Any attempted recall of a governor is remarkable for its rarity. But national media may be overdoing it in seeing the Wisconsin face-off between Republican incumbent Scott Walker (in photo) and Democrat Tom Barrett as “a bellwether for the presidential election and the future of organized labor,” as the Daily Beast put it. “Each side would have you believe the election means everything – until late Tuesday night, when one side will abruptly change tack and say it means absolutely nothing,” wrote Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson. And even if Walker fends off the challenge, the New Republic’s Alec MacGillis thinks that may not bode ill for President Obama’s re-election, but instead be “a statement of grudging pro-incumbent sentiment in a time of cautious optimism about a painfully gradual economic recovery.”
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