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State Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse.

RORY O'DRISCOLL — La Crosse Tribune archives

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken a lot of rhetorical hits over the past few months.

He has been called a “dictator” by the state’s senior legislator. He has been compared — unfavorably — with Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak. He has been greeted at public events with cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

But no one ever has, and no one ever will, accuse the governor of being “loyal to a fault.”

Just ask state Sens. Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper. They put their careers on the line to back Walker’s anti-labor agenda — and they lost those careers Tuesday, when they were recalled.

What was the governor’s response to those losses?

Walker did a round of right-wing talk radio shows to dub the recall election results a total victory for his agenda.

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But, um, two senators who did the heavy lifting for Gov. Walker when he demanded passage of his anti-labor agenda have now been removed from office by the voters.

A third of the Republican incumbents whose names were on the ballot for Tuesday’s recall elections were totally defeated.

But Walker is claiming total victory. That’s loyalty for you.

John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times. jnichols@madison.com