all the way to the WI Supreme Court!
We don’t mind bad losers. Losing an election is never easy. (We’ve tried it; we don’t like it.) Even if one concedes that the voters have spoken, that doesn’t preclude blaming the bastards.
The Werkes, on the other hand, cannot abide bad winners.
Jill Karofsky is a bad winner. “I’m the judge who won Wisconsin,” she helpfully informs readers of the New York Times. (Where else?) The candidate who unseated Dan Kelly for WI Supreme Court. The Great White Hope for Democrats hoping to win Wisconsin for Joe Biden and his female running mate, Tara Reade. But is she happy? Thankful? Satisfied? No, she’s a liberal!
“We must get away from a partisan view of the law,” Judge Karofsky writes — as a heavenly halo materializes around her noggin, various miraculous cures are ascribed to the jurist, oceans part and lava flows.
Only a ‘partisan’ would disagree
Only “partisan court majorities” (her words) at both the state AND U.S. supreme courts could overturn one-man rule that ignores the legislature. This uber-liberal Madison judge defends Democrat(ic) Gov. Tony Evers’ unilateral ukase suspending the April 7 election — doing so only the day before! And that, after previously having fought a lawsuit demanding the vote be postponed! Yet she complains:
“Wisconsin voters were confused and worried.”
As evidence, the judge cites Milwaukee, operated by Democrats, which opened only 5 polling places instead of the normal 180, forcing people to stand in line for hours. Somehow, the Democrat(ic) mayor of Milwaukee was unaware (he says) that National Guardsmen called by the Democrat(ic) governor were prepared to staff voting places.
Same thing in the state’s third largest city, where only two polling places opened. Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, a former Dem state legislator, refused the assistance of dozens of available, trained National Guard members despite repeated offers. WBAY-TV2 quotes Brown County Clerk to say that the “Election in Green Bay was mis-managed.”
Somehow, Madison, less than half the population, managed to open 66. Among Wisconsin’s 72 counties, 47 opened as many or more polling places as usual. Another 12 counties were down just one polling place.
No one died, daughter cried
And no one died! An academic journal reports that rates of new confirmed COVID-19 cases did NOT increase in Wisconsin compared with the rest of the country after the April 7 election. Wisconsin’s rate of 0.34:1 of COVID-19 cases before the election dropped after the election to 0.28:1.
Karofsky resorts to a lawyer’s old trick: when your case is weak on the facts and the law, appeal to emotion. “My daughter cried,” she writes. (You’d cry, too, if it happened to you.)
We trust that young Karofsky is laughing today just as we did when her mother denounces (no doubt suppressing snickers herself) “courts making partisan decisions … in a deliberate attempt to suppress the vote in Wisconsin.” (Um, see “Milwaukee” above.)
As for partisanship, Judge Karofsky campaigned as an advocate for” social justice” not rule of law. Not for nothing was she backed by the Democrat(ic) party (to the tune of $1.3 million), Planned Parenthood, AFSCME, the teachers union, and Madison’s “Progressive Voice,” The Capital Times.
One more thing: We replied to the NY Times op ed by Karofsky; the Times makes sure you don’t see it by prioritizing “Times Picks” and then “Reader Choices” before you can read “All” comments, under which mine is posted.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Not a partisan in the bunch, right Judge Jill?