ANOTHER SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
JoAnne Kloppenburg certainly had the right to ask for a statewide recount on Wednesday.
But we had hoped that she wouldn't - and the state would be better off if she hadn't.
We understand the motivation. The final county-by-county canvassing of the state Supreme Court election revealed that Justice David Prosser won a narrow victory, a reflection of how polarizing the new governor and his policies have become. The heat generated by the controversy over those policies most likely spurred the significant turnout for a spring nonpartisan election and a 7,316-vote win for Prosser - less than 0.5% of the 1.5 million votes cast.
That's slim, but it's not likely that a statewide recount will change the outcome. Were it a margin in the hundreds of votes, perhaps, but Kloppenburg has to recognize that it's not.
And, ICYMI: This classic moment from the woman who wanted to shape the future of our legal system: