As you’ve combed through the pages of NRO for the past few months, you’ve probably wondered what’s so darn special about Wisconsin. You’ve said things like, “I’m from Kansas, and we’re home to the little girl who told Abe Lincoln to grow a beard,” or “Why so little national coverage of the New Jersey town that serves as the home to Hitler’s private toilet?” Why would NRO let some nobody from Wisconsin spend five months posting stories about his state’s union dispute?
Apparently Nancy Pelosi has figured out why Wisconsin is important, as she has reportedly been raising money to fund the elections to recall six Republican state senators who supported Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to scale back the ability of public-sector unions to collectively bargain. National Democratic figures have concluded that Wisconsin is the canary in the coal mine for public unions — if Walker’s plan is successful, it could serve as a blueprint for weakening public unions around the country.
In the meantime, the 14 Democrat state senators who fled the state to hold up passage of Walker’s bill have continued to garner national attention. On July 2, the “Fleeing 14” senators were honored at the National Education Association convention in Chicago, taking part in a pep rally that would embarrass even Lebron James and the the Miami Heat:
But if Democrats succeed in winning three recall elections and win back control of the state senate (two seats are almost certain to go their way, which means they need to win just one of the remaining four), they will be emboldened. It will be trumpeted nationwide as a rebuke of Scott Walker’s policies, and will serve as a warning for future legislators around America who would dare tinker with union benefits.
And when the union fights across the country begin, no longer will the people of Georgia be talking nonstop about the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus.
— Christian Schneider is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.