With what I think will prove to be a watershed event, the good people of Wisconsin (and some in California???) have prevailed and delivered victories to all conservatives, strikes for common sense and a little extra flow this morning from the spring of eternal hope.
It’s been a long time since the 2012 midterms…seeming much more than nineteen months. One can handle only so much of Obama before needing an ‘upper’ to lessen the depression sure to come with more months of his socialist folly…but, how many months is it till January 2013…? Shall I dream?
On to more wishful thinking.
Dare I share how I feel about the energy, commitment and in some cases bravery of the governor and people of Wisconsin? Will their fortitude and resolve be duplicated around the country? Did their accomplishment forever slay of the fear of union physical and political thuggery and open the eyes of citizens in the other 49 states? By God, the people of the badger state were not badgered.
Is it in me to believe the Republicans can actually get their act together and run an effective grassroots campaign? Some reports point to their cutting edge tactics to get out the vote; the GOP actually whipped the Dems at the technology game. Before the outcome was known, Erick Erickson pointed out Republican superiority in the all important ‘15-passenger van rental indicator;’ Republicans rented more vans than the Dems to transport voters to the polls. Pass me the smelling salts.
The mainstream media and Bill Clinton are not invincible…huh? After months of ugly attacks and rumor mongering directed toward Governor Walker interspersed with shameless pep rallies for the recall supporters, the media failed…failed miserably. And, Bill Clinton, perhaps to his credit, did travel to Wisconsin in support of the Dems. But, even Der Schlickmesiter’s magic didn’t help. Shazam!
All unions aren’t the same. I’ve been guilty of stereotyping in the past, but an analysis of the Wisconsin vote is beginning to dispel my prejudices. Thirty-eight percent of the union households voted for Walker! I have a difficult time imaging even one public sector union member supporting the governor…if the raving lunatics I have seen on TV are any indication. Therefore, one can only conclude a goodly number of private sector union members voted for Walker. Tell me it ain’t so.
Some semblance of sanity is evident in California. San Diego (69%) and San Jose (71%) voted overwhelmingly in support of Measure/Proposition B which will reform pension plans by moving city employees from defined benefit plans to an effective 401(k) akin to those in the private sector. I think I need a drink.
Enthusiastic optimism is neither the preferred nor cerebral approach to measured and reasoned commentary.
Author, “Powers Not Delegated”…a conservative political thriller
…What Could Have Been and Might Still Be
Available November 2012