In a few short days, the clash between conservativism and progressivism will be thrust into the limelight — in Wisconsin, with the left-wing's going-for-broke effort to defeat Gov. Scott Walker in a special election.
Several weeks later — perhaps in June, possibly in July — the U.S. Supreme Court, will rule on Obamacare. Another ruling, either upholding or striking down Arizona's immigration law, is also expected to be issued in the next few weeks.
It wouldn't surprise me if common sense conservatism goes three-for-three at the plate, as the "pitcher" of progressivism, replete with a bloated ERA and a pot belly full of hogwash, is serving up slow softballs, right across the plate.
On second thought, perhaps I was wrong to refer to this Tuesdays showdown in Badgerland as involving liberals and their union activists "going for broke." In recent days, all indications are the Democrats have cut spending leading up to the special election and are pulling their operatives out of the Dairy State.
Facing a huge budget deficit and seeking to restore his state's fiscal health, Gov. Walker very reasonably and wisely decided to rein in the out-of-control public employee unions by eliminating their right to collective bargaining and requiring them to contribute to their pension programs. And wouldn't you know it, the leftists reacted like a two-year-old whose Elmo doll was yanked out of his hands.
The Democrat liberals, progressives, union activists and leftists of every stripe overplayed their hand, as we've seen them do time and time again. They kicked and screamed and stamped their feet. They whined, bitched, complained and tarnished Wisconsin's beautiful Statehouse with garbage and graffiti. The more they misbehaved with their infantile tactics, the more they dug in their heels against Walker's crucial reforms, the more public sentiment turned against them.
The unions have already poured a lot of money into trying to unseat Walker and several Republican legislators, but other than their fellow travelers in Madison, they are having a hard time finding enough folk of similar ilk. Walker looks to be a shoo-in this Tuesday. (No crow on hand in case I'm wrong, but I have a source who can deliver it within 24 hours, already prepared and complete with condiments!)
The Supreme Court rulings also look to be favorable toward conservatism. If I had to guess which of the two cases has the best chance of resulting in a pro-conservative, anti-Obama outcome, it would be the health care case.
For the life of me, I don't see how this court could go along with this grotesque caricature of the Commerce Clause and flagrant overreach on the part of Uncle Sam. And, if by some miracle Obamacare is upheld, I have great confidence that President Romney and a Republican Congress will dismantle the freakish monster piece by piece.
The Arizona immigration case also stands a great chance of repudiating the Obama administration, if for no other reason that the uber-partisan hack Eric Holder is one of its strongest proponents. Holder is to attorneys general what Barney Fife is to police officers. Only at least ol' Barney made us laugh.
Yes, these coming few weeks could be a great pleasure to watch unfolding. As if things haven't gone poorly enough for the "against-the-wind" Obama campaign, the going is about to get a lot tougher. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.