What happened to the Wisconsin Revolution and how did it fizzle so pathetically?
» Because the protests failed to identify and coalesce around a single charismatic leader.
» Because the Democratic Party old guard co-opted the movement.
Rather than becoming a revolutionary movement to rescue the state from the clutches of a radical destroyer the recall became just another election.
Republicans did their part.
» Republicans poured a shitload of money at the campaign.
» Much of that money was spent to convince Wisconsin citizens that recalls are an illegitimate political tool that should be used only if the governor in question is a convicted serial rapist.
» Democrats failed to make the case that recalls are appropriate whenever a politician breaks the political trust of the electorate and that Walker was the political equal of a serial rapist. They failed at sending this message because the old guard saw the recall as just another election.
At least President Obama didn't bother to tie his reelection wagon to that dying horse.