Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

How Wisconsin Stayed Republican

In the long-awaited matter of the Wisconsin recall elections, two Republican state senators were indeed recalled. That puts the state at 17 Republicans and 16 Democrats, and, even with forthcoming recall elections, at the very least the legislature will remain with a Republican majority.

Along the way, how Wisconsin politics works has been laid bare. Last week, a supporter of Republican Senator Robert Cowles came out to say that Cowles had told him that the only reason he voted for Scott Walker's anti-union budget bill was that "the governor's office told us if we didn't give them our support, they would run a tea party candidate against us." Well, well, well.

With $30 million spent on six state senator recall elections—really a staggering amount of money—we begin to see what all that cash being around means in practice: "To stay in office, Alberta Darling, a lifelong moderate, took up the rhetoric of the tea party. She was rewarded with a gravy pipe of national money from those sympathetic to taxes-are-sin dogma. A perfect example of this ideological polarization was how Darling received the full-blown endorsement of the powerful anti-abortion organization Wisconsin Right To Life even though she sat on the board of Planned Parenthood for years."

Neato. But then you knew all this back in June.

10 Comments / Post A Comment

barnhouse (#1,326)

So close! A painful night for Dems.

But now that the legislature is split almost 50-50, so that any one Republican senator can hold the rest hostage, do you think they'll still be able to manage the lockstep uniformity?

riotnrrd (#840)

@barnhouse Ha ha, of course they will. Breaking ranks means not getting re-elected (remember, all that money will dry up and go to a Tea Party lunatic).

laripley@twitter (#22,654)

This is why pursuing electoral politics is a waste of time & money for labor. Mass action, labor action, people power is where it's at.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Phone banks and canvassing can't be part of mass action?

BadUncle (#153)

Choire, why did you write this? Did Abe's head explode?

ample pie (#16,622)

@BadUncle: Perhaps Abe made the same mistake I did, of reading the comments this morning on the Journal Sentinel article about Alberta Darling's victory. That there would do it, the head-'asplodin.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@BadUncle Sorry. No splode. Clicky clicky. linky linky.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

I try never to hit the gravy pipe before noon. Try.

BirdNerd (#4,196)

Sooo, which state is next. Michigan is out in front of the pack, it seems.

z(ooo)mm (#10,779)

@BirdNerd Ohio no question.

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