Yesterday, in Wisconsin, there was a special election. Governor Walker had nominated a prominent state senator to be his agriculture secretary, so this was to fill his (safe) seat. It wasn't a big deal . . . except it was.
The previous (Republican, obviously) state senator was a popular guy. And the Republican assemblyman running to succeed him was also popular. Nothing resembling a Roy Moore, seriously flawed, candidate here. And Republicans (including, but not limited to, the Koch brothers' PAC) out-spent the Democrats by a fair margin.
This was a district that Trump won last year by 17 points. Tuesday, the Democratic candidate, Patty Schachtner, won by 9 points!
And she did it without running against Trump. She talked about the opioid crisis. She talked about health care in general (she's the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County). She talked about jobs. And, for all the liberal purists out there, her biography talks, among other things, about her membership in the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association. But not about Trump.
Not surprisingly, Wisconsin Republicans are freaking out. Governor Walker, in a spate of tweets, called it "A WAKEUP CALL". It certainly appears to be. And not just for Wisconsin Republicans.