I get that the republicans have a huge funding advantage, but we have a strong committed membership and some great candidates. I get that the republicans were so unethical in the redistricting process(but not sure the rest of the electorate does - hint hint), but still if we can not beat such people as Andres Jacque or Robin Vos then there is a problem.
We can not as a state afford to keep losing, and Tate's record speaks for itself. It is time for a change in leadership.
2. The biggest loser of the night was Public Education in Wisconsin.
3. Democrats need better messaging, its plain and simple. What do the republicans truly stand for? Who knows? It is no coincidence that the republicans started winning more elections when they hired Frank Luntz.
4. Can we as a democratic party please stand up for Collective Bargaining rights? When no democrat mentioned restoring collective bargaining rights as a major issue, that put us behind the eight ball. When having a discussion about this with a solid democrat who I respect immensely, she asked me what I would call someone who obviously supports collective bargaining rights, but does not push them as a major issue because it should be assumed.
My answer to that was (and is) I would call them the minority party.
5. It is time for the elected representative to become leaders. Have a plan of attack and draw a line. Pick some issues that they all stand behind, and stand like a rock. Sometimes, it appears, that some of the democrats in the "safe seats" are very comfortable in the minority.
6. I would personally like to thank Paul Ryan for helping deliver Wisconsin to President Obama. I would also like to thank Rob Zerban for running a great campaign and putting himself out there. He pulled a very large percentage of the votes considering that Ryan spent $4 million dollars with silly ads and redistricted to make his district much more friendly. FYI to the democratic party, Ryan is beatable. There is a reason Ryan ducked debates and hid from his district.
7. Paul Ryan 2016?? Please God!
8. Once upon a time, Morals and Ethics mattered. Once upon a time, the Republican party ran as the party of values.
The republican voters of Racine showed us that this is all a distant memory, by re-electing Robin Vos.
9. Be prepared for the next fight - Wisconsin becoming a forced-to-work-for-less state. Its coming.
10. I do respect the service that Tommy Thompson has given to Wisconsin. However he ran such a bad campaign and has taken such a hard right turn to win the primary that he deserved to lose. Not only did he deserve to lose, but he deserved to lose to an openly gay woman!
11. Anti Gay Marriage amendments lost all over the country, we were a couple years to early in putting ours to a vote(still a black mark on Wisconsin). In the next election cycle, can we have a referendum declaring Julainne Appling illegal?
12. What does Mitt do, since he planned his whole life to be president, now that the country has rejected him twice? Hint: See Todd Marinovich.
13. It was great to see democratic women(statewide and nationally) make a huge inroads.
14. Every republican who shared their crazy views on abortion, was punished for it at the ballot box. All except 1 - Paul Ryan! That is why many republicans will not discuss their views on abortion.
15. Education won in many districts, in terms of passing referendums throughout the state to increase funding, yet we keep electing anti education representatives. It should not be that hard for the democrats to make that connection and put that message out.
16. I am very proud to have voted for President Obama twice. Everyone on my ballot, who I voted for, won!
17. Everyone on the left needs to accept that money makes a huge difference in politics and work from there. It is important to work to change that, but its even more important to embrace it!
18. We need to find a way that incumbents are not automatically elected. People say they hat career politicians, yet continually vote for the same person over and over.
19. Shame on the Fox valley for not re-electing Jessica King. Jessica is a true American success story and someone who "raised herself up by the bootstraps" and is a true public servant! She is what America is all about! I hope she runs again!
20 My son had a "mock election" in his school. President Obama won handily and Tommy Thompson also won. It seems the kids did not like tammy because she said the D-word. My son tried to make the case how that was ridiculous reason to vote against her, to no avail. It shows that the same ads that appeal to the republican base are also making a difference in the perception of 2nd - 4th graders. Must be on the same intellectual level.
21. I used to make fun of the "tea party" but now I realize how important they are to the democratic party! They helped deliver numerous seats to the democrats! So Thank you and please stay around!
22. Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan, both lost every ward, state, etc.... voting area where they originate from. Romney lost Michigan & Massachusetts, and lost. Paul Ryan lost not only Wisconsin, but also Rock County and his home ward!
What does that say about you, when the people who know you the best, solidly reject you:???
23. Congrats to Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders. Claire McCaskill and Tim Kaine on your solid wins!
24. Let's hope the blatant racism that the national republicans and Reince Priebus ran on will never happen again!
25. Capper delivered the perfect line summing up last night!
Enjoy the victory for a few days. You've earned it. Then come back and we'll get back to work. We helped save the country, now we gotta save the state.
The work now has to come, not fighting the republican party, but in changing the party from within!
On to the next election!