Nov 4, 201408:15 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Scott Walker’s re-election today will crazy up the crazies
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Will Scott Walker be elected governor of Wisconsin for the third time in four years? The answer is yes.
Walker will win because Professor Charles Franklin’s Marquette Law school poll says so — and by the same 7-point margin Walker won the recall election, by the very margin Franklin called then. Walker will win because The Capital Times poll still shows Burke stubbornly ahead. (Try a reboot. Sometimes, just unplugging the computer and plugging it back in does the trick.)
Walker will win because Mary Burke couldn’t close the deal. The lady could not support her claim that she would have created more jobs than Walker’s 111,000. She crabbed about Walker’s tax cuts — too small, went to the wrong people — but proposed none herself. She ran on résumé, and hers has more gaps than an empty corncrib. She had no big ideas. All the reactionaries who took over the State Capitol three years ago — all the big union poobahs, MSNBC, disreputables like the Radio Slymer, megaphone agitators like John Nichols, and Clock Tower flee baggers — are backing Burke today. Burke isn’t going to bring anyone together. She can’t even convince any of the other six on the Madison school board to vote with her.
Tomorrow’s edition of Blaska’s Bring It! will itemize the collateral damage surrounding the Burke defeat. Suffice to say, the list is lengthy.
It starts with the final validation of the Act 10 collective bargaining reform. The measure passed the same muster required of a state constitutional amendment — the enactment of the Legislature, the governor’s signature, and two successive public referenda. It is now as permanent as the Miss Forward statute on the Capitol grounds. It will be copied by other states. Going forward, Democrats made its author a political rock star with their failed recall in 2012. Now Scott Walker can play the stadiums. He is prime time, first tier.
There is something of an ending of a chapter about today’s election, much as World War II finished what began on July 28, 1914. It is the end of the Blue Fist intifada. The Left has lost at the ballot box, in the courts, and in the streets.
Democrats, if they’re smart, will re-examine the limitations of government, the nature of freedom, the tragedy of redistribution, the divisiveness of identity politics.
Time to wander in the wilderness; it can be restorative.
That needed colonic will be reinforced by the party’s hemorrhaging nationally. Republicans will get their six and more to take control of the U.S. Senate. No more gridlock, no more Sonia Sotomayors! Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, purged; Barack Obama, humbled with no opportunity for a Bill Clinton comeback. (Clinton had two election cycles after the Gingrich revolution.) Anyone remember when the Left called Wendy Davis a superhero? Dropped off the radar screen, alack and alas.