Maybe its still too close to call, but Nichols is right.
It is no secret that Supreme Court candidate Linda Clifford is going to need a big win in Dane County to prevail statewide over Washington County Judge Annette Ziegler.
But with almost 13,000 Dane County votes county, the split is Clifford 53 percent, Ziegler 47 percent.
This is really sad. I do believe that if Clifford ran a solid campaign on the issues she would be in the lead right now. There is no reason that Clifford should have not been able to carry Dane County by a healthy 70% margin, but I do not think that will happen tonight.
I have done my fair share of research on Clifford and all I know is her Dad was a tool and die caster. I know very little about how her being an Assistant AG would have helped on the Supreme Court. Clifford and her Democratic posse gambled on a strategy of giving voters as little information as possible about her, while simultaneously attacking Ziegler like a pit bull. I think its fair to say that such a strategy back fired.
I do hope, another race appears to be on the horizon, that the next left of center candidate will not be shy about defining him / herself. We need to move beyond the irrelevant of activist judge and judicial restraint. While particular cases or potential ones may be off limits that does not mean the federal and state constitutions should be. It matters if a justice will choose civil liberties over government power, right of privacy over corporate and government desire to know, or workers rights over corporate exploitation. I do hope the next candidate does not shy away from these very important issues.