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The Union Defeat in Wisconsin

David Freddoso in this morning’s Washington Examiner:

An energized Democratic base was supposed to turn out yesterday….If Democrats could pick up three of the six seats under recall, they could win back the state Senate and block Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda.

Every Republican I spoke to before the election expressed pessimism. The expectations were clearly in favor of a Democratic takeover — so much so that Republicans in Wisconsin’s legislature took the extraordinary step of passing an early redistricting bill….

In the end, the union-backed Democrats picked up only two state Senate seats in Wisconsin last night, at a staggering cost in time, effort, and of course money. One of the seats was solidly Democratic, held by a Republican due to an apparent fluke of nature. The other was held by an alleged adulterer who had moved outside his district to live with his young mistress, and whose wife was supporting his recall.

As for the other four Republican incumbents the unions tried to recall, they didn’t end up coming very close. And remember — these weren’t just any Republican incumbents. These were the ones that the unions judged most vulnerable, which is why they collected petition signatures against them.

Remarkably good news–for Gov. Walker and the people of Wisconsin, of course, but also for Republicans everywhere.

Yes we can.