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Nazaryan writes: "In 2012, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker survived a furious recall effort engineered by the state’s enraged liberals and Democrats, who accused the Republican of gutting protections for public-sector employees. Now one of those public employees, education superintendent Tony Evers, has narrowly defeated Walker for governor."

GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaks to supporters at a last-minute rally the night before the midterm elections on Nov. 5 in Waukesha, Wis. (photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaks to supporters at a last-minute rally the night before the midterm elections on Nov. 5 in Waukesha, Wis. (photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)


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Free at Last: Scott Walker Is Defeated

By Alexander Nazaryan, Yahoo! News

07 November 18

 

n 2012, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker survived a furious recall effort engineered by the state’s enraged liberals and Democrats, who accused the Republican of gutting protections for public-sector employees. Now one of those public employees, education superintendent Tony Evers, has narrowly defeated Walker for governor, in a race decided by some 30,000 votes (Walker has not yet conceded, and one of his advisers, Brian Reisinger, indicated that the results could be contested.)

It was a vindication for Wisconsin’s historically powerful but recently cowed left, which watched as Walker won re-election in 2014. The state also proved crucial to Donald Trump’s prospects in the 2016 presidential election.

Ultimately, the governor could not overcome what has been described as “Walker fatigue,” or the historic unpopularity of Trump himself. As one Democratic political strategist explained to Politico in September, “I don’t think this is about Democratic enthusiasm in Madison and Milwaukee, it’s about Democratic enthusiasm and a backlash to Trump and Walker everywhere in Wisconsin.”

Evers received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama, who won Wisconsin in both of his runs for the White House. Evers ran a solid if unexciting campaign predicated on increasing some taxes and repealing certain tax credits. But his main asset may have been that his name was not Scott Walker.

Although his 2016 presidential bid was hapless and brief, many believe that Walker has ambitions beyond the confines of the state capitol in Madison. Tuesday evening, then, proved a sobering check. Charlie Sykes, the Milwaukee-based conservative commentator, said before the votes in Wisconsin were tallied that, were Walker to lose, it would be a remarkable turnaround for a famously resilient conservative: “He survived recalls, he survived protests, but he couldn’t survive Trump in 2018.”

Trump campaigned in Wisconsin with Walker late last month. As he did throughout the congressional campaign, the president tried to instill fear in his supporters: “This will be the election of the caravans, Kavanaugh, law and order, tax cuts and common sense,” he said. But at least in Wisconsin, the scare tactics didn’t work.

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+26 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-07 12:21
To borrow an oldie-but-goodi e: Good riddance to bad rubbish.
 
 
+34 # NAVYVET 2018-11-07 13:29
I spent 2.5 years of my childhood in Wisconsin public schools, and my dad, from Iowa, was a lifelong adherent of Fightin' Bob LaFollette's Progressive ideals--typical for a Midwesterner of his generation.

Wisconsin wasn't perfect. Senator LaFollette deplored the "sundown" white supremacy racist towns, common wherever there was overwhelming German-descent population. During WWII there was an undercurrent of Bund (pro Nazi) violence here and there. In our town a gang of teenage Bundists beat up kids of Jewish and Catholic descent. That was before we moved there, but I heard stories in school. Although we moved to Florida before Senator Joe McCarthy's nationwide paranoid notoriety, he was already a rising Republican, and two of my teachers were fired for giving F's to the School Board president's lazy daughter. (McCarthy accused them of being "Com-moo-nist" when, of course, they weren't.)

Despite that, Wisconsin had a mixed population and under the LaFollette brothers became one of the leaders of humanist reform--a forward-thinkin g, social democrat state. My Civics class proudly taught that kind of government--and happily the high school student body President in my 9th grade year was the grandson of Russian Jews, the V-P of Polish Catholics--and Methodist youth opposed McCarthy's accusations of Communist clergy. Dumping the Koch Brothers puppet Scott Walker is a good start in returning the state to the LaFollette vision!
 
 
+14 # economagic 2018-11-07 14:53
Thanks for that historical background. I knew Wisconsin has always had a significant population of families of German descent (I visited all three major breweries in Milwaukee while on a cross-country bicycle tour in 1972!), but I had never heard of the Bund violence or the white supremacy connection. As Oscar Hammerstein brilliantly wrote (in the musical "South Pacific," 1949), "You have to be carefully taught."
 
 
+23 # librarian1984 2018-11-07 13:52
Ding dong, the creep is gone!

There was a lot of good news yesterday, not least that no one attacked a polling place, which I was a little worried about. Things worked okay (with the exception of GA) and now there's some check on Trump. The world seems a bit more normal and balanced today -- and we're halfway through Trump!

Thrilled Walker is out but even happier that many blue dogs are G-O-N-E. We weren't going to take the Senate anyway, so I'm super stoked to see Donnelly and Heitkamp out. Media is saying McCaskill was defeated because she voted against Kavanaugh, but what about her saying she's not one of the 'crazy Democrats'? Isn't it possible Dems didn't bother to vote for her after she shit on her own party? It's like Bredersen in TN saying he would have voted for Kavanaugh.

I'm happiest about Krysten Sinema losing in AZ. She WAS the head of the blue dogs and made many heinous remarks about Sanders and progressives, and stated last year that the 'future of the Democratic Party is the blue dogs', so buh-bye and good riddance Krysten!

I've seen several pundits say that the take-home from the midterms is that progressives lost. I reject that. SOME progressives lost, but they also got very little help from the party, so it wasn't an honest test. What stands out to me is that BLUE DOGS LOST big time. Good riddance!

Also relieved we picked up a few statehouses. The GOP was uncomfortably close to a constitutional conference.
 
 
+14 # economagic 2018-11-07 15:05
Amen to all of that, especially the governorships. In contrast to the president*'s braggadocio about Republican "gains," I consider the outcome the best of all *possible* worlds, the first real step BACK from the abyss since the rise of Bernie Sanders two years ago, and for DECADES before that. It was also the highest percentage turnout among eligible voters since 1966, just after the passage of the voting and civil rights acts and as the Viet Nam fiasco was heating up.
 
 
+14 # economagic 2018-11-07 17:35
Wait--I forgot to ask whether you were talking about creep or CREEP! Either way, pretty creepy. Walker may be demanding a recount, but he may be hoist on his own petard, having gotten a law passed last year making it harder for a losing candidate to be granted a recount.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2018-11-08 18:16
And speaking of CREEP (as I was), My sign at the rally this evening was our old chestnut from 45 years ago, "Impeach the Cox Sacker," with "Cox" crossed out and replaced with "Sess." Readers are free to interpret as they wish.
 
 
+6 # Robbee 2018-11-07 13:59
Free at Last: Scott Walker Is Defeated, 07 November 18

- as robbee always says - "fuck the kock bros, if they can't take a joke!
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2018-11-07 14:05
ps - there is judicial precedent that holds that a state government CANNOT be estopped (stopped in equity) from dumping the ruinous contract with fox con!

check it out!
 
 
+4 # John Cosmo 2018-11-07 19:08
While I'm glad that Scott Walker has been voted out of office, it is disturbing that Tony Evers won by such a narrow margin, and that Walker was able to survive the recall election and reelection and then remain in office for as long as he did. This was not a strong win for Evers and does not bode well for the future of the Democratic party or our country.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2018-11-07 21:12
The numbers would probably look better in the absence of all the voter suppression and likely vote theft. But yes, this is not an unstoppable "blue wave," much less the "America has rejected Trumpism" claimed by Robert Reich in an article posted this evening on RSN. It is at best a single step back from the abyss, certainly not a step forward as such. But it has bought us a little precious time to organize, starting NOW with the firing of Jeff Sessions. The good news is that a LOT of sources are recognizing this and urging escalation not merely of resistance but of building the new system as the old one crumbles about our shoulders.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2018-11-10 03:28
Hallelujah, the wicked witch is dead, at least politically. Now Evers gets to wear the red shoes. On to Oz and we are homeward bound, to the land of peace and prosperity; that is, of progressivism!
 

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