Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Walker Wins By 9 Points

Wisconsin Governor Walker has won the recall election by 9 points (with 88% reporting).  This is a very large margin of victory and may very well result in a boost in the Wisconsin polls for Mitt Romney.  We will have to wait a week or so to answer that question.

Look for the Obama campaign to distance themselves by claiming they had nothing to do with the race.  Look for them to call the election a state matter having no effect on the national scene.

Personally, I disagree.  Putting union issues aside, the Walker victory speaks loudly on the desire of taxpayers to see a reduction in governmental spending and deficit spending.  People are tired of seeing their taxes continually go up while tax money is wasted.

More often that not, voters will support unions and working men and women.  For them to vote this strongly for Governor Walker tells me that they are just completely fed up with irresponsible spending.  I do not believe the voters of Wisconsin (an historically pro-union electorate) would normally support a Governor who went after collective bargaining.  The economy and the continually reckless spending of State and federal governments have simply overridden other concerns of the voters.

Tonight's election may be the first shot in the battle of 2012 that will be known as the War Over Reckless Government Spending.  May the fiscally responsible win.


Anonymous said...

You have written a very accurate observation of what happened in Wisconsin. The Obama leadership issue once again has surfaced. How, you may ask.If the leader of the Democratic party,( he is the prize bull in the barn) would have taken an active roll (like Clinton did) the results may have been in Labors favore. Obama beign the self serving politician, wont take a chance on anyone other than Obama.
I do think we may have a small diffrence of what may be the 2012 battle cry. Fiscale responsiblity is a very important issue, BUT it does not play out as strongly in a national election as it does in state, and local. How about this Rich. The nation gave a rookie the chance to deliver on "change that you can belive in" but we now have found that we have no change in goverment spending, still at war, drowning in debt, jobs still being lost, absolutly no comprehensive energy policy, low status in world affairs, taxes out of control, social security tetering on the edge of bankrupcy, banks still making dubious investments and expecting the tax payers to bail them out, a soon to be castrated national defence,a health care system that is about to implode due to forced/foggy maindates. If this guy was selling a commercial produt on the tv he could be sued for false advertisment.
Its always sunny in the T/u

Andrew Champ-Doran said...

Mr. Cahill,

I agree that the 9 point win was significant, I don't want to forget that Walker made possibly the most astute political move of the year.

He left the Police and Fire unions out of his attack last year, and focused it entirely on the teachers. The Police and Fire unions are enormously popular, and including them in successful campaign to strip the unions of the state of any influence would have sounded the death knell for his campaign against collective bargaining, and his governorship, as well.

By seperating those public unions from the others, and making it, really, all about the teachers, he's played the divide and conquer game well.

Of course, when he goes after the public safety unions, I wouldn't expect the others to be standing by them.

Of course, unions don't have the same money or influence as the folks who fund the superpacs, and they certainly don't haven't had the numbers for thirty years. So, your point that 9 points is a comfortable margin is well taken.

I still think that swinging 5 voters of every 100 is a tough task, but that will be up to President Obama's campaign. What worries me about Wisconsin in November is that the President only sent a text to support this recall campaign, and the recall folks in Wisconsin might not feel too forgiving of that sleight come the first Tuesday after the first Monday.

Andrew Champ-Doran