THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
Everything changed for the better, from politics to sports, in Wisconsin.
Winter was the season for transformation. A crippling blizzard paralyzed the state, but its effects were ameliorated by the Green Bay Packers’ extraordinary run through the playoffs to the Super Bowl championship. There was joy in Titletown, underlying a remarkable turnaround for Cheesehead Nation.
In Madison, the new governor pushed his reform agenda at breakneck speed, and the Legislature cranked out an array of business-friendly bills, including tort and regulatory reform, tax cuts, and a budget bill that transformed the political and labor landscape by gutting the power of public employee unions.
It was a good season...to be a Cheesehead.
Let’s count it down: In a single week, the Green Bay Packers won the NFC Championship in Chicago; American Idol was broadcast from the Calatrava wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum, showcasing the city in a way that most of America had never seen; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan delivered the GOP response to the president’s State of the Union speech; the president himself visited the state the next day, underlining how Wisconsin has become ground zero in American politics; Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo was nominated for an Oscar; and freshman Sen. Ron Johnson delivered the GOP response to the president’s weekly radio address.
Think of it as Wisconsin Cool.