Well, if you haven’t heard the news – Rick Santorum officially suspended his campaign. No more “conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney. In the end, Romney’s millions of dollars were just too much for Santorum, and with numerous personal troubles with his family, (including the health of his daughter, Bella) it was time to call it quits. He was still my pick, and I’m proud to have supported a strong candidate and a good man. But he’s still young – don’t think that Santorum will be gone forever. We may very well see him in the next round of primaries in 4 or 8 years.
In the meantime, its now time to move our attention from Romney vs Santorum to Romney vs Obama. We had a hell of a time picking our team leader, but now that he’s picked, its time for Romney to show the same viciousness he showed to Gingrich and Santorum to Barack Obama. Of course, now that Obama knows who his opponent will be in November, he’ll start attacking Romney heavily as well. With that in mind, its time to rally behind Romney. Let the games begin!
Here in Wisconsin we’re also coming up on Scott Walker’s recall election. I spend enough time in the more liberal communities to hear all of the arguments against Walker. He’s against “workers’ rights”, he’s “destroying our schools”. The fact of the matter is that Wisconsin had a $3 billion deficit before Walker was elected. By the end of his first year Wisconsin had a $300,000 surplus. He did this by eliminating numerous collective bargaining privileges that were being used to take the public for every tax dollar they had. What this meant was that Wisconsin had one of the worst business climates in America, and some of the highest taxes as well.
Since Walker took over property taxes went down for the first time in years, unemployment is down, economic outlook is favorable, and 8 out of 10 business owners feel Wisconsin is on the right track. Scott Walker passed voter ID laws, concealed carry laws, the castle doctrine, and of course, his infamous “Act 10″. At the end of the day, Wisconsin is turning around. Not only do Wisconsinites know it, but so does the rest of the nation. Scott Walker was named governor of the year – by the other 49 governors of the United States.
But he’s being recalled. Public employee unions want their money, their benefits, and their so-called “rights”. Democratic candidates will battle it out soon for a chance to be Walker’s opponent. Kathleen Falk appeals to far left liberals, while Tom Barrett has the more moderate approach. Each have their own hang ups. Falk lacks the name recognition needed to bring down Walker, and Barrett has already attempted to beat Walker back in 2010 – he lost by a landslide. Only time will tell who the democratic nominee will be.
But there’s more. Long time US Senator, Herb Kohl, is retiring. His seat will be up for grabs in November, and plenty of people are jumping on board. For the democrats – just one – Tammy Baldwin. For the Republicans – 4 different names are already in the hat. Mark Neumann, who ran against Walker in the Republican primary for the governor’s office; Eric Hovde, a businessman running a similar campaign to Ron Johnson’s in 2010; Jeff Fitzgerald, Wisconsin’s speaker of the House; and former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson. I’m looking forward to learning more about each of the candidates. At the moment I’m leaning towards Tommy Thompson, for the sole fact that he’d be an easy win against Baldwin. But my opinion could change.
All in all, this summer and fall are shaping up to be very interesting. The presidential election alone is enough to drive most voters crazy. Add in some heated Senate races and the recall of the most loved and hated governor in America – Ha! This is what its all about! Bring it on, baby!