Six hugely expensive and energetic state Senate recall elections took place yesterday in Wisconsin; two more remain to go next week. Result so far? The state where I live, work, spend, vote, pay taxes, donate money, volunteer my time, and raise my children is still extremely polarized, and too often aggressively, intolerantly so -- but in the state Senate, at least, it is also slightly more balanced between those two poles. If I were an optimist, I'd hope that both sides might now better work together to develop effective governing policy for all citizens (not just their paying campaign supporters), through responsible and constructive political compromise (where citizens are given time to understand and comment on legislative proposals, and legislators are compelled to follow proper procedure in debating and voting on them), rather than a situation where the current side holding power demolishes those same structures of governance and compromise (such as democratic worker unions, checks on corporate campaign spending, and competitive electoral districts) simply to preserve their own power position.
Today I choose to be an optimist, and to imagine better.