"A stand by Wisconsin Republicans against a massive effort to oust them from power could reverberate across the country as the battle over union rights and the conservative revolution heads toward the 2012 presidential race."
"Democrats succeeded in taking two Wisconsin state Senate seats away from Republican incumbents on Tuesday but fell one short of what they needed to seize majority control of the chamber."
"Republicans saw it as a big win for Gov. Scott Walker and a confirmation of his conservative agenda, the hallmark of which was a polarizing proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers."
"'Republicans are going to continue doing what we promised the people of Wisconsin — improve the economy and get Wisconsin moving back in the right direction,' Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a prepared statement after the victory."
The rest of the Washington Post article is here.
These recall elections are a clear repudiation of the leftwing divisive "rhetoric" which focuses on calling the Tea Party terrorists and extremists. The "middle of the roaders" in Wisconsin did not buy what the liberal Democrats were selling.
"Wayne Boland, 41, a Whitefish Bay man who works in marketing for a medical equipment maker, said he voted for the Republican Darling 'not because I entirely agree with everything the Republican Party has done or the governor' but because they’re working toward addressing the state’s problems."
For the liberal Democrats (and our vocal local leftist), who are out of touch with the center, it is either time to retool the "rhetoric" or actually start fixing America's problems. The US Senate, who has not passed anything of consequence since 2010, should take note.
Wisconsin is about as "middle of the road" as it gets. The fact that the GOP won in Wisconsin after Obama came out with the "it's the Tea Party's fault" none sense, is very telling of the right turn this country will take in 2012. Most of us are in the middle, and instead of divisive rhetoric, we are voting to fix the problems of a nation.
"Is it 2012 yet?"