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  •  We won a Dem district; beat one ethically challeng (0+ / 0-)

    ed

    This is not a great victory for Democrats.

    Schilling beat Kapanke 55-45 in a district Obama took 61 percent.

    Jess King barely beat a guy who doesn't even live in the district and is cheating on his wife.

    And there's this: Shelley Moore, the teacher running against Harsdorf?  She got creamed in a district that Joanne Kloppenburg won from the strangling Justice Prosser.

    So, no, the recalls didn't really change Wisconsin; certainly not the minds of the voters.

    "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills. They are technologically very advanced." 4-2-10 Obama's George Bush moment

    by neaguy on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 05:17:33 PM PDT

    •  downgrading Shilling's victory is stupid (12+ / 0-)

      An incumbent state senator in the 32nd district hasn't lost an election since 1937.

      Dan Kapanke, for all his disgusting politics, was a master of showing up all over the district.  I can think of very few public meetings on contentious events that he didn't appear at.

      Sure, I think Kapanke is an idiot, but he was a hard-working idiot.

      He beat a couple of credible Democratic challengers for his State Senate seat, and he came far too close to knocking off Rep. Ron Kind last fall in the federal election.

      He was also the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and farming is a big deal in this district.

      In other words, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Jen Shilling's victory.  Unless, of course, you just enjoy trying to annoy those of us who canvassed, donated, and phone-banked for her.

      So, this recall changed the 32nd district.  And last time I checked, the 32nd district was part of Wisconsin.

      •  Thank you for your work (5+ / 0-)

        from a fan of the lovely, historic La Crosse area.

        Anyone reading this:  Fall is coming, head to La Crosse, drive from there to Prairie du Chien to see the Great River Road down the Mississippi for sheer beauty -- and some great history, too, between two ancient sites of the First People and then, as you can tell from the names, of the French Canadian fur traders and their Metis culture.

        And then cross the river at Prairie du Chien to see the amazing moundbuilding by the ancients at the federal site.  You won't forget the Great River Road in fall, you won't forget the history of thousands of years there.

        And you made history again yesterday, sout'western Sconnies!

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 08:17:29 PM PDT

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