Governor Scott Walker
Governor Scott Walker, If you slipped into a coma a year and a half ago, you’d wake up today and see that very little’s changed in Wisconsin since you were gone. Winters still require thermals and a sense of adventure. Brats, beer and squeaky cheese curds are still the Badger State’s three main food groups. And in the fall, 73,000 cheeseheads will flock to Green Bay and hover over a hallowed swath of frozen tundra named for a guy who went by “Curly.”
And yes, Scott Walker is still the state’s governor.
Last night, after defeating Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett – for the second time – 60%-40%, Walker clinched the state house again to become the first U.S. governor to survive a recall effort.
Barrett will return to Milwaukee, and thousands of protesters will (hopefully) return to their jobs and business as usual. Walker won’t have to update his resume, and no one’s scraping his name off his office door.
But as much as life in Wisconsin stays the same, everything has changed, of course.
Because what happened in Wisconsin doesn’t stay in Wisconsin, despite what President Obama, his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee will claim to the contrary.
Indeed, their trying to spin Walker’s win will be fun to watch. We’ll likely hear about evil Super PAC money, even though, when it came to the types of donors that contributed to Scott Walker, only 5% were PACs. Ninety-one percent were individuals.
We’ll hear that Wisconsin was, in the end, a success for big labor, as one million collective-bargaining champions signed a petition that very nearly ousted a sitting governor.
And we’ll hear that Walker’s win is irrelevant for Obama; that Wisconsin will prove in November it can live a double life – the same polls that had Walker winning also have Obama winning in November. (New York Daily News)
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