How did Scott Walker win Wisconsin? Brookings’ E.J Dionne says that Walker’s victory is instructive about American politics today and the 2012 race to come. (Washington Post)

Is Scott Walker the American Thatcher? (AEI)

Politico’s Arena asks: Does Scott Walker’s victory pave the way for the GOP in 2012? (Politico)

Manhattan Institute’s Michael Allegretti on Scott Walker victory: “The Wisconsin recall election is a defeat for public-sector unions, but a win for everyone else – taxpayers, Republican and Democrat, who have been footing the bill for special interests that play by a different set of rules. In restoring fiscal solvency and preserving public services, Gov. Scott Walker’s win strikes a blow for effective and vigorous government, putting to rest the frequent charge that conservatives hate government and want it to fail.’” (Politico)

“Any solution to the nation’s fiscal problems remains elusive. Virtually everyone agrees that nothing much will likely be resolved before the election. A lame-duck Congress and president will instead confront a fiscal cliff — when a variety of tax provisions expire at the end of the year and a sequester and debt ceiling loom...But if the Democrats hang tough, allowing these tax cuts to expire and the sequester to go into effect, they can win this battle. Otherwise, I fear, they are toast,” writes Isabel Sawhill. (Politico)

Jonah Goldberg: The upside of the downside. (National Review)

Victor Davis Hanson: Romney fights back. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: When minors commit violent crimes, should they be treated differently from adults? Is prison effective as a punishment and deterrent for juveniles, or does it harden a young person who might otherwise recover? (New York Times)

Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Green power corrupts. (Washington Examiner)

Nepal, on the brink of collapse. (New York Times)