If Scott Walker wins, we all win

June 5, 2012

While introducing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at an OCPA dinner on April 11, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin correctly dubbed him “a profile in courage.” And in the words of Rep. Paul Ryan (yet another OCPA dinner speaker), “courage is on the ballot” today.

“Tuesday’s recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is one that matters a great deal because it will test whether taxpayers have any hope of controlling the entitlement state and its dominant special interests,” The Wall Street Journal editorialized yesterday. “Specifically, we will learn if a politician can dare to cross government unions and survive.”

If Gov. Walker does survive, one fervently hopes it will embolden state policymakers in Oklahoma. After all, if Gov. Walker can enact bold reforms in a purple state (Wisconsin has voted Democratic in the last six presidential elections; Mr. Obama won there by 14 percentage points), policymakers in one of the reddest states in the country are without excuse.

Some possibilities for Oklahoma policymakers:

Even though the political leaders in one of the country’s most conservative states shouldn’t require an infusion of courage in order to enact conservative reforms, a Walker victory could nonetheless provide one. And if that happens, we all win.

Brandon Dutcher can be reached at twitter.com/brandondutcher or facebook.com/brandondutcher.