Byron York details the emerging meltdown of the Democratic left in the Badger State. There is simply not a vast reservoir of support for collective bargaining for public employee unions primarily because the process has been abused and the costs of those contracts to the public has skyrocketed in an era of limits and and because the tie between union dues and politics is so clearly established in so many minds.
The union members aren’t underdogs anymore. They are instead seen as bullies and especially so soon after the “civil society” debate, the swarming and the personal attacks on Governor Walker combined with the flight of the Democratic legislators have opened up an enormous whole in their credibility as well as the credibility of the party and the president.
As the New York Times points out this morning, sympathy for the public employee unions has run low even among other union members. The leadership of the left is right to fear a backlash across the country and moves by Governor Kasich in Ohio and other governors supported by other red legislatures around the country. The key for Walker, Kasich and others is to keep making their case –calmly and with facts as has been happening– as the voters know that changes must be made and will support every reasonable call for a return to reasonable tax burdens.