Oh, and the concessions have caused Stacy McCain to quip, “So after all this protesting, now the unions want a ‘compromise’? Yeah, they’re losing this battle and they know it.” (Via Instapundit.) Just a reminder, they may have lost the battle for people’s hearts and minds, but they still haven’t lost it legislatively.
Recall that on Main Street USA, Democrats lost the health care battle, only to win it on Capitol Hill. Still, a high school friend of Glenn Reynolds wonders if this is, “the high water mark of Liberal America? Will their push be broken? Is the tide turning? All eyes seem turned to the Wisconsin Capital, waiting for a result.”
FROM THE COMMENTS: Louise B nails it: “The only reason the unions are agreeing to the financial cuts now is because they know if they keep the collective bargaining, they can reverse the financial cuts later.”
He has never tried to disguise his stance on the issues of the day, and if it can be said that “[u]nions have always been his piñata, over and over,” then one can hardly be taken by surprise by his stance on unions in general, or on public sector unions in particular.
And despite–or because of–this stance, the voters of Wisconsin elected him Governor in 2010, with a 6 point, 124,000-plus vote margin between himself and his opponent. Not a landslide, but not inconsequential either, especially given the fact that Walker has not shied away from stating clearly his public policy views. In doing so, the voters not only elected Walker, they endorsed his views, views he clearly articulated throughout his career in public life.
The relevant discussion did indeed take place last November. Via Instapundit. Read the whole thing.