There is little doubt in my mind that The Progressive Movement in Wisconsin has failed to get the results they seem to have desired in the recall elections because it seems to me that the incumbent governor sort of “Swept” it retaining his seat after all.
Is that kind of an understatement?
There might be a hint of good news for Progressives in all this however, although it is my opinion that the possible good news probably won’t hold up for very long—I am sure there are others who are aware of the potential that I am talking about and I will be willing to bet that a lot of Conservative wheels are spinning right now figuring out a way to change what I am considering to be the potential good part of all this.
And what is this “Good News Potential” that I am talking about here?
Well, for right now at least, it appears to me that Democrat state senate candidate John Lehman has beaten the incumbent Republican by 779 votes in a contest where more than 70,000 votes were cast—but wait! There may be a serious kicker to this potential good news here.
The kicker is that this result is still part of the “Unofficial” returns and that the “Final” count of votes will not be certified until sometime later this week as I understand it.
Part of the potential good news is that if Mr. Lehman’s victory survives the “Final” tally and is certified, The Democrats would become the majority in the Wisconsin State Senate and this would mean that any possibility for any degree of absolutism of Right Wing power on legislation in that state would have some potentially strong and effective opposition. In other words, a Lehman victory is thought by some (Including me) to portend a way for Democrats to kind of become the Party of No in Wisconsin should they ever decide to do so – - – to stop any legislation in it’s tracks that some Progressives might see as “Extreme” or which they might want to see defeated for whatever the reason. (Kind of like obstructionists in The United States Congress do right now.)
Wouldn’t that be the cat’s whiskers?
The Lehman victory could break any possibility of the GOP having uncontested absolute power in the State. That is how I understand it anyway.
But – - – it ain’t over til it’s over and I am going to go out on a limb and make a prediction here. mark this down somewhere and keep it for future reference.
I don’t think Big Money and The Wing nuts are going to let something like the glitch that would be caused by a Lehman victory get in the way of their agendas without a further fight. They have spent far too much on these elections to have something like a little opposition stand in their way. That’s my opinion about it anyway.
What I think will happen is that sometime between now and the final certification of the elections, someone will somehow discover a few thousand votes that haven’t been counted or something like that (Or maybe something new entirely) and Mr. Lehman might find himself suddenly defeated by some kind of margin either slim or wide depending on how this plays out.
Of course, I could be wrong about all this and I hope I am.
I am still remembering the mess down in Florida during the Presidential Elections where the Supreme Court finally had to crown the President themselves regardless of the votes that were cast by the electorate. I am still remembering “Hanging Chads.”
Posted by John Liming as his continuing Diaries of Political Opinions.
Picture Credit - Illustration depicting Supreme Court Building and Burning Constitution is used with permission from MARIO PIPERNI for which permission I am very grateful.