I’m not sure how the presidential election will turn out, so I guess I have to take my schadenfreude where I find it.
Thanks to Wisconsin for serving me such a nice and generous helping. I might actually spare a kind thought about the Green Bay Packers as a consequence.
Actually, I won’t, but the fact that I am tempted to says something.
It is more than a little weird to state that Scott Walker “survived” the recall, when the fact is that he won by nine percentage points. Walker didn’t just “survive.” He won going away. Pro-recall forces, their union allies, and the national Democratic party have got to be humiliated by the fact that Wisconsinites decided to give democracy a chance, and not allow a governor to be recalled simply because all of the people who didn’t vote for him the first time around got upset that he fulfilled his campaign promises, and decided to hold another election so that they could have the chance to vote against him fruitlessly once more.
And of course, when it comes to the presidential race, people will think that Wisconsin is a state in play. Whether or not it is, perception is reality in politics, so Team Obama will now come under pressure to shore up its position in Wisconsin. Again, this will serve to divert much needed resources from other states and regions on the political map, and even if the president wins Wisconsin, he may well lose elsewhere because he had to pay more attention to Wisconsin than he initially anticipated. And again, if Mitt Romney ends up winning Wisconsin, Barack Obama will be a one-term president.
It is worth noting as well that the Republican lieutenant governor, and three Republican senators who were also subjected to recall elections have followed Walker’s lead, and won their race. A fourth Republican senator leads in another contest. This only serves to add insult to the serious injury the pro-recall forces have suffered.
I shouldn’t close this post without noting that Ed Schultz has lost it. Oh, and for all of the people who are whining about the amount of money that Scott Walker spent to win: I am sure you didn’t mind it in the least when then-Senator Obama outspent John McCain four years ago. I am also sure that you were looking forward to President Obama outspending Mitt Romney. So spare us your pearl-clutching about campaign expenditures. There is, after all, a limit to how much hypocrisy we can put up with.