As Intrade continues to put Gov. Scott Walker's chances of winning the Wisconsin recall election this coming Tuesday at better than 95 percent, the Daily Beast has posted a preemptive post-mortem. "The left," reporter Sally Kohn informs us, "has seemed more comfortable being angry than channeling emotion into influence."
I suppose that's one way of putting it. Another? "The left" is merely a euphemism for the public-employee unions, which never had any policy argument on their side at all, instead merely operating a swindle: the state was required by law to deduct union dues from paychecks, the unions then used these dues to purchase political influence, and the Democratic party obliged them by giving them lavish benefits. When Gov. Walker ended the swindle, the unions had nowhere to go--nowhere, that is, except to the usual dreary rhetoric about "the left," "speaking truth to power," and on and on.
The swindle, the old dishonest rhetoric--the whole corrupt racket, operated for so many years by public-employee unions and their friends in the Democratic Party and the mainstream press. In Wisconsin, it's over--it's just over. Soon enough, we'll see about ending the swindle in other states--yes, California comes to mind--but for a few days, let's simply admire what the courage and tenacity of Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the legislature have accomplished.
And although you needn't join me--most of you, I know, lack my own lower impulses--as organs such as the Daily Beast wriggle and writhe, coming to grips with the Democrats' defeat, I myself intend...to gloat.