Wisconsin Governor and presidential hopeful Scott Walker has had a tough time lately handling the press, but new story out today may give him a boost. In the Washington Post, Robert Samuels reports that Walker’s 2011 law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public sector unions has decimated the ranks of the state’s unions. Some unions have seen membership drops as high as 50–70 percent, as the decline of collective bargaining rights appeared to strip many unions of their raison d’être.For many, this news is evidence that Walker’s legislation was inhumane and tragic. But the piece suggests that some people really like what they are seeing:
While some union members have been energized by the fight, they say they notice a new, more vocal animosity toward them. It has been particularly pronounced in rural areas, where public-sector jobs were some of the most prized gigs in town.In King, population 1,700, Magnant said she couldn’t change a sign at the union hall without someone giving her the finger. Farther west, in Stanley, prison workers said they ditched their favorite pizza pub because the owner stood by while other customers called them “leeches.”
You can bet that the conservative base nationwide shares some of this animosity—and the greater the decimation experienced by public sector unions, the happier with Walker they will be. That will buy Walker goodwill on other areas if he chooses to downplay some other base priority. For this well-positioned Presidential candidate, the higher the skulls stack, the better his chances.