I just love how this gal described the chaos in Wisconsin…
Salena Zito: Aging hippies trashed the state capital, union members were bused in from across the country in color-coded T-shirts, and Democratic state senators hid in an Illinois motel.
She then points out, Walker (seemed to have) found a way to handle the problem.. so we went to the next issue (Japan & Libya)..
But the war is not over in Wisconsin.
Recall elections possibly can begin as early as June for 16 Wisconsin senators who are being targeted – eight Republicans for their votes in favor of the law that ends most collective bargaining powers for public-employee unions, and eight Democrats for running and hiding in Illinois in what turned out to be a failed attempt to stop the GOP from voting on the measure.
Wisconsin was a state the Gore, Kerry & Obama had won in the past… but in 2010 Republicans took a huge gain.
The issue for Wisconsin having a recall vote, it also means an expensive campaign battle. In a time when the economy that is strapped, and in a state that was experiencing serious financial pain. The issue for the Republicans is the left has bottomless pockets from Union support.
Ms Zito points out Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts last year, noting he had financial support from across the country. So will the most dollars win again? That is a scary thought for Republicans, fighting against Unions.
But why should the rest of us be concerned?
Make no mistake, this will have a chilling effect on every other state dealing with public-employee collective bargaining or pensions in the next two years – which is just about all of them.
If Walker and other governors cannot tame public pensions and union contracts, you will see tax hikes across the country enacted under freshmen GOP governors in the next few years. It is simple math.
Walker may have won (a policy) battle, but unions/left could still win the war (with $$).