Sleeping ‘base wakes up’: GOP wins unexpected election in Wisconsin, Dems put on notice

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An unexpected victory this Tuesday by a Republican in a race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court appears to have inspired the fear of God (or Satan?) in some Democrats.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn defeated challenger Lisa Neubauer despite performing poorly in polls, being outspent and being smeared for being a religious man who believes in traditional Christian morality vis-a-vis homosexuality, which is a sin.

According to reports, he defeated Neubauer because of an impressive turnout among the base.

“Clearly, Republicans got their base activated this year in a way they didn’t last year,” Wisconsin Democrat strategist complained to The Hill.

This quote was included in a telling piece titled, “GOP base wakes up in Wisconsin.”


Sleeping giant indeed.

“The results show a Republican base that is becoming more interested in and energized by politics, cutting into an enthusiasm gap that has fueled Democratic wins since President Trump was sworn into office,” The Hill warned.

Other outlets have echoed this warning.

“Turnout in GOP areas was up sharply from last spring’s judicial election. Hagedorn appears to have ridden a wave of votes from northern and north-central Wisconsin that counteracted Neubauer’s margins in Dane and Milwaukee Counties,” former conservative radio show host turned left-wing “Never Trump” commentator Charlie Sykes wrote for The Atlantic, a demonstrably left-wing magazine.

“This upset should serve as a warning to Democrats, but it’s certainly not a reliable predictor of what will happen in 2020,” he continued, though he added a caveat to seemingly make folks feel better.

“Wisconsin conservatives scored a major victory in the April 2008 state Supreme Court election, when Judge Michael Gableman ousted the liberal incumbent Justice Louis Butler by winning 51.2 percent of the vote. Later that year, Barack Obama won Wisconsin with 56.2 percent of the vote.”

It’s unclear whether Obama’s victory made Sykes, who purports to be a conservative, happy.

The good news for Democrats going into 2020 is that President Donald Trump boasts poor ratings in key battleground states, including Wisconsin, according to polling data.

The bad news is that this polling data may be incorrect. The Hill notes that even polls conducted by Republican groups in Wisconsin showed Neubauer leading Hagedorn by nearly 10 percentage points. Yet he won the election by over 5,000 votes.


Could the same thing happen to the president? If it did, it’d likely mean total victory.

“Simply put, if Trump wins Wisconsin, he is almost certain to win re-election,” conservative commentator Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has noted. “That’s because a win for Trump in Wisconsin would likely mean victories for him in swing states that he carried that are more Republican than Wisconsin — such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa.”

As such, “Democrats would be mistaken to dismiss the Wisconsin result,” columnist David Leonhardt of The New York Times has warned. “Their big wins in last year’s midterms were foreshadowed by wins in state and local races in 2017 and early 2018, and there weren’t many unpleasant surprises like Hagedorn’s victory.”

How is the left-wing base responding to these warnings? Some have responded with fear and concern.


But a surprising number of liberals have instead responded with arrogance, choosing to either downplay or dismiss the results of the Tuesday election in Wisconsin.


The latter tweet was written in response to Trump congratulating Hagedorn:



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