Economic Multipliers (165)
Do you know what these are?
They help CREATE wealth in systems.
RELEVANCE is an economic multiplier (No. 2)
In a very close election (52%/48%), State of Wisconsin voters elected a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice (April, 2016). Although you’d hope that judicial positions would be nonpartisan, this tight race was between two candidates who ran within the Democratic and Republican parties. Prior to their ‘final race,’ they ran in primaries where voters in the State of Wisconsin ‘vetted’ them and determined that not only did they feel they were qualified for the position, they also chose them for the ‘final race.’ That’s normal.
What’s not normal is that within a month, another vacancy opened up on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The governor of Wisconsin has the opportunity to appoint a justice for this vacancy (a 4-year term versus a 10-year elected term).
‘Lists’ of candidates normally come from within any ‘governor’s’ political party.
I vote independently (which means I’ve voted for Republicans, Democrats AND Independents). In the ‘final race,’ I voted for the candidate who got 48 percent of the vote. I tell you that because I’m writing this article.
The judicial race was a bit ‘nasty’ on both sides. None-the-less, I considered voting for both and believe the two candidates would complement each other. Oddly, and though many ‘political types’ would say otherwise, I expect that they would represent a very balanced view for the State of Wisconsin.
For tight races, any governor has the opportunity to lead by saying that he also heard the voice of the other 48 percent (almost a million people) who voted.
Is that RELEVANT?
Very seldom do two vacancies arise on any Supreme Court where voters were so integrally involved in the selection for one, the race was very recent and tight and the second vacancy will be filled by appointment.
It’s likely that the vacancy will be filled by a ‘political’ appointee. Unfortunately, that is what the 48 percent whose candidate lost will remember about the person in that judicial position, whether or not they are qualified.
I do like worthy surprises though.
The governor of Wisconsin might surprise us all.
P.S. In an ‘unlikely world’ as I’ve watched and pondered U.S. ‘politics,’ I’ve many times thought that Republican presidents need Democratic vice presidents and vice versa.