Wisconsin Governor Has Lost The War
Not only has Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin lost the war (even if he gets the vote he wants), he threatens to take the rest of his party down with him. Rick Ungar at Forbes explains:
A Rasmussen poll out [Friday] reveals that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters now disapprove of their aggressive governor’s performance, with 48% strongly disapproving.
The poll’s internals tell an even starker story that should worry Walker and other politicians who agree with him.
It turns out that the state’s public school teachers are very popular with their fellow Badgers. With 77% of those polled holding a high opinion of their educators, it is not particularly surprising that only 32% among households with children in the public school system approve of the governor’s performance. Sixty-seven percent (67%) disapprove, including 54% who strongly disapprove.
The defection of union members to the Republican Party has been instrumental in their success ever since the day of the “Reagan Democrat.” Can you imagine a “Walker Democrat”? Northeastern Ohio, home to steel mills and a union enclave, was key to the victory of George W. Bush.
Should Gov. Walker accomplish his goal, he will have stoked a level of union anger that I very much suspect will become a key driver in an Obama victory in 2012. He will also have prompted the nation’s unions to work together for a common objective– a feat that would have seemed impossible just one month ago…
The Wisconsin governor’s desire to be at the forefront of his perceived GOP revolution may not only have doomed the anti-union effort, but it may forever label him as the man who gave the democrats the gift that keeps on giving – the return of the union rank and file into the arms of the Democratic Party.
As James wrote here earlier, we may wind up owing Walker a debt of gratitude.Click here for reuse options!
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