New York Magazine:
"Walker will keep his job, at least for two more years, for two main reasons. First, he outspent his opponent eight to one, a staggering margin that is almost impossible to overcome. Second, large chunks of the swing vote bought into his procedural case against the recount, which is certainly not crazy. Exit polls showed the electorate favoring President Obama over Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin, suggesting the fundamental orientation of the state’s electorate has not changed much since 2008."
Listening to local talk radio, the callers' message was very clear - Imagine those lousy state workers in Wisconsin crying over a few extra dollars they were asked to fork over for health care.
I know an individual who pays MORE THAN HALF his weekly salary in "health care insurance" fees. He doesn't complain - he's an average Joe - NOT a state worker.
"...the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat. We’ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support."
What we, outside Wisconsin, don't know, is how the public there perceives their Gov. For example, here in Albany, New York, we have seen (at President Obama's visit to the Nano Campus) POTUS and Governor Andrew Cuomo embracing (as compare to the what's-been-described-as-a snub Obama gave Governor Paterson on a previous junket to Capitaland). The Cuomo persona as NY experiences it is either loved or feared. Avoided or respected. Unions here know Cuomo is able to get things done.
The New York Times:
"But even with the Republican victory on Tuesday, it remained an open question whether Mitt Romney, the party’s presidential nominee, can assume the momentum of Mr. Walker’s campaign. In exit polling of voters, 18 percent of Walker supporters said they favored Mr. Obama, and the president led in a matchup against Mr. Romney. Voters in the exit surveys also said they saw Mr. Obama as better equipped to improve the economy and help the middle class."
Polling in early June is much different than polling in early October. The story has many chapters to go between now and then.