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.
Does Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election mean that Wisconsin is now in play in the November presidential election? Short answer is no, for two reasons.
Turnout for the recall election was 91 percent of 2008 turnout in heavily Republican Waukesha County, the largest GOP county in the state, but only 83 percent of 2008 turnout in Milwaukee County, the largest Democratic county in the state.