What’s at stake here? Via Allahpundit, Jay Cost has an answer.
The old craft and industrial unions had a stake in the private economy: the faster it grew, the more workers were needed, and the more money everybody made. However, that is not how public sector unionism works at all. In fact, the interest of the public sector unions is not in growing the private economy, but of socializing an ever-greater portion of the national wealth.
And these unions have a decidedly clientelistic relationship with the Democratic party. They provide money for the campaign in exchange for special benefits after the election… Today’s Democrats protect and expand government unions whenever and wherever they are able – by fighting efforts to trim collective bargaining rights, by opposing school choice, by resisting efforts to make the government function more efficiently, etc…
That’s really important.
Ace had a post today about how conservatives should get behind traditionalist movies like “For Greater Glory”. After all, movie studios will have a greater incentive to make right-of-center films if they actually make money. Rewarding good behavior will more often than not get further good behavior in the future.
We tend to forget that we have to reward politicians who stand strong for our team. Governor Walker has taken a heaping ration of shit from the Wisconsin Left and their allies in the national progressive movement. They’ve made this a national referendum. It would be very nice if the good guys won this thing and demoralized the liberals but good.
More: I dunno who is going to win this recall. However, I was listening to the radio this afternoon and I happened upon the Ed Schultz show. You could practically hear his tears dripping onto the microphone. Lots of “It ain’t over til it’s over” talk. Much doe-eyed winsome referring to anecdotal evidence of massive progressive turnout.
Like I said, I won’t make a prediction but Sgt. Schitzhead sounded like Team Walker pissed in his feeding trough.
That’s gotta be a good sign, right?
Still More: Ace coblogger CAC has a great Wisconsin recall election monitoring post up and running over at the HQ. Live updates, commentary, the works. Check it out, it’s pretty cool.
UPDATE: Via the AOSHQDD: Walker: 251,276, Barrett: 155,283 with 19% reporting.
That sound you’re hearing? Liberals working up into a full-throated wailing and gnashing of teeth hissy-fit.
UPDATE II: It’s over. Walker wins. Decisively.
I’ll be on Twitter, drinking progressive tears…like the sweet sweet wine that they are.