From AOL News: The protests in Wisconsin over Republican efforts to breach the last major bastion of organized labor -- state and local governments -- are likely to reverberate in the 2012 election. But to whose advantage is anyone's guess.Democrats say Gov. Scott Walker's bid to close his state's budget gap by gutting the power of the state's public employee unions, as well as similar efforts in more than a dozen states, have energized the party faithful, whose enthusiasm for President Barack Obama has waned from the heady and historic days of 2008.
Republicans, who so far have presented a fairly weak field of presidential contenders, argue that governors like Walker and New Jersey's Chris Christie are heroes to their party's base. If Obama champions the unions, they warn, he will get little sympathy from voters whose own wages and benefits have taken a hit in recent years.
With gas and food prices skyrocketing, President Obama has thrown his muscle, not to mention thugs and goons, against the taxpayer, the poor and the middle class and for the state and local labor unions.
In 2012, you will see states, counties, cities and towns have to make massive layoffs because of budget shortfalls. There will increased unemployment because of higher taxes and higher prices and the GOP will show that Obama is out of touch and doesn't care.
But the GOP has a pathetic list of candidates right now and that is Obama's saving grace. But then remember Bill Clinton in 1992.