Alternate title: liberal heads are making like watermelon at a Gallagher show all over Wisconsin!
In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker(R) served as the embodiment of the state by state battle to balance budgets and the best symbol of the struggle between the two political parties about how best to meet those fiscal challenges. His first year will extend well into his second year, quite likely culminating in a recall election to remove him from office.
He has dominated the political debate on both sides. Defining the issues. He is cited by both Democrats and Republicans as the best of example of what is wrong, or what is right with a conservative approach to government. Although they will never admit it, many Democratic governors are different from Walker only in a matter of degrees.
…This is why Governors Journal has selected Scott Walker as the 2011 Governor of the Year.
Kablooey! Holy crap, there’s a run on plastic ponchos! Zombie buffet line! No, wait, not on the leather seats! Go outside! Outside!
Note: none of the above exclamations should be construed as desirous or approving of the spontaneous explosion of liberal heads.
I especially enjoyed these couple of paragraphs:
Nearly every governor, regardless of party, began the year saying the current path of expensive pension and benefit packages for public employees is unsustainable.
“Nearly every governor, regardless of party.” And more than one of those governors, regardless of party, are following in Walker’s big-ass footsteps.
Even if Walker is removed from office, he still wins the debate. Any setback will be temporary. Pension reforms are a reality. California is next.
Not to mention, the absolute worst that could happen is Democrats taking back the Governor’s office and the State Senate. To repeal Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law, they’d need the Assembly, too. But they won’t have it.
Hat tip Brian Schimming.