Obama and Walker: A Contrast in Campaigns
Tomorrow Wisconsin voters will be asked to make a decision whether or not to recall Governor Scott Walker after a sixteen month long effort by Walker's opponents to oust him from office. But something else has been happening in the state of Wisconsin for the last sixteen months besides the massive recall effort - Governor Scott Walker's policies.
During his campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to implement some very specific and controversial policies to deal with Wisconsin's fiscal problems. After he was elected, Governor Walker made good on his promises, and although the legislative road hit some pretty rough spots, Governor Walker finally signed his policies into law.
Fast-forward to today and it's abundantly clear that time has played a key role in why Governor Scott Walker has a modest lead in the polls against his opponent. Since Governor Walker's policies became law, thousands of jobs have been saved and created, taxes have been cut, municipalities across the state have become financially sound, the unemployment rate has fallen, and the state of Wisconsin now has a budget surplus.
The outcomes of those new laws across the state of Wisconsin have allowed Governor Scott Walker to run a campaign on something that, in politics, is almost always a sure fire winner - a successful record. It's safe to say that time has proven that Governor Scott Walker's policies did in fact work as he promised.
Contrast Governor Scott Walker's campaign with that of President Obama and you won't find a more stark contrast in politics today.
Similar to Governor Walker, President Obama introduced policies with lofty promises to fix America's ailing economy and health care system. So far, time has proven Obama's promises as mostly empty and his policies disappointing failures.
Governor Scott Walker has been embracing his record as the cornerstone of his campaign while President Obama seems to have thrown his record under the bus and is currently grasping for something to campaign on.
Any guesses as to which campaign will be successful?