#rsrh Ann Althouse contemplates the Matter Of Wisconsin. #wirecall

Specifically, how it is that Gov. Scott Walker is in the commanding, about-to-be-ratified-via-popular-vote position that he is in – and make no mistake; when Walker wins the recall election in two weeks it’s going to be a while before the Democrats in Wisconsin are going to want to tangle with his legislative agenda.  Anyway, Ann notes:

I don’t watch all the TV shows, but this week, I’ve watched “American Idol” and part of a couple Brewers games, and I’ve seen ad after ad for Walker. I saw one ad against Walker, and it was a confusing complaint about how Walker is a “rock star.” Idiots! They made him a rock star.

Yes.  Yes, they did.

I don’t want to spend too much time on this – if for no other reason than it’s lunchtime – but here’s a pre-post-mortem on the whole sorry recall election situation.  What happened here was the accumulated karmic backlash of forty years’ worth of Establishment Democrats telling the Activist Left that they were the vanguard of, and spokesmen for, a broad American populist movement.  For the longest time, such lies were simply an accepted part of the public policy debate; mostly because the country had no yardstick by which to judge the Left’s turnout and activities.

But then came the Tea Parties – which showed people what a real American populist movement looks like, and what it can do – and its success stung the Activist Left at the exact moment that Scott Walker came along and not unreasonably decided that if he was elected on a platform of doing certain things, he had best start doing them.  This infuriated the Left, but not as much as the refusal of Walker and the WI GOP to go weak-kneed at the first sign of push-back.  So… the recall movement was born!

And… fizzled.  The Left should have cut their losses when Prosser demonstrated that drum circles and illegal indoor camping in the Rotunda didn’t translate into votes… and they definitely should have cut their losses when the first wave of recalls didn’t live up to the hype.  But they didn’t, and now the people of Wisconsin are increasingly demonstrating that they’re tired of all of this – and they’re not blaming the Republicans, either.  Such a shame, but that’s what you get whe- hey! The bacon’s fully cooked.

Kind of metaphorical there, really.


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