|Operation Market Garden|
Mostly, this morning, it reminds me of the Wisconsin Recall effort undertaken by Democrats, Progressives and Unions to return sanity to our state government and reign in the destructive policies of Governor Walker and his rubber-stamp Reichstag. While we were successful, we were not ultimately victorious. But, as part of the larger war, this effort has positioned us for the final push. While history may not repeat, it often rhymes.
I'm not going to attempt to outline the entire history of Operation Market Garden here, this is not the place to do it, you can read the Wikipedia article or go watch A Bridge Too Far. You will get a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by both the plan and the execution of that plan. Suffice it to say that the plan was ambitious (in the extreme) and the execution was, at best, uneven. The results were mixed but ultimately the plan move the ball closer to the German border and, as part of a broader effort to win the war, it was successful.
A Magnificent Failure
|Field Marshall |
Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
The Wisconsin Recall effort set out to disable the Governor's ability to push through any more regressive legislation and the goal was to flip three seats in the state Senate. Despite the presence of AFP and other Koch Brothers "Panzer Divisions" in the state, we were still able to flip two seats in heavily Republican districts. This is remarkable when you consider that in the history of recall elections in the United States, only 13 elected officials have ever been recalled.
In addition, we were successful at fending off a weak Tea Party GOP counterattack against two Democratic seats. While we did not achieve the ultimate goal, we were "90% successful." And, like Operation Market Garden, we've set the stage for the final push. Montgomery into Germany, and the Democrats into the Governor's Mansion.
Following Operation Market Garden, the front lines moved significantly further east in the northern sector of the war. While the final objective, the Arnhem Bridge, was not taken, the advance allowed the Allies breathing room to bring up additional troops and supplies to push on into the Ruhr valley in the coming weeks. But Operation Market Garden had attempted to go "a bridge too far."
|The front line in the Low Countries after Operation Market Garden|
The fate of the state is in our hands!