Thursday, June 7, 2012

UK: The ugliness unleashed by the Wisconsin recall election

The Economist

Wisconsin’s recall election

The jet-propelled Republican

Jun 6th 2012, 18:34 by N.L. | CHICAGO

The huge political expenditure has fuelled a toxic atmosphere in mild-mannered Wisconsin. In one incident, a man in Chippewa Falls was run over by his wife in a tussle over the recall. Another low point was a Walker campaign advertisement that tried to tie his opponent to the death of a two-year-old child. 

Mr Walker, now elected twice, has a mandate for more change. But it is not clear he can do much to heal the wounds of the state’s “civil war”. When his deputy boasted on election night, “This is what democracy looks like,” she sent an unintended message: if this is indeed what democracy looks like, it is a worrying omen.

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