Well that was a downer. Money has truly taken over electoral politics in America, and elections with continue to be well and truly skewed in favor of those who have the money to buy elections until such time as Citizens United can be undone.
I fear for our country. The corporate Republican establishment will see Scott Walker’s recall victory as a license to keep forcing austerity measures, which have already driven Europe to the brink of implosion, on American citizens, and our economy will continue to be held back by these policies.
The one bright spot of the night for Wisconsin is that John Lehman appears to have defeated Van Wanggaard in Racine’s state Senate district. This takes away the Republican majority in the state Senate and gives it to the Democrats, 17-16. At the very least, this sets up a roadblock between the Republican-controlled Assembly and the Governor’s desk and will mean that a certain level of bipartisanship will need to be met to pass any bill for the rest of the year.
But as far as national implications go, I’m very worried.
My other big takeaway is that the Democratic Party is dead. People who have generally supported them should stop propping up its corpse and start something new.