Regardless of the outcome of the all-but-certain recall election Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is facing this year, Democratic Governors Association Chairman Martin O'Malley says Walker can't win.
"I think in many ways, Scott Walker's already lost," O'Malley said in an interview on Saturday with Hotline On Call at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington. "He took the state into such a hard right turn, going after the rights of workers to be able to organize and to collectively bargain ... I can't imagine him having a very effective run, win or lose."
O'Malley's response raises an interesting question to ponder: If Walker wins, how do Democrats spin it? Republicans will proudly proclaim that the public has accepted Walker and his policies. And that will be a hard line to argue against. But Democrats would likely offer a response similar to what O'Malley is saying: Walker's policies have already been damaging for working class Wisconsinites.
It's all another reminder of the politically risky calculation to move toward a recall in the first place; if Democrats don't unseat Walker, they won't be in the same place they were before the whole process began.
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