Rubbing your nose in it

You can hardly blame Republicans for gloating over the victory in the Wisconsin recall election, in which Gov. Scott Walker retain his seat by an unexpected 7-percentage-point margin over his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Liberal pundits all but declared Walker's defeat (actually some did) even before polls opened. Here's what they said:

 

Now, I've got nothing against folks making a living by spewing nastiness across the landscape--that's what I'm paid to do too. But these folks did ask for a Na Na, Goodbye.

Both sides have been pretty good at, shall we say, exchanging unpleasantries. The above video was produced as a "told ya so" by the Republican Governors' Association, which hardly makes it less entertaining.

But for a very good post-election analysis of the bitterness, check out this article  ("Now what? How does Wisconsin heal after hurtful recall?") in WisconsinReporter.com. It's nicely balanced, but considering the level of anger, I don't think mutual disarmament will be coming soon.

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