Well, the Democrats may have picked up two state Senate senates in the Wisconsin recall vote yesterday, but, they, as Allahpundit reports, “outspent Republicans two to one”, thus they “lost two to one on tonight’s seats — with two of their own still to defend next week.”
Do wonder how much of that money will no longer be forthcoming as it came directly from the Badger State’s coffers, skimmed off from the salaries of public employees and sen straight to their unions, active supporters of the state Democratic Party. They may just not have the money to spend they once did. Thanks to Governor Walker’s reforms, the state won’t be sending that money directly to those allies of his partisan rivals; they’ll have to collect it on their own.
Allahpundit offers what he calls a “nice data point from Nate Silver which he claims “can be read as more of a rebuke to the left as [well as] to the right”:
In total, GOP leads 52-48 among all votes counted so far tonight in Wisconsin. Walker won those districts 56-43, Obama won them 53-46.
Not a great night for the Republicans nor for the Democrats. But, Republicans still control the Senate in Wisconsin and the labor unions spent a tens of millions to pick up two Senates, one just barely.
Quoting a “Twitter friend” who quipped “Democrats in #Wisconsin spent about $263 per vote to not get a majority in the state senate”, Michelle Malkin suggests that “rank-and-file union members” consider recalling their “own profligate Big Labor bosses.”
The public employee unions are the real losers in Wisconsin. Let’s hope they suffer similar fates in other states, including (and especially) the (once-)Golden one.
UPDATE: Not sure I’ll have time to get back to this today. I had penned this post just before heading to bed last night and as I take a break and scan the blogs, seems it’s a much bigger defeat for the unions than I had originally thought. Jennifer Rubin has a good post with some helpful links, including an observation that the GOP was caught “flat-footed,” thus was clearly out-organized by the unions.
Michael Barone, as usual a whiz with statistics, points out that Democrats “won only narrowly in the 18th, despite a gravely weakened candidate (he left his wife for a 25-year-old woman and the wife campaigned against him) and won solidly in just one district, the 32nd, which voted heavily for Barack Obama in 2008, with Republican Dan Kapanke running well ahead of his party to take the seat.”
Robert Costa details just how hard Democrats and their union allies worked to defeat Senator Alberta Darling:
Mike Tate, the state Democratic chair, dubbed Darling’s prospective defeat the “crown jewel” of the August elections. Over $8 million poured into the suburban Milwaukee district, making it the priciest of the six GOP recall campaigns. In the final days, union workers canvassed small towns such as Glendale and Thiensville, hoping to lift Pasch over the well-known lawmaker.
She won by a margin of 54-46.