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WISCONSIN Democrats sought to teach a lesson to Scott Walker, the state's Republican governor, and they failed.
The recall election pitted Mr Walker against a challenger he had
already bested at the polls, Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of
Milwaukee. The rematch vote totals showed that the Wisconsin electorate
hadn't much changed its mind, which is not especially surprising. The
recall was not motivated by the perception of corruption or abuse of
power. Rather, it was served up by an aggrieved labour movement as a
referendum on Mr Walker's fiscally conservative politics and policy. But
that's what regular elections are for. I think Andrew Sullivan puts it well
when he says that "The Democrats refused to allow Walker to serve his
full term and then seek the judgment of the voters. They acted
throughout as if he were somehow illegitimate. They refused the
give-and-take of democratic politics, using emergency measures for
non-emergency reasons". And it didn't work.