Whether he meant to or not, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has secured the political high ground and left Democrats and their union supporters shaking their heads in disbelief. I was a little worried about the governor's fortitude when he offered a collective bargaining compromise earlier this week, but after tonight's developments, I'm now convinced Walker knew Democrats would likely turn him down.
All throughout this debate, unions and Wisconsin Democrats decried Walker's budget bill for including collective bargaining provisions, claiming they had nothing to do with solving the state's fiscal crisis. Now that the GOP has extracted the provisions out of the budget bill and passed them in a non-fiscal measure, Dems have literally no recourse for claiming his actions were a moral violation -- they have made his case for him.
Senate Democrats were offered a compromise on collective bargaining and they turned it down. Now the anti-union provision is on its way to the State Assembly and onto the Governor's office for his seal of approval... and Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.