Much like the Scott Brown Senate election in Massachusetts signaled the rise of the the Republican wave culminating in the 2010 elections, the record-setting turnout for a Wisconsin Supreme Court race is the beginning of a Democratic wave that will lead to a 2012 victory for President Obama and the Democrats.
HuffPo has a map showing the county-by-county comparison of Gov. Walker vs incumbent conservative Judge Prosser. (This race is nonpartisan, but the Democrats backed Kloppenburg while the Republicans backed Prosser.) 19 Wisconsin counties that went for GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker in the 2010 elections now went for liberal judicial candidate Kloppenburg in this judicial election.
The Republicans won much of Wisconsin by razor-thin margins in 2010, but, as the GOP often does, they abused their election victory by ramming through their agenda as quickly as possible. The blowback from the excesses of Wisconsin GOP (and the fantastic popular protest in response) will result in the recall of 6-8 Republican state senators in Wisconsin and most likely the Governor as well. It’s not hard to read the tea leaves on the Wisconsin turnaround either — Obama will almost certainly carry the state in 2012.
With Texas public education and health services being slashed by the Republican majority in Austin, I wonder how long it will be until Texas joins the turnaround?