Eight weeks after losing the Supreme Court election to Justice David Prosser by over 7,000 votes, JoAnne Kloppenburg finally admitted defeat.

 We’d love to think we had that much influence, but realistically nobody here believes JoAnne Kloppenburg called it quits just to spoil our predictions.  Something bigger is at work.

 One strong possibility is that Kloppenburg and the union bosses who had the most to gain had she been elected to the state Supreme Court could see that their game was about played out.  Taxpaying voters would punish them in the voting booth at every opportunity if they pushed ahead with electoral sabotage.

 It would be naïve to think the mischief is over, however.

 Kloppenburg‘s concession statement was an extraordinarily lengthy exercise in self-justification. Its real meaning may be divined from countless references to “the numerous, glaring irregularities and anomalies“discovered by the recount all across the state.

Clearly this is Kloppenburg’s first experience with a recount, otherwise she’d know the kind of irregularities and anomalies discovered are not the stuff of a Nancy Drew mystery but the mundane and usually insignificant human error that’s found every time ballots are recounted.    

Another clue to where things may be headed was Kloppenburg’s remark that “The campaign may be over but there is still work to do.” 

Look for the routine errors, and the single, giant foul-up in reporting the Brookfield votes—which had nothing whatever to do with any systemic flaw in our elections—to be conflated into an excuse to argue for an end to judicial elections.

 If the Left can bring about that calamity, they’ll have won a far bigger prize than JoAnne Kloppenburg on the Supreme Court could ever have delivered.


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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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