April 4, 2013
If yesterday’s election results tell us anything at all, it’s that the Democrats’ decision—and it was a conscious, calculated decision—to turn elective public service in Wisconsin into 24-hour, hand-to-hand combat, was not a wise choice for their party.
Despite Democrats’ best effort to turn supposedly nonpartisan judicial races into a partisan coup, Justice Pat Roggensack stays on the Supreme Court, handily defeating the anointed union candidate. Judge Rebecca Bradley, a Scott Walker appointee, continues as a Milwaukee County circuit judge. In Ozaukee County, Joe Voiland cruises to a landslide victory over Judge Thomas Wolfgram and his preposterous excuses for signing the Walker recall petition.
Those results tell us about something else besides the infantile political judgment of today’s Democrats. They tell us voters understand that the judiciary branch is the Left’s chosen battleground, the place where aspiring totalitarians think they can impose their will without having to obtain the consent of the governed. Yesterday was a huge opportunity for the Left to succeed and overturn the hard-won reforms of recent years, but one thing went wrong: Voters were paying attention.
The harried residents of some Wisconsin legislative districts have gone to the polls a dozen times, counting primaries, since the fall of 2010. They shouldn’t have to turn out again until the fall of 2014. It’s a well-earned respite, and we trust that over the next year and a half, they’ll keep paying attention.