From the “this is excellent news for Republicans!” file, early indications are that the media are going to spin Wisconsin as a big failure for Democrats and their base. This is about as surprising as Mark Halperin saying something stupid, so I’m not shocked, but to inject a little reality into the discussion– here is a website that contains a list of recall elections in state legislatures. There have only been twenty attempts in American history. Recalling state legislators is really, really rare. Getting two in one night, in a rebuke of a governor who won by a 6 point margin less than a year ago, is a big deal. Yes, we all wanted the Democrats to get the majority, and yes, two Democrats stand a chance of being recalled and making it a wash. But to cast this as this major disappointment is– well, it’s the media doing what the media does. I genuinely think every reporter at Politico has some version of “this is excellent news for Republicans” saved as an AutoText.
The liberal media knows that Everything is Always Good for Republicans, because of their dastardly liberal bias.
Update: Some commenters are making fair points about reasons to be discouraged by these results. A point I meant to make here: sure, there is room for debate in this instance. But there isn’t a national forum for that debate in our media. Since everything is always good for Republicans and bad for Democrats in the Beltway media, parsing these kinds of distinctions is impossible. If Politico was ever willing to call any close issue a win for Democrats, I could take Politico more seriously when it runs its same old “good for the GOP!” story. But they aren’t willing to do that, the media in general isn’t willing to do that, and so there’s no space to look at the issue openly. Nor is there any context presented about how very rare recalling state legislators really is.