This election was a severe blow to the Unions. Earlier they tried to rig the Wisconsin Supreme Court, they lost the election and they lost the case before the Supreme Court that could have over-turned the law.
Now they have lost the recall. Why this is important is two fold. First, the Republicans in other states are much more likely to understand the diminished power of the Unions and be willing to pass legislation such as Right-to Work that they never would have dreamed of doing until now. Second, and more importantly, the BIG win is reapportionment.
If for any reason the reapportionment legislation that was just passed had gone wrong in the Courts, then it would come back to the legislature for changes. Had the Union’s won control of the Senate, then the Democrats would be able to have forced better districts for the Democrats to run in for 2010 and the entire decade to follow.
This means that Republicans will now probably control both the House and the Senate in Wisconsin for the next decade.
Make no mistake about it, this defeat of the Unions was huge and the Unions know it.