The hype pushed out into the media by progressives on the recall effort to remove Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proved to be just that -- hype.
Republican Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010. His platform included budget cuts, ending collective bargaining and a focus on reducing the state's deficit.
Walker has delivered, showing that voters actually do want to see their tax dollars budgeted with a rejection of the business model of old in a state that has voted for the Democratic nominee for president every election cycle since 1984. The Badger State became the first state that permitted collective bargaining by government employees in 1959.
According to news accounts, since elected Walker has led his team to balance the state budget, reduce property taxes, drop the unemployment rate to below the national average, end strong-arming union dues from worker's paychecks automatically, and end the practice of government employees calling in sick for one shift and working the next shift for overtime pay.
Despite millions spent by unions and the Democratic Party, Gov. Walker won the recall election with a larger number of votes than he tallied in 2010.
So, what's the take-home message from the Wisconsin recall election?
Democrats' 2012 election message: Government is too big to fail and should be embraced as the answer to every question.
Republicans' 2012 election message: Big government makes small citizens and has wrecked our liberties and economy. It's time to flip the equation.
While politicians have been successful saying one thing on the campaign trail and failing to deliver once elected, it seems voters are using total recall to vote for elected officials who move past lip service.