Monday, June 4, 2012

Wisconsin Burning

For those not in the state to see it themselves, Wisconsin is burning.  The Walker recall election has divided the state, pitting families, friends, and coworkers against each other.  I've never seen anything like it before in my life. 

Big union knows this is their Battle of Stalingrad - a win and they can continue as before.  A loss and they will be driven back to their metaphorical Berlin, and the war ultimately ends.  Hence, both sides are throwing massive hay-makers, mostly of cash infusion, and on the Democratic side, dirty tricks.  The prime example of the latter includes the "story" that broke over the weekend that Walker previously fathered and abandoned a child, and a direct mail piece sent to individuals which shows which of their neighbors had and had not voted in previous elections.  I kid you not on that one, and it is covered in great detail here. 

This is scary stuff, and the act of a desperate group. 

Polls show Walker ahead about 7%, but other polls show the gap narrowing.  What is not factored is the vaunted Democratic "ground game."  If they can get busloads of folks that were previously not considered "likely voters," they can swing the election. 

The weather will be good, the stakes high, and the turnout massive.  We're in for a long Tuesday. 

In the mean time, here's a video of a Marine that attended Saturday's Barrett rally.  He makes the case for Walker quite eloquently.   Despite his non-violent protest, he was ultimately arrested by a union cop. 

Imagine that.    

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