He has told me several times – and mentioned in his speech Tuesday – that he wishes he’d spent more time making the arguments about the need for reform before he set about formally proposing them. Fair point. And it’s possible some voters would have been persuaded by those arguments.

But the Democrats who fled to Illinois would have done so anyway. The protestors in Madison would have gathered and chanted and occupied just as they did. And the unions would have fought the same way.

They understood two things from the beginning: The reforms would work and they would thin the ranks of public sector unions. That is precisely what happened. Public sector employees, given a choice about union membership, are opting out.