Walker wins Wisconsin recall. What next?
Scott Walker kept his job
in the Wisconsin recall fight yesterday. He won with about 53 percent
of the vote. This will hurt both the Democratic Party and the union
movement, in Wisconsin and nationwide.
Wisconsin recall results
Scott Walker is the third governor in history to face a recall, and the first governor in history to survive one. The final tally, according to Fox News: 53 percent to 46 percent, with almost all precincts reporting.
Ironies in the Wisconsin recall story abound. Wisconsin invented
recall elections, as part of the Progressive movement. Wisconsin also
invented public-employee unions and strikes. Scott Walker has taken away
the right to strike from most of his State’s public-employee unions.
The Wisconsin recall results go beyond numbers and proportion of
votes. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, boasted about the results, according to Alicia Cohn of The Hill. “Absolute disaster,” he said. And:
The Democrats lost an election of their own making.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, his Democratic counterpart, defied the Wisconsin recall results last night.
[Scott Walker]‘s brand of divisive politics is offensive
and wrong. Thousands of Wisconsinites mounted [the Wisconsin recall]
effort in the face of a flood of out of state, secret and corporate
special interest money.
Wasserman-Schultz can’t seem to blush. The recall had help from an equal flood of out-of-State, secret and union
special-interest money. And more than money: warm bodies. Those bodies
flocked to Wisconsin to do more than knock on doors to “get out the
vote.” One witness called a radio talk show to say that some of them were driving in to cast the vote as well:
We’re going to Wisconsin. We’re from Michigan. Right
outside Detroit and… they got four buses up here, Chris. I dont know if
they got other buses coming from other directions but it’s four buses
and we’re going to Wisconsin to vote.
Chris Plante, the host, later said that the caller hung up and left
no call-back number. But if the caller was telling the truth, perhaps he
couldn’t call back, or leave a number.
At 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the city clerk of Madison, WI, told
the Center for American Progress that turnout might reach “119
percent.” (The CAP seemed to think that was a legitimate result when
people register to vote on the same day.) Politico.com called the clerk back, and the clerk revised that down to 96 percent.
Wisconsin recall, the day after, and the future
The shockwave from the Wisconsin recall results is still reverberating. Mike Flynn at Breitbart.com said
at once why Scott Walker kept his job: his policies worked. They worked
for Wisconsin, so that several cities and counties balanced their
budgets without laying anyone off. They worked for the workers
themselves, so that more than half of them quit their unions. And they
worked for Scott Walker, because grateful taxpayers, and those same
workers who quit their unions, voted for him.
John Gizzi at Human Events says
that other States will follow Wisconsin’s lead. These States have a
common and dire problem: they over-promised on public-employee pensions,
and those bills are now due, or overdue. Because Scott Walker kept his job, other governors will gladly risk theirs to make the pension system affordable again.
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