The Wisconsin recall effort failed to remove Scott Walker from office. And while it surely has something to do with nearly $31 million spent from the Walker campaign, Tom Barrett was certainly not the most charismatic candidate. A fractious Democrat primary also helped take the wind out of the sails of the recall effort.
“First of all, I want to thank god for his abundant grace,” said Walker in the opening moments of his victory speech. God, of course, preferred Scott Walker to Tom Barrett. That wasn’t the last symbolic connection between the Christian religion and conservative political ideology, with Walker remarking, “Faith, family, freedom.” Then his little minions started chanting, “Thank you, Scott… thank you, Scott.”
Walker invoked the Founding Fathers, but he might have noted that those revolutionaries were comprised of a wide variety of political ideologies, which Walker categorically rejects. And he somehow suggested that the revolutionaries weren’t interested in their “political careers,” but this is just patently false—many of them, including Alexander Hamilton first and foremost, were incredibly interested in their political and financial careers.
The question now becomes: will Walker be conciliatory after the recall or will it embolden him with a Bush-esque “mandate” to keep dividing and conquering unions and the Wisconsin electorate? Walker did tell the Associated Press that he’d like to sit down with the Wisconsin legislature for beer and brats (a time-honored tradition for any Wisconsin citizen), but that doesn’t seem like a real possibility. What’s the point in working with a legislature when one never really tried in the first place?
Walker is quoted as saying, “Bringing our state together will take some time, but I hope to start right away. It is time to put our differences aside and figure out ways that we can move Wisconsin forward.” If he moves with any of the velocity with which he did in dividing and conquering the unions and the State of Wisconsin, this should actually happen rather fast.
On a more serious note, Walker might actually begin to mend Wisconsin by telling the people of his state why 3/4 of his $31 million campaign donation total came from out-of-state donations (wealthy donors, Super PACs and the RNC), including $10 million from the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, which paled in comparison to union and Democratic dollars. That might begin to repair the damage caused by his unilateral, antagonistic decision-making tactics.
Exit polls prove that Walker succeeded at what he’d said he would do, “divide and conquer the unions.” According to exit polls, 36% of voters who claimed that either they or a family member were in a union supported Walker.
One thing is perfectly clear, though: Now Scott Walker can really demonstrate how he’ll fix the Wisconsin economy and bring jobs back, and he’ll have plenty of help (more on that just below).
Congratulations to the out-of-state donors whose money comprised 3/4 of Walker’s total campaign donations and expenditures—money well spent. Now it’s on you to help the people of Wisconsin and their economy because you care so much about the state, right? Get to work on strengthening the middle class. Build the economy so the money trickles down.
Diane Hendricks, Bob Perry, David Humphreys, Dick DeVos, Sheldon Adelson, Foster Freiss, Louis Bacon, Trevor Rees-Jones and David Koch, it’s now you’re duty to fix the Wisconsin economy with your business acumen. (Check out Mother Jones’ breakdown of these contributors’ donations—only Hendricks is from Wisconsin.)
Get it it trickling, you lords of business. The state is yours now.