Walter Russell Mead in The American Interest on the humiliation of the Wisconsin recall. Not mincing his words, the conservative writer describes how much the labor movement invested in its failed attempt at recalling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "The tribes of the left danced and rallied in the streets of Madison. They knocked on doors. They staffed phone banks. They passed fliers. They organized on social media. They picketed. They sang. They brought in the celebrities and the stars; they marched seven times around the city blowing the trumpets and beating the drums. They hurled invective; they booed; they cheered. And they failed."
Alec MacGillis in The New Republic on blowing Wisconsin out of proportion. Walker's win was certainly a setback for unions but it's far too early to herald the death of union power nationwide. He notes that just last November Ohio voters rejected an anti-union bill similar to Wisconsin's by 23 points. "Anyone tolling the bell for public unions has to reckon with what happened in Ohio—a victory which ... is reverberating to this day, and helping to explain why Obama remains a couple points up in a state that should be very tough territory for him this year."