Oh Well, It Wasn’t a Complete Disaster
OK, so the Kochsuckers are still in control of Wisconsin’s legislature. Two of them got the heave ho — Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper. But Republicans still have a 17 to 16 majority in the state senate.
It’s better than nothing. It shows that even if you got elected just nine months ago, the voters MIGHT kick you out. If you get too complacent and keep giving voters the finger while bending over for the Koch Brothers, you CAN get recalled.
And in Ohio, voters will get a chance to overturn their state’s union-busting law, which is even more extreme than Wisconsin’s.
The teabagging governors of Michigan and Florida are even more hated by their constituents than Scott Walker. R-E-C-A-L-L. This fight isn’t over. It just started.
I don’t know whether this is a valid comparison or not, but San Francisco voters passed a slow growth initiative back in the ‘80s. It was mostly about height limits for skyscrapers. The same initiative kept getting defeated every election, but it finally passed.
It was the same sequence every time: The initiative would get enough signatures to be on the ballot. Polls showed that the public was hugely in favor of it. Then developers would flood the airwaves with scary commercials, warning everybody of the frightening disastrous consequences if Proposition ___ got passed. Voters would fall for it hook line and sinker, and the initiative would get defeated.
It finally got to the point where every election, developers would yawn and go “Sheesh, those pesky rabble-rousers are at it again. OK, how many millions do we have to throw at it this time?”
And then one year, the initiative passed.
Let that be an inspiration.