When the public employees of, say, Wisconsin hit the streets, it looked more like a bunch of disgruntled DMV clerks and graduate teaching assistants, because, well, that's what it was.
Bottom line: All the might of the public employee unions wasn't even able to swing a nonpartisan, off-year, judicial election. Can you say "paper tiger"? And in the end, friendly judges may turn out to be more effective than tough goons. What remains to be seen is if Republicans can counter public employees' own favored tactics, or if the unions will once again price themselves out of existence. With federal and state deficits skyrocketing, public employees may be better off if Republicans succeed in reining in spending than if the unions succeed in producing a fiscal collapse.
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