After Scott Walker successfully turned back the recall, we have Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mitch Daniels of Indiana and a number of other governors saying, "Hey, look at this! We need to take some lessons here from Scott Walker....
I want to go back to me, on this program last Wednesday.
RUSH ARCHIVE: The unions going down the tubes yesterday, that's the lesson. Every Republican governor ought to now have a spine of steel, and Walker... Even TIME Magazine made this point: Walker did it by what? Not compromising! He didn't compromise one time with anybody on the left. He stood fast on everything he believed. Yeah, he got 38% of union households. He didn't compromise. The Republican establishment technique, the Republican establishment handbook to reach across the aisle and compromise to get the independents? Scott Walker said, "(Raspberry) to that," and he wins by seven points. ... Walker did not compromise one thing. Every Republican governor in this country now ought to have a spine of steel. The Republican establishment should have learned something major.
RUSH: Let's go to Sunday morning, Fox News Sunday. Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana. Chris Wallace said, "Is this some sort of watershed that we're seeing right now? Are voters across the country giving state and local officials the green light to go after, or at least curtail, public unions?"
DANIELS: You know, there's a reason that defenders of labor from Franklin Roosevelt, to George Meany, to many others always said that unionism had no place in the public sector; that it was a necessary freedom in the private sector, but that it was a bad idea in government.
WALLACE: Are you saying that you would like to see no public worker unions?
DANIELS: I think, really, government works better without them.
RUSH: Hear, hear!
And all it took was one election.
Nothing against Mitch Daniels, and I don't know that what I'm gonna say is true, but would he have said that had this recall not happened? Now, obviously he wouldn'ta said it if Walker had lost. But my point is: If the fight hadn't occurred, if somebody hadn't paved the way, would this line of thinking even be articulated? You think there's anybody out there in Republican circles with guts enough to say (in a vacuum), "We gotta get rid of these state employees' unions. They're killing us."
Now, once Scott Walker beats 'em back, it's, "Katie, bar the door!" Now we can all join the chorus. Now we can all join the club. This is exactly what I predicted was gonna happen: Newfound spines of steel. And it wasn't just Mitch Daniels. Let's move forward to Chris Christie. This is the Conservative Political Action Conference in Illinois. It's near Chicago -- in Rosemont, actually -- and here's a portion of his remarks.
CHRISTIE: It is an outrage to have the President of the United States stand up and say to hardworking governors, Republicans and Democrats around this country, that state and local government hiring is moving in the wrong direction and we're to blame because the economy's not growing. He's the one who put forward an ineffective, wasteful stimulus plan that did nothing to help this economy. He's the one who saddled us with all these federal rules and regulations that don't allow governors to have the freedom to do what we really want. And then he has the audacity to stand up this morning and say that it's the nation's governors and the nation's mayors who are driving our economy down by not hiring enough people for government work?
RUSH: Well, there you have it. So Chris Christie is now suddenly out of the "Obama's Just a Nice Guy in Over His Head" School. He's gotten out of that and is now taking Obama on. He's not just saying, "Oh, he's well-intentioned. He's a nice guy." Now the gloves are off. Exactly as I knew would happen. And there will be other governors joining this parade. There will be other Republican governors joining this parade. Scott Walker's gonna be... Well, he's already a hero. He's gonna become an even larger one....
June 12, 2012
Scott Walker's recall victory has given other states' governors "spines of steel" to confront unions.
Rush Limbaugh is delighted at the opportunity the "recall Walker" people here in Wisconsin created for beating back public employee unions all over the country: