Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Election '08: Lessons learned

There are lots of bad people in Wisconsin. Newly-elected Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman credited his victory to the "good people" of Wisconsin. Some 391, 549 people voted for Louis Butler. Hmmmm.

Don't take those signatures for granted. Incumbent County Supervisor James White, having failed to get enough valid signature on his nomination papers, was ousted by a write-in candidate, Theo Lipscomb, by 10 percentage points.

Never assume. County Supervisor Lynne DeBruin, who trounced her two opponents in the February primary, pulled out a squeaker in the general election, winning by a 51% - 49% margin over her conservative challenger, Dan Wycklendt. Her margin of victory was a mere 170 votes, according to JS vote totals.

There was a dramatic drop in turnout between the primary and general elections in both Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. (DeBruin won in both communities in February, but lost in Tosa yesterday.)

Theory 1: A lot of DeBruin supporters grew complacent by the size over her February primary victory and stayed home yesterday.

Theory 2: The February primary drew a disproportionate share of Democrats because of the Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama primary, and those Democrats voted for either DeBruin or progressive candidate Dan Cody. With no strong big-time Democratic attraction yesterday, the 15th supervisory district reverted to its true divided self boosting the vote percentage Wycklendt was able to pull in.

Murphy's the man. Incumbent Ald. Michael Murphy whipped his opponent, Richard Geldon, 5,649 to 1,236. Go, Michael, go.

Run hard from the start. Scott Walker won again, but he was vulnerable, as demonstrated by the 41% of the vote State Sen. Lena Taylor managed to garner after running a race that didn't seem to really gear up until the very end, when it was too late.


Anonymous said...

Make no exuses for Gablemans' win, the good people of Wisconsin have spoken.
Each time Louis Butler has run for Supreme Court, the good people of Wisconsin have spoken and said NO to him.
Accept it and move on...

Stu said...

With all due respect, a 60-40 win is far from vulnerable, especially when the same people voted 58-42 in favor of the losing liberal supreme court candidate on the exact same ballot.


Anonymous said...

You are using 41% for Lena as something to show that Walker was vulnerable? Nice try to spin her thumping.

This election was Walker's largest win yet.

Anonymous said...

The good people of Wisconsin have rejected Louis Buter - TWICE.

The bad people (Doyle and the liberals) appointed him after the voters had spoken the first time.

They don't like activist judges. Live and learn.

Anonymous said...

What I think Gretchen meant--but said it too nicely--is that 41% is pretty good for a candidate who didn't run a campaign.

Pedro Colon experienced the same campaign, 41%.

Anonymous said...

What a sad state of affairs it is when an unqualified boob and political hack can become a justice of the highest court in the state without a friggin' clue about the law or how to apply it. Using elections to choose state and local judges continues to be one of the worst ideas in our federalist history. I may not like it, but I respect the Alitos and Roberts of the world when they're chosen to the bench because they are obviously highly competent people of an extraordinary intellectual caliber. When buffoons like Gabelman or Ziegler are able to buy and scare their way to the bench, by contrast, its an indictment of the ignorance of the Wisconsin voter--one that really cannot be faulted considering that the principles of law, particularly on the appellate level, are not always so easy to understand with endless study, much less in a 30-second commercial soundbite. Couldn't the conservatives at least have found a credible candidate to run with, so that once corporate interests intervened we'd at least be provided with someone with an above average IQ to understand difficult principles? (Paging, e.g., Michael Brennan?)

Wisconsin, liberal and conservative alike, should be embarrassed.