Walker’s gubernatorial opponent in Wisconsin not even bothering to campaign on restoring union benefits

posted at 9:31 pm on April 30, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It’s certainly no secret that Big Labor has slowly but surely been losing what was once its unassailable clout in various regions across the country: Union membership has been on the decline for decades; Michigan became the country’s 24th right-to-work state in 2012 despite some fierce resistance; and in Wisconsin, even state Democrats aren’t even remotely looking to reprise the gigantic Labor tussle that boosted incumbent Gov. Scott Walker to national fame in 2011 as a potential strategy for unseating him this fall. Via the WSJ:

Ms. [Mary] Burke sticks to a bread-and-butter argument that job growth has faltered under Mr. Walker. She talks up her business credentials as a former executive at her family’s business, Trek Bicycle Corp. But Ms. Burke largely steers clear of the 2011 law championed by Mr. Walker that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol in Madison while coming to define the governor’s tenure.

As Democrats see it, there is no realistic path to victory over Mr. Walker in November by building a campaign around restoring Wisconsin’s public-employee unions to their former status. That fight has been fought—and lost, many Democrats said. …

Underscoring the new political calculus in Wisconsin, Ms. Burke is waging a campaign that parts ways in important respects from one of the most reliable pieces of the Democratic coalition: organized labor. She doesn’t say she would repeal the law, called Act 10. Nor does she favor lifting the requirements that many public employees contribute more to health and pension benefits.

“I think it’s only reasonable,” said Ms. Burke, 54 years old, the leading candidate in the Democratic field. Instead, she said she would work to reinstate collective-bargaining rights that were rolled back.

Unions are still some of the biggest campaign contributors in the country, but Americans in general are increasingly looking at Big Labor as just another special-interest group out to get theirs — often at the expense of not only the overall economy but even their own workers.


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For some reason, this reminds me of a Boris Karloff movie – “Die, Monster, Die!!!”

Tom Servo on April 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe Burke should just not campaign. Or maybe she’ll follow Nanzi Pelosi’s advice and campaign on Obamacare. What could possibly go wrong?

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

It’s more of a semi-hidden secret she would dismantle Act 10. She is, after all, a Madison School District board member.

I could mention her “main” primary opponent, Rep. Brett Hulsey, but I don’t want to spoil the Googling surprise. You might not want to do that from a work computer though.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Well, she seems to possess more common sense than the GOP, with their suicide dive into Amnesty.

OldEnglish on April 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

You tempted me.

He seems very suited for the democrat party….

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

You waved a very nice carrot there, Steve.

First, I got this surprise, but this one had me scrambling for sham-wows and Windex lol!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

but this one had me scrambling for sham-wows and Windex lol!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

That imbecile does know that the confederacy lost doesn’t he?

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Hint – add “speedo” to the search term. You’ll probably want Eye And Mind Bleach for afterward though.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

That’s funny. Walker is a great success story.

Not much luck for Ds running on jobs either, considering the unemployment rate has dropped quite a bit since Walker took office. He inherited a huge budget mess too. He’s done an excellent job, and I think even people in blue Wisconsin realize that and will reelect him.

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Walker 2016

ouldbollix on April 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Unions are still some of the biggest campaign contributors in the country, but Americans in general are increasingly looking at Big Labor as just another special-interest group out to get theirs — often at the expense of not only the overall economy but even their own workers

…it took 30 years?…no wonder that shithead is president!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I hope democrats in Wisconsin vote for Brett. He is fits in well with Nazi Pelosi and other democrats. I really like his Confederacy reference.

BroncosRock on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Yes Walker for president. Democrats will attack Walker over the fact he did not finish college. Walker’s team should have ads out with people who are successful who do not have a college degree to combat the democrats attack.
Go WALKER. Please Run for president.

BroncosRock on April 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Listerine and an ear syringe won’t cut it? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I don’t remember many Confederate veterans from Wisconsin, Oscar.

Guess Hulsey missed that day in Shop class…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The more I see of Walker, the more I like. Are the any WI people here who can speak to his ability to reach “the precious independent voters” and possibly even some LIVs? We need someone in 2016 who has enough leadership qualities to appeal to more than just “the base.” Like Reagan did.

ncinca on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

The more I see of Walker, the more I like. Are the any WI people here who can speak to his ability to reach “the precious independent voters” and possibly even some LIVs? We need someone in 2016 who has enough leadership qualities to appeal to more than just “the base.” Like Reagan did.

ncinca on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

5 months prior to Obama whitewashing the Romney/Ryan ticket and Tammy Baldwin whupping Tommy Thompson for an open Senate seat (Thompson had won his last statewide election for governor by a 60/40 margin…back in 1998), Walker pretty much cruised to a recall victory by a bigger margin than his election as governor.

That, and winning 3 (non-partisan) elections as Milwaukee County Executive, which never votes for Republicans, should tell you what you want to know.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:53 PM

The more I see of Walker, the more I like.

Agreed. He has a great temperament under stress and arrives at reasonable (and difficult) solutions in ways that could survive the most polarizing political climate that we now enjoy under the divisive “leadership” of the king of class warfare and demagoguery.

jedifinance on April 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I’d like to know what she’s promised the unions, for their support. Is she going to try and turn back the clock? Is she going to leave the state until the legislature passes her plans?

bflat879 on April 30, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Are the any WI people here who can speak to his ability to reach “the precious independent voters” and possibly even some LIVs?

This is the big one:

He has a great temperament under stress and arrives at reasonable (and difficult) solutions

He’s so calm and reasonable it can sometimes disarm the opposition. He doesn’t “advertise” that much compared to the Democratic Party, but when it does it’s most often about economic growth, small businesses and jobs. Many of the young entrepreneurs I know, including the left-leaning ones, like him.

DevilishSoda on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Walker has done a great job, as have Jindal and Perry, among others.

Governors make better Presidents but the fact of governance usually means they have had to work with the other party at some point and perhaps had to compromise.

Which is the point in recent years when the Purity Police begin shouting “RINO” and throwing poop.

Adjoran on May 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

**DO NOT BE FOOLED**

Burke is beholden to the unions and will make every effort to overturn ACT 10.

Articles like these are not helpful.

ignatzk on May 1, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Walker has done a great job, as have Jindal and Perry, among others.

Governors make better Presidents but the fact of governance usually means they have had to work with the other party at some point and perhaps had to compromise.

Which is the point in recent years when the Purity Police begin shouting “RINO” and throwing poop.

Adjoran on May 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

This

jake-the-goose on May 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Walker is an highly effective administrator and a quintessential Wisconinite.

He also has no charisma or on-stage presence and would struggle to gain acceptance or even identity among the vast unwashed hordes in the nation at large.

He is a white guy who would do a good enough job as President (sounds like Mitt?), so he would be an unrelenting target of the media.

Is he capable of wresting control of the campaign story away from the spin-meisters? I don’t know. Mitt failed miserably at this, as did GWB. (McCain of course threw Sarah under the bus, and then threw the election.)

They allowed the left to create the narrative, and they lost. During Walker’s fight with the union lackeys and during the recall, standing pat and not caving was the right decision, but the campaign for President will call for much more than that.

Dolce Far Niente on May 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

He is a white guy who would do a good enough job as President (sounds like Mitt?), so he would be an unrelenting target of the media.

Yeah, he’s not used to that treatment at all.

Vancomycin on May 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM

During Walker’s fight with the union lackeys and during the recall, standing pat and not caving was the right decision,

Seeing as how I live in the belly of the beast where this occurred, I’d have to say you’re leaving some critical bits of information out.

1) Yes, standing pat and not caving was the right decision. It was also the difficult decision. He was threatened, his friends were threatened, and his family members were threatened. The left threw everything they had at him and he still did what was right. That’s difficult.

2) Further, Walker didn’t just stand pat. He refused to cave to the baiting, and outright threats by the loons on the left and did not use the state police to force the loons out (as much as I wish he would have). This showed a mastery of the politics and optics of the situation. He made his “opponents” (really enemies, anyone who threatens you, or your family aren’t opponents) look like the crazies they are, on national news.

Vancomycin on May 1, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Walker sounds like the real deal.

BTW, if his being a “white guy” is going to be such a liability (I don’t think it is if he’s the right white guy), that’s easily remedied by who you pick for the VP spot. If that’s how you want to play it.

ncinca on May 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM