Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin was, first and foremost, a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's assault on the collective bargaining rights of teachers' unions. And so by electing to keep Walker in office, the state's voters sent a clear message, said Stephen Colbert on last night's Report: "Suck it people who educate our children."
But of course, the significance of the recall echoed far beyond Wisconsin. At stake was nothing less than the future of the labor movement in America. So how come President Obama, whose party depends on union money and muscle, the same way Republicans depend on big business, didn't even drop in on Wisconsin to lend his support to Walker's Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett? Because, said Colbert, "Obama already knew the writing was on the wall" -- it's over for Big Labor. "We did it! It's the end of unions," he crowed. Cue "balloon drop." Watch: