It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived the recall challenge as of 10:30 p.m. EST. But I am going to hold off on writing much about this until I can confirm results in the next couple days.
If it turns out that Walker has succeeded in triumphing over the aggressive union tactics and the millions organized labor poured into the campaign of his opponent, Democrat Tom Barrett, this bodes very well for Mitt Romney in November. Wisconsin has been a blue state in presidential elections since the 1980s, but now seems clearly in play for Catcher's Mitt.
Most likely, huge numbers of Wisconsin residents realized the folly of allowing public employee unions to negotiate contracts with the government, since politicians who are supposed to represent the taxpayers often are tempted to give in to union demands as a method of preserving their job security and re-election prospects. This blatant conflict of interest shall not stand.
Too, Wisconsin voters, like people across the land, are angry and incredulous that public union employees get indignant at the thought of contributing to their pensions and health insurance. Taxpayers are tapped out, and resent having to pay for these gold-plated benefits.
Did anyone watch the ludicrous videotapes of New York Times editors and reporters whining about how their retirement plans have been harmed by the Times forcing them into a defined contribution, rather than unsustainable defined benefit retirement program? It was rich, but doubtless these clowns expected to be taken seriously.
Incredible as it may seem, there are dolts out there who are JUST NOW CATCHING ON that generous cradle-to-grave insurance coverage and defined benefit pension programs are going the way of the dodo bird. Hey, it's 2012, guys. Not 1977.
I believe I'll sleep very well tonight. I'm not so certain about Richard Trumka, his fellow union thugs, and the Obama campaign.