Gov. Scott Walker vows that none of the legislation he supports this session will prompt massive protests like those that rocked the state Capitol soon after he became governor in 2011 and unveiled a plan to all but end collective bargaining for most public workers.

"We're not going to do things that are going to bring 80,000 or 100,000 people into the Capitol," Walker told the State Journal in a recent interview. "It's just not going to happen again."

But as Walker enters the final two years of his first term and prepares his 2013-14 budget, he'll be facing dual challenges, observers said.

He'll be keeping an eye on his re-election prospects in a bitterly divided state where he was the first governor to face a recall — and became the first governor in U.S. history to survive one — while seeking to build his credentials as a national conservative hero who is frequently mentioned as a potential presidential contender.

"The things that he has done in the first two years have certainly established his reputation among conservatives, and I don't think that's likely to be undermined. But it does raise questions about how he will break new ground on a conservative agenda," said Charles Franklin, a UW-Madison political science professor. "I think it is a bit of a balancing act to preserve his position as a leading conservative nationally while not provoking a backlash here in the state."

Message to GOP: Avoid divisiveness

Walker says his budget priorities in the upcoming legislative session will be job creation, workforce development, tax cuts, education reform and building transportation infrastructure. His other legislative priorities include passing a mining bill and venture capital legislation.

The governor said he has talked to small business owners throughout the state who say "right now, more than anything, they want certainty" so they can try to create jobs.

During his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Walker pledged to create 250,000 jobs during his first term. Last month the governor said the state was closing in on his goal, having created just under 100,000 jobs. The specific number, his spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said, was 86,490 private-sector jobs between December 2010 and June 2012.

But PolitiFact Wisconsin did its own analysis and found a much smaller number — just 37,011 jobs added statewide since the governor took office.

Walker now says building certainty and avoiding divisiveness is such a priority that he will push GOP lawmakers not to bring up certain bills important to conservatives, including some he may support, such as those to end same-day voter registration, restrict immigration, implement so-called "right-to-work," and overhaul the state Government Accountability Board.

"It's not a flip-flop because I'm not necessarily changing positions," Walker said. "I'm just saying in light of where we're at, in light of where we're headed, if we want to focus on creating more jobs in this state, we need to have the focus be in that area."

Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee governmental affairs professor and former Democratic lawmaker, said Walker's change in tone and approach is rooted in the recall.

"People have forgotten how traumatic the recall was," Lee said. "Ideologically he's the same person, but politically he's become much more careful."

Take action, and talk

Prior to the November election, Walker was welcomed as a hero at the Republican National Convention and campaigned for Republicans across the country. Since then he has done far more public appearances in state, like on his "Talk with Walker" tour.

Walker said those stops, where he speaks at businesses and opens the meetings to the media but not the general public, show his approach will be different in the coming session.

"Two years ago, I was so eager to fix things that I didn't spend a lot of time early in the term talking about it," Walker said. "Because my frustration has always been, not just here but particularly in Washington, most politicians talk about things but never fix them."

He added that he now thinks people want elected officials who take action as well as talk with them about their plans.

But Democrats remain unconvinced that Walker is approaching the second half of his term with a new attitude.

"He's doing his best to impersonate a moderate now," said incoming Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee.

Larson said he hopes Walker and his fellow Republicans will be more bipartisan in the upcoming legislative session, but suspects the governor simply "wants to try not to draw attention to the divisive legislation that they're going to push."

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, predicted that a re-election run will not be easy for the Walker.

"I think 2014 will be a different year," he said, citing the difficulty Walker will face explaining the state's job-creation numbers.

Walker campaign spokeswoman Nicole Tieman acknowledged in a statement that the governor will be a "top target" among Democrats and liberal interest groups in 2014, but said in the recall election "voters sent a clear message that they believe Wisconsin is moving in the right direction."

"Wisconsin has turned the corner under Governor Walker's leadership," she said.

National constituency, financing

Franklin said Walker winning a second term as governor is a prerequisite to any other political pursuits.

And Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said Walker is well-positioned for 2014, and possibly beyond.

"Walker doesn't need to do much to please conservatives; they are already happy with him. Working on improving his state economy is the safest path to re-election. Then 2016 awaits, potentially," Sabato said. "Conservatives mention Walker as a presidential candidate prominently and frequently. He'll have a constituency and financing if he runs in 2016. Of course he has to get re-elected first."

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Mr Mellow
Mr Mellow

How can you tell when Scott Walker is lying?

His lips move.

Akklia
Akklia

Did you notice, Walker let slip the true numbers for the WI Peaceful Protest gatherings? HAW. The newpapers underreported each one by at least one-third.

I hope that Mikulas isn't still counting votes she keeps finding...else the 53% will prevail, once again, here in WI.

skippie
skippie

Wow how delusional you are to pretentious facts just are not true. As for love, I am guessing to the rape and incest that occurred at the occupy protest. One if the finest group of people the left ever assembled. Why does tape occurred at occupy protests but bit at tea party rallies?

skippie
skippie

Now the idiot left seems to be claiming there were no death threats. Lol what fools.

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

Where's your proof Skippie? Just like it was gonna cost $7 Million to clean the Capitol a figure someone pulled out of their hat with NO research or even inspection!

skippie
skippie

FBI idiot. Walker had the right to pass legislation. He fid not abuse power.

skippie
skippie

Actually no. Compare the arrest records of tea party gatherings to gatherings of the 99% ers. HUGE difference! Libs, by nature, as many believe there are no absolutes, justify doing just about anything. Like shooting people in a pro life organization. Conservatives know there is right and wrong.

LuAnne F
LuAnne F

Walker's big money backers have done nothing to bring jobs to Wisconsin. If they expect him to be re-elected, we better see them come up with the full 250,000 jobs he promised WI in his first term.

PapaLorax
PapaLorax

people need to understand that changes are slow and the key is the put the right policies in place to let business grow on it's own. It would be much easier to grab tax payer money and spend it and say "voila!"...but that just continues to long term problems.

Walker will get credit for turning the state into a business friendly state whether he hits the 250 or not...certainly people will see the contrast of higher taxes and more spending and reject that concept again.

Mr Mellow
Mr Mellow

Walker will get credit for turning the state into a business friendly state?

Not any time soon.

Recently Forbes magazine (a conservative publication) ranked Wisconsin as one of the 10 worst states for business—even lower than its rank in 2011.

Forbes stated: "The Badger State adopted the slogan 'Open for Business' in 2011, erecting signs along the state border. The results have been middling at best as job growth is projected to be second worst in the U.S. through 2016."

Smart Politics
Smart Politics

Walker has his own agenda that doesn't include the best interest of the majority of Wisconsinites. His priority should have been job creation and improving Wisconsin economy from the beginning. Instead it was furthering far right wing, conservative agenda. He is and will always be a corporate, conservative puppet.

onwisconsin1
onwisconsin1

He's gone, but there are a handful of things he could do to stay in office. If medicinal marijuana is legalized and republicans pass progressive reform on that issue, he could stay in. Moderates are sick of seeing good kids and people with mental health/physical ailment get locked up and embarrassed over the issue....it's to the point where it's created a law enforcement industry that is full of hypocrites, and they know it. There are about 2 other things, but I don't want to share any good ideas on here- the dimocrats pretty much threw the recall, possibly on purpose. For real. Don't believe for a second what this guy is saying about a moderate agenda....oh wait, nobody does anyways. #actionsspeaklouderthanwords

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

You gotta be kidding? Of all the damage Walker has done to WI This is the issue you find most endearing? No wonder the right thinks "librals" are idiots!

onwisconsin1
onwisconsin1

No, dumb@ss, this is an example of a wedge issue they could address to increase support. I didn't say anything about the issue being 'endearing' to me....maybe take one of those Xanax's your doc prescribed?

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

Walker has lied 62% of the times he opens his mouth according to Politifact. Why would anyone believe him now?
http://www.politifact.com/personalities/scott-walker/statements/byruling/false/


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PapaLorax
PapaLorax

you understand politifact doesn't evaluate every statement - just ones that people question...that is why most politicians score very low.

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

No, his score is LOW because he consistently LIES!

skippie
skippie

Dear hate mongers. Death threats, hate and destruction of property are the main weapons of liberals. You even prove it here and now.

Smart Politics
Smart Politics

Skippie you have it all wrong about liberals. You should become more educated on the truth/ seated in reality before you post in a public forum.

kashka-kat
kashka-kat

But we love you Skippie - can you not feel the energy emanating from our heart chakras? You should get a past life regression and clear the trauma around that unfortunate beheading you suffered during the peasant uprising in Estonia.

skippie
skippie

Liberals is not very bright. We heard it all before, Walker will never stay in office after the recall. The republicans will lose power... And so on. FACTS are, Walker was re-elected by a GREATER MARGIN. and republicans are still in power. FACTS beat the opinion of liberal whiners every day! Oh, another FACT is that schools are doing their job better under ACT 10 than before it. Now with Act 10 in place the unions will no longer force the school districts to lay off the best new teachers of the year!

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

Reading these blogs, I am sensing a lot more opposition to Walker than was the case even 6 months ago.

But writing blogs criticizing Walker is not enough. We need to educate our fellow Wisconsinites how the Republicans have destroyed our state in the last two years. We need to expose them for who they really are, tools of the rich who always want to rule over the middle and working class.

There is a VERY good reason the Republicans cut funds for education for our kids. They don't want them to be educated and more informed. More educated and informed voters would NEVER vote for Republicans.

196ski
196ski

"There is a VERY good reason the Republicans cut funds for education for our kids. They don't want them to be educated and more informed. More educated and informed voters would NEVER vote for Republicans."

You know that is false so why say it?
From WisTax:
"Federal Medicaid funding for Wisconsin will be more than $1 billion less in 2011-13 than in 2009-11. As a result, general fund tax dollars are needed just to maintain current spending. In fact, general fund spending at the Department of Health Services—the state’s Medicaid agency—is $1.4 billion (32.5%) more than 2010-11 base spending. With school aids accounting for the biggest chunk of GPR spending (about 40% in 2009-11), lawmakers looked there for money to fund Medicaid."

You can say Walker should have raised taxes, or that Walker should have cut Medicaid funding and kept education in place, those were viable options at the time. Instead, what you choose to write reflects more poorly on you than it does Walker.

iponder
iponder

There are only a few people to blame for our divided state....Walker, Vos, and the Fitzgeralds. Its a bit late to be mending fences. All we have are hollow promises like the one to create 250,000 jobs.

skippie
skippie

No, I am not a hater, I issued no death threats, defaced no public property, beat up no one, threatened no one. The liberals did all that and it is fully documented!

spooky tooth
spooky tooth

skippie, now you sound as paranoid as webby. I hope you don't have any guns designed for war. You're only a heart beat away from freaking out.

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

Skippy! Where's your documentation! I'm an eye witness to the protests at the capitol in 2011. Firefighters, police officers and their families speaking out against Walker's abuse of power. Remember these were the HEROS of 911.. Now to you and those of your ilk they are scum and thugs. Here's my documentation! http://youtu.be/mskBjhCrQmA

Where's yours! Put up, or SHUT UP!

skippie
skippie

Good thing the people of Wisconsin were smart enough to keep Walker and put the republicans in charge of things. Education has already improves and now taxes will be going down. That is wonderful news. Maybe Walker can overcome all the job losses from Obama's failed policies.

jennfdl
jennfdl

I'd like to know where you live. My taxes have not gone down. you must be one of those R's that don't pay any taxes at all - leaving the burden to those of us who actually work for a living.

skippie
skippie

Quick check in wiki proves I am right USA has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. Lol at the idiot liberals.

skippie
skippie

So do liberals make sense when they issue death threats, deface private property, and threaten business owners? How about when they beat up a guy that puts a republican sign in his yard? How about when they pee in the halls of the Capital? How about when they constantly break the law? Do they make sense when they super-glue doors shut? Seems to me liberals are pretty stupid. I guess that is why so many of them are low information voters.

jennfdl
jennfdl

Count yourself as one of those low info voters. Most of the storie that you cited have already been disproven. But don;t let facts get in you way skippie. btw "skippie" is a perfect moniker for you.

Barb10242
Barb10242

How about people like you who believe things that have NOT been proven, and are often DISproven Skippie?

Smart Politics
Smart Politics

Skippie, You don't seem to be very well informed or educated. There are a few bad seeds in every group. There are conservatives right wing nuts that have resorted to death threats, violence against people who don't believe as they do, and law breaking. Do you choose to ingore that? You're not making good sense.

skippie
skippie

Wrong, Dems even admit that US businesses simply cannot compete because they pay higher taxes than other places in this world. You simply know nothing about the real world.

skippie
skippie

No liberalsmakenosence. You must have failed Econ, if you ever took it. When you lower taxes, you give people more money, they buy more things, therefore companies have to gear up for the extra business and hire more. More employed means more revenue. Clear example of this is the Reagan tax cuts which increased revenue. Most über liberls here have zero understanding of taxes.

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

skippie, you live in a theoretical world. Through all the loopholes out there (and low tax rates), businesses have been paying pretty low taxes. But how many businesses do you know who have hired much in the last few years? We have had high unemployment for the last 5-6 years.

Again, tax cuts need to be funded. There is no little birdie that comes around and puts money in the Government's pocket to provide services. Time for you to go back to that Econ class, skippie!

spooky tooth
spooky tooth

Get rid of corporate welfare.

Barb10242
Barb10242

Amen Spooky!

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

Can any of these right wingers tell me what Walker has really dome that will be lasting? Huh?

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

How about low unemployment and money in the bank.

Nav
Nav

Walker has created VERY few jobs. No one sees any money in the bank?

53703
53703

So, they will only moderately try to restrict voter rights? Only moderately decimate public education?

Sorry, not impressed. The level of past disrespect shown to the WI public is insurmountable. Playing a game of make nice isn't going to work now. Hey, but I'll be happy if they try it out. Keep the next couple of years peaceful, and then vote them all out for good.

Beingbucky
Beingbucky

"Taxes are bad" is one of the GOPs biggest big lies, right up there with how making rich people richer creates jobs. Think, don't wish.

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

I don't see a lot of poor people creating any jobs.

skippie
skippie

No spooky, only the left are the haters. The ones that constantly break the laws, the ones urinating in the halls of the capital, the one that broke into the capital, the ones that deface private property, the one issuing threats to business owners and death threats to republicans. This is what the left is and does. A bunch of lawless angry union thugs. Your not going to deny they have done all of this and more. Oh yes, let's include assaulting innocent citizens that choose to put a sign backing republicans in their yard.

Rosalie
Rosalie

skippie is obviously a hater and I bet a big time fan of Rush

Barb10242
Barb10242

Skiipie? Do you really believe that repeating untruths and facts that have been DISproven will make them true?

Rosalie
Rosalie

"We're not going to do things that are going to bring 80,000 or 100,000 people into the Capitol," Walker told the State Journal in a recent interview.

80,000 or 100,000 people wouldn't have shown up at the Capitol if Walker had the decency to campaign on one of his major issues - ending collective bargaining for public workers. But he kept that under wraps as he didn't want them showing up at the polls either.

Those who didn't vote in the 2010 off year election have little right to complain.
Let's hope more people will show up to vote in 2014.

concerned_citizen
concerned_citizen

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.

Walker won the recall election because of slick tv ads saying "the things he did didn't rise to the level of recalling him".
NOT because Wisconsinites felt that the state was moving in the right direction.

but nice try.

athabasca
athabasca

In the print edition, the big headline on this story was "The Road Ahead."

Interesting that they could spill so much ink on the road ahead for Gov. Walker, without a single mention of John Doe...

koala
koala

Once a weasel, always a weasel.

Oh, sorry, no – not weasel. I meant fascist.

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

Walker knows deep down that to win re-election is NOT going to be easy this time around. That's because now he has a record, and it sucks.

What should we expect Walker to do to win? Well, Walker knows that people don't like to pay taxes and this is where he will fool them again. Even though he says the state's economy is still recovering, he will get his cronies in the legislature to reduce state taxes. Notice how taxes are already on the agenda for the legislature, and there is a reason for that.

We must NOT be fooled again by Walker's tactics. He has fooled Wisconsinites too many times, and the result is we are both broke and divided. This will continue for as long as Walker is Governor.

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

I don't get it It sounds like you like paying taxes. A politician that lowers taxes is doing his job and Walker is doing it well.

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

When you cut taxes you also reduce the revenues for the Government, and that means people have fewer services provided to them. Bad schools, more crime, no one to plow the snow, few teachers or firefighters.

In the case of walker, who saw lower taxes? I didn't. I don't think anyone did. It was a political ploy before, it will be a political ploy again.

196ski
196ski

So it was a "political ploy" when Obama cut one billion dollars from Wisconsin's 11-13 Medicaid budget? What political ploy will Obama try on Wisconsin this year? Did Walker and Obama work this out together, some sort of grand conspiracy?

From WisTax:
Federal Medicaid funding for Wisconsin will be more than $1 billion less in 2011-13 than in 2009-11. As a result, general fund tax dollars are needed just to maintain current spending. In fact, general fund spending at the Department of Health Services—the state’s Medicaid agency—is $1.4 billion (32.5%) more than 2010-11 base spending. With school aids accounting for the biggest chunk of GPR spending (about 40% in 2009-11), lawmakers looked there for money to fund Medicaid.

I don't mind that you don't like Walker, I don't care for him that much myself but to fix problems you have to understand them. This one wasn't Walker's doing. That honor falls to Doyle and Obama.

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

Nobody likes giving the government more money. Even the liberals. They like everything paid for but don't ask them to pay more taxes.

witness2012
witness2012

I hope it's true that Walker will attempt to build bi-partisan support for his agenda. I guess, we'll see in terms of his actions in the next few months.

The way he is handling the mining bill so far doesn't fill me with much hope. He is ignoring every bit of testimony that emerged from Tim Cullen's committee hearings and going back to the extreme and poorly conceived AB426 as a beginning draft for legislation. That is a sign that he is ignoring all of the groups that expressed valid concerns with the problems with that bill and that he plans to simply shove it through, if he can.

If he does, he will have 80,000 people protesting it, as well as numerous lawsuits filed by native tribes and will be setting up conflict with the federal government. Is that an example of how "moderate" our governor will be?

mic check
mic check

"Not intended to be a factual statement" - Jon Kyl's office

Roundtable
Roundtable

One person's idea of distraction is another person's idea of importance. To change a record of governing from the far right to the middle as a game plan for reelection shows the failure of the ideals in the first place, and a lack of understanding of what the people want. Things are always changing, to remain a dinosaur is to admit defeat.

skippie
skippie

Listen to the complete and utter hate from the party of tolerance. Why are liberals so hateful and less happy than conservatives? Studies show this. Your hypocrisy is clear to all you tools of big union.

spooky tooth
spooky tooth

we have a governor that divided and conquered the state, using all the tools that hate and fear can muster. you reap what you sow, WI is a state that is divided by hate, and based on your comments as skippie or tomtom 33 you are right in the middle of it.

madcitydude
madcitydude

Who do the dems have to beat him? The dems need a viable candidate who can reform not just spend.

Roundtable
Roundtable

mad, Well you've got two choices here. Either tax and spend or tax and borrow. Right now we've got tax and borrow.Sorta like the Bush years.

persia
persia

Trouble is Walker can just gerrymander the governorship like they did the legislature where 47% of the vote gives them 60% of the seats. He actually has to have more people vote for him. Time to put restrictions on voting rights....

bobsuruncle
bobsuruncle

Wow, the TX GOP Elephant's lips weren't moving while their hand was stuck up Walker's backside!

Badger Joe
Badger Joe

Walker is still a Weasel no matter what his public pronouncements are. Just remember his statement to Diane Hendricks of ABC Building Supplies about making Wisconsin a "Right to Work State." Since the Koch Brothers poured $10 million plus into saving his sorry hide during the Recall, he works for them--not us. Also, for the record, 38,000 new jobs = 15% of his goal of 250,000 after half of his term is over. At this rate of driving jobs away (wind farms, high speed commuter rail, health insurance exchanges) he will be lucky to get to 100,000 new jobs in a recovering economy in 2013-2014!

Nav
Nav

People can all call Governor Walker all sorts of names but what good will that do? It makes them look a bit shallow.

If we do not want to see Governor Walker get re-elected, we have to do more. Lot more. We have two years to educate uninformed people what the Governor has done for and to the state. Infrastructure for this was set up during the Recall election, and it is still in place.

Here are the facts:

The Governor is nowhere near creating the 250,000 jobs he had promised

He ended the long term practice in Wisconsin of collective bargaining (although the Act is tied up in courts)

Wisconsin's economy is rated among the worst in the nation

The State is no less polarized as it was when he rammed his Act 10 through the legislature. And the people have not forgotten.

His promise of lower property taxes had NOT happened.

When you come to think of it, very little of what candidate Walker actually said would happen if he was elected Governor, has actually happened! This is something the people need to be reminded of. And if they are, there is no way a majority of Wisconsinites would vote to re-elect the Governor.


Akklia
Akklia

And, on a recent color map denoting the states least friendly to business:

Red being the worst, orange being almost the worst...Yellow middling...I was only looking for WI, so stopped at middling...

Wisconsin was Orange.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

Walker's learned he as to talk to people? Give me a break.

I'm not one who likes to throw out the Koch brothers/ALEC cards. But Walker is going to do what the Koch brothers and ALEC tell him to do. Yes, the Koch's and ALEC are Walker's brains. Their thoughts are his thoughts. To understand the Koch's and ALEC is to understand Walker. The Koch's and ALEC have always looked at things in the long-term. So even though it is contrary to Walker's own nature, Walker will follow the Koch/ALEC lead and tone things down.

To be sure the Kochs and ALEC will continue pushing their radical agenda. They just aren't going to be pushing it in Wisconsin for the next year and a half. They are going to take the long-term view and try to consolidate gains in Wisconsin. They know that if their legislative gains in Wisconsin don't yield economic gains Walker's aggressiveness will actually be a step backwards over time.

motherlode
motherlode

Oh, jeez, he just wants to get re-elected, and the republican'ts aren't doing very well right now.
Or did I miss something? Walker and his cronies couldn't even deliver the state for Romney. Obama by 7 points!
And it's time to review the 'one person, one vote' gerryrigging done by the republican'ts also.

xcatholic
xcatholic

doubt very much if that moral weekling will stop lying and cheating his way into GOP hall of fame.

Observer5
Observer5

So after a close initial election, massive demonstrations, and a historic recall election Scooter no longer believes he has a mandate. Maybe he's not as dumb as I thought.

jennfdl
jennfdl

"Maybe he's not as dumb as I thought."

Oh yea he's all that dumb and even worse are his supporters.


S54k
S54k

How sad. Looks like walker won't be repeating as "Conservative of the Year". I doubt being in jail would have disqualified him, but not putting into legislation conservative ideas he truly supports just to avoid controversy will. The only thing I admired about walker was that he had balls, he'd support whatever his donors told him to support no matter how much it "divided and conquered" us. Now I have no respect whatsoever for this bozo. President walker? I hope he runs so the national media can get to the bottom of his Marquette days, John Doe stuff, Koch connections, etc. he's an embarrassment to the state!

Barb10242
Barb10242

Well said!

joeartboy1
joeartboy1

Using the words "Walker Promises" next to each other is an oxymoron...

enigma
enigma

Who are these Democrats that are going to make Walker's chances of getting reelected difficult? Until the Dems change their leadership(Tate and others) and start fielding viable candidates that appeal to moderate, independent voters statewide, the Dems will be consigning themselves to the political wilderness for years to come. Our system works best when we have two strong parties offering compelling ideas--and we don't have that in Wisconsin.

jennfdl
jennfdl

Enigma - your comments are a real hoot. Don't have your head buried in a deep dark place do you? Keep supporting this loser and his toadies. The reflection that it casts on you is not attractive. hahahahahaha.

enigma
enigma

gman & jennfdl, you miss my point...nowhere do my comments suggest that I support the current administration. I am simply pointing out that the state Dems can't win with the its failed leadership that lacks a vision and a strong message that will attract independent voters. As the Obama v. Romney race demonstrates, it is not enough to run on a platform that you are against everything that the incumbent stands for. You have to do more and offer a vision that transcends the party extremes and appeals to a wide variety of people. The state Dem's dismal performance in both the recall and the fall election demonstrate my point. Jennfdl, until people like you pull their heads from places where the sun doesn't shine and recognize the failed leadership on the left/progressive front, the current cabal will continue to run over the rights of working folks in this state.

jennfdl
jennfdl

The dems got more votes in WI in the Nov elections but because the secret and elusive Gerry Mander the R's got the majority of the seats. This election did not give them a mandate.

gman
gman

You mean moderate like Ron Johnson ?More tea party trash representing alec and the koch brothers yet claiming a huge citizen backing.

enigma
enigma

I am humored by the comments that Walker will have a difficult time getting reelected. The Dems have not demostrated an ability to field compelling candidates that have statewide appeal for moderate, unaffiliated voters. Until the state Democratic Party cleans house and brings in more creative leadership, moderate voters will simply not vote in that next election.

Cheezer
Cheezer

There are difficult realities any Governor must face

- we are a graying state and most older people with assets leave for lower tax states
- the protests were an embarrassment and will make it difficult to attract job creators
- most young people with education leave Wisconsin for better prospects which leaves us with a populace dependent upon expensive government social welfare programs

Bucky24
Bucky24

Scott Walker cares nothing about Wisconsin. He continues to look ahead to his next political arena and leaves chaos in his wake for the next person to clean up. Walker/Ryan ticket..... seriously?

gman
gman

Ryan who could not win janesville and lost the state . Darling of wi corporate owned media ... deficit hawk now responsible for voting for 14 trillion of it.Go Ryan LOL

JoeBiteme
JoeBiteme

Walker will be a political machine in this state for years to come. Efforts by the unions to bring him down have only made him stronger.

gman
gman

True the way you bring down a republican... put him in charge eventually the corruption like WEDA become a regular item and passing the debt to further generations piles up. Manufacture and Commerce lobbies not for small business or people or the interest of wi .It lobbies for its own small self interest. And that is who Walker will benefit a very small interest.

Robert James
Robert James

It's disingenuous in the extreme to portray his survival of the recall as an indication of voter opinion of the direction the state is going. Analysis of the results from all sides of the political arena acknowledged that many voters cast ballots for the incumbent as a way of showing displeasure with the recall process itself. Hardly an endorsement of Walker's agenda.

farming
farming

Robert you just keep on believing that.

gman
gman

Robert thanks for your opinion and your anarchy symbol says it all ... but here is the truth we all must live with. His way has not worked maybe moderation will.
http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-wisconsin-debt-clock.html

Smart Politics
Smart Politics

Robert, I completely agree with you. It is highly unlikely that Walker gets re-elected even if he pretends to be a moderate. I personally know a lot of democrats that disliked Walker, but opposed the recall process. That is why he remains WI's governor.

Nav
Nav

Governor Walker is an astute politician. Of course he is going to display a moderate tone for the next two years. After all, he faces an election in two years and he wants the Wisconsin voters to only remember the moderate Governor of the past two years, not the extreme Governor he was during his first year and a half in office.

Should the Governor be re-elected again (unlikely but possible), would be continue to be moderate? What do you think?

Robert James
Robert James

I don't believe he's going to remain "moderate" even as far as his attempt at reelection. I think as soon as he and the Legislature pass a few token pieces of "bipartisan" law, we'll start seeing the ALEC-based playbook back in full force.

Barb10242
Barb10242

I'm with you Robert James! He's not a changed man, so he will continue pushing the same ALEC agenda he began before the national elections.

Smart Politics
Smart Politics

Again, I believe that Robert is right on target with his comment.

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