Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is feeling the love, after voters backed him Tuesday for a nine-point victory, making him the first governor to win a recall election in U.S. history.
And to think, all it took to bury the chances of Walker’s Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, was $45.6 million, most of it from outside interests and individuals.
If any nonwealthy Wisconsinites voted for Walker in spite of reservations about him and what he’s doing, they had better fasten their seatbelts and prepare for a rough ride in the months ahead. Walker was a conservative Republican, anything-to-win bully before the recall. Now, expect him to feel liberated to pursue his radical, union-busting, trickle-down agenda with no holds barred.
After all, Walker has fat-cat Republicans and special interests all over the country willing to write big checks for him. His state is well stocked with people who can be persuaded by the propaganda those big checks buy to vote against their own best interests.
So for Walker, the Koch brothers, et al, it’s blue skies and green lights all the way in Wisconsin.
No one should be surprised if the repercussions spread beyond Wisconsin. Middle-class people and unions in other states with Walker-type Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures could well see their powers that be emboldened to do more and worse in the months and years ahead.
We hope for their sake the middle-class and working-class voters who gave Walker his easily bought victory don’t end up being road kill when the election’s buyers reap their rewards.
And make no mistake, those election buyers will reap their rewards.
P.S.: This Mother Jones item, toward the end, provides revealing insight into the kind of big-money interests backing Walker. Think fracking.