Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Wisconsin Supreme Court judicial race:
Extremely close. Which, considering the recent turmoil following governor Walker's actions (and that of the Republican-held state senate and assembly), is rather dispiriting.
Absent Walker's recent actions Prosser would have cruised to victory. I'll take it. A win is a win.
Oh, and I think it's worth mentioning that people normally don't get too excited about judicial elections, because they're just not sexy enough politically. I know I don't get worked up over them, but in Washington state the candidates are non-partisan.
Dispiriting? Dispiriting? Cordially and respectfully, dispiriting, my ass.
Prosser won the primary, a month and a half ago, with an enormous margin -- 27 or 30 points, as I recall. Prosser is the incumbent, and Kloppenberg was a virtual unknown with no campaign budget. Republican supporters have for weeks filled the airwaves with brilliantly produced smear ads against her. Most voters are not news junkies, and I would have found it tremendously encouraging ifKloppenberg had lost by only ten points -- that would indicate that a staggering 20% of the electorate had woken up and smelled the coffee in a month and a half. But she didn't lose by ten points. Instead, it appears that she's won by a few hundred votes.
This, kind stranger and fine blogger, is not dispiriting. Not. At. All.
Tonight, I'm ROTFL!
There's enough egg to go around for everyone's faces!