The recall elections in Wisconsin are over and the politico-media complex is sure to use the event to spin propaganda and advertizing profits for days to come. (The politico-media complex is the equivalent of the military-industrial complex in terms of a self-perpetuating profit maker and, also in terms of its destructive potential). Before Fox News and MSNBC go off spinning and advertizing, here’s my take on what it all means.
One significant lesson is that attacking labor and education is a lightening-rod for the Progressive base. Labor unions (what is left of them) were a funding and organizational force, but the Wisconsin recalls were a real grass roots movement. Before the right wing goes off on how much Unions funded the recalls, consider this: 80% of the money used in the elections (an estimated $25 million of the $31 million) were contributed by out of State entities and most of that money went to Republican candidates. In this sense, the animation of the Progressive base was a clear victory.
Another lesson learned is that Right Wing efforts to buy or steal elections is continuing. Fake Democratic candidates were funded by Republicans to run against real Democrats in the primaries in an attempt to deceive voters and deplete funds. Votes cast in some Republican districts were withheld by until results from Democratic-leaning districts were announced. This is an important lesson to learn because there is a concerted effort by Republican State Legislatures to suppress the vote in the next Federal elections, and secret Corporate donations are already pouring into the next Presidential Campaign.
Finally, Republican office-holders know the real significance of these recalls. It is extremely rare for a recall election to be held, let alone to be successful. There have been only 20 recorded State recalls in the entire 235 year history of the country and of those that were successful, the incumbents had committed a crime or scandal. The fact that 2 Senators from Republican Districts were defeated for policy reasons is scaring the daylights out of other Republicans.