I am well aware that it is unkind – probably better described as perverse – to mention a Wisconsin election given all we’ve been through, but we have to talk about it.
April 2013, a simple four months from now, will be another Wisconsin Supreme Court race. You do remember how much fun the last round was, correct?
Justice Pat Roggensack is up for re-election. If Wisconsin wants to keep the changes our elected Republican Governor, Republican State Senate, and Republican Assembly have made and will make, Wisconsin Republicans have to flat work their butts off to keep this woman elected.
Yes, I’m going to be that blunt about it.
Infamous I-never-have-personal-conflicts-in-my-rulings Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi is considering running against Roggensack. That sets us up for another knock down drag out in a state-wide election.
Oh, prior to Obama’s trouncing in this state and the election of the first openly gay U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (I did that on purpose. It was discriminatory to label Baldwin “openly gay” prior to the election, but now that every national paper in the country uses it I can, too, darn it!) I would have said no chance of that. Roggensack is safe.
But I won’t say that now. With any luck Obama for America, the frankly amazing machine that put Obama back into the White House, will ignore this race. That might help. But don’t think for a minute it will be easy. There are still millions in union money that can pour into this state to support a candidate like Sumi.
Two predictions based on this election reality:
1) Voter ID and the second Act 10 ruling need to come out of the WI Supreme Court prior to the July 31, 2013 end of term, and
2) Don’t expect the WI legislature and governor to make any moves prior to knowing the outcome of that April vote.
Wisconsin, where we put the “fun” in dysfunctional politics. Be happy, though, there’s no Supreme Court Race in 2014 as far as I can tell.