How Scott Walker’s success could boost Obama

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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I was on CNBC’s “Kudlow Report” last night, discussing the possible implications that could come from a Scott Walker victory next Tuesday. The long-term implications are perhaps most exciting; If Gov. Walker indeed survives this recall, it will send a message to other governors around the country that you can do Thatcheresque things — that you can take on the unions — and still thrive politically. As RNC Chair Reince Priebus said on a conference call recently, “courage is on the ballot in Wisconsin.”

As America fights to turn the economy around, the implications are huge. On the other hand, Walker’s success, which is based on the fact that Wisconsin has actually added jobs during his tenure, could have ironic short term consequences: My guess is that the better Wisconsin citizens feel about the economy, the less likely they are to turn against Barack Obama in the fall.

In fact, I predict Obama will have enough moxie to boast about the job creation that has occurred under Walker’s watch.

Matt K. Lewis