In all likelihood, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will survive the recall tonight and become an unlikely rock star on the right. As Churchill said, “There is nothing more invigorating than to be shot at without result.”
The consequences of a Walker win may not be fully appreciated. So we’ll get the ball rolling:
1. Wisconsin becomes a key swing state, causing panic among those pundits who declared that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes is “very narrow.”
2. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) zooms to the top of the VP list on the arguments that he’s so much less boring than the other front-runners, he can lock up Wisconsin, and the Ryan-Biden VP debate would be comedy gold, raising the question: After 30 minutes, should there be a mercy rule?
3. Romney packages proposals on repeal of Davis-Bacon, cutting the federal workforce, converting all federal employees to 401(k)s and anti- corruption legislation, making it illegal for elected officials who received campaign donations from a labor union to engage in collective bargaining with that same union.
4. Republican governors and state legislatures introduce Walker reform plans around the country.
5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) introduces a Walker-lite plan, warning labor bosses that they should take what they can get.
6. Public employee union reform becomes an issue in the presidential, Senate, House, gubernatorial, mayoral, city council and dog catcher races across the country.
7. Obama “evolves” on the Keystone XL Pipeline, telling us Sasha and Malika think labor unions are really nice and those green people don’t give enough in campaign donations.
8. A great whoosh is heard as the left punditocracy’s previous support for recall elections goes down the memory hole. Fox News is blamed for coming up with the recall idea.
9. The New York Times’ spasm of common sense (“Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp”) is, alas, short-lived.
10. Obama has someone new to blame for the poor economy. You guessed it: Scott Walker.