I try not to get too depressed at election losses. And I try not to get to excited by election victories.
However, it doesn’t always work.
I was absolutely thrilled when Harold Washington won Chicago’s City Hall.
And I was jubilant in Grant Park the night that Obama won in 2008.
I watched the returns coming from Wisconsin last night. When Rachel Maddow announced that NBC had declared Walker the winner at around 9PM, I turned it off.
I wasn’t happy. But I wasn’t depressed. Too much has happened in Wisconsin for things to go back to the way things were, no matter what last night’s election results decided.
It’s not exactly a news flash that big money can win elections. And there was a lot of right-wing Koch brother money spent in Wisconsin.
Brother Mike starts the discussion of what happened here.
I would add this:
Obama’s people are spinning the story that his decision to stay out of the election in Wisconsin was good and smart, given the Walker victory.
I’m not so sure. In the short run, it is not too hard to imagine that a vigorous Obama presence in Wisconsin could have shifted the 3%, or 40,000 votes, it would have taken to reverse the decision.
This is particularly true since Obama was favored by 10% more of the voters than was Romney, according to exit polls (although exit polls also predicted a 50/50 split).
In the long run, it makes one wonder why did Obama stand so far away from the guy that he Tweeted he was standing by.
Union folks are wondering if he wasn’t told to stay away by his hedge fund cronies in groups like Democrats for Eduction Reform. Was he told that they wouldn’t be writing checks to his campaign if he was seen as being too cozy with the teacher union in Wisconsin?