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Watch Wisconsin

June 13, 2012
The Journal

The state of Wisconsin is starting to move on from a bruising recall battle, won by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans against the Democratic-public union supporters who wanted to yank him from office.

It was as partisan as a battle can get. Walker angered liberals and labor by proposing and passing legislation that reduced public unions' rights to negotiate. They petitioned for a vote to recall Walker. Walker, backed by conservative money from around the country, massively outspent his critics and kept his seat.

After the election, Walker spoke about his desire to mend relationships, to cross the divide and bring Wisconsin's lawmakers to work together.

It will be worth watching Wisconsin to see if he can accomplish that. It is a tall, tall order, but if he can do it, if Wisconsin can overcome partisanship and its lawmakers can start to treat each other with respect and a spirit of cooperation, then we should all be taking notes. Walker could be be named the Mediator General of the United States if he can make that happen.

It is more likely, however, that Walker will bring the Israelis and Palestinians together on a community development plan than bring Democrats and Republicans together in his state.



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