As The Washington Post reported last Wednesday, perhaps 15 percent of Bernie Sanders’ backers in the recent Wisconsin primary neglected to vote in any races other than the one starring Him. (By contrast, only 4 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters failed to vote in other races on the ballot.)
One of those contests involved choosing a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. The progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg had a good chance of toppling Rebecca Bradley, a right-wing appointee of Gov. Scott Walker. Had more members of the Sanders fan club bothered with the down-ballot races, Kloppenburg could very well have won.
Lo and behold . . .
three days after the Wisconsin primary, this headline appears on a story in the New York Times:
In Victory for Unions, Law on Dues is Struck Down in Wisconsin.
That victory will probably short-lived because the matter will go to a “sharply divided State Supreme Court.” The Court is now even more likely to strike down a pro-union lower court ruling — in good part because Kloppenburg will not be on it.
Sanders can’t directly take the rap for this. He had endorsed Kloppenburg.…