‘take that, tea party!’

Andrew Leonard (Salon): Call it the miracle of Wisconsin … With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the liberal candidate for state Supreme Court justice, JoAnne Kloppenburg, boasts a whopping 204 vote lead over the longtime incumbent and conservative Wisconsin fixture David Prosser…

…That there will be a recount appears inevitable … but this is a fairly amazing result. In February, Kloppenburg managed to get only 25 percent of the vote in a primary contested by four parties. Prosser was considered a shoo-in …  just six months later, the Tea Party tide, at least in Wisconsin, has been matched by a wave in the opposite direction.

Adding fuel to liberal euphoria, a Democrat also won election to the county executive seat in Milwaukee vacated by Gov. Scott Walker …and Kloppenburg decisively trounced Prosser in the district currently represented by Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, the first legislator for whom Democrats have accumulated enough signatures to force a recall vote….

The best evidence of what was at stake in this election, ironically, comes from the Walker camp. The night before the election, Walker’s chief counsel, Brian Hagedorn, sent out an email outlining the dire consequences of a Kloppenburg victory. “If Justice Prosser loses:

* The Supreme Court will shift from a 4-3 conservative majority to a 4-3 liberal majority.
* Governor Walker’s agenda could be stopped in its tracks by this new activist majority.
* Union bosses and their allies will be emboldened and further push to recall the brave Senators who voted for Governor Walker’s budget repair bill.
* (Chief Justice) Shirley Abrahamson and her allies will continue to drag down the reputation of the Court, with an additional vote to further push through their radical agenda.”

One could argue about who really has the “radical” agenda in Wisconsin, but the gist of Hagedorn’s email shouldn’t be in dispute. Walker’s opponents will be emboldened. And so will anyone else looking for evidence of what can happen when enough people get out and vote.

Full article here

14 Responses to “‘take that, tea party!’”

  1. 1 LYNN
    April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    HEY NOW!!!

  2. 2 Eleroy
    April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Yea for JoAnne Kloppenburg!!!

  3. 3 dotster
    April 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    That was a great victory (victories) in Wisconsin. Momentous and a meaningful turnaround. Let’s hope the recount goes well. I expect it will. Goodbye teabaggers. It was (not) nice knowin’ ya.

  4. 4 BIGFan
    April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    This is such good news! Congratulations Wisconsin!!! It could have an effect in Ohio, Fla, & Michigan. A 204 vote margin! In the last week before the election, members of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America made 96,945 phone calls to targeted voters through their “Call Out The Vote” program.

    Many THANKS to all those phone bankers! They made the difference. Yes, indeed, every vote counts!

  5. 5 anniebella
    April 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    HOT DAM!!!!! Alright!!! Next is the recall. Mr. Walker you will wish you never started this. But it’s to late now.

  6. April 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Two up and more to come….. up, up, and away… Just heard the Chief Justice in WI if there is a recount would assign the Judge who would handle the recount. Judge Prosser once called the Chief Justice a Bitch. Hey, hey karma is a wonderful thing..

  7. 9 Shirley
    April 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    That Is great news. Congratulations Wisconsin!! Yippeeeeeeeeee

  8. 10 M
    April 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    What us the phrase that everyone keeps saying….the sleeping giant has woken up! Congrats people of Wisconsin you are on your way to getting your state government back!

  9. 11 Sonjia Duncan
    April 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This is really what Democracy looks like. It looks good to me. Keep going Wisconsin you makes us all proud and ready to go.

  10. 12 Asher in Boston
    April 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    GREAT NEWS. IN, OH, MI, and FL here we come.

  11. 13 Titti
    April 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Well, well, well, interesting to say the least. Who’s next up for recall?! Great work Wisconsin, stay on these guys like white on rice!

  12. 14 Lovepolitics2008
    April 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Fantastic news. No doubt that Walker and his buddies registered the message. I’ll be curious to see how they’ll react. If they double down they only make things worse for them. If they back down and try to appear less radical, Wisconsin maybe breathes a little ( that’s good), but what Walker has done won’t be forgotten. It is said that people easily forget. However when people are affected PERSONALLY, when their TRUST has been shattered, they have a LONG memory. I doubt for example that cops and firefighters will return to the GOP in droves.

    Win-win situation..

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