Winners and Losers in Scott Walker Recall Election -- Wisconsin View
Who won and who lost in the Scott Walker recall has a special flavor coming from Kevin Binversie, one of Wisconsin's most respected conservative political bloggers.
Here in a nutshell, from his piece on WisconsinReporter.com, is Binversie's take on Tuesday's historic recall election in the Badger State:
Gov. Scott Walker. All but certain to win re-election in 2014.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. The unassuming former Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman who now heads the Republican National Committee went all-in for Walker, his longtime friend, and the investment paid back in spades.
The Republican Party. Does this mean Wisconsin is now in play for November -- that the state is no longer a Democratic certainty for President Barack Obama? Maybe so.
Voter turnout. This is what democracy looks like. Huge voter turnout numbers were recorded, even more than in 2010.
Wisconsin’s business climate. Business was up in the air until the election finished. It finally has a clear sense of the state’s regulation and tax policies.
Labor. Said Binversie, "Millions of dollars spent, political energy squandered, and a platinum-plated Cadillac-level voter-turnout program ended up producing naught."
Wisconsin Democrats. Their public spin will be that they won -- that they succeeded in taking control of the state Senate. But few political watchers see John Lehman’s victory over Van Wangaard as much of a long-term takeover for Democrats. With new legislative elections in November -- in newly redrawn and more GOP-friendly districts -- it’s more like a rental agreement.
Civility. Some of the worst kinds of behavior that could happen during a campaign happened. Booing during the Milwaukee mayor's concession speech as he’s congratulating Walker on his victory. The random lady slapping him moments afterward. Death threats against Walker. Grownups have to do more than show up; they have to be heard.
In the interest of disclosure, Binversie is a Wisconsin native. He served in the George W. Bush administration from 2007-2009, worked at the Heritage Foundation and has worked on numerous state Republican campaigns.