That was some ‘S* * * show’!
And just like that (as Forrest Gump might say), Wisconsin’s spring election was as fair as the queen of the May.
It was only yesterday (04-13-2020), the hyperbolic chairman of the Democrat(ic) National Committee, Tom Perez, denounced the decision to hold our election as scheduled as “voter suppression on steroids.”
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in his HazMat suit might as well be a Russian agent, trying to subvert Wisconsin democracy by holding an election in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (Wisconsin’s Al Sharpton Jr.) announced,”Welcome to the S* * * show.” Barnes played the race card on Election Day:
“Today’s election in Wisconsin is far from free and fair — politicians are silencing the voices of Black and Brown people or putting us in harm’s way for their own partisan gain.”
What did Emily Litella used to say?
Funny thing happened on the way to “See you in court” — the liberal candidate for WI Supreme Court won, and bigly. Jill Karofsky — a judge from uber-liberal Dane County, no less — unseated sitting conservative justice (and Scott Walker appointee) Daniel Kelly by a 55.3% to 44.7% margin. Rachel Maddow will be dancing on corn flakes tonight on MSNBC.
Democrats across the nation are licking their chops. Trump won Wisconsin by just 22,748 votes in 2016. The liberal they backed for supreme court ran up an 163,000 vote margin — more than 10 percentage points — over the Republican-backed candidate.
Kelly underperformed in the conservatives counties that girdle Milwaukee. He took a 32,419-vote advantage over Karofsky in Waukesha County, the most populous of the three WOW counties. Nice, but one year ago, conservative Brian Hagedorn came out of Waukesha county with 42,768 more votes over his liberal opponent, Lisa Neubauer. The City of Waukesha kept only one polling place open.
Karofsky over-performed in Dane County. Karofsky built up a 123,308 head of steam over Kelly in the Madison metro area — significantly more robust than Neubauer’s 88,410 margin in 2019. Karofsky also flipped six counties from the court election last year, including three in the populous Fox Valley, from Green Bay through Appleton and down to Oshkosh.
(More bad news: Neubauer, who lost to Hagedorn last year, was elected to the District 2 appellate court based in Waukesha.)
Is the worm turning?
The irony is that the Republican establishment a year ago considered Hagedorn to be smoking toast. The state Realtors and the WMC business lobby sat on their hands, panicked over old essays Hagedorn had written on same-sex marriage. (Must Not Give Offense!) But Hagedorn won anyway. Which is a good thing, because his upset victory last year gave conservatives the cushion that they badly need today. for, with Kelly’s loss, conservative domination of the court is now reduced 4 to 3. But still a majority.
This year, the Great Conservative Conspiracy went all in on Kelly. It did not help the good Justice that there was no contest in the Republican presidential primary. But Biden v. Bernie was pretty well played out by Election Day April 7. (Vote totals only announced 04-13-2020 due to coronavirus.)
The lesson, of course, is that we Republicans did not do enough to suppress the vote. If Democrats are going to keep accusing us of scaring away voters, can’t we do more than just require the same identification one needs to buy cough syrup?
⇒ Can’t we dust off some old Democrat(ic) tricks like a poll tax and literacy test? (“President Reagan said “Government is not the answer but the _______.”)
⇒ At the entrance to polling places in liberal precincts stage a gurney bearing a figure shrouded head-to-toe in white linen wrapping, attended to by wraiths in medieval beak plague masks.
⇒ Roofing nails in the parking lots like that Kentucky church and men in blue jackets writing down license plate numbers.
One final takeaway: Kelly lost despite President Trump’s endorsement. Or because of. Do not over-estimate Trump fatigue, my Trump Uber Alles friends (for you are … ) The man can wear you out.