Wisconsin’s Progressive-Democrats failed at the polls, for all that they won the Governor’s and Attorney General’s chairs in 2018, so they tried to get the courts to impose their policies by judicial fiat. That failed, too, so now what? How can these Know Betters get their plans imposed on the unwashed citizenry?
It seems that the duly elected State legislature and duly elected State governor had passed a number of laws that limited the power of the Governor and the State Attorney General. The fact that these laws were enacted after those 2018 elections and before the new Governor and Attorney General took office was somehow supposed to delegitimize those laws. Or so the Progressive-Democrat Governor and AG insisted. The people were still speaking, but they should not be listened to.
Therefore, these Progressive-Democrats went into court to get the people’s will, as expressed through their elected representatives, tossed out. The people’s will, after all, is only and precisely what their Know Betters tell them it is.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court said, no, duly enacted law is still law, no matter how inconvenient that might be for this or that political party.
Here’s Ben Wikler, Progressive-Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s chairman, on that outcome:
Power grabs set a dangerous precedent, and anyone concerned about the health of a democracy should be working to fight against it[.]
No trace of irony there.
Wisconsin’s Democratic leaders are pondering their next steps…. Here’s a thought: accept the politically expressed will of your employers, even though you think yourselves better than they. Leave the courts out of political matters.