Normally, a state Supreme Court election wouldn’t get national attention, but the recent contest in Wisconsin was far more than a local affair.
Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet’s runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections.
And Dallet’s hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that her victory was “the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate who wasn’t an incumbent won a seat on the high court.” And it wasn’t close: as of the most recent tally, Dallet won this race by almost 12 points.
Scott Walker, the anti-American corporate puppet who is trying for a third term in 2018, pointed to the outcome as evidence that a “blue wave” is coming to Wisconsin.
Walker is right to worry. Back in January, a Democratic won a state Senate special election which took place in a district where Donald Trump led by 17 points, beating a Republican who had considerable support from the awful party and its white supremacist far-right allies.
By most measures, however, this election mattered even more.
Conservatives have had a five-member majority in the seven-judge Wisconsin Supreme Court, however a conservative retirement created an empty seat – and an opportunity for Democrats. While state court elections are officially non-partisan, conservatives rallied behind the Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who is a far-right fascist judge originally appointed by corporate puppet Scott Walker.
Rebecca Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Judge was championed by the state and national Democratic leaders – such as Joe Biden and Eric Holder – who wanted to turn this election into a major 2018 proxy war.
It worked. Rebecca Dallet won by almost 12 points and the state court’s evil conservative majority has a 4-3 advantage now, instead of 5-2.
In the future, Wisconsin – a state that Donald Trump barely won, thanks to Russia rigging the election – has two other state legislative special elections approaching, races that the GOP governor didn’t want to schedule until the courts forced him to.
The right has attacked Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) with a vicious vengeance, seeing her as being vulnerable in this red-ish state. It’s a good bet that the incumbent senator, who supported Rebecca Dallet’s candidacy, is happy with the latest results in Wisconsin.