SHOULD WISCONSIN BE OBAMA'S WATERLOO?
He only has his work cut out for him.
All the noise by state union workers in Wisconsin, but they could not uproot Walker as governor in the recall election.
According to media reports, he won by 53% to 46% over his opponent, Barrett, who thought wrongly that he had the support to beat the governor in that election.
However, would the Walker win encourage other Republican governors to follow his example and curb the unions' determination to protect the gains of the past on pensions and health care benefits?
There was no doubt that they would, because the Walker victory was not just for him, but for the whole Republican Party; as the political momentum has shifted so sharply that the party would not waste time to hunker down on the enthusiasm that it (victory) has caused and to take advantage of it.
It would not be a surprise that Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, would decide to choose Walker as his running mate.
Romney's reaction to the Wisconsin result almost pointed to that, as he remarked, "Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses," (CNN, 6/6/12).
The joy of Walker's win could not be contained in Republican circles, as it could be a harbinger for what the November election could bring; and although, the national polls have not tilted to their side, there was hope that their candidate has a chance of winning.
Barrett had made a big mistake initially by conceding to Walker, while the voting was still in progress; and there was a story that an angry woman slapped him to get even with him for being so stupid.
Yet, was the result a set back for Obama and the Democrats? Of course it was; and it showed that he and the party as a whole have an uphill battle ahead, which could have an unpleasant outcome.
He has the lead in the polls; but at the same time, he has his work cut out for him to turn things around pretty fast or he would find his opponent catching up. He was aware of how determined the Republicans were to spoil his campaign and get him out of the White House.
The Democratic Party itself has to look for the problems it has and solve them before disaster struck; as it has some of its leading members making conflicting statements or throwing him under the bus by forcing him to accept same sex marriage as a civil right, when he knew in his heart that it was not.
Those that were praising Romney's record as "Stirling", when he was governor of Massachusetts, and then changing to condemn him in some aspects as not being the right person to be president of the United States, were only throwing messages out that would confuse the electorate.
All that was bad news for Obama; but he must concentrate on telling his listeners that he was correcting the economy, and though, his detractors were placing obstacles in his way, he would get it (economy) moving faster again.
His record on National security was succinct, as he has been able to deter Al Qaeda, by getting rid of some its leaders, Bin Laden among them; and that the country was safer now than ever before. America's enemies were out there, but he was ready, able and willing to face them on all levels to protect the nation. 9/11 should never happen again, so long as he remained president of U.S.
The voters knew how hard he was working; and if he would continue in that mode, they would grant his request for a second term. What he needed to do was to rely on himself, and nobody else, and his reelection bid would be successful.
Also, his campaign has people he could trust, and no names would be mentioned here; but they were the ones that he should take advice from. He knew them, and he would not allow their efforts to go to waste. Barrett's loss should not be his loss. Wisconsin shouldn't be Obama's "Waterloo" in the making.