That's okay, Veks. It isn't all good news for the Republicans, so they're probably a little bitter -- they've lost control of the Wisconsin senate. Democrat John Lehman has ousted Republican Van Wanggaard in Racine, so the Democrats now have a one-vote majority. The Assembly is still Republican, but all 99 seats are up for election in November, so we'll see what happens then.
There was some heartening support from moderate Republicans -- a retired Republican legislator, for instance, voted Democrat because as she put it, having worked with both Barrett and Walker, she was in no doubt which of them was the better candidate. But a large part of the problem according to the exit polls was those Democrats and independents who believed Walker's ads about how recalls are such a waste of taxpayer money, and voted for him to spite the people who had signed the recall petition.
So yeah, a little masochism at work there.
However, since Walker can't just dance through any legislation he wants anymore, I'm not nearly as unhappy as I might be. If and when Walker is indicted, we'll have a problem with Kleefisch, but if she's allowed to run the state for any length of time, I think even the diehards will admit that sometimes, recalls are a good idea.
Interestingly, while for the most part Barrett won all the counties he was expected to win, he also won Douglas, Bayfield, and Ashland counties (by a lot) in the northwestern corner of the state, areas that are traditionally more Republican. But in this case, they're also the three counties that would have had all their groundwater, natural resources, and tourism ruined by that open-pit mine Walker and Co. tried to push through. Just more evidence of how Walker can make an enemy out of anyone with very little effort...