“The bitter battle over union rights [sic] in Wisconsin sent masses of angry protesters flooding into the streets,” reports Robin Bravender in Politco
. . . placed the state at the center of a national debate over Big Labor’s power and sparked the historic recall to topple GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
But you’d hardly know it from the campaign to replace him.
On the eve of the June 5 recall election, the issue of collective bargaining has become just a footnote in the hard-fought battle for Wisconsin. Democrats gloss over the issue in campaign speeches, political advertisements and debates in favor of zeroing in on Walker’s tactics. Democrats and labor groups run separate field operations. And the party’s nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, wears the fact that he wasn’t labor’s top choice for the ticket as a badge of honor.
Emphasis added. Wonder why Democrats are sidestepping the issue which spurred the recall? Could it be perhaps that the reforms are working? Or that Wisconsinites are beginning to appreciate how the privileges (that Bravender calls “rights” above) the state once granted to public employee unions account for ever higher government expenditures?
In the Obama campaign’s video on the Wisconsin election, the president’s team doesn’t even mention the specific “rights” at issue. Interesting, very interesting.