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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The constant campaign

by folkbum

I supported JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign. I do not support the recount, mostly because I do not believe the votes are there and it's going to be a waste of time and money--taxpayers' and donors'.

(I do think that there is one legitimate reason to want the recount--Kathy Nicholaus--and I wish to jeebus there were some way to make her pay for it. Had she not made her reporting error on election night, we would not be recounting even with an identical margin, I am positive.)

I'm also not keen on this recount because it puts us here in Wisconsin one step closer to the dream/ nightmare scenario that is the constant campaign. Whether it's out of fear or sheer incompetence, the Republican presidential primary is running about six months behind where the Democrats' was eight years ago, and that's actually been kind of nice. It's been quiet that way. But we've got recall elections on the way, followed immediately by campaigns for next spring's municipals and the presidential primary and then 2012 fall elections (which will include every recalled-in-2011 senate seat), followed immediately by a nasty fight for Supreme Court and state superintendent two springs from now. Dragging out this year's already-completed spring election just seems cruel for those of us dreading this coming stretch, or, at the very least, good only for the lawyers.

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