Assuming one is delivered by the legislature if either of them are elected governor, Scott Walker and Mark Neumann say they would repeal the recently enacted ban. While I would support a repeal, I am not so sure this is good politics. I'm not convinced a majority of Wisconsinites will like the idea of a repeal by November.
Conservatives know they're supposed to oppose this as a matter of property owner rights. But I was in a bar Sunday and I enjoyed the smoke-free envrioment. That doesn't mean I've changed my mind on this issue. But my concern is a lot of people who consider themsleves conservatives will be willing to toss their belief system aside "just this one time." They may say they oppose the ban, while enjoying smoke-free envrioments.
I've long felt this was one of those issues that was quietly dividing conservatives. There are a lot more non-smokers than smokers in Wisconsin and my suspicion is promising to allow bars and eateries to become smoke-filled again may be a political loser. I believe allowing property owners to make this call is the right thing to do. I'm just not sure the right thing is politically popular, even with the group it's supposed to be. I'm not saying Walker/Neumann should change there stance on this; they shouldn't. My concern is a lot of conservatives in the state aren't upfront about how they really feel about this issue. I could be wrong, but that's my feeling.