Republican Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish prevailed in last's night recall election defeating my old neighbor, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and relative new comer Mahlon Mitchell -- the two Democratic Party challengers in the race. At least Democrats will now have the majority in the State Senate with John Lehman winning his race and they should be able to check any right-wing legislation that may come in the future.
All -in-all, Democrats with their Union and middle class allies were handed a pretty solid routing. I voted for Barrett and Mitchell, so I am disappointed too that they lost their respective elections. Christ... Barrett even got slapped by a supporter for conceding the election.
Tom Barrett's concession speech sums up the disappointment of the state's progressives.
"I feel a great disturbance in the Force. As if a millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."
- Tom Barrett
Scott Walker's victory speech gives us a possible indication of the future.
"This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, and will soon see the end of the Rebellion."
- Scott Walker
Walker says he'll move the state "forward" in a promised campaign ad. Forward by going backward on equal protections for GLBT citizens. Forward by going backward on equal pay for women. Forward by going backward on attacking union workers and the middle class.
As a progressive, I'd rather move backward with Barrett to move forward.