We all have to stop whining and get on with dealing with Wisconsin's future together. A good guideline to follow might be: compromise with integrity.
There is no sense in lamenting the election results, or to wallow in them either. Wisconsin has a heap of problems. Civilized, intelligent, well-intentioned human beings can find ways to work around their parochial differences and accomplish great things.
Cooperation will be required among both Republicans and Democrats in Madison. The most under-reported story in the election is that the Democrats have taken back control of the State Senate. That means that the Governor, even Scott Walker, will have to find ways to compromise in order to get things done. That may be the biggest plus evolving from Tuesday's recall election.
All of us need to take a deep breath, commit ourselves to helping our State, and get on with the hard work of governing in an atmosphere of cooperation. Neither side is holy. Neither side is 100% right all the time. Both sides have shown their own shallowness, contempt, and stubborn partisanship.
Can we be big enough to begin anew, and show the nation how Wisconsin is a leader in cooperative government and governing?