Scott Walker’s survival isn’t the ‘end of democracy’


Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker waits in line to vote Tuesday in Wauwatosa. Walker faced Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (Morry Gash/AP)

This should also remind us that there is no daylight between “issues” and “women’s issues.”  With the state’s finances at risk, so were family budgets across the state.  That threatened women as workers and women as mothers.  That’s why women numbered among Walker’s prominent backers.  In fact, it was a woman, Diane Hendricks, who proved to be Walker’s most generous donor, contributing $510,000 to Walker’s campaign. 

As the duly elected governor, Walker and the state legislature adjusted public benefits that had been set by previous governors and legislatures.  Some of the governor’s opponents protested and used the established electoral process to try to remove the governor and several of his legislative supporters in a special recall election.  The people of the state voted no.

It was a grand democratic spectacle — and reminds us yet again how different the United States is from, say, Syria or Saudi Arabia or China.

While Republicans celebrate Scott Walker’s victory, they should be ashamed of and should oppose policies which act to suppress the vote in states across the country.

 They won’t always like the result as much as they liked Tuesday’s outcome in Wisconsin. But nothing should get in the way of people having a chance to choose their leaders.


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