The Wisconsin recall elections are over. There were nine in all. Six Republicans faced recalls in a effort to swing the state senate back to Democratic control in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation to break the public employee unions. Three Democrats were up for recall for fleeing the state in an effort to deny Walker a quorum with which to pass the legislation. And the final score is…
5-4 in favor of the Democrats.
Okay, here’s how it went down. In July, after a failed effort to muddy the Democratic primaries by running Republicans as Democrats , one of the Democrats was up. He won easily. 1-0 Dems.
A week ago was the main event. The six republicans were up. When all was said and done, the Republicans held four seats, enough to hold the Senate majority, and the Democrats successfully recalled two Republican legislators. 4-3 Republicans, although this sets up a perfect examply of why the “scoreboard” analogy fails. I’ll get to that later.
Tonight, the remaining two Dems were up, and they both won easily. 5-4 Dems.
So what’s the take away here? Well, the Republicans failed to oust any Democrats while the Democrats were successul at recalling two Republicans. However, they fell short of the three victories they needed to take the Senate.
Walker is spinning this fact a as a seal of approval for his radical agenda. Of course he’s wrong. Recalls are not easy. They’re a big deal, and they’re rare. The fact that the Democrats managed to take two seats is impressive. With polling data coming our nationally that show record dissatisfaction with government, and with voters laying the blame at the feet of the Republicans, particularly the Tea Party, Democrats should take heart. No they didn’t take the Senate, but they came quite close.
And they’re going after Walker in January.