It wasn’t completely unexpected, but still something Democrats had hoped wouldn’t be the case: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has successfully won his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
Since Governor Scott Walker was first elected I’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in his state. Whether it’s been his blatant hate for the poor or his unethical laws that stripped collective bargaining rights from government employees in the state, Walker has made quite a name for himself nationally among liberals as one of the biggest scumbags in politics.
Then again, this is the state that has Rep. Paul Ryan as one of their representatives, so there must be a decent sized swath of voters in the state who really hate poor people.
But looking at Walker’s political history, he ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2006 to become governor. So even in 2006 voters in Wisconsin weren’t keen on him as a person. Then in 2010, when a lot of politicians who had no business winning office (Rick Scott comes to mind) actually won, Scott Walker was among them.
But just two years later he faced a recall election (only the third gubernatorial recall in our nation’s history) because his policies had grown so unpopular within the state. And even though he won that recall election, it’s never a good thing when just two years into your first ever term as governor the people within your state are trying to remove you.
So it’s shocking to me that just two years after his recall election, the people of Wisconsin re-elected this jackass.