Posted on June 12 2012 – 7:00 PM – Posted by: Doug Brady
Scott Walker, the governor so polarizing that TV talking heads have made that adjective part of his name, took office early last year committed to live or die by his agenda for rescuing Wisconsin from deficit spending and dangerous debt. You decide the significance of his introducing his bombastic 2011 legislative package on Feb. 14 — a toxic Valentine, perhaps, to his apoplectic opponents.
And on Tuesday, Walker not only lived, he lived large. He had delivered solutions. We’ll pause here for the side debate on whether his style — choose uncompromising or obnoxious, principled or vicious — is one to emulate.
On this we all can agree: Wisconsin’s election was a referendum on Walker. All else paled. A traditionally liberal electorate knew he had made mistakes, then decided that, on balance, his policies had helped his state. That conclusion — not whichever Democratic candidate opposed him — sealed Walker’s fate.
We invoke Wisconsin not to predict the outcome of the nationwide presidential race, but rather for what it teaches about the sitting president.
On Nov. 6, 2011, when we launched this series of occasional editorials on a defining contest in a divided nation, we didn’t anticipate that the election of Nov. 6, 2012, would narrow in scope to a referendum on Barack Obama. But it has.