Republicans dodged the boulder that the Democrats caught right in the chest.
After tens of millions of dollars spent by outside interest groups, dozens of attack ads and exhaustive get-out-the-vote efforts, Democrats on Tuesday fell short of their goal of taking control of the state Senate and stopping the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker.
Republicans won four of six recall races, meaning the party still holds a narrow 17-16 majority in the Senate…
…Sens. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, and Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, successfully defended their seats Tuesday.
Challengers state Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, and Jessica King unseated incumbent state Sens. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse, and Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac.
Going into Tuesday, Republicans controlled the body 19-14, so Democrats needed to win at least three seats and hold onto two more next week to take over.
There are a boatload of delicious schadenfruedey gifts to be had. Let’s start with a small morsel.
“The revolution has not occurred,” said UW-Milwaukee political science professor Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic lawmaker. “The proletariat did not take over the streets.”
Thank you Morty. Thank you so much, you pathetic Marxoid hack.
Only a blinkered paleo-lib safely ensconced in the depths of the faculty lounge could make a statement so breathlessly melodramatic and so divorced from reality. ‘The proletariat’? Jeebus, dude. The only thing those crazy class-warfare inflamed proles like less than a sanctimonious tweed-head with a two inch Hegels-stiffy is a former Donkey-Puncher congressdork lamenting the fact that his party can’t just go ahead and vacuum up every dime out of the citizenry’s collective wallet.
The political loss suffered by the progressive movement is really nice too. Here’s Ed Morrissey making note of a cool effect of the recall vote.
The vote counting stretched into Wednesday morning before the last race was finally called. While one vulnerable Republican fell as expected and another lost by a razor-thin margin, Democrats failed to break away in the battleground districts they and outside groups had most heavily targeted. Closing up shop on his election night party in Madison before the final results were in, state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate tried to claim some measure of victory, and promised to keep up efforts to recall Walker.
“We will not stop, we will not rest, until we recall Scott Walker from the state of Wisconsin,” Tate said.
They’re probably going to try, but as last night proved, it’s an empty threat. For the second time, unions had an opportunity to bring their organizational and funding advantages into a special election environment, and for the second time, Wisconsin voters largely rejected them. The union tried to unseat Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in April, blanketing the state for challenger Joann Kloppenburg in an election that should have had a small, easily manipulated turnout. Instead, they came up empty as Wisconsin voters turned out heavily.
The lefties badly wanted this. They pined for this. And they lost.
Meanwhile in the community-based reality, Kos is trying and failing to put a brave face on this.
I’ve got to say, I expected to be torn up if we didn’t get to three seats. I expected to suffer through yet another bout of electoral depression, bummed at coming up short yet again. And we did come up short!
Short of what? Short of taking the Wisconsin Senate? Sure. That would’ve been nice.
But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such “losses” in 2012.
Try again, Marky.
Like most lefties, homeboy doesn’t really understand the concept of return on investment. Then again, Kos has always been good at spending other people’s money on liberal fever dreams.
How much dough did the various organs of the progressive movement dump into these recall elections? It’s hard to say, but probably tens of millions of dollars is a good back of the envelope guesstimate. Mind you, we’re not talking about the New York, Boston or even the Philadelphia media market, where TV and print ads are costly. Wisconsin has some big cities, but still, spreading the word through the media is not brutal.
Also, what are Scott Walker’s poll numbers? As of July, he was at something like 59% disapproval. Considering that, dude should’ve been a heavier boat-anchor around the Wisconsin GOP’s neck during the recall fight.
Instead, the Democrats once again were forced to spend a boatload of cash in a tough political fight in order to choke a mile before the finish line.
If Kos is willing to take that kind of loss, I’m sure conservatives would be happy to give it to him.
The only way this could get any better is if there were Democrats up for recall. Oh, wait.
Republicans have a chance to deliver a political coup de grâce to the national union and Democratic intimidation tactics next Tuesday when there are two elections seeking to recall Democratic State Senators Robert Wirch and James Holperin. These two were among the fleebaggers who ran away to Illinois..
The Recall Wirch campaign has been a focus here for months. The Republican challenger is Jonathan Steitz.
The challenger to Holperin is Kim Simac.
Go Jonathan Steitz. Go Kim Simac.
Professor Jacobson notes that Left is demoralized from last night’s loss. Hopefully next week’s recalls add another dollop of emo onto the Left’s shit sandwich.
More-According to Ace:
Something to keep in mind: While they claim they were playing on Republican turf, that wasn’t true in one of the districts, and the other district we lost regrettably featured an incumbent who had an affair with a 25 year old intern and then moved out of the district itself.
In addition, the left outspent us 2 to 1 on advertising, and the unions nationalized the elections, pushing hard for a coalition-of-government-dependent turnout.
Outspending by a 2 to 1 margin, and the libs still couldn’t beat the GOP. Yikes.
With all the headwinds blowing against the Republicans, this should’ve been shooting fish in a barrel with a grenade launcher.
But Kos is getting giddy because his side was able to take down the clown who had an affair with the free office help. Wow. Thats nothing to breathe heavy over. That’s basically a gimme that a political party should be able to nail without trying real hard.
So let’s see here, one slam-dunk and one sorta tough-ish win when the Donks outspend their opponents 2 to 1 in a political climate where the libs had more than a few advantages. Unless you’re grading on an Atlanta school district curve, there’s really no way to play this as a win for the Democrats.
But hey, keep trying juicebox mafiosi.