A few things.
First, tonight's results should be kept in perspective. I have lots
of liberal friends. I know how I would have felt if it went the other
way. I don't share or feel their pain, but I can understand it.
Public officials like the Governor need to find a way to go forward.
Governor Walker's speech was appropriately gracious and I sincerely
hope that Democratic and Republican legislators can get together for
beer and brats. It won't be easy.
Second, last night was very bad for the Democrats. The gubernatorial
race was not close. Turnout was not at the level of the 2008
Presidential election but it significantly exceeded the 2006 and 2010
gubernatorial elections. The electorate was engaged and Walker, after
having been vilified for 15 months, did a little better than he did a
year and a half ago.
For my entire life (and I ain't young), Democrats have believed that, if they could just increase turnout, their candidates will win. It almost never works that way. They ran a great ground game yesterday. The Republicans ran a better one. More voters meant a bigger margin for Governor Walker.
Third, exit poll results that showed Obama with a comfortable lead
are questionable. The same polls showed Walker and Barrett in a close
race when, in fact, they were not. In any event, it's a long way to
November and the idea that someone who voted for Walker might not
abandon Obama for Romney is nothing I would wager on.
As I write this, it appears that the Democrats may have won one of
the Senate recalls. That's not much of an accomplishment. They tried to
pick the three most vulnerable Senators after the largely failed
recalls of last summer. This shouldn't have been hard. In 2010, the GOP
picked up a number of swing districts in a heavily Republican year.
odd thing here is that the district won by John Lehman no longer
exists. The now Democratic Senate was unlikely to do much between now
and the fall elections. The likelihood that they will hold on in
November is slim. Winning that seat is a bit of a consolation, but not
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