The final race has been called – Alberta Darling keeps her Senate seat. The emotional roller coaster of this struggle, and the controversy surrounding Kathy Nickolaus make this particular race a difficult one to lose. Alberta Darling is by far one of the most polarizing state political figures – and ethically challenged. It is obvious to any objective observer that Nickolaus is incompetent. There is also reason to suspect more irregularities in Waukesha County when votes are held back for so long, and have a history of being just the right amount at just the right time. There is already an investigation after the Supreme Court election fiasco, and there may be another, although at this hour it appears the Dems are backing off their claims of election fraud – we shall see. If I lived in Waukesha County, I would be ashamed at this level of incompetence. Unfortunately these days, Waukesha County politics resemble Chicago more than a city in Wisconsin. The latest AP numbers show Sandy Pasch trailing by about 5,000 votes. The ultra-conservative collar counties of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington could not be offset by Milwaukee County, or gains in GOP areas. Nonetheless, one has to be encouraged by what occurred today, and what it bodes for the future.
Anyone in denial that today’s events change the balance of power in Wisconsin are in for a rude awakening. Voters in historically Conservative districts, which remained Republican through the Obama “wave”, sent two very progressive women to the State Senate. Voters in Luther Olsen’s district nearly sent him packing, after he ran unopposed in his prior election. Fred Clark has made progressive advances in a generally conservative rural area. The election today by its turnout alone, places every GOP legislator on notice that the People are ENGAGED. Record, to near-record turnout shows that people are paying attention – and there are traditional Republicans that voted for Democrats today. They will continue to do so, as long as the truth of the Walker/GOP/Corporatic agenda and policies are disclosed and experienced by working Wisconsinites. Our struggle is still in its infancy. We have much to accomplish and today was the first of many steps.
We must be certain the media spin does not dilute the energy or impact of increasing a Progressive presence in the State Senate by two great women. Tonight Wisconsin made history, and will again. Next week, we have two seats to preserve, and we will. We must also engage GOP Representatives (such as Dale Schultz) for their cooperation and participation in returning to a Government by the people, and for the people. The first chapter, from January through today has been written. Chapter two awaits – the continued awakening of the Progressive movement, leading to the certain recall of Scott Walker.
The movement continues, one day longer, one day stronger – and two Senate seats stronger. Congratulations Senators-elect Shilling and King, and thanks to Fred Clark, Nancy Nusbaum, Shelly Moore, and Sandy Pasch for standing up for Wisconsin. We will need all of you and each other in the coming weeks and months. Solidarity, and Forward to support Senators Holperin and Wirch in their election next week. Scott Walker and his Corporate handlers will not cooperate or capitulate; the only course is his inevitable recall and their defeat at the hands of Progressive Wisconsin.