With this the final weekend before the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) the Democratic National Committee has decided it better start paying attention.
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Wisconsin Friday to campaign against Walker and for Democratic nominee Tom Barrett. Clinton’s presence could bring a much-needed boost in get out the vote efforts, and with polling showing the race in Wisconsin too-close-to call, every little bit helps.
The Democrats are largely believed to have a better ground game than Walker and his supporters, but Walker has had a seemingly endless supply of outside money and assistance. So the question remains: is this an election that will be won or bought?
It’s an important moment for Wisconsin. The state’s history of progressive, transparent politics has been ripped to shreds under the Walker administration. Republicans violated open meetings laws to pass unpopular bills, targeted university professors and other public figures who dared speak out, and shut Wisconsinites out of their own capitol. That is not how government runs in Wisconsin. Or it least it wasn’t until Walker took office.
Tuesday’s recall election may or may not reflect on the national mood leading into November, but it will say a lot about the health of our democracy.
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