When writing about elections, the sage columnist typically waits for results before pronouncing What It All Means. Especially when that election is as complex and consequential as today’s Supreme Court runoff in Wisconsin.
One can’t decipher the will of the people until the people have spoken, or so one might think if one were naive about the cynical nature of punditry.
I’d prefer to wait until morning to opine about Wisconsin, but this newsletter and every other political publication in America outside of Milwaukee will be consumed by other matters tomorrow.
So let’s not wait. It’s so easy to predict how the average cable-news panel will react to either candidate winning that we can skip ahead and pre-spin both possible outcomes, leaving us free to return to the, ahem, crime beat on Wednesday.