The election results in Wisconsin last night raise more than an eyebrow. They carry real implications. The one consequence not being discussed in the post-election analyses on the television sets is the ever-ballooning importance of the HispanicLatino vote. Take the electoral votes of Wisconsin and perhaps other near-by states out of the equation for November, and it makes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Florida all the more critical. As each day passes, the HispanicLatino vote gains greater political currency, and the resources dedicated to it should increase accordingly. States that are deemed safe today might not be tomorrow, and so whatever additional insurance can be purchased by the campaigns, its cost should not daunt campaign strategists.
The facility with which Gov. Scott Walker swept aside the attempt to recall him also gives rise to the need to review the infrastructure that President Obama’s campaign is building to win in November. However important labor unions, they can provide only one component of the votes Democrats need.