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WISCONSIN ELECTION POSTMORTEM: I was hoping that I'd be able to title this post "The Fall Of The Walkerites"... but that's not how it went down.
Not all the news is bad, either (which is unusual in itself).
But first we'll deal with the really bad news: In the race for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, psycho gay-basher, adulteress*, and "contraception-is-murder" princess Rebecca Bradley narrowly eked out a victory over quintessential Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg. The numbers broke down roughly the same as they did in the last gubernatorial election and the Wanker recall, with the non-KochThugs going down roughly 48% to 52% and being outspent a billion to one (thank you, Citizens United! ).
The bad news: Ted Cruz easily bested Donald Trump in the Rethuglican Presidential primary. (Some of you are saying to yourselves: And this is bad news exactly why? Because it shows the extent to which voters in Albonsin still take their marching orders from Scatt Wanker--which is to say, the Koch brothers and Diane Hendricks--and Wisconsin hate radio, whose ultimate aim is to turn the state into an economic hellhole with a population of expendable serfs to work in various toxic business schemes. As the beaten-down and resigned citizens of Albania said in the bad old days of their rule by an authoritarian madman, "We owe it all to Enver Hoxha.")
Trump voters, on the other hand, take their orders from no one... which is why the GOP is not going to let him win the nomination of his own party. With all the crazies and xenophobes that Trump has attracted, it's hard for me to see him as a good thing for the country. It's kind of like saying, "Who do you want leading the country? A handful of obscenely wealthy people or a crazy man?"
Speaking of voters who take their orders from no one, on to the good news. Bernie Sanders soundly trounced Hillary Clinton (IMHO, another tool of the banks and the oligarchs--just watch who gets the billions if Trump is the Rethuglican nominee) in the Democratic primary. It's been a very long time since we heard from the plurality of Wiscosinites who still care about their fellow man, who don't subscribe to the "hate thy neighbor" that has been peddled by Wanker and his GOP cabal in the southeastern part of the state for the past six years. The number of Wisconsinites turning out to "feel the Bern" has been amazing--obviously very few of the hate-radio-addicted Good Germans in the GOP's "WOW" counties (Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington), but a pretty good sampling of the rest of the state.
And maybe the best news of all is the huge number of school referendums that passed, all over Wisconsin (including the school district that I drive for). This amounts to a grassroots revolt against Wanker's not-so-secret wish to destroy public schools and replace them with private "voucher schools" accountable to no one. Think of what this means--these people voted to raise their own taxes (how anathemic to the GOP!) to defend their schools from Wanker's continued evisceration of public education.
Of course, the Rethugs saw this coming and quickly drafted a bill to prevent school boards from floating referendums (again, the GOP in Wisconsin doesn't care about the public wants, only their paymasters). Strangely enough, a bitter outcry from the public, including scathing editorials in most of the state's media, caused the Rethugs to back off--saying, as they always do when caught with their pants down, "for now."
I have no doubt that they'll be back, just like the Terminator; one thing you can always count on is the Walkerites' fanatic dedication to changing any law they don't happen to like, or that gets in the way of channeling public funds to their masters. However, even if it's true that (as my Wisconsinite wife says) losing control over their local schools is only disastrous because the locals see it as an attack on prep sports**, anything that wakes people up to the true intentions of Wisconsin's fascist leadership is a good thing.
Bravo to the huge numbers of Wisconsinites who voted with their own wallets to support Wisconsin's terribly vicitimized public schools. That's a slap in the face that the fascists have long had coming.
*Normally I would not have mentioned this, but it turns out after her excoriating of adulterers that Ms. Bradley is guilty of the same sin herself. Go figure.
**This has been repeatedly documented in Sam Brownback's Kansas, where public schools are in even worse shape
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