John Ransom

In any showdown with the GOP over spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has to be keeping a close eye on Madison, WI. The drama playing out in the Wisconsin capitol and capitols all over the country, is in miniature, the same one that will be playing out at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

The question that begs to be answered in this drama is: Do elections even matter anymore? Are the elites in the US, like elites in the Middle East, so out of touch that they refuse to hear what voters are telling them?        

Reid, for sure, owes his successful reelection bid to the mobilization of the same union dwarfs in Las Vegas who are singing “Hey, hey, ho, ho,” in Madison. And what Harry’s seeing in Wisconsin normally would give a politician cause to reflect. If he isn’t worried, his Democrat colleagues in the Senate certainly should be   

A poll last week from Rasmussen shows that 70 percent of the American public thinks that voters are more prepared to make the tough choices to reign in spending than their elected officials are. The flight of liberal state senators in Wisconsin, who scrambled away from the Madison smackdown like Aaron Rodgers avoiding a pass rush, proves just that.

The politicos who have nothing to offer but more spending and higher taxes have good reason to scramble too.

A plurality of 48 percent now back Governor Scott Walker in his fight to reduce the bloated public employees’ budget, says a Rasmussen survey of 1000 likely voters, while only 38 percent side with the unions. 50 percent of likely voters want across the board one-percent cuts in government payrolls every year over a ten year period while only 28 percent oppose the cuts. More ominous still for Democrats, “56% of Mainstream voters agree more with the governor in the Wisconsin dispute,” writes Rasmussen “while 56% of the Political Class side with the union workers.”

Rasmussen defines the Political Class generally as those people from Washington and Wall Street who are friendly to government solutions to common problems. They make up minority of Democrat, Republican and Independent voters, says Rasmussen.

For Senator Reid it presents a unique challenge as Majority Leader.

His home state of Nevada is a “machine” state, which is run by a political class that has more in common with each other than they do with members of their respective parties. That’s why we saw so many Nevada Republicans rally to Reid’s side in his recent re-election bid when an outsider was selected as GOP nominee for his seat in the US Senate.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.