Kathryn Lopez

As Wisconsin's "jobs ambassador," Kleefisch resents what the federal government's efforts to socialize health care are doing to future productivity and growth. "Small- business owners are scared right now," she reports. "(They) are wondering if they even want to be entrepreneurs. They're thinking in advance, 'How can I limit my growth?' That's not American. ... A plan that's supposed to be good for people's health is causing our businesses to anticipate how they're going to atrophy? It makes me sad as a small- business advocate, as a former small-business owner. That should never have been ... a side effect of a health care bill."

Despite the presidential rhetoric and the grueling recall, Kleefisch is optimistic and delighted to be back at work. She believes Wisconsin has "built endurance as a state" and is "an example." She's deeply grateful for the trust of Wisconsin voters in the face of a national onslaught.

According to a new Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, nearly eight in 10 Americans are frustrated by the tone of political discourse. Having gone through some of the worst turmoil in recent history -- with some Wisconsin elected officials even leaving the state in protest -- we see some hope in Kleefisch, a happy woman warrior fighting those who want to insult the intelligence of Americans; a true public servant seeking to preserve, protect and help a free people flourish.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.