A lot of blue state liberals may not have noticed, or just shrugged off, the news that white births made up less than half of U.S. births as of July 2011. But you can be sure that news will not go unremarked among those determined to replace "welfare queen" with "public sector queen" in the national pantheon of invidious stereotypes. The "take back our country" theme is just getting under way in American politics. That's why voter registration vs. voter suppression is the most important practical political issue on the table -- in 2012, and beyond.
The Democratic Party will reassess its relationship with public service unions as public opinion regarding public service employees reaches a tipping point.
Cuomo has been the Democratic Party's leading convert to the no taxes-cut spending-beat up the unions theory of governance. He remains hugely popular in New York and is clearly interested in the presidential possibilities of 2016.
The disempowerment of the unions as a political force has been the goal of the wealth-driven right wing for years.
If any doubt was left about the power of big money in our politics, the Wisconsin election destroyed it.
The fight is not over, and Wisconsin proved that organized labor can still go to battle and fight hard. They'll just need more money to actually win.
The recent result do not suggest we prematurely place Wisconsin in the category for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in November. If anything, the results were encouraging for President Obama.
The defeat of the effort to recall Scott Walker from his post as governor of Wisconsin is less of a victory for the Republican Party, or even a defeat for the Democratic Party, as it is a defeat for the labor movement.
By refusing to campaign in Wisconsin before Tuesday's vote, President Obama proved he has no heart for engaging in a real debate about the sources of our economic crisis.
I'm feeling hopeful because we are also in the midst of an amazing period in history: One that has given us Arab Spring, Wisconsin's incredible occupation of state capital, then "Occupy!" and just this past month the Quebec student strike.
There's a struggle going on here, and it's not isolated to the Badger State. We may not be reading headlines about it yet, but in every state in America, a similar fight is brewing -- the fight over just exactly what kind of country we want to be.
With no friends in the state house and little strength left with labor unions, Wisconsin teachers, and perhaps educators nationwide, might need to think about taking individual stands on principle.
If the recall vote in Wisconsin is any hint of what is to come in the next few months, caveat emptor will be the catch phrase of the marketplace and government will go from being our protector to being a supplicant of the one tenth of one percent.