A Wisconsin Democrat Won a Special State Senate Election on GOP Turf, and Scott Walker Is Scared

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A Wisconsin Democrat Won a Special State Senate Election on GOP Turf, and Scott Walker Is Scared

Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor, union buster, and extremely failed presidential candidate, is worried. The blue wave sweeping America in the wake of the Trump presidency, from Alabama to Virginia to Pennsylvania to Maine, has now hit Wisconsin, where a Democrat named Patty Schachtner just won a special election for a state senate seat in a Republican-leaning district. She won it handily, too, with 55 percent of the vote, and that’s in a district won by Romney in 2012, and won in a rout by Trump in 2016.

Walker—a virtual one-man labor union wrecking crew when he’s not gutting public education, as illustrated in this Times feature—responded with a series of tweets that were meant to sound totally upbeat, but that, in fact, sounded extremely scared:

He followed up this morning by listing all the good things he thinks he's done, with that same “WAKE UP CALL” intro, and concluded with this:

Walker’s presumption, or so he’d have you believe, is that people just don’t know how great the Republicans are in Wisconsin. And it’s definitely not the case that in his state, and across America, people are waking up to the fact that Republican policy is geared to aid the ultra-wealthy and nobody else, and that they’re led by someone who might be an actual madman. Definitely not.

Seventeen of Wisconsin’s 33 senate districts are up for grabs in November, and Walker will be running for a third term. As for Schachtner, we don’t know much about her…except, no joke, that she appeared on the ABC show Wife Swap about ten years ago.

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