With the recount process having found a major error in once county where thousands of ballots were not computer entered Judge Prosser looks all but certain to have been re-elected. The recheck has given Prosser an all but insurmountable advantage and he should be considered as victorious-along with Sarah Palin and Governor Walker.
Palin alone amongst the high profile possible 2012 candidates had the guts to endorse Prosser, once again putting her principles above any personal considerations-and she has added yet another endorsement victory to her substantial total.
The judicial election in Wisconsin which pitted incumbent Judge David Prosser against challenger Joanne Kloppenburg was touted as “a referendum on the Governor”. The New York Times called it a battle by proxy, with the unions, who spent a substantial amount of money in this “judge by proxy” campaign, taking on Governor Walker.
With the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s bench seemingly tilted 4-3 towards Walker, the unions and Democratic party saw backing Kloppenburg, seen as more amenable to their cause, as a possible way of changing the balance on the court in their favor. This, should Walker’s collective bargaining bill reach the court for a final decision on its legality.
However, the election has taken a far more important role in the mind of the public for a whole host of reasons.
1. It is seen as a vote on Governor Walker’s actions in taking on the unions over collective bargaining.
2.It is a vote by proxy on the actions of the Democratic party politicians who fled the state, rather than undergo the normal legislative process when the bill came up for voting on.
3.It is a referendum on the swing to the GOP last November, which was itself a referendum on the Obama administrations policies. Even Reuters, which has taken a decidely anti-Palin tack, agreed that a loss for Kloppenburg would look bad for the Dem’s “A prosser victory would be a setback for the Democrats who channelled their anger about the union restrictions in to a Supreme Court election campaign as a proxy vote on Walker’s policies”.
4. It is a referendum on the unions-whether union bullying tactics can still carry weight in the minds of the voters, in a different era from when the unions had clout and public sympathy, and were seen as acting for all workers, not just the self-interest of some.
5. It is a referendum on Sarah palin who, acting alone amongst the major 2012 possible contenders, endorsed Judge Prosser and did, as she always does, spoke out fearlessly and strongly for what she believes in, no matter what the potential cost to her chances of high office.
6. It is a trial run by proxy of Obama versus Palin for 2012 ina traditionally liberal state which, now that “Pali’ won, wouyld have serious implications for the Republican nomination process.
The votes are in (subject to Democratic party shenanigans-and even they would have a hard time overturning the latest count). In all these six significant points the forces that were unleashed or ratified last November have had their power reinforced and clarified. Despite all the money and supposed foot soldiers the unions, supported by activists and the liberal media, could bring to bear, the win in this liberal state bodes well for the GOP and Palin.
M. Joseph Sheppard