And if you think what happens in South Milwaukee doesn't mean much up in the north, consider the fact that the palace coup that left Senator Russ Decker as Senate Majority Leader was a one-vote deal, which is exactly what Senator Plale had to contribute. Look for possible repercussions come January.
Plale was more than a vote for Russ Decker. He was a loyal supporter and friend of the Senate majority leader's. Decker, while not quite as reviled by the left as Plale, did not exactly storm boldly into the Senate chamber for the progressive agenda. Xoff, writing for Uppity Wisconsin, hopes that Larson's victory could promote the leadership of a more progressive Dem leader, such as Monona's Mark Miller.
The dynamics will likely depend on whether the Dems are in the majority after the election. Not only will a minority caucus likely imply the absence of past Decker supporters, but it will be an excuse to shake up leadership, whether or not the party truly believes the losses could have been averted under different circumstances.