What is the old saying? Answered prayers are worse than unanswered?
That proved true for the Democrats last night in Wisconsin. They wished for a recall election. They prayed for a big turnout. They got labor money into the state to protest.
They got the recall election they wanted, but not the results. They had hoped to destroy Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Instead, they got a thumpin’. Walker got a bigger winning margin this time than he did in the 2010 battle. They got a big turnout, all right, but it was a turnout of Republicans.
But the Democrats didn’t just get a defeat. Their big constituent, big labor, got a big slapdown; a slapdown that will reverberate across the country and will thrust the issue of outrageous salaries, benefits and pensions into the limelight. This slapdown even happened in California that voted for a lessening of benefits to union workers in several cities. The unions put a lot on the line and lost.
Secondly, the recall didn’t defeat the Republicans. It gave them a chance to hone their get out the vote skills for November. Now they are even sharper, with organizations in place, humming and ready to keep up the momentum in the short months til the election.
Yes, it’s always a good thing to stop and be careful what you wish for. The result isn’t always what you wanted.