May 24, 2012
“…the mayor can be tentative and slow to act. While building consensus is admirable – the opposite of the approach Walker often takes – the mayor can be risk-averse to a fault. One example: He has been slow to articulate a vision for economic development in the city and to develop a strategic economic plan for Milwaukee…”— Editorial endorsing Governor Scott Walker over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the upcoming recall election, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 19, 2012
In secular terms, an epiphany is defined as a sudden realization of something’s true meaning. We’d say the Journal Sentinel just demonstrated one. Because for all the speculation over what the recall is really about, it finally comes down to this: Do Wisconsin voters believe their state, and hence their personal situations, will improve if Scott Walker is replaced in the governor’s office by Mayor Tom Barrett?
Given the identical choice 19 months ago, voters didn’t think Barrett was the right guy. Since then, the biggest relevant changes are, 1) the state’s books balance for the first time in about 13 years and 2) some government union members are mad at Walker for making them help pay for their own retirement and health care benefits.
Sounds to us like the way things are supposed to work, but read the endorsement editorial in its entirety.
There’s plenty to analyze, but if the newspaper that never misses a chance to cast doubt on the Walker administration agrees that it’s time to end the childishness, who are we to complain?