First of all, let me start by thanking all the candidates who put themselves “out there” and ran for office this year, whether that office was governor of the State of Wisconsin or something far less significant. Political campaigns are a tremendously time-consuming, sometimes disheartening and frequently expensive undertaking, but the voters are better off for having had no shortage of candidates to choose from this year.
While I’m obviously disappointed that Sen. Feingold and Mayor Barrett lost their respective races, I’m encouraged that Chris Larson and Chris Sinicki won their races for the State Senate and the State Assembly, respectively.
I’d also like to specifically thank Sen. Russ Feingold for his years of service to the citizens of the State of Wisconsin as our United States Senator. While I’m sure a fair number of folks who read this blog aren’t fans of Sen. Feingold, it’s no secret I’ve been a fan of his, and I think Wisconsin could have done a hell of a lot worse than Sen. Feingold for the past 18 years.
I’d also like to congratulate all those candidates who prevailed last night, whether Republican or Democrat. Winning an election is no easy task, and so those candidates who prevailed deserve to be congratulated.
As for my “analysis” of the 2010 mid-term elections, both here in Wisconsin and nationally, I think it’s pretty clear the electorate believed (whether rightly or wrongly) that the country took too sharp a turn to the left in the past two years. However, as I’ve said and written elsewhere, politics is cyclical, so while Democrats may be down right now, they’re surely not out.