Go Ugly Early

Paul Begala: “Negative ads saved Scott Walker’s job. His campaign and its allies blasted labor unions and his opponent. They began in the gutter and wound up in the sewer — even shamefully implying Barrett was somehow responsible for a Milwaukee 2-year-old who had been beaten while Barrett was the city’s mayor. And Walker’s allies were little better. One ad by a Tea Party group attacked ‘labor-union mobs,’ as if the peaceful labor protests of 2012 were somehow different from the spirited but peaceful Tea Party protests of 2010.”

“Just to bust one more myth: all that negativity didn’t discourage voting. Despite a remarkably negative campaign from both sides, turnout was 56 percent — higher even than during the 2010 general election.”

Via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire.