Sore Losers

Last Tuesday there were elections:  some people won, some people lost.

And it took only two days for a few sore losers to emerge and begin plotting their revenge.

In Wisconsin Republican members of the state legislature, furious that the incumbent Republican governor was voted out of office, plotted to shift the state’s voter ID laws from administrative actions to state law so that the new, Democratic governor would have less influence over their enforcement; to strip the new, incoming Democratic governor of some of the appointments he gets to make to the Wisconsin Economic Development Board; and, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday he would discuss whether to look at limiting [newly elected Democratic governor] Evers’ power with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). FItzgerald is open to the idea, according to an aide. 

“If there are areas where we could look and say, ‘Geez — have we made mistakes where we granted too much power to the executive,’ I’d be open to taking a look to say what can we do to change that to try to re-balance it,” Vos told reporters.

“Maybe we made some mistakes giving too much power to Gov. (Scott) Walker and I’d be open to looking at that to see if there are areas we should change that…”

Geez, Republican Scott Walker was governor for eight years and no one heard Republican Vos talking about looking at HIS powers as governor.

Meanwhile, over in North Carolina, Republicans lost their super majority in the state legislature and will have to get by with only a regular majority next year, but before the supers depart they plan to pass some laws they have no chance of passing next year, including – of course – tougher voter ID laws, to make it harder for Democrats to win even more elections in the future.  It’s hard to imagine how much tougher they can make it:  the state legislature already passed a law that made University of North Carolina ID cards, community college ID cards, University of North Carolina and community college employee ID cards, municipal employee ID cards, public assistance ID cards, and emergency responder ID cards no longer acceptable forms of identification at the polls.

We have a tendency to conclude, after the votes are tallied – even when our favorites have lost – that “the people have spoken.”

But it looks like legislators in Wisconsin and North Carolina – and no doubt in other places as well – have no intention of listening.


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