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Obama pretended that the Wisconsin recall elections had nothing to do with him or the big government policies that are the hallmark of his agenda. He pretty refused to campaign on behalf of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett — knowing it was a losing proposition and not wanting to attach his name and brand to this particular failure (Jesus knows he’s attached to failures enough of his own making).
And now — apparently — one of the consequences of the Democrats losing so badly in the Wisconsin recall elections is that the unions are now doing to Obama what he did to them in the Cheese state: they’re abandoning him:
The President had plenty of time to rally voters and to show some moral support to the unions who helped him win the presidency. He simply chose to abandon them for his own selfish political reasons.
According to a new poll, the rift between Obama and unions is real and now threatens the President’s reelection chances:
Two new and disturbing polls just out suggest that the road to reelection is getting tougher for President Obama.
In the most significant, Gallup found that union member support for the president is weaker than it was on Election Day. While Obama took 67 of the union vote, according to 2008 election night polling by Peter Hart for the AFL-CIO, Gallup discovered that just 58 percent of union members back the president now. Some 35 percent support Mitt Romney, 5 percent more than Sen. John McCain won in 2008.
Another consequence of the recall elections — a recall based on Gov. Scott Walker’s (and the majority of the voters of Wisconsin) to curtail not just the collective bargaining rights of public unions, but also on the rights of unions to automatically collect union dues directly from the paychecks of their members — is that union members themselves…now with the option to pay their union dues…are already abandoning the unions.
I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning. Smells like victory!