So about last night’s election results

The 2016 spring election primary is officially in the books, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about this:

February 16 2016 primary results

It’s not a small thing that after being outspent 20 to 1 by incumbent Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, challenger Chris Larson was able to eke out a narrow victory over Abele. While Larson’s win last night was by no means a guarantee he’ll win in April, his chances certainly seem to be good, given that it’s likely that at least some of the voters who supported Joseph Klein will put their support behind Chris Larson. What Larson’s victor last night shows me is that he’s at his best when he’s an underdog, and that he absolutely should not be counted out no matter the circumstances, which is a mistake many seem to have made.

If I were Chris Abele, I’d be more than a little nervous right now, because things certainly don’t look great for him right now. He appears to be getting outworked, and there’s no amount of money he can throw at the problem to make it go away.

And in the second race highlighted above, incumbent Walker-appointed Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley beat JoAnne Kloppenburg and Judge Joe Donald, with Bradley and Kloppenburg advancing to April’s election. While the fact that Bradley prevailed may seem encouraging for her conservative base, the fact that she couldn’t muster more than 50% of the vote must be troubling for the conservative shadow groups hoping to buy the election for her. After all, Joe Donald’s far from being a conservative, and I have to believe a good number of the folks for voted for Donald will migrate over to Kloppenburg and perhaps give her enough votes to push her over 50%.


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6 thoughts on “So about last night’s election results

  1. Zach,

    Thank you.

    Bullseye on Larson vs. “Mr. 1-%.”

    I was stunned. Every JS article I read on Larson campaign was a disaster,

    “Chris Larson has second top staffer quit campaign for county exec.”

    Have read that Democratic turnout for the Clinton vs. Sanders primary will help Judge Kloppenburg.

  2. “…the conservative shadow groups hoping to buy the election for her.”

    I never know whether I’m supposed to be paying my bills using conservative, shadowy “dark money,” or the clean, virtuous ‘liberal money.’

    It’s almost like it’s all just…. money.

    1. To be sure, there’s shadow money on the left too. I’m not naive; I was simply pointing out that Rebecca Bradley is being propped up by conservative shadow groups whose funding isn’t exactly clear.

      1. Kloppenburg doesn’t owe her career to dark money and the Federalist Society bubble-world like Ms. Bradley Foundation does Maybe that reality hasn’t penetrated the bubble in the cultural trash hole known as Washington County, but in the real Wisconsin, it seems to be ringing loud and clear.

        Which is why Bradley (Foundation) lost 55% of the votes yesterday, and got routed in the western half of the state. Once you’re integrity’s gone, there isn’t enough campaign money in the world to get it back. Last night’s results would indicate Abele and Bradley are on the verge of finding this out the hard way.

    2. No.

      WashCntywingnut, you’re wrong.

      Why haven’t you seen, “The Big Short?”

      Per Justice Brandeis, you’re equivocating between democratic capitalism and the elites.

      “We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

      See more at:

      In what universe are contributions from millions of w-o-r-k-i-n-g people like contributions from a handful of elites, most of whom started on third base? What part of “government picking the winners,” don’t you understand?

      The elites have killed the “work ethic” that rewards productivity improvements — which are the only thing that creates wealth — with a “money ethic.”

      “Without spending–there are no sales;

      Without sales–there are no profits;

      Without profits–there is no demand for workers;

      Without demand for workers–there is no job creation;

      and without job creation–there is no recovery!”


      From wealthy Utah banker Marrineer Eccles in 1933:

      “It is utterly impossible, as this country has demonstrated again and again, for the rich to save as much as they have been trying to save, and save anything that is worth saving. They can save idle factories and useless railroad coaches; they can save empty office buildings and closed banks; they can save paper evidences of foreign loans; but as a class they can not save anything that is worth saving, above and beyond the amount that is made profitable by the increase of consumer buying. It is for the interests of the well to do – to protect them from the results of their own folly – that we should take from them a sufficient amount of their surplus to enable consumers to consume and business to operate at a profit. This is not “soaking the rich”; it is saving the rich. Incidentally, it is the only way to assure them the serenity and security which they do not have at the present moment.”

      From Eccles’ book, “Beckoning Frontiers,” in 1966.

      “As mass production has to be accompanied by mass consumption, mass consumption, in turn, implies a distribution of wealth, … to provide men (sic) with buying power. … Instead of achieving that kind of distribution, a giant suction pump, had by 1929 – 30 drawn into a few hands an increasing proportion of currently produced wealth … The other fellows could only stay in the game by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped.” –Marrineer Eccles

  3. The Wisconsin Supreme Court seat should be interesting this time. Hopefully the Sanders/Clinton Democratic Primary is in full swing and Trump has the GOP nomination on lock-down. I honestly think Kloppenburg can get some of the Trump voters to vote for her in the April. The Milwaukee County executive race will hopefully drive turnout up too.

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