Some are suggesting this is smart politics on the part of the Democrats who fled to union stronghold, Chicago, Illinois. I strongly disagree, however, because elections just took place and the people of Wisconsin elected a Governor who campaigned on making tough choices in dealing with the deficit.
Furthermore, conservative groups are rallying to the call… finding benefits in doing so at every corner.
Take Americans for Prosperity, for example. AFP has been in Wisconsin running one of the most proactive, most productive free-market efforts in the entire state. Mark Block, long time tea party activists and state director for AFP has been in the trenches for years.
Americans for Prosperity is currently running a very targeted, highly relevant banner ad at the top of the Drudge Report.
See screenshot below:
The link sends you to a Stand with Scott Walker campaign with a short petition page.
Americans for Prosperity is also organizing a major counter rally in protest of the bankrupt message coming from the unions, and in support of Scott Walker.
In all honesty, this counter to the unions feels very much like the birth of the modern day tea party movement back in February of 2009. Rick Santelli made a comment about a “Chicago Tea Party,” and activists from across the country responded in a Historic way.
The unions and the Democrats they elect should be careful here. There is huge potential for unintended consequences here that would bring no benefit their way.