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April Blue Wave In Wisconsin Bodes Well For November

April 3, 2018

I recall when Walter Mondale, the 1984 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke to a Labor Day audience in Merrill, Wisconsin.  The skies were cloudy and at times a light drizzle fell.  But with rolled-up shirtsleeves Mondale told the audience it did not matter whether it was rain, hail, sleet, or snow.  The Democrats would make it to the polls on Election Day.

Mondale lost his spirited campaign for the Oval Office that year, but his words are ones I have not forgotten.  I was in that crowd, covering the political rally for WDOR News.  On Tuesday night when Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet pulled in Democratic, progressive, and independent voters to secure her place on our high court the words from Mondale came back to me and my face was covered in a smile.

I am not one who usually applauds races for the Supreme Court since I strongly feel that merit selection would be the most appropriate way to fill vacancies. I also was not cheered by the–at times–politicized nature of this race to win a  court seat.    So why, then, am I so deeply warmed by this win on a night when spring has a winter-like look and feel?

The fact is our nation is living through a most trying time.  There are forces at work which strive to continually strike at our Constitution, undermine our political and governmental institutions, and remove the social decorum which has guided us for decades.  What has happened over the past 18 months is more than what the average voter can tolerate.  And in state-after-state where either regular elections are held, or special ones scheduled, the mood of the nation has been made clear for all to see.

Voters in Wisconsin stepped in line with all the others who have expressed their deep concerns, and on Tuesday, selected Dallet.  In so doing the conservative majority on the Court has been cut down to 4-3.

After having endured years of Wisconsin Republicans over-performing be it with Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, and Donald Trump the victory for Dallet was not only about the Court but also a message for the Democrats.  A message they need to feel.

With strong anti-Trump sentiment and Democratic enthusiasm voters can effect change.   They were able to carry their message into the Court and with continued determination can do the same in the fall elections.

If Republicans were smart they too would be taking in the message that has been delivered by yet another state with hundreds of thousands of voters.  The message is that Trump has severely damaged their party and undermined the guiding principals that once were their foundation.  Therefore, something needs to be jettisoned.

If the GOP will not do it, the voters will.

And so it goes.

  1. April 4, 2018 10:15 AM

    Loved Ellerbee and have used her line in many posts for years. Thanks for reading about the Blue wave in Wisconsin.

  2. Hiney permalink
    April 4, 2018 8:32 AM

    “And so it goes” stolen from Linda Ellerbee.

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