Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall
I predicted a 2-4 point loss. The emotional game goes to the challenger in recalls. Further, the unions that are dependent on this election have decades of built in ground game. I was listening to the radio and I heard that they knocked on thousands of doors and called even more. Walker was ahead in the polls, but he was slowing down in the final days.
I had the ill luck of having to drive to Charlotte tonight, so I wasn’t able to watch the election results at all. I tried keeping track on my phone, but that proved to be untenable on the road. So I called family and friends and asked them to keep me up to date via texts.
What a great trip!
Walker took a massive lead early and never really was challenged. Fox called it when 25% of the vote was in, the rest soon followed suit.
What Does This Mean
Wisconsin has now elected their governor twice. Twice, and he still has another term to run for. Mr. Walker was clear about what he was gonna do when he ran the first time. Then, when in office, he did them. Rather, he TRIED to do them. When faced with a vote that they didn’t like, the Democrats ran from their job, ran from their capital and even ran from their state. All to prevent a vote.
An interesting functional filibuster don’t ya say?
Then, when the democrats tried to take control of the senate by recalling a number of members, they lost. The senate remained in control of the republicans. Finally, after the requisite number of months in office, the democrats tried to recall him. While they were successful in forcing the election, they were unsuccessful in their bid to unseat him.
The people have spoken. Spoken at least three times. They want this governor, they want this senate, they want these reforms and they are tired of the status quo.
The reforms that the legally elected republicans moved into law through a legally sanctioned vote have worked for the state. Budgets have seen significant relief, many have been balanced. School districts have been able to obtain fiscal flexibility while not having to lay off teachers. In short, Walker works.
Finally the people of Wisconsin are not pleased that the recall election even took place. The recall process is meant to force out a governor that has been guilty of some crime or of some ethical lapse. Mr. Walker is guilty of neither. The only thing he did was pass legislation that made the liberals mad.
So they sulked and pouted and wanted a redo.
And the good folks of Wisconsin didn’t appreciate that.
Does This Have Implications Nationally
I don’t think so. I think that Wisconsin remains steadily blue. The folks there are liberal at heart but simply found that they need a dose of fiscal reality. The continued spending and taxing of the past finally caught up. They’ve had enough.
As I’m listening to the news now I am hearing that a large number of folks who voted for Walker will continue to support Obama in the upcoming election in November. I think the number is 18%.
Wisconsin will roll blue for the President this fall.