Following the Democratic loss in the Wisconsin recall election on Tuesday night, MSNBC’s ”The Ed Show” host Ed Schultz told viewers, “This is not going to be an easy night for many broadcasters who are liberal.”
At the top of his special 11 p.m. post-Wisconsin recall episode, the liberal host known for his over-the-top behavior added, “This is not going to be an easy night for this broadcaster,” putting the blame squarely on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.
“This is not going to be an easy night for many broadcasters who are liberal,” Schultz said. “This is not going to be an easy night for this broadcaster. To say that I’m shocked and stunned is pretty much an understatement. But I also think — that as a real warning to Americans — that money is now infiltrated into our political system like we have never seen before. And the ruling by Citizens United is now a real message to every American. It is going to take an insurmountable amount of effort on the ground for the progressive movement and the Democrats to do what they need to do in 2012. And this is also a real message to local politics, that this money will filter down and Citizen United will affect federal and state elections over time.”
Schultz continued his monologue by saying there were political implications for his side in this historic-but-failed bid to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“This is not a good night for labor unions,” he continued. “This is not a good night for wage-earners. This is not a good night for the Democratic Party. It’s a tough one to take, but it’s about being in the fight. It’s about believing what you believe in and sticking to your guns and not giving up. There’s no shame, there’s no embarrassment in the way this has been played out in Wisconsin. It has been a long, hard fight for the people of Wisconsin to try to change their government. And give credit to Scott Walker — he did what he had to do. By the rules, he went out and raised a hell of a lot of money from people who have got corporate interests and he brought it to Wisconsin and he won a recall election. He’s the only governor to survive a recall election in the history of the United States. The recall was successful in 1921 in North Dakota, it was successful in 2003 in California, and it was unsuccessful here tonight in Wisconsin.”