Implications of Walker's Failed Recall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived an organized attempt to throw him out of office. Does that matter here?

The media called it about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday our time, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a labor-backed attempted recall.

Does an election halfway across the nation have an impact here? Are there any lessons to learn? Could changes be in store for public employees, such as teachers?

According to CBS News, the recall fight, prompted by Walker's decision to strip Wisconsin public workers of their collective bargaining rights, "has doubled as a proxy fight over whether Republicans can push through spending cuts and confront organized labor - and live to tell about it."

The state's teachers union, the California Teachers Association, has been keeping an eye on Wisconsin events. A search of the governor's name yields 85 results.

Closer to home, there's no doubt local teachers are watching. The Capistrano Unfiied Education Association has a tab linking to a video called the "Walker Dilemma." 

So is it an interesting case study? Is it relevant at all? Tell us in the comments, but please refrain from using the word "hack." Deal?

KC June 06, 2012 at 04:35 AM
It might no go so quietly, since Wisconsin allows for same-day registration and voting, there is a huge potential for voter fraud as places like Madison had over 100% voter turn out.
bbq June 06, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Yeparoo June 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
A very interesting thing happened in the Wisconsin yesterday. The Tom Bradley Effect, minus race. The exit polls (people telling how they voted when leaving the voting booth) show the election at 50/50, a dead heat. Fox, MSNBC, CNN, et al subscribe to the voter service that collect this data. They all announced the election as "too close to call" when the numbers clearly showed the election was not "close." The betting on Intrade put the odds of Walker winning at approx 90% with the actual vote margin of 54% - 46% in favor of Walker. Why did voters tell exit interviewers they were voting for Barrett when in fact they voted for Walker? They we're tired of demagoguery from the well healed public employee pensioners. In a very friendly state, neighbors have even stopped speaking to each other. The Tom Bradley Effect works like this. People who voted for Deukmejian, to avoid the overly racially charged California gubernatorial elections in 1982 and 1986, either avoided the exit poll questioner thus self selecting out of the survey, or they flat out lied about who they voted for. Change the names of yesterday's Wisconsin election to Barrett and Walker, and you have the "Tom Bradley Effect."


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