|Wisconsin governor Scott Walker managed to fight off a recall election that could have changed the impact of the Republican's strength in the 2012 United States Presidential Election.|
The Republicans and its conservative allies are energized by the victory of Wisconsin's embattled governor Scott Walker. For the first time in U.S. history a state governor survives a strong recall election. And the energy will be pass along through that perennial Mitt Romney, the party's nominee for president.
The Democrats retake back the state legislation and Walker urges the opposition to put aside their differences and work with him for the sake of the state. With the growing tension within Wisconsin, could there be a growing signs of strength within the conservative movement?
Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislation passed sweeping measures to limit public sector collective bargaining and cuts to pension for public workers. He signed off a voter identification law that required voters to show a government-issued ID before casting a ballot. His state attorney filed a lawsuit against the federal government, in regards to the American Health Care Reform law. He rejected funding for the health care of the poor. Also, the governor rejected public funding for high speed rail service.
Walker hardline stance against the middle class and public sector unions created the backdrop for the liberal Occupy Wall Street movement.
Despite all this, the voters still came out in droves to vote. And in a 53% to 47%, a mere six points gave the governor a win.
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett was not a favorite among the public sector unions and Democratic hopefuls.
He offered a different take on the matters of public unions. He pushed forth ordinances that cut sick days for city workers. Barrett advocated for non-payment work for city employees and advocating cuts to city work.
People weren't as enthusiastic with the mayor.
The recall election was a lost for the public sector unions and the Democratic Party. Even with a strong grassroots presence and appearances from former president Bill Clinton, many voters felt that Governor Walker was still capable of leading the state.
Many conservatives and some Democrats fault President Barack Obama for not appearing for rallies to help the Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. But the case in point is, what would it matter?
I mean President Barack Obama appeared for candidates who ran for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, governor of New Jersey and Virginia and for a congressional seat in New York. They've lost. Conservatives crow that standing near the president is dangerous.
I am assuring that the president was capable of getting involved. But is it worth the risk? The Democrats are very cautious this time! They want the Republicans to play an overreach with their austerity plans. Voters aren't too hip with the Democrats but their hopes is the Republicans go too far and turn off the independent voters. But you would hear the right wingers scream that the president is trying to meddle in the affairs of the voters of Wisconsin. Now that he's not making many appearances out of fear that the candidate may lose, the same right wingers are going to make noise about how he didn't come to the aid of the Democrats.
Look I am all about a fair election and all, and I do wish Governor Walker, a successful three years, but in reality, it's about the math. Many voters felt that this recall was an overreach by the opposition.
Many voters who supported Governor Walker were union workers, middle income families, and even supporters of President Obama.
But the concern among those around President Barack Obama, is Wisconsin going to swing red this time?
The Democrats carry Wisconsin easily for the last elections.
This time around is it going to be a rough ride for the president and the Democrats?
Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is running for retiring U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's seat, it's going to be a toss up between her and former Republican governor Tommy Thompson, a 2008 former presidential candidate.
The president is great fundraiser. He's getting donations, but is the impact of the president going to trickle down to those struggling?
The Republicans poured a lot of money into this race. Superpac donations for the Republican governor was unprecedented. Americans for Prosperity, American Crossroads and U.S. Chamber of Commerce poured millions into the race. The Republicans were hoping that this race was a precursor to a game changing victory for Mitt Romney.
The Koch brothers, are reclusive billionaires invested in the 2012 U.S Presidential race.
Walker was fooled last year by pranksters when he thought a call was from philanthropist David Koch, co-chairman of Koch Industries, a investment and manufacturing firm that supports Republican candidates.
Charles Koch the oldest brother is the CEO of Koch Industries and mostly the head operations of its affiliate firms. Charles Koch donates to Republican and Democratic candidates. He's was once a supporter of Newt Gingrich but switch to Mitt Romney.
Barack Obama has a slim lead in most Midwestern states. He has to carry forth Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Those states determine an election. Wisconsin matters. It's a strong union state.
Despite what happen the Republicans can take pride in this victory. This victory is a momentum for Republicans struggling to retake the U.S. Senate. It's also a sigh of relief for Mitt Romney as well. Many people are still skeptical of his chances, but the Republicans can say now that the Scott Walker impact could be a lot better if Mitt Romney goes the way of the governor.
Assured that Scott Walker will be floated around as either a vice-president nominee or 2016 potential candidate for president. Just listen to the whispers around the internet, it's already there!