After their spectacular failure in the Wisconsin judicial race, the Democrats managed to pick up two seats in last night’s recall election. One of these was a heavily democratic district, the other involved a senator embroiled in scandal. So really, they didn’t gain much. And they’ll still have to defend two flee-bagging seats next week.
This can’t be anything but a colossal disappointment to Democrats. A few months ago, they were certain that anti-Republican hatred and a surge of union money would tip the courts, oust six Republican senators and topple Satan Himself, Scott Walker. It was the re-igniting of the revolution. Now … they’ll gain a senate seat or two, for all their efforts, at a peak of GOP unpopularity. It turns out that the public really isn’t very pro-union. And it also turns out that while the public hates the Republicans, that doesn’t mean they like the Democrats.
I expect them to try to recall Walker next. I hope they do. I will be wonderful to see them pointlessly burn through even more of their political warchest.