MH: I’m just glad I
can stop getting fliers in my mail for the 19th Assembly District primary that
CH: I’m really going
to miss Chris Moews’ radio ads, though. He liked to remind people to vote for
him, however they pronounce his five-letter last name.
MH: Even after hearing
the instructions, I still wanted to call him Chris Meows, which I’m sure no hardened street criminal ever has.
CH: There weren’t many
surprises last night, except for, perhaps, the 6th Congressional District.
MH: I had picked
Grothman, but Leibham has serious name recognition in a large part of the
district, and more than I had accounted for. Grothman really pushed him back to
the boundaries of his senate district, which was impressive. What’s going through Mary Burke’s head right now?
CH: She’s thinking
that was a nice little test run. Hulsey was never going to be a serious threat,
unlike perhaps Kathleen Vinehout, but what might be worrying her is voter
turnout. According to the JS, it’s estimated to have been the
ultra-vague “at least 10 percent,” which is still quite a bit lower than the
GAB’s earlier prediction of 15 percent.
MH: That’s vaguely
CH: Yeah. This
underlines the trend of turnout being lower in non-presidential election years,
and lower turnout historically hurts Democrats. Because of this, I’d think she’d be gearing up her “get out
the vote” people.
MH: Certain people say
that Walker is paradoxically attacking her from the left, on corporate subsidies,
hoping to hurt her turnout. The governor said last night he was expecting a
close race, and he’d put on a pair of blue jeans for the occasion. So looks
like he’s getting ready to hit some doors.
CH: Maybe he’ll wear
his Harley gloves for all that knocking. But,
yeah, I think he’s changing his tune a bit based on how tight the race could
be. It seems like ever since the last MU poll came out, a lot of national
publications have picked up the same narrative. What do you think he’s thinking right now? Besides, “Where
the heck are my darn gloves.”
MH: “Let’s talk about
Act 10 some more.” Burke has largely avoided the topic. No matter what the
local impact, it’s nothing like the impressions that the protests made, of
Armageddon, and so Walker is left looking foresighted and like the political
turtle winning the race. How’s that for a narrative. I just got an email from a reader who took issue with me
describing Moews’ campaign as low-key. This commenter says it was, in fact, “dishonest,
despicable and vicious.”
CH: I think our
readers would choose different adjectives almost every time if we let them.
MH: I’m a hair
surprised Marina Dimitrijevic didn’t advance. And that David Cullen actually wants to serve as county
treasurer, the single boringest job in Southeastern Wisconsin. He seemed like such a lively guy the one time I interviewed
CH: Please explain why
that would be the boringest job.
MH: It’s supposed to
only require about an hour of work a day.
CH: It’s a full-time
MH: Yes indeed.
CH: Back to Walker and
Burke, let’s speculate on what each will do if he or she loses.
MH: Speculating on what
Walker would do is like speculating about what a porpoise would do if removed
from salinated water.
CH: He’ll just ride
off into the sunset on his Harley?
MH: Not possible. He’d
probably still run for president. He’d be in a much worse position, but I don’t
think he’d give up the dream. Would Burke return to a life of
philanthropy or branch out into something new?
CH: I can see her
staying in the education realm or continuing her philanthropy. Maybe she’d
start her own education-based foundation.
MH: Thanks, folks,
that’s all we have time for. Wait – one last thing – I made this banner for the 6th Congressional District race. Something to tie together all of our coverage. Or anyone else’s, if they want to use it. I was going to call it “Cows vs. Pumpkins” because Grothman (left) has a cow in the background of the campaign photo provided and Leibham (right) has a nice selection of pumpkins. Again, we're not alleging that either of these men make squeaking sounds, only that the race is tight.