I got most of the gloating out of my system last night on Twitter. Jokingly, I asked where all my vile prog followers had gone. Well, it turns out the progs were in force — slapping Mayor Barrett, making death threats, praying for unlikely indictments against Governor Walker, and doing all the crybaby loser things progs do when they don’t get their way.
Fact is, Walker saved teaching jobs. He protected schools. He protected kids. And he did it while balancing his state’s serious out-of-whack budget. The recall election was about undoing all of those things. The public sector unions are aiming, on purpose, to turn Wisconsin into another Michigan. Because progressivism isn’t about protecting anybody. It’s about accumulating money and power into vile prog hands. And we witnessed in Wisconsin just how far they’ll go, just how low they’ll stoop, to accomplish their vile prog goals.
The prog left poured in money, resources, and even voters from out-of-state. And so it’s with a Full Nelson Muntz that I tell you Walker won handily with over 53% of the vote. That’s a landslide by most anyone’s definition. And so Wisconsin now has a chance to avoid Michigan’s fate.
I say “a chance,” because no matter what else you might read tonight, public sector unions are not doomed. Bill Frezza writes:
Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes.
Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat.
Yes, the unions were hurt in Wisconsin last night, and in San Diego and San Jose, too. But they still have money and they still have organization and they’re still possessed of a viciousness almost unprecedented in American politics. Drop your guard for a moment, and they’ll be back like kudzu.
Frezza does have a good question about Obama’s hands-off policy. Staying away from Wisconsin might have spared him from throwing away some political capital he can’t afford to lose, but
We’ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support.