Timing is everything. Two weeks before the election the Marquette University poll showed Scott Walker up over challenger Mary Burke by a convincing seven point margin.
Days later, stories hit the new media about Mary Burke’s firing from the family business, Trek bicycles.
Though two decades passed since she was forced out, the stories roared from the blogosphere only a week before the election. Burke was unable to bend the doom curve back in time and was throttled on election day.
During the campaign, talk of Wisconsin moving on right-to-work legislation simmered. Scott Walker himself brushed it off as “a distraction,” and even the ranks of GOP assemblymen and legislators who were on a likely path to retaining power kept mum.
It would seem only natural that right-to-work would be the chaser to Walker’s Act 10, which dramatically pared back union collective bargaining power in the state. Act 10 precipitated Walker’s 2012 recall election. The union blow back was fierce.
Walker won handily, but declined to go for the jugular and pursue right-to-work as his victor’s spoils…