There are a lot of people in Wisconsin and elsewhere who are made crazy by Scott Walker, as the photo accompanying this blog post makes clear. After all, Walker has won three elections in four years, including triumphing in a failed recall election that was launched by people who believe that elections should only have consequences when their side wins. I imagine that the Scott Walker haters were delighted when an investigation started to determine whether conservative groups in Wisconsin were illegally coordinating with Walker’s campaign during the recall effort. I also imagine that gag orders associated with the investigation that prevented the people involved from speaking in public and protesting their innocence didn’t trouble the sleep of the Walker-haters.
Well, there is bad news for the Walker-haters: The investigation has been shut down. And as Megan McArdle reports, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blasted the investigation and those behind it:
It is utterly clear that the special prosecutor has employed theories of law that do not exist in order to investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing. In other words, the special prosecutor was the instigator of a “perfect storm” of wrongs that was visited upon the innocent Unnamed Movants and those who dared to associate with them. It is fortunate, indeed, for every other citizen of this great State who is interested in the protection of fundamental liberties that the special prosecutor chose as his targets innocent citizens who had both the will and the means to fight the unlimited resources of an unjust prosecution. Further, these brave individuals played a crucial role in presenting this court with an opportunity to re-endorse its commitment to upholding the fundamental right of each and every citizen to engage in lawful political activity and to do so free from the fear of the tyrannical retribution of arbitrary or capricious governmental prosecution. Let one point be clear: our conclusion today ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.
Of course, no one should expect to hear a word about this from the Walker-haters, who have neither the wit nor the intellectual honesty to admit that the investigation they cheered on ran afoul of just about every constitutional protection imaginable, and would have been deemed a fascist act if it were aimed at liberal supporters of a Democratic politician. But those of us who are neither intellectually dim and dishonest nor moral monsters should celebrate an instance in which the good guys won a round.