Wisconsin is one of those states that should go Republican in Presidential elections but somehow serially falls short of the mark. The last time Wisconsin voted Republican for president was in 1984. Since then it’s been close but no cigar. In 2000 they played with our emotions and went to a statistical tie but unlike Florida they came out on the wrong side in the end.
It’s not that Republicans can’t get elected in Wisconsin. Some stalwart members of Congress hail from the cheese state (at least that’s how I think of it). James Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan come to mind. I might add a fresh face to that list, Rep. Reid Ribble who is quietly making a name for himself in Washington.
Republicans have demonstrated that they can win statewide elections too. Senator Ron Johnson is proof of that. So is Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. The left/unions came after him with all their ugly might and they still couldn’t defeat him.
The governor’s office is also highly winnable for Republicans. Starting in 1987, Tommy Thompson was elected to four terms. He served three and a half of those terms before leaving to join the George W. Bush administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services. His final term was finished out by his Republican Lt. Governor, Scott McCallum. After McCallum we saw eight years of Democratic governance and then the voters elevated the current incumbent, Scott Walker, to the Governor’s office.
Gov. Walker is one of those guys who means business. He says what he’s going to do and then he does it. That doesn’t sit well with the entrenched left in Wisconsin. It’s got the unions pretty torqued. They’ve declared Wisconsin the mother of all battles, the hill that must be taken no matter the cost. They tried to stymie Gov. Walker’s legislative agenda and failed. They occupied, trashed, and otherwise defaced the state capitol and still lost. (Shocker, I know.) And now they are recalling the good Mr. Walker.
From what I can gather, it looks like Mr. Walker is favored to win re-election. I hope he does. I think he will. And if he does, this is my prediction: the left/unions will be so dispirited, so disorganized, so bankrupt, that they won’t be able to drag Barack Obama across the finish line in November. If Scott Walker wins the recall election, the GOP nominee will win Wisconsin.
Bold? Sure. But I think we can. We, maybe, possibly, can. Si se puede!