After Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's resounding victory in the Democrats' failed recall attempt last night, especialy given the ramifications to both Democrats and public sector unions nationally, perhaps no reaction better summarizes the left's response than this one:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my daughter as I just did a moment ago. She just couldn’t understand how the out of state special interests could have just bought an election in Wisconsin -- Wisconsin! -- when so many good and decent people live in this state. “Do we even have a Democracy anymore?” she asked pitifully.
I sat down with her on the sofa and (as calmly as I could) tried to explain to her why the our country seems to be dying. “Honey, I think the Koch Brothers sent Mr. Walker all that money in order to keep out of prison. You see, they weren't sure if he was going to be arrested today or not, and so they planned Governor Walker's phony recall victory just in case…”
I tried to keep my voice steady, but it became increasingly difficult – the rage and feelings of helplessness were just too much. I think my daughter could tell something was wrong. I found myself at such a loss for words – nothing made any sense; nothing makes sense anymore. I finally had to admit, “Honey, I just don’t know – I don’t know what’s going on in this country anymore…”
When I finished her lower lip started to tremble and her eyes began to fill with tears, “Daddy” she said, “why are the Republicans doing this to the country?” Well, that was it for me: I finally fell apart. She just fell into my arms and we both began sobbing for several minutes.
For once she had to comfort me and get me back on my feet. Sometimes I just think it’s too much, but seeing the strength in my young daughter’s voice helped me to get through.