The union crusade against Republican state senators in Wisconsin came a cropper last night when four of the six who were subjected to a recall election were re-elected. Of the two who were defeated, one was from a basically Democratic district and the other had personal issues, involving a mistress and wife who supported the recall.
So the Wisconsin state senate will stay in Republican hands, and the recall election against Governor Scott Walker planned for next year will probably be abandoned.
The unions spent millions on these recall elections in order to demonstrate their clout. But instead, they demonstrated their essential weakness. They failed to stop the enactment of the reforms. They failed to defeat Justice David Prosser when he ran for re-election to the state Supreme Court this spring. They failed to flip control of the senate.
This year Wisconsin, next year the country.