As we finish listing the winners and losers on Nov. 4, let's not forget the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Put them down as losers. Big-time losers. Again.
In 2006, you may recall, the NRA's Number 1 target in the country was Gov. Jim Doyle, long a supporter of sensible firearms regulation. That "Dump Doyle" campaign didn't turn out so well as he cruised to a solid reelection victory.
Undeterred, the NRA was back at full strength this year, endorsing candidates up and down the ballot, starting with the McCain-Palin ticket.
That didn't go so well, either.
And in Wisconsin, the NRA took a whipping in legislative races, too.
As Democrats took control of the Assembly, there were five seats that switched from Republican to Democrat. In every case, the NRA backed the loser.
Two NRA-supported incumbents, J. A. "Doc" Hines and Frank Lasee, went down to defeat. Hines had an A+ rating from the NRA, and Lasee was the guy who thought the way to make schools safer was to arm classroom teachers.
Three other open seats, formerly held by Republicans who retired, all went Democratic, too – and the NRA again was on the losing side in each.