, even bloggers – who do all of these things full-time, for a living.
It’s going to be a busy year. There’s no way around it; the next election is going to be for all the marbles.