Short Wisconsin politics post to follow if you are at all interested.
Tuesday we had an election and it was supercharged. The main draw on the ticket was the race here for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. Justice Prosser, the incumbent was up against Joanne Kloppenburg, a little known attorney. If there was a normal political climate, Prosser would have breezed to another ten year term. The turnout was approximately thirty percent, almost unheard of in an April election.
This race, which was supposedly non partisan, was absolutely brutal. Both candidates were clearly unprepared to run the normal smear and bash campaign that is expected in todays electoral climate. Kloppenburg benefitted from the unions pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?) into the race, where Prosser benefitted from the other side. Both candidates decided early on to cap their campaigns with public financing limits, but the third party money that poured in was intense, to say the least.
Earlier today, Kloppenburg declared victory (by 200 votes out of approximately 1.5 million (!) cast. Whoops. They forgot to count the whole city of Brookfield. Prosser looks now to win by some eight thousand as of this writing.
It must be absolutely devastating to the unions and others on the far left to see that for all of the fanfare, protests, marching, chanting, bongo drumming, trashing of the capitol, slogans, and $$$$ that they keep on getting rejected time and time again – even if Kloppenburg would have won by that slim margin, how disappointing it must be for the unions to have to shell out major coin for a stinking supreme court justice spot. Like Walker has said time and again, the state of Wisconsin ins’t all about Madison (thank god).
Walker’s budget has already passed and is the law (with some Democrat votes!). The collective bargaining portion of the budget is still hung up in the courts but I predict that will pass too. How rich to see the Democrats get everything rammed down their throats and all of their yelling and screaming and money does no good whatsoever. See you in November 2012 suckers.
Next up hopefully for me is voter ID and conceal carry.
We may just be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel up here after all. And that light will be, I am hoping, a bright light.
ADDED, 5.33am, April 8, via Althouse: