Kloppenburg Declares Victory and Walker Blames Madison Hippies
April 7, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory yesterday in a judicial race for the state Supreme Court that sent shock waves throughout Wisconsin. Kloppenburg came from behind to beat Justice David Prosser, a conservative incumbent, who likes to call his female colleagues bitches, and who is supported by union-busting Gov. Scott Walker (R). A recount is all but assured. Kloppenburg is clinging to a narrow victory of 204 votes. But it’s a huge victory nevertheless; a victory for Wisconsin’s workers, democracy and the rule of law against Walker’s Koch-funded assault on unions and the middle class in favor of corporations and the rich. But to hear Walker spin it, the spring elections were not a referendum on his goon-squad style of governing and union busting. No siree! After the elections were over, with conservative control of the highest court in jeopardy and his handpicked successor for Milwaukee County Executive losing by a huge margin, Walker blamed the Republican losses on the hippie vote in Madison. The huge victories for progressives and union supporters, coupled with Walker’s head-in-the-sand political tone-deafness, will serve to further energize the Democratic recall efforts and the legal battles over the union-busting measure.
After the Associated Press released its final results showing Kloppenburg with a narrow win, she officially declared victory, saying that with her win, “new blood” would be brought to the state’s highest court.
“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”
Meanwhile, Prosser has not yet demanded a recount, but it’s expected that he will. And it’s bound to get ugly. The right-wing is already advancing baseless claims about possible voter fraud by the weirdo Madison hippies and the so-called “union thugs.”
And Walker is doing his best to put the best possible spin on voter backlash against his disastrous leadership.
“You have two very different worlds in the state. You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else, the majority out across the state of Wisconsin,” said Walker.
The union-busting guv added that he expected the upcoming recall elections to come out in the Republicans’ favor, because of the Madison hippies having less of an impact or something.
“For those who believe it’s a referendum, while it might have a statewide impact that we may lean one way or the other, it’s largely driven by Madison, and to a lesser extent Milwaukee,” added. Walker “But those Senate recall elections on both the Democrat and Republican side aren’t being held in Madison, they aren’t being held in Milwaukee.”
Walker can spin his losses all he wants, but the state Supreme Court race was a statewide race. And for the record, Kloppenburg made a strong showing in GOP strongholds, with more than 80 percent of her support coming from outside the Hippie enclaves of Madison and Milwaukee.
It’s going to get interesting.
The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has a tick-tock on what is likely to happen next in the event of a recall and possible legal challenge.
Photo Source: Madison, Wisconsin protest/Jessie Reeder’s Flickr/ Creative Commons Attribution.