Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (seated) gets a standing ovation from his Cabinet and staff at the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, a day after he beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election. The outcome cheered Republicans nationwide and caused some optimism for Mitt Romney's prospects in Wisconsin in an expected general election match with President Obama. (Associated Press)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (seated) gets a standing ovation from his Cabinet and staff at the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, a day after he beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election. The outcome cheered Republicans nationwide and caused some optimism for Mitt Romney's prospects in Wisconsin in an expected general election match with President Obama. (Associated Press)