In Final Wisconsin Recall, Signs of a National Tea Party Backlash?
Last week, Republicans fought to keep 6 of their seats. They lost 2. Tonight Democrats fought to keep 2 of their seats. They succeeded at keeping them both. Wisconsin had nine recall elections. I’m sure they’re super tired of these elections, but it could be a glimpse into 2012.
If both Democrats prevail, however, the election could offer further evidence that the country’s broad political middle is swinging back left after the tea party triumphs of last November…Fundamentally, Wisconsin is a purple state – neither red nor blue – “and that makes it important,” says John McAdams, a political scientist at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Both Democrats kept their seats. The Republicans still have the majority, but they would be more “comfortable” if they picked up one more. Apparently, Wisconsites aren’t making them comfortable.
Is this a great sign for Democrats in 2012? It’s too early. There is a lot more time for both sides to mess up (and do well, to be fair) in voters eyes.
For an election outcome I would like, Obama and other Democrats need to step it up. And the GOP needs to keep making mistakes. Like letting the fringe of their party take over.
The results of the Wisconsin recall effort tell me one thing. No one is happy politically. Just like the other 49 states.