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THURSDAY HOT READ: WHAT THE LEFT EXPECTS FROM KLOPPENBURG

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 Patrick Mcilheran on the Great Expectations of the left for their candidate in the April 5 election.

"It's time to get even. Vote Kloppenburg," read a letter from the faculty union at the Milwaukee Area Technical College to members. "Many of the legal challenges" to the law that limits government unions' bargaining power will go to the state Supreme Court, read the letter. The court "is currently 4-3 in favor of anti-union justices. A Kloppenburg victory would swing the balance to our side."

Such expectations seem widespread. After they lost in the Legislature, union rally organizers in Madison immediately switched to chanting Kloppenburg's name. Kloppenburg backers worked the crowd, the Associated Press reported, adding that her Facebook page was "alive with comments from people trying to mobilize get-out-the-vote efforts for her."

Kloppenburg does little to damp expectations. She impugns Prosser as partisan, offering no proof other than a boast made by his then-new campaign chief to a newspaper, one Prosser hadn't approved and swiftly disavowed. She is careful to say her mind is made up on nothing, but she told a Madison newspaper that she'll be a check "on overreaching by the executive and legislative branches. . . . What's happened in the last three weeks has brought that home."

If that wink-and-nudge doesn't win you over, you surely want all the shouting to stop, and Kloppenburg promises that, too. The court, she told a TV interview, is "distracted by personalities and personal views. . . . New blood is needed."

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