Greg Sargent reports that the Democratic party in Wisconsin has almost half the signatures needed to force recall elections for eight Wisconsin State Senators:
In another sign that the Wisconsin GOP’s quick passage of the bill to roll back bargaining rights is only causing the fight to escalate, Dems have now collected over 45 percent of the signatures necessary to hold recall elections for eight GOP state senators, the Wisconsin Democratic Party tells me.
Dems have now collected over 56,000 signatures supporting the recall drives, according to party spokesman Graeme Zielinski, after another surge in organizing activity over the weekend. That’s up from rougly 14,000 after last weekend. This means Dems are well ahead of schedule: In each targeted district, Dems need to amass the required signatures — 25 percent of the number who voted in the last gubernatorial election — by a deadline of 60 days after first filing for recalls, which happened nearly two weeks ago.
I don’t know anything about how hard it will be to get the remaining signatures needed, but let’s be clear, in layman’s terms, flipping the Senate in Wisconsin would be big news.
Republicans overreached badly in Wisconsin and still haven’t figure out how bad a position they’ve put themselves in. The opinion polls do not accurately measure how good an issue this is for Democrats, because this isn’t just about what a majority wants, it’s about millions of people who will become one issue voters if they feel their bargaining rights will be taken away.
If Wisconsin stays in the national spotlight for the next few months, it shifts the entire narrative, it moves it from angry Real Murkin teabaggers to angry middle-class workers. The media is slow to catch on, they still think the public hates unions. But that’s a good thing here, as long as Scott Walker and his idiot friends are reading Politico stories about strapping young bucks buying T-bone steaks with their union wages, they’ll keep heading over the cliff.
You can give to the recall effort here and, please, if you live in Wisconsin, even if you’ve never gotten involved with grassroots politics before, get involved now. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often.