The polls look good for Gov. Walker. I hope we are offering congratulations this evening.
While I was looking around for news and comments about today’s recall, my eye was caught by the headline on a piece at Via Meadia containing these words: NY Times in Panic Mode. Read it. It’s not long, but it condenses an explanation of why we outside Wisconsin should care about today’s vote.
A generation of activists and “progressives” raised on Howard Zinn is having an important life experience in Wisconsin. The “people united” are defeated more often than not in American politics. The silent majority isn’t itching for the “genuinely progressive” candidates and platforms lefties think they want. (That majority also isn’t looking for candidates from the doctrinaire right, either, by the way.)
… A Scott Walker victory would reshape not just Republican politics but Democratic politics as well; leaders like Andrew Cuomo in New York and Rahm Emmanuel in Chicago will be paying attention. If Walker wins handily, more Democrats will see the writing on the wall: Support for public sector unions simply isn’t the political winner it once was. This could presage a larger post-blue shift in the Democratic party for decades to come.
Moreover, a solid victory by Scott Walker with a margin even better than the polls predict will spread the panic from the Times to Obama reelection headquarters in Chicago.
Good luck, Governor!