The off-off-year election in Wisconsin had been billed as a referendum on the person and policies of recently elected Rethug Governor, Koch Brothers Servitor, and infamous college drop-out Scott Walker. I believe this is true. Such an election, in normal times, would be a sleepy affair with voter turnout in the low 20% range. Instead, we see a whopping 33.5 %! To me, this still indicates an apathy rate in the high 60's, despite national media attention and a great deal of out of State election funding - mostly from right wingers.
Though a recount is a forgone conclusion*, it seems that Democratic challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has defeated Rethug incumbent State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser by about 200 votes. Out of 1.5 million. That's a victory margin on the order of 0.013%. Wisconsin Democrats are ecstatic.
I am not.
Wisconsin is a State where the labor movement has very deep roots. Walker's agenda is aggressively (and regressively) anti-Union, anti-labor, anti-middle class. His techniques
Under these circumstances, Prosser should get no greater percentage of the vote than the total of tea-baggers, libertards, and purblind Rethugs in the population. These groups ought not total anywhere close to 40%, let alone
The 33.5 % turnout is far less than the approximately 50% that turned out to select Walker by a 52/47 margin.
This race has far-reaching implications for the future of Wisconsin, the labor movement, and the country as a whole. And 2 out of 3 voters blew it off. Half of the ones who showed up selected Walker's man.
Even if Klappenburg survives the recall - by no means a sure thing - this is a dismal result.
As I pointed out yesterday, for serfdom (or whatever its 21st century equivalent turns out to be) to take hold, the people have to be complicit or coerced. My reading of this election is that we either welcome our billionaire overlords with at least semi-open arms, or simply don't give a shit.
Either way, we are doomed.
And that's without even considering the impending government shut-down.
* UPDATE: Prosser is expected to file for a recount tomorrow (Thus. 4/07.) This should be over by the middle of May!?!