Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.

With Gov. Scott Walker widely expected to survive a recall election in Wisconsin after successfully pushing through changes that strip public employees of union representation, tomorrow's news coverage is likely to be full of victory pronouncements on the right side of the political spectrum.

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Expect a spirit of "yes we can" from Republican stalwarts focused on curbing national debt, and a sense of hope in the GOP that Obama can be unseated, with the U.S. Senate turned over. In the unlikely event Walker is booted, the ensuing discussion will be replete with references to "voter fraud", an old standby.

The special election in one state will differ from the general election across the nation in numerous structural ways. But linked here is a comprehensive news account with a sense of what is at stake, at least in terms of perception, which affects fundraising, which can affect volubility, and results. Yes they can.