You can’t argue against results, the union reforms Walker fought so hard to put in place have turned out to be a phenomenal success.
(Washington Examiner) — An energized Democratic base was supposed to turn out yesterday. It was supposed to pry away from Republicans their total control of Wisconsin’s state legislature. Republicans had gone after the state’s public employee unions, and this was supposed to be an overreach that would cost them dearly in yesterday’s recall elections. If Democrats could pick up three of the six seats under recall, they could win back the state Senate and block Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda.
Every Republican I spoke to before the election expressed pessimism. The expectations were clearly in favor of a Democratic takeover — so much so that Republicans in Wisconsin’s legislature took the extraordinary step of passing an early redistricting bill.
And then…it just didn’t work out the way the unions had hoped.
In the end, the union-backed Democrats picked up only two state Senate seats in Wisconsin last night, at a staggering cost in time, effort, and of course money. One of the seats was solidly Democratic, held by a Republican due to an apparent fluke of nature. The other was held by an alleged adulterer who had moved outside his district to live with his young mistress, and whose wife was supporting his recall.
As for the other four Republican incumbents the unions tried to recall, they didn’t end up coming very close. And remember — these weren’t just any Republican incumbents. These were the ones that the unions judged most vulnerable, which is why they collected petition signatures against them.
How did Republicans hold out? It hasn’t hurt that Walker’s reforms have dramatically helped school districts within the state save millions of dollars by abolishing the main Wisconsin teachers’ union’s insurance racket. Nor does it hurt that Wisconsin, under the business-friendly leadership of Walker and a Republican state legislature, created more than half of the jobs created in the United States during the month of June.