Capper recently gave his take on the recent primary election in Wisconsin and I wanted to also weigh in.
Last Tuesday, Wisconsin held their primary which was the first time a partisan Presidential Primary was on the same ballot as a non partisan local and state wide election was on the same ballot.
The turnout was surprisingly high for a spring election and the ballot was confusing. For some reason there was a a spot at the top of the ballot where you could fill out Democrat or Republican. Why that would be a an option on a non partisan ballot is beyond me. That being said, lets move on to the individual races.
The Top of the ticket featured the first time there was a contested Presidential primary in ages. I Will not focus on the clown show on the right, instead lets focus on the Democratic Primary.
By now you know that Senator Bernie Sanders won the Wisconsin Primary, but lets look a little deeper. Much has been said about the Republicans superior turnout, which led to the State of WI electing maybe the most unqualified Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States,
There is more, there is always more!
While the Republicans did receive more votes (around 97000) the leading vote getter in the Wisconsin Presidential Primary was Senator Sanders:
Bernie Sanders - 567,936
Ted Cruz - 531,129
Hillary Clinton - 432,767
Donald Trump - 386.370
John Kasich - 155,200
In the days leading up to the primary, Bernie Sanders was traveling the state holding rallies while Ms. Clinton was holding private events when she was not flying back to New York for a Lehman Brothers fundraiser.
With polls starting to show Ms. Clinton not having a chance to win the state, something amazing happened. Almost every elected official in WI announced they were backing Secretary Clinton. Then instead of giving reasons why, they circled the wagons and acted offended when being questioned.
Previous champions of labor like Cory Mason, Chris Taylor, Debra Kolste and Janis Ringhand inexplicably decided that the person who was in favor of every free trade deal in our history and championed the horrendous TPP would be the best choice for the people of WI.
Unfortunately Bernies strong showing showed us why the Democratic party continues to be insignificant in Wisconsin, the huge disconnect between the party and the voters!
Quick piece of advice to the WisDems - Progressive populism is not against the law! Until the state Democrats begin to make this a priority:
We will continue to be a red state.
Things are not any better on the State party level, Martha Laning, State Party Chair, said that she would use her super delegate vote for the winner of the Wisconsin primary, and after Bernie won handily, quickly switched positions to sayings he would support whoever was winning at the end. Thus telling 568,000 Wisconsinites who braved the weather, lines and restrictive voting laws, thanks for playing but the game is over. Sit down and be quiet until we need you in the fall.
The way that the establishment circled their wagons for the Wall St. Senator did not go unseen by the people of Wisconsin. With Bernie Sanders outdrawing all candidates on a regular basis to great enthusiasm, it looked like the party establishment banded together to stop the Sanders uprising. If only they were so united for workers rights, public education and jobs.
The Supreme Court Race:
Wisconsin, despite already electing Mike Gableman to the Supreme Court has now elected someone even less qualified. In doing so, there is much blame and self reflection to go around and none of it belongs to Bernie Sanders.
First, Judge Kloppenburg made it clear that she did not really want the help of the Democratic party since this is a "non partisan" race and the Democratic party gladly obliged. Her opponent, was handpicked by the GOP, coordinated her campaign with the GOP and even let it be known that there was no need to even listen to oral arguments just rule how they tell her to rule.
The two parties are playing different games by different rules and as long as that continues to happen the GOP will continue successfully stacking the courts.
Secondly, many people loved that at the insider dinner in Milwaukee before the election when Hillary laid into Rebecca Bradley. While it was very much justified it hurt the cause.
No sane person would think that Ms. Kloppenburg was as hyper partisan as Ms. Bradley but when the establishment Democrat, with record negatives, lays into one candidate that confirms to people throughout the state that one candidate is an R and one is a D.
Now Ms. Kloppenburg is associated with all as the Democratic candidate and is twisting in the wind with no help from the Democratic party.
Again different games, different rules, same results.
Which brings us to the Milwaukee County Executive race.
While I live in Dane county and am not effected on a daily basis of Mr. Abele's poor policies. However as an observer from afar I found something interesting that no one seemed to talk about.
By all accounts, Mr. Abele spent approximately $5 million dollars smearing former Democratic Senate minority leader Chris Larson. What is important to note is that Mr. Larson was the former Democratic leader of the Senate when Mike Tate was the chair of the Democratic party. In all of Mike Tate's elections, Chris Larson was one of his biggest supporters.
Chris Abele hired Mike Tate to help him run his campaign. Mike Tate then promptly went to work smearing his old friend and supporter. Everyone knows that when Mike Tate took over the party, the Dems held both houses and the Governor's mansion and during his tenure they lost all three and have become irrelevant. We see with Tate taking a few pieces to smear a friend, the lack of values and ethics and character, and a good part of the reason why the party is no longer relevant.
One last observation. In the five million dollars that Tate/Abele spent to keep his $130,000/yr job, how many times did they mention the importance of electing JoAnne Kloppenburg? The same amount of times that anyone in the establishment has spoken up about Chris Abele working against the party.
My first recommendation for the party is to have Peter Barca resign his leadership position immediately and place Rep. Jonathon Brostoff Assembly minority leader.