Does yesterday's rout of Berger Jr. show weakness in the local and state GOP establishment, or was it more a reflection on a candidate who grew less attractive to voters the better they got to know him?
Surely a 17% drop in votes between primary and run-off bespeaks a certain lack of passion for the man.
Walker ran an impressive grassroots campaign and deserves all credit for that. And some prominent local Republican officials were Walkerites, so the establishment wasn't monolithic in any case.
Maybe it was just hubris by the machine to try promoting Berger Jr. so rapidly in the family business. Will that have lasting consequences?
The next test for the establishment will be its ability to rally behind the man they trashed so energetically for the past couple of months.