Scott Walker and November
Scott Walker was a Tea Party favorite. Scott Walker was also a Republican bucking the tidal wave that was the Obama tsunami of union backed and media endorsed candidates. Although Wisconsin had a long history of electing Republican governors, the retiring governor of eight years was a Democrat. Walker ran on Tea Party principles and faced a crushing mountain of debt. His situation was everything Obama was repeating over and over, he inherited it. Completely contradictory to how Obama approached it, Walker immediate set to slashing expenses, something Obama refused to do. He did this on the back of public employees while Obama was adding more public employees to, well, stimulate the economy. Obama’s plan failed miserably. Walker’s appeared to be working. Wisconsin fixed their debt problem, Obama’s got worse.
So, the unions vowed to do everything in their resources to put a stop to that.
For only the third time in US history, they got enough signatures to force a recall election. To put matters in historical perspective, the other two, in 1921 and 2003, resulted in the governor being recalled.
Not this time tho.
Although the White House, in a muddled and confused way, did endorse the Democrat, to say it was less than enthusiastic is an understatement. However, Walker and the RNC did everything they could to make it a referendum on Obama in November. The leap of faith wasn’t hard to figure out. It wasn’t Obama per se that insisted on the recall, it was his henchmen, the unions. As the unions go in some of these states, so goes Obama. Winning Wisconsin in 2008 was tantamount to winning the Presidency. In 2008 Obama won HUGE in Wisconsin. Could he carry it now?
The presumptive answer came last night. The union lacky, endorsed by a sitting President who won by double digits three years prior, lost by six percentage points. That’s not really close actually.
The unions started pointing fingers, the Tea Party whooped it up. Obama’s team immediately blamed it on anything-but-Obama. The next morning, the stock markets SURGED.
Dow Jones Industrial Average Index ($DJIA)12351.78 223.83 (1.85%)
Everyone’s happy apparently. Except of course, The White House, MSNBC, the unions, and the DNC.